WISE100 List launched to celebrate leading women in social enterprise

March 9, 2017

The WISE100 (Women In Social Enterprise 100) will recognise 100 of the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and social innovation. It is a new initiative from the NatWest SE100 Index – the UK’s leading source of market intelligence on social enterprise.

The 100 names will be announced in September at a special celebration hosted by NatWest. Nominations for the list will open in April via the SE100.net website.

Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise, Business Banking at RBS/NatWest launched the WISE100 at the NatWest SE100 Leadership event at RBS Business School in Edinburgh:

We know that social enterprises already have a fantastic record compared with traditional businesses in terms of their representation of women in leadership roles. With the launch today of the WISE100 on International Women’s Day, we want to put a spotlight on women across the UK who are leading the way for business with a social purpose.

Karen Lynch, winner of this year’s NatWest SE100 Leadership Award, commented:

UK social enterprise is already outperforming mainstream business when it comes to female leadership statistics. There’s been great progress made, but nowhere near enough, yet! Continued empowerment and support of our women in social enterprise is essential. Practical action such as encouraging flexible working is key but also celebrating the amazing female leadership we have currently will inspire more talented women to join our sector to pursue their career ambitions.


The NatWest SE100 Leadership event brought together the winners and shortlisted organisations from this year’s NatWest SE100 Awards. The event was part of a series of events offered through the NatWest SE100 Social Business Club.