The Drum partners with SheSays Awards to highlight The Drum Woman of the Year

The Drum and SheSays have joined forces to launch the SheSays Awards, in partnership with Isobar, for the second year in a row.

The Drum's Woman of the Year category will highlight the woman who has made the biggest contribution to the creative industries in the past year, and the industry is now invited to nominate individuals for this award. Last year the award was given to Debbie Klein, chief executive of the Engine Group.

You can nominate your chosen individual by supplying up to 250 words explaining your nomination. The deadline for nominations and entries is 12pm on 5 October. Following the nominations period, a shortlist will be compiled by judges, with voting taking place on thedrum.com to decide on the winner.

The SheSays Awards will champion female creativity, highlighting the role and contribution of women in the creative industries.

The other two categories are the Industry Award and the Student Award, both of which will celebrate 'ideas without limits'. Only female creatives based in the UK (or mixed creative duos) can enter.

Patricia McDonald, chief strategy officer at Isobar, said: "Isobar is delighted to be sponsoring the SheSays Awards for the second year running. We believe passionately that diversity is not just a nice to have, but an essential driver of commercial success. In a world where there is ever greater competition for the users' attention, fresh, original and diverse ideas are agencies' only source of sustainable advantage. Those will only come from supporting and celebrating fresh, original and diverse talent."

Among those judging the awards will be Isobar's Nick Bailey and Patricia McDonald; Laura Jordan Bambach, creative partner at Mr President; Grey creative director Vicki Maguire; Dave Buonaguidi, chief creative officer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky; Google Creative Lab's Steve Vranakis and Emma Perkins, executive creative director at Lowe Open.

The awards are now open for entries and will close at midday on 5 October.

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