Every year WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications, London) award bursaries to a select number of women across the media industry recognised for the potential they hold as future leaders. This year Primesight’s very own Vanessa Ibbett has been selected after a particularly gruelling selection process with a record 250 applications from across the spectrum.
Vanessa has elected to use the Future Leader Award bursary to undertake a miniMBA at the London School of Business & Finance with an aim to developing the skills that will allow her to make a success of her ambitious future ventures.
With a particularly strong background in sporting activities – including previously climbing Kilimanjaro, reaching the semi-finals of Women’s Henley Regatta and in 2019 setting her sights firmly on a Half Ironman – the whole Primesight team is behind Vanessa, knowing that her ability to break down ambitious goals into manageable tasks sets her apart from most.
Further, her extra-curricular activities and charitable giving demonstrate that Vanessa embodies what WACL look for in Future Leaders: “a vision for what they want to achieve, an understanding of the difference they can make, and the motivation to succeed.”
On the award Vanessa said “Media has the ability to inspire people through communication and I want to lead just that kind of a business. Our CEO strives to create an environment in which people actually want to run to work and that’s an attitude I find inspiring. To be a leader who can make difficult decisions which people may not like, but ultimately they respect and admire so much that they want to run to work is a very unique skill. That’s a skill I hope to work towards with the WACL Future Leaders bursary and my miniMBA.”
CEO Naren Patel congratulated Vanessa saying “This is such a well-deserved win. Vanessa is tenacious, hard-working and dedicated and always the first to volunteer for cultural initiatives at Primesight. A true Future Leader.”
Managing director Matt Teeman celebrated Vanessa’s achievement saying “It’s no surprise that Vanessa has been rewarded for her hard work, dedication and high levels of motivation. She has always been one to watch and will continue to be, so on behalf of Primesight, congratulations from us all!”
This impressive accolade follows hot on the heels of Vanessa’s 2018 internal award win, as Primesight Champion of the Year, and comes two years after Jenny Douglass’s WACL Future Leaders Award.