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Celebration, reflection and stigma

Friday night was the hotly anticipated Angels Bring Business Awards at Lincoln’s Hilton Double Tree. Over 200 of Lincolnshire’s finest business ladies all came together to celebrate their achievements – a scattering of men also attended.

Naomi Watkins and Lizzie Jordan

Dressed to kill I felt amazing! Thanks again to Satori Health for getting me to this point.

I had been very kindly nominated by couple of people and then shortlisted for two awards; 

  • Angels Wings Unfurled – start up business under 2 years
  • Angel on Fire – Business woman of the year

The Awards were won by two amazing ladies – both who have achieved so very much. Angels Wings Unfurled went to Kirsty Gale of Red Carpet Ready and Angel on Fire to Amanda Watson of Ambitions Personnel.

What a compliment to be shortlisted against such ladies – Amanda has been in business over 15 years and turnover is in excess of £40m. Yello Story isn’t even yet 18 months old and so to be shortlisted against her was a real achievement in itself!

The evening was interesting – it seriously overran, the food was not up to the usual Double Tree standards and the misogynistic ‘comedienne’ was truly awful and a very poor choice for an event celebrating women!

During the evening, one of the organisers came up to me and said ‘Lizzie I’ve seen your nominations; your story is an inspiration, errm but obviously that’s all in confidence.’

And here lies my issue – the advocacy work that I do is primarily to break the taboo, challenge stigma and shatter misunderstanding around sexual health. I speak openly to encourage discussion and engagement. By implying her knowledge of my HIV status was in confidence, completely missed the point of why I do what I do! I tried to explain that to her – although sadly I’m not certain she understood my view point.

This does not take away from the evening being a wonderful celebration of Lincolnshire’s female successes and talent, and raised a wonderful £600+ for the chosen charity, Women For Women International. Shivonne Graham spoke for the charity and I’ll leave you with one of her lines:

‘One woman can change anything. Many women can change everything.’

Ready to go! Saxilby Choir Lizzie Jordan and Karen Locking Naomi Watkins and Francesca Marritt Karen Locking and Francesca Marritt  Full house at Angels Bring Business Awards Women for Women International Angels Bring Business Awards programme Naomi Watkin runner up for her community outreach work Naomi Watkins of NWC Consultancy and Lizzie Jordan Yello Story

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