The theme for WMB’s 11th annual Conference & Awards is ‘Walk the Talk’. It’s only three little words but they can really pack a punch!

Last year to celebrate a decade in business, WMB launched the WMB Magazine Gender Diversity Ambassador Initiative. We did this as we firmly believe that it is one thing to promote women in business but it’s another thing to be a role model for women in business. We believe our ambassadors are just that. In their own unique way, they ‘Walk the Talk’ in their daily business lives, in mentoring others, in ‘dropping down the ladder’. With the support of these amazing women, we as a collective, can make change happen.

Some companies are well ahead of the game. They recognised at a very early stage that having a more diverse team adds value – in terms of perspective, in terms of inclusiveness and in terms of profit. For other businesses however, their journey is only just beginning. It is important to recognise those who have lead the way and it is equally important to encourage those to take the first steps toward a more balanced business and inclusive society.

With this in mind, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your nominations to this year’s Awards. The fantastic women shortlisted ‘Walk the Talk’ and deserve to be acknowledged. They are at different stages of their journeys from the Newcomer to the more seasoned entrepreneur. They all share a common goal – to be the best that they can be.

Oprah put it most eloquently when she said: “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams’.