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 invite you to consider nominating a person you admire, a woman who has made a difference. They may have offered you a sounding board on occasion, a job or even helped with a promotion. They might have shared their own success stories and failures so that you could learn from their voice of experience. These women who ‘Walk the Talk’ deserve to be acknowledged. We would also encourage you to look at your own path thus far. Take stock of your own successes and put yourself forward so that others can be inspired. Oprah put it most eloquently when she said: “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams’.