Women In Business is so delighted with the interest in their annual awards this year and the calibre of applications received that they have created a new category, Executive Manager of the Year.“What we are seeing is an increasing number of women in middle to senior management and we are encouraged by the trend. From senior management we want to see an escalation in chief executive positions (Executive Woman of the Year category) which has always been poorly filled,” a WIB statement said.“In response to the growing trend of women in middle and upper management and to encourage and to propel the agenda of our principal objective, which is to encourage women’s leadership into top positions of Commerce and Business, the WIB board decided to create the new category for this year’s Awards. “The Executive Manager of the Year will be selected from applications from senior managers of organisations. “WIB is excited to see the evolution of our Awards programme and is pleased to note that this trend means women are being given opportunities to lead at higher levels. This takes us closer to our goals of achieving more women in top positions. “The women in executive management we believe will be the ones well positioned to take the top jobs and we will watch for this trend in the coming years. “WIB discussed this new category with our judging panel and convinced them of the need for the additional award to appropriately recognise not only the trend, but for well qualified applicants to be recognised as fulfilling our objectives. There are eight judges on the awards judging panel: six private sector senior executives and business people and the Deputy High Commissioners of the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions. In addition there is an oversight judge who ensures the process has been followed and the integrity of the independent process is maintained. None of the WIB executive board is part of the judging panel for all five awards; the Businesswoman of the Year, Executive Woman of the Year, the new Executive Manager of the Year, Manager of the Year and the Aspiring Entrepreneur of the year. There are two awards for the public sector: Executive and Manager of the Year. All these Awards are judged by the independent panel without any WIB board involvement. However, the board of WIB will assess the Employer of Choice for Women Award. “This year we will be interviewing and assessing 14 nominations for the Employer of Choice for Women. “This is proving quite a challenge and we are already interviewing some of the nominated organisations. WIB is encouraged by what we are seeing as a growing trend towards the importance that organisations are placing on being a preferred employer for women. The language of the organisation is changing to become more conversant and educated about the structural and policy changes required to be more woman friendly and appealing to bring the best out of women, and indeed all, employees. “If an organization is conducive and appealing for women’s progress then we at WIB believe it will be well positioned for greater commercial and economic success – which is becoming a global trend.”
WIB Awards event at the GPH, Suva to mark the closing date of the 2018 competition.
Aspiring businesswomen make a point at the GPH event.