The 2018 awards event will debut the first WiM Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 7 November at the Museum of London.

Launched in 2010, the WiM Awards was established to recognise the economic, social influence and impact of women. The Awards has given recognition to women across the globe, including from brands Google, HP, Unilever, Hearst, Ogilvy & Mather and Sony, name a few.

The WiM Awards first opened and received entries from around the world in 2017, making it the first global WiM Awards

Past WIM Award winners have included senior executives from Burberry, Google, Facebook, Hearst United Kingdom, Havas, Diageo and Ogilvy & Mather United Kingdom.

The WiM Awards has been committed to ensuring the awards reflect the evolving nature of the marketing and media landscapes.

The 2018 awards will introduce two new categories: The Change-Maker Award, which recognises entrepreneurial women disrupting existing ways of working, whether within their teams or across the industry, and The Industry Shaper Award, which recognises women driving change at the leading edge of marketing technology. 

"This year’s ceremony is set to be an amazing evening celebrating the achievements of the stars of the marketing world. I look forward to meeting fellow colleagues, female and male, from the world of marketing and business for what will be a glamorous evening," says 
Ade Onilude, founder and CEO of Women in Marketing.

The Independent Agency Search and Selection Company has been supporting the WiM Awards since 2016 and is encouraging entries from suitable candidates in the marketing and advertising world in South Africa.

"The IAS is very proud to support these awards, which recognise talented women in the marketing profession. Up until 2016, these awards were only run in the United Kingdom, but last year they were expanded internationally with great success," says Johanna McDowell, founder and chief executive of IAS, and council member for Women in Marketing.

"We are very keen to see how well our South African senior marketing women do in these awards this year and will be encouraging many of our colleagues to enter in the various categories," adds McDowell.

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