FOUNDER RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
(7 June 2006)
Lilani, founder and chairman of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards,
has been awarded the First Women Lifetime Achievement Award. She
is joint winner with Val Gooding CBE, CEO of BUPA and collected
her award on Wednesday 7 June 2006 at a lavish ceremony at the London
Hilton on Park Lane. The First Women Awards recognise women who
are trailblazers and pioneers in business - genuine 'glass ceiling'
breakers. They also recognise women whose achievements or 'firsts'
and individual actions have helped, or are helping, to remove barriers
and open up opportunities for others to follow.
Vice Chairman of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and CEO of
Caspian Publishing, Mike Bokaie, said when presenting Pinky with
her award: "She has put the mission of inspiring and guiding
businesswomen right at the very heart of her professional life.
easy to forget that, until very recently, Asian women in the UK
were almost an invisible community. While many achieved extraordinary
things, for cultural reasons, they were not perceived as a thriving
group of talented professionals and businesspeople.
conceiving and building her phenomenal brand, she has provided the
inspiration and practical help for literally hundreds of Asian women
to reach the heights, and receive the recognition that they deserve.
so doing, she has become an icon to the British-Asian community,
officially one of the most influential Asian women in Britain, and,
without exaggeration, changed Britain."
can I say about this woman? She is unique, a once-in-a-lifetime
person who has brought joy and inspiration to so many women in Britain;
and changed this country for the better. And how many people can
say that? She is quite simply one of those people you can't say
no to. And so, of course, whatever she wants, she gets. In a cynical
world, she is a ray of sunshine." Cherie Booth QC commented.
acts as development consultant with some of the major food companies
in Europe including Sharwoods, Sainsburys, Safeway and Tesco. She
shares her passion for Indian food with the hundreds of people who
attend her Spice Magic corporate seminars in London on the art and
techniques of Indian cuisine.
Asian Women of Achievement Awards, of which she is Chairman, was
her brainchild and the Patron of the Awards is Cherie Booth QC.
It is an annual event held in London to acknowledge the achievements
of Asian women. She is a mentor with the Prince's Youth Business
Trust, a member of the Asia House special project committee, and
helped to set up the Women's Interfaith Network to encourage communication
and understanding between women of different faiths.
THE FIRST WOMEN AWARDS
economy needs to have more women who want to go into business or
own businesses. To encourage the future generations of women to
enter the business world the awards recognise those women who are
being successful and are achieving that success on their own terms.
The First Women Awards, now in their second year, aim to unearth
and unveil a new generation of role models whether they are young
entrepreneurs or low-profile pioneers of larger businesses who have
broken new ground in business life.