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IPA congratulates ambitious Mann Award winners

The IPA would like to congratulate the three winners of the Mann Award for women, Lee Wright, Managing Director of Dare, Alison Chadwick, People Director, Abbott Mead Vickers BDDO and Mythili Chandrasekar, Executive Planning Director, JWT India. They have each been rewarded with a bursary of £10,000 to fund an educational or developmental opportunity to boost their careers.

13/06/2008

The IPA would like to congratulate the three winners of the Mann Award for women, Lee Wright, Managing Director of Dare, Alison Chadwick, People Director, Abbott Mead Vickers BDDO and Mythili Chandrasekar, Executive Planning Director, JWT India. They have each been rewarded with a bursary of £10,000 to fund an educational or developmental opportunity to boost their careers.

The Mann Award for Women was established this year, and is an awards scheme set up in memory of Patricia Mann OBE (1938 - 2006), a JWT-lifer, whose contribution to the advertising industry and world of business was significant and widespread.

The winners were awarded by Patricia Mann’s long-standing industry friend Jeremy Bullmore at an IPA drinks reception last week. In front of a leading industry-packed audience the successful women outlined how they intend to spend their bursaries:

Lee Wright, who is also Chair of IPA Digital Creative, plans to use hers to fund a career-development course at a leading London or US business school. She says, “My training has largely been on the job. There was a point last year when I knew I’d need some further education to fulfill my career.”
View Lee’s full acceptance speech here.

Alison Chadwick plans to use her prize to fund a two-year masters course in executive coaching, run by Ashridge Management College in Hertfordshire. Says Alison, “It (the experience) will give me greater confidence as a coach and enable me to add more value to the people I work with.”

Mythili Chandrasekar has already signed up on a two-week marketing course at California’s Stanford University this summer. Says Mythili, “Study has become a bit of an obsession for me. But it’s been difficult to find a way of funding myself. I need the experience and stimulation, and I saw theses awards as providing a wonderful experience for me.”
View Mythili’s acceptance speech here.

Marilyn Baxter, who conducted a survey in 1990 as to why women were not succeeding in advertising as well as they should, was among the audience at the event. Says Marilyn, “Women are still reluctant to push themselves forward to do an MBA because it isn’t what they’re supposed to do. Awards like this send a positive message to ambitious women.”



Last updated 16/06/2008


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