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Inspiring Women Lead The Nationwide Search for UK’s Super Achievers

“Women are born multi-taskers and naturally work well under pressure”
says ex White House Director of Events

With their credentials ranging from writing for a renowned international women’s magazine; speaking at events across the globe; and having worked their way up the White House from answering phones to become Director of Events, the high profile panel of successful business women sitting as Super Achievers judges know exactly what they’re looking for as they start to hunt for the most inspiring people working within UK businesses this month.

Supporting Pitman Training’s National search for ‘Super Achievers’, judges include:-

  • Laura Schwartz (Ex White House Director of Events)
  • Sophie Goddard (Cosmopolitan Writer & Journalist)
  • Kate Hardcastle (Business woman, charity founder & TV & Media Commentator)
  • Marion Lowrence (PA Hub Founder & Previous Super Achievers Award Winner)

With nominations now open and running until 31st January 2014 categories cover:-

  • Working Mum of the Year
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • PA of the Year
  • Business Newcomer of the Year
  • Student of the Year (Nominated solely by Pitman Training Centres)

Entries can be submitted for free via

The UK’s leading independent training provider, Pitman Training launched the Super Achievers Awards to show anything is possible and to help reward people committed to driving their careers forward in a bid to inspire more of the British workforce to strive for more.

Recent survey results from Pitman Training and The Princes Trust show that 27% of young people in work feel depressed ‘always’ or ‘often’ and 48% of NEETs feel this way; only 8% of us feel we’re in our dream job; over 42% waste up to 4 hours a week dreaming of what we could be doing instead but 72% of people rate being happy at work as one of the most important factors to their job.

Super Achievers judge and ex White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz said: “I think that a lack of confidence can be the root of the problem for a lot of professionals that get stuck in their career path – and this can often be an issue more so faced by women but women certainly have some characteristics that allow them to progress in their career differently than men. While men are great at completing the task at hand, women are born multi-taskers. Women naturally work well under the pressure of work and home – they work at keeping different departments and teams connected. Women are also great active listeners which allows them to gather and synthesize information to make decisions and explain the reasoning behind such decisions.”

Her advice for having the right approach to career success? Laura said: “I have found throughout my career and especially in my years at the White House that all great leaders and successful professionals have a thirst for knowledge and with this great things can be achieved. I have also learnt the power of networking. Working at the White House I learned so many ways to use the networking power of social events as I rose through the ranks there. Positive networking and partnership building knows no borders, genders, ages or careers – it can empower each one of us!”

She added: “My family taught me the true meaning of hard work, as my parents both owned their own businesses while growing up in the Midwest. I think that having a strong work ethic instilled in me at a young age has allowed me to continue charging ahead with my career”.

Amongst the winners of the previous Super Achievers Awards was Marion Lowrence who won the hotly contested PA of the Year Award. Marion has since launched her own business on the back of winning the award, which gave her confidence in her skills and ability and inspired her to develop a community that now helps others in her sector.

Marion said: “Winning Pitman Training Super Achievers PA of the Year award was such a wonderful feeling. It means a lot to me to be recognised at the top of my profession but it also gave me the platform to inform other PAs to recognise their own potential. Since winning the award my whole career has taken on a new direction and I embrace every minute of it.  It gave me the confidence to follow my goals and my dreams in my career.”

M.D of Pitman Training, and Entrepreneur Claire Lister said: “We’ve got another fantastic panel of successful individuals supporting these awards and they are excited about finding talent across the UK. We want to discover and recognise the unrewarded hard workers that are helping to keep British businesses thriving. We work really closely with our students to help them reach goals, rather than just providing them with training, as the end result is always our focus. We’ve seen many lives transformed after people have a renewed energy, after topping up their skills and this is really inspiring. What we’re looking to do is now share these stories to help inspire others.”

Pitman Training offers flexible, tailor-made courses and qualifications with one-on-one student support in subjects including Office, IT, Administration, Finance and Business, which are recognised by employers. The teams also offer free career clinics and CVs advice. For more information see