They say good things come in threes, and this was certainly the case for the GDST after three of their superstar alumnae were recently shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards.
The Women of the Future Awards are a platform for successful young women in Britain. For seventeen years, the awards have shone a light on trailblazing women working in all fields, from science to community work, academia to sport. These awards have gone a long way towards shifting gender stereotypes, and spring-boarding talent to great heights.
Meet the women leading the way
Anvi Gupta has been shortlisted in the Young Star category this year. Anvi has only very recently entered the GDST Alumnae family having just graduated from Northwood College for Girls, where she was Deputy Head Girl for 2022-23. She is a passionate and proactive activist for period awareness and women and young girls’ menstrual health.
Her notable achievements include extensive fundraising for Bloody Good Period, becoming a Youth Ambassador for Period Power and recently completing an internship with period-pant company WUKA where she led on PR, influencer marketing and social media strategy for the Axe The Tax petition to remove VAT from period pants. Anvi’s ambitions for the future, in her own words, can be summed up: ‘I definitely want to make an impact, whether that’s within my local community or on a global scale, because I think that’s where my happiness will come; knowing what I’ve done is helping other people.’
Clementine Brown is a Royal High School Bath alumna and has been shortlisted for the Community Spirits category. After leaving RHSB, she studied Arabic & Persian at Oxford and then started working as a data analyst for the UN. In 2018, she co-founded CodeBrave, a non-profit training disadvantaged youth in Lebanon in coding, robotics, and AI – tools to lift themselves out of poverty. In 2021, she set up a social enterprise, CodeBrave Tutors, to fund the charity sustainably. CodeBrave has received recognition from Wired ME as one of the early-stage start-ups poised to transform the Middle East, and was also listed in the Deloitte Fast50 Technology Companies in 2022.
Lastly, Aletha Shepherd, alumna of Sutton High School, has been shortlisted for the Arts & Culture category, recognising her production company, Shot of Tea. Aletha is the founder of and producer at Shot of Tea, a neoteric production company created with the vision of inclusivity at its core to bring a fresh perspective to the industry. Since its inception in 2017, Shot of Tea quickly gained recognition for its highly successful short films, which played at festivals around the world and won international, prestigious awards.
As founder, writer, actor and producer, Aletha is at the forefront of seeking out and finding undiscovered voices and talents, platforming those previously not offered opportunities and paving the way for up and coming talent. Inspired by her love of filmmaking and the creative arts, Aletha strives to produce visually compelling motion pictures with female lead roles that empower women.
Anvi, Clementine, and Aletha attended interviews with the judging panel last Friday 13th October. The awards ceremony takes place in London on November 15th – so watch this space! Read the full 2023 shortlist.
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