First created in 1972 to celebrate its 200th anniversary, the Maison created an award – the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award – to honor this bold woman. For 50 years, Veuve Clicquot has awarded businesswomen who have built, taken on or developed a business. To date, 350 women in 27 countries have been honored.

The Bold Woman Award is a modern evolution of the Business Woman Award which has been running since 1972 and is the first and longest-running international accolade of its kind. Since they began, the awards have acknowledged women pioneering across all fields of business, celebrating those who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot, an original trailblazer known for her enterprising spirit, as well as her courage and the determination necessary to accomplish her business goals.


Anne Pitcher, Group MD, Selfridges has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot. The 48th woman to be honoured with the award, Anne is recognised for her work in promoting leadership roles for women in fashion, anchoring the business growth strategy in sustainability and driving retail innovation with great care and consideration for its people. She follows in the footsteps of an impressive roster of extraordinary business women, including past winners Jo Whitfield, CEO of Co-op Food, Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent and renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid.


Anne Pitcher


Celia Pool


Celia Pool, Co-Founder of DAME, has been awarded the Bold Future Award by Veuve Clicquot for her outstanding contributions to the sustainable development of female products. The Bold Future Award celebrates women who have led with innovation to become pioneers in their industries. Previous winners include exceptional entrepreneurs  Stephanie Alys, Founder of MysteryVibe, Cassandra Stavrou, founder of Propercorn and Kathryn Parsons MBE, Founder of Decoded.


Hear directly from Anne Pitcher and Celia Pool in a discussion about female entrepreneurship, what inspires them and the challenges they face! 
In recognition of how valuable extra support for female entrepreneurs is at this time, and in lieu of an award ceremony this year, Veuve Clicquot and this year’s winners will be partnering with professional networks AllBright, The Dots and Her Hustle to offer a series of “Bold Conversations” to inspire the next generation of business women.

Bold Conversation in partnership with AllBright
Anne Pitcher, Group MD of Selfridges and winner of the Bold Woman Award 2020  and Anna Jones, Co-Founder of AllBright
Lessons in fearless leadership
Watch the recording:
Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 7.15pm-8pm (Online) *

Bold Conversation in partnership with Her Hustle
Celia Pool, Co-Founder of DAME and winner of the Bold Future Award 2020 and Emma-Louise Boynton, Founder of Her Hustle
How to make profit and purpose work together in your business
Watch the recording:
Wednesday 30th September 2020, 7pm-7:45pm (Online) *

Bold Conversation in partnership with The Dots
Anne Pitcher, Group MD of Selfridges, Celia Pool, Co-Founder of DAME and Pip Jamieson, Founder of The Dots  
The meaning of modern success
Watch the recording:
Wednesday 7th October 2020, 7pm-7:45pm (Online) *

*Limited spaces available 
Zoom details will be sent 1 day before the Bold Conversation

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