31 Jul WIM Top 50 Awards 2019: Encouraging women to dream big
Since its launch in 2011, the ‘Professional and Career Women Awards’ organised by Women in Management (WIM) have recognised women trailblazers across diverse fields; particularly those who have positively impacted society, achieved success defying the odds, and inspired others to also dream and think big.
The year’s ‘Top 50’ Awards Ceremony, its ninth edition, will be held on 6 September at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel. The Chairperson of the Panel of Judges for 2019 is Hemas Pharmaceuticals, Hemas Surgical and Diagnostics, and Hemas Logistics and Maritime Cluster Managing Director Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson. In this interview with DailyFT, Wilson throws light into the judging process and relates her experience as the Chair of the 2019 Panel.
Q: This year marks the ninth year of the Top 50 Awards. Could you begin by explaining why you accepted the offer to Chair the Panel of Judges for the 2019 Awards, and what you hope to accomplish in this role?
I have been a part of the WIM Top 50 Awards judging process for some time and have seen how tough the entire process is in terms of selection and doing right by the winners. I have also seen how the awards impact women and encourage them in their endeavours. WIM has been also recognising the women who silently accomplish greatness against personal and social difficulties, and this inspired me.
To be part of an event to encourage, motivate and inspire women was what motivated me to accept the Chairperson position. This year, as the Chairperson, I have the honour of having an eminent panel of diverse judges alongside me. I would like to make use of the diversity to have a healthy and transparent judging process to ensure that the quality of the WIM awards are upheld.
Q: Could you outline the judging process, and also relate your experience so far?
The process commenced with scrutinising the applications, and researching on each application and eventually shortlisting applicants. As judges, we would look for candidates who have not applied but we feel should be considered.
The second round would be to discuss the shortlisted candidates. Each judge would have done his or her homework on each of the candidates. Finally, the winner is picked. Being a diversified panel of judges we would have different opinions and that’s the beauty of it. The outcome would always be something good.
Q: What are your observations and apprehensions, if any?
In reality we need to pick only one winner which would lead to disappointments and in some instances, negative feedback. Hence it’s important we have a transparent, robust judging process, and a professional judging panel.
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