“It has been an unprecedented year and this year’s winners truly reflect the extraordinary circumstances that we have found ourselves in. They have demonstrated pioneering female leadership and innovation and contributed to much more than simply business growth. Madame Clicquot took risks and pushed boundaries at a time when women weren’t even able to open a bank account, and it is an honour to be able to celebrate women that very much reflect her trailblazing spirit.” 

Jean-Marc Gallot, President of Veuve Clicquot

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, winner of the Bold Woman Award 2021

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who led the development of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine, has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot. The 49th woman to be honoured with the annual award, honours inspirational women with a track record of success, Dame Sarah Gilbert was recognised not just for her most recent work but her decade of experience in developing cutting edge vaccines at Oxford with university spinout Vaccitech. She follows in the footsteps of an impressive roster of extraordinary past winners such as renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, Co-Op Food CEO Jo Whitfield and Selfridges Group Managing Director Anne Pitcher.

Sharmadean Reid MBE, The Stack Founder and winner of the Bold Future Award 2021

Founder of The Stack, has been awarded the Bold Future Award by Veuve Clicquot, which celebrates female entrepreneurship and up and coming leaders of the future. The Stack is a cross between a business membership federation and editorial outlet, launched to supercharge the value of the female economy by offering women a platform to source professional services, funding and mentorship from other female entrepreneurs and professionals. Judges praised The Stack’s commitment to be intersectionality from the start, the platform’s focus on nurturing a new wave of entrepreneurs and ambition to level a playing field where companies launched by white or male founders attract higher valuations and more capital. The network, which evolved from Reid’s beauty professionals network BeautyStack, has acquired more than 1000 paying members since launching in early 2021 and has already raised more than £3 million in funding, with Monzo founder Tom Blomfield among investors.

Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot

The Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot is a modern evolution of the Business Woman Award which has been running since 1972; the first and longest-running international accolade for female business figureheads. 

The awards continue to take inspiration from Madame Clicquot, a woman whose tenacity and creativity led to entrepreneurial success. Despite a lack of female role models and numerous other social obstacles, she took the brand to the successful champagne house we know today. A massive achievement in a time when women couldn’t open their own bank account, let alone independently run or own a business.