Women in Business Awards 2018
27 November 2018
METaL attended the Women in Business Awards 2018 on Friday 12th October 2018 at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea. Organised by Media Wales to celebrate the achievements of women across the spectrum of the business world, the event highlighted business successes which are being achieved by women across the region. The categories for the awards were wide ranging, providing an opportunity to showcase the excellent work that is being undertaken, categories included:
- Mentor of the Year
- Rising Star of the Year
- Professional Women of the Year
- Start Up/New Business of the Year
- Innovation in Business
- Growth and Expansion
In addition, the METaL Project supported the ‘Best Business Woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths)’ category, with Dr Khali Khan, Project Manager, presenting the award.
Shortlisted for ‘Best Business Woman in STEM’ were Jayne Woodman of Swansea Business School, Dr Geertie Van Keulen of Swansea University Medical School, and Tanya Foxall of Oriel Science. All were worthy nominees with Dr Geertie Van Keulen being announced as the overall winner. As well as her work in the Medical School, Dr Van Keulen organises and participates in the annual event of Soapbox Science. The mission of Soapbox Science is to raise the profile and challenge the public’s view of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) by taking science to the general public in town centres.
Dr Van Keulen commented : ‘It was a great surprise to hear I was nominated for the Award for ‘Best Business Woman in STEM’, I was even more thrilled to have won it! It is fantastic to see our activities with Soapbox Science Swansea recognised in the business community. After five years of campaigning on the beaches and shopping streets of Swansea, it remains relevant to challenge gender stereotypes in the general public, especially those who do not think science or technology is for them. We show that girls and women have amazing careers in STEM, and aim to inspire the next generation of STEM business women and scientists. ’