The awards ceremony for the first Bumble Glass Ceiling Awards, held in association with marie claire Australia, was held on 19th June in Sydney.
More than 150 women were in attendance, ranging from established executives to aspiring business leaders. Guests were treated to gourmet food, drinks at Bumble’s Instagram-friendly coffee cart, music from DJ Alice Quiddington and 30 professional headshots each.
marie claire Editor Nicky Briger welcomed the attendees with a passionate speech about female empowerment and gender equality before the night’s main prizes were handed out.
Online fashion retailer The Iconic won the Majority Rules Award for having a team of C-Suite executives that are 75% female. Chief Operating Officer Anna Lee was on hand to accept the prize.
The Future Shaper Award was shared between 18-year-old Macinley Butson and 15-year-old Jean Hinchcliffe.
Butson is an inventor who created a breast cancer treatment device that protects the rest of the breast from excess radiation, while Butson orgainsed the School Strike 4 Climate in August 2018.
Bumble’s APAC Associate Marketing Director Michelle Battersby said at the ceremony: “If we can have women make the first move on our app one billion times, then surely we can have women make the first move one billion times in the real world – out there, in their day-to-day life.
“Put yourself forward for the promotion, ask for the pay rise. We need to make sure we’re providing safe and supportive environments for women to do this.”
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