The only person to win gongs at both of the first two Tees Businesswomen Awards is convinced that the event is the perfect opportunity to showcase just how much women contribute to the local economy.
“The awards are vitally important,” says Yasmin Khan, founder and CEO of Middlesbrough-based charity, The Halo Project, who support women and girls facing honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
“There is no other platform which brings together women from all walks of life in all respective sectors to be recognised for their achievements.
“An event such as the Tees Businesswomen Awards makes you so proud to be among women who value others’ achievements and to be part of an incredible movement.”
Halo Project winning the Training and Apprenticeships category at last year’s event followed Yasmin’s personal success for Inspiring Others at the inaugural awards in 2018. The impact, she says, cannot be underestimated.
“Last year provided us with the acknowledgement that we do have a great offer and can now start to add real value through commercialisation,” says Yasmin.
“A year on and we are on the cusp of something so exciting, something we have been working on for some time which is almost ready to market and commercialise.
“For charities, it’s important to explore sustainability and service/product development. The voluntary and charity sector is where innovation is created, and we are now ready to launch this exciting programme.”
Yasmin would encourage other women to put themselves and their colleagues forward for this year’s Businesswomen Awards, taking place virtually on January 14, 2021.
“It’s a well-known fact that women do not shout about their successes and often do not even recognise themselves as leaders,” acknowledges Yasmin.
“The work of The Halo Project is all about empowerment and I urge anyone who is thinking about nominating to go ahead, take this opportunity and enter!
“There is no barrier for nominees and we must encourage each other to get involved. It takes more energy not to enter than to fill in a short form.”
Though last year’s event seems like a distant memory to Yasmin, especially given the restrictions and the impact the pandemic has had on all of our lives, she will always remember how the awards made her feel, having also been guest speaker at the event.
“I remember looking around the room and being so, so proud to be accepted for who I am and what I stand for,” she says.
“When you have the support of so many women in a room, all there for a common purpose, you may not remember all of the event but you do remember how others made you feel.
“It’s great to have that memory, positive energy and realisation that no matter who you are and what you do, this is the place to be.”
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