First of all lets just embrace the fact that we finally have sunshine and for the first time ever it feels as if the summer season is right on time this year.
Most importantly I want to let you all know about the special event that took place on Thursday 2nd July in Birmingham (England) at the Hyatt Hotel, hosted by the award winning presenter Maverine Cole. I am talking about the WEST MIDLANDS WOMENS AWARDS.
The awards were created in 2013 by Justice Williams (MBE) to give a platform to recognise and profile women who are making a difference in society, contributing to the economic wellbeing and success of the region and breaking boundaries within their field.
The categories were the following:
Entrepreneur of the year
Most inspirational woman of the year
Outstanding Contribution to the Arts
Outstanding Contribution to Sports
Outstanding Contribution to Technology
Outstanding Contribution to Social Change
Outstanding Contribution to Education
Outstanding Leadership Award
The Aspire Award
Woman of the Year*
Founder’s Choice Award*
The nominations were announced a few weeks back and Inspire Mysmile’s writer Vanessa was shortlisted by the judges in the The Aspire Award category along with: Rachel Dorrell (Senior Chef De Partie – Hotel La Tour)
Talisha Johnson (Founder – Skool Girl & Co-ordinator – Youth4Excellence Awards)
Kerys Harrop (Footballer – Birmingham City Football Club)
Vanessa Ryan-Smith (Inspire Mysmile – Freelance Writer)
The shortlisted nominees in the categories can be found here http://www.wmwawards.co.uk/2015/05/shortlist-announced-for-the-2015-west-midlands-women-of-the-year-awards/
I am delighted to say that Vanessa was highly commended for The Aspire Award and the winner was Talisha Johnson (founder of http://skoolgirlonline.co.uk/)
You can see all the list of winners and the updates from the day here http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/…/west-midlands-women-year-…
To keep the momentum and good vibes flowing the guests enjoyed the entertainment from former X Factor contestant Relley C who sang her own rendition of ” Empire States of Mind New York” dedicating it to “Brum Town” . Other performances included DT & Candy who gave who us their seductive melodies of 90’s Rnb songs, also a beautiful poem performance from Amerah Selah (Beatfreeks).
The ceremony was beautiful, the Hyatt’s staff were just fabulous and provided a great service of afternoon tea.
From Inspire Mysmile congratualtions to all of the women who were nominated and awarded. Thank You to judges,to Elijah Phillips Photography who captured some beautiful moments, the sponsors who gave some fabulous gifts and sponsored each category. Lastly THANKYOU TO ALL THE READERS AND ARTISTS THAT HAVE FEATURED ON INSPIRE MYSMILE.
Here is a thank you message from Justice and Mandy
Here are the highlights
For all the pictures and the updates check more here
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Words By Vanessa Ryan