Ladies night…Posted by ed in blog June 25, 2008
…oh yes it’s ladies night and the feelings right oh yes it’s ladies night (oh what a night!). So sang Kool and the Gang way back in 1979 in their classic floor-filling favourite track of louche lotharios everywhere and last Thursday the same could be said of Triodos Bank’s ‘Women in Ethical Business Awards’. Our glorious leader was up for the ‘Ethical Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, and whilst George W. Bush might believe that "the problem with the French is that they have no word for ‘entrepreneur’", we in Futerra think differently. Which is a good thing as Soli only went and won the gong from a strong field of amazing and inspiring businesswomen.
The theme of the night really was the tremendous sense of positive possibility conjured up by all the short-listed candidates for the awards, some of which, like the Ashden Awards that Doug blogged about earlier in the week, brought a wee tear to the eye. There was a small delegation of Futerrans in attendance (I even wore my kilt to blend in with the beskirted and summer frocked female throng) We were all very proud of Soli when the award was announced (she stands on the shoulders of giants of course!) and her brief acceptance speech was suitably stirring, urging us all to ‘blow this niche wide open’ and change the face and substance of business as a force for good.
The only question is what this all means for Futerra. Last years winner, Ella Heeks of Abel & Cole said the best bit about winning was the ability to point to the award during awkward business meetings or discussions and use it to reinforce her point of view with the line ‘…and who’s ethical business woman of the year?’!