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Women of the Future Awards

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Cherie is a patron of the Women of the Future Awards which were founded four years ago by writer and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani and Caspian Publishing in order to recognise and celebrate high achieving women under 35,across diverse industries,who are inspirational in their professions. Ms Lilani explains: "This year we saw an exceptional selection of talented women nominated and so my sincere congratulations go out to each and every one of the winners."
The level of achievement from the finalists was stunning. Winners included the youngest and only female CEO of a City broker, Sam Smith of FinnCap, to the show-stealing leads Alexia Khadime and Dianne Pilkington from the smash-hit musical Wicked.
Holly Tucker, founder of Notonthehighstreet.com, won the award for Entrepreneurial Woman of the Future while Ruth Amos, a teenager who sells a stair mobility aid after developing it for a GCSE project, was given the Young Star award. The 19-year-old's StairSteady handrail is fitted at right angles to a wall and slides up and down banisters. It locks in place when pressure is applied, giving the elderly extra security when they move up or down steps.

Miss Amos, from Sheffield, and the other winners enjoyed celebrating their success at the black-tie dinner in Grosvenor Square,London. with Cherie and other supporters such as the Conservative leader David Cameron and Elizabeth Hurley
David Cameron made a speech at the event in which he said:
"I will not let the quest for equality die. Women are more likely to become MPs in Rwanda, Belarus, Burundi and the Seychelles than in the UK. Frankly, that's a disgrace. That is not progressive. And I will not let this problem rest until I've fixed it."
As the speaker David was seated next to Cherie which caused a great deal of sepculation and amusement in the press but when it comes to issues of womens equality and representation they actually have a great deal in common.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan.
"They join a long list of incredible women that have been uncovered and supported by the Women of the Future Awards and are now playing a vital role in inspiring others to fulfil their own potential." said Pinky Lilani.
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