The First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together trailblazing women
in business and public service

We tell their stories to inspire other women to break through in their industries

Crucially, we also demonstrate that gender-balanced businesses are better businesses, which attract the best talent, make the best decisions and deliver the best profits

  • "I have found the whole experience with First Women to be one that challenges my own personal boundaries which is always refreshing!"

    Wing Commander Sarah Maskell MBE RAF

The First Women programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage through our series of high profile events – including the First Women Awards, First Women Working Party and First Women Summit – and by sharing their inspirational stories, insight and opinions on our dedicated First Women online and social media channels

Key dates

First Women Working Party – September 6 2016

First Women Summit – February 28 2017

First Women Judging Day – May 16 2017

First Women Awards – June 29 2017

  • “The atmosphere is fantastic. It feels like such a celebration. So much talent and so much capability.”

    Mike Grogan Vodafone