How do you define professional success? A corner office, overlooking the city? A hefty wallet, filled to the brim with cash? Or a colourful career, littered with accolades, awards, and increasingly senior titles?
In October 2020, a member of my team sent me the link to the Innovate UK ‘Women in Innovation’ award, suggesting I apply. At the time I didn’t know very much about Innovate UK and the work it does, and I’d never heard of the Women in Innovation Award, but I quickly realised it was something I needed to explore...
Last week was a rollercoaster. The positivity and strength emitted by women all over the world on International Women’s Day was palpable. Finally, our collective voice was gaining momentum and it felt like real progress was being made. And then, we hear the devasting news about Sarah Everard. A lady not much younger than me, who vanished on her way home on 3 March.
I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been awarded Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Award 2021. As the first lawyer to ever win this award, I’m thrilled to have the recognition and support to accelerate my vision of driving innovation in the legal industry, whilst surrounding myself with brave thinkers from other industries that we have so much to learn from.
Over the last few years I’ve learned that nothing in life is permanent; uncertainty is the only certainty. Like many teenagers, I had failed to grasp just how true this statement was. I'd had a conventional upbringing, I was on track to secure the grades that would map out my future, and I could see the life that lay ahead of me.