The PRECIOUS Awards celebrate the achivements of women of colour in business, leadership and blogging.
Now in their 6th year the awards, organised by PRECIOUS the network for women of colour, take place during Black History Month, and serve to promote those inspiring individuals that generate ideas and turn them into action and change.
Guest speakers at the event include Olympian Christine Ohuruogu, MBE, and Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Chief Executive – MITIE Group.
Christine won silver at London 2012 by roaring through the last 100 metres from the back of the pack with a season’s best of 49.70 sec.
As a former under 17 and under 19 England netball player, Christine participated in athletics from the age of 16. Joining the Newham & Essex Beagles, Chrissy began to specialise in the 400m (due to the fact that no other member wanted to compete over such a distance) and with impressive times she was regularly selected to run.
Chrissy’s professional athletics career began to take shape in 2003 when she won a bronze meal at 400m at the European Junior Championships. The following year she became the Amateur Athletic Association champion, which led onto a semi-final place in the 400m at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and a spot on the 400m team GB relay team, who finished fourth.
In 2006 Chrissy scored a personal best to win a gold medal for England in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and the following year she won a gold medal at the 2007 Athletic World Championships in Osaka.
In 2008 Chrissy travelled with team GB to the Beijing Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the 400m, making her the first British female Olympic champion of the 400m. Following her Olympic achievements, in 2009, Chrissy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours.
As well as celebrating female entrepreneurs, the awards also pay tribute to women that play a leadership and public role within society. The Woman in Public Life is a new award, nominees include Charlene White, broadcaster and ITV newsreader.
The awards also applaud the success of one special man with The PRECIOUS Man of the Year Award won last year by Streatham MP Chuka Chuka Umunna and celebrate the achievements of bloggers with The Blogger of the Year Award.
ARISE is thrilled to be associated with the PRECIOUS Awards and the inspirational Foluke Akinlose, MBE.
Over the past six years she has found a unique way of promoting aspiring black entrepreneurs which, of course, is something very close to the heart of the ARISE brand. We are extremely proud to be joining forces to celebrate black culture and entrepreneurship and will certainly strive to ensure the Awards are once again a resounding success!"
Penny McDonald, International Managing Director, ARISE Media UK Ltd
Tickets for the event, which takes place on Thursday 25, 12.00-16.00,at The Savoy, London, are available at: http://preciousawards12.eventbrite.com/