Transformify CEO Lilia Stoyanov scoops 2017 First Women Award

Recruitment platform founder recognised alongside other winners including Ali Powell from Fitness First Group and Dame Fiona Caldicott

Lilia Stoyanov, the CEO of Startups 100-featured recruitment platform Transformify, was awarded the First Women Disruptor of the Year Award at the 13th First Women Awards last night.

Created by Real Business in 2005, the First Women programme brings together “trailblazing” women in enterprise and works to promote gender balanced businesses. The annual awards recognises and celebrates the achievements of those women.

Stoyanov shared her success with other winners on the night including Ali Powell from Fitness First Group, Health & Parenting’s Amber Vodegel, and the winner of First Women Lifetime Achievement Award Dame Fiona Caldicott.

Finalists in her category – awarded to women who are “shaking up” the industry or profession in which they operate – included Atom Bank’s Maria Harris, Emma Cleveland from Cleveland & Co Associates Ltd, and Phrasee’s Victoria Peppiatt.

Started after Stoyanov witnessed the struggle of people to relocate for work, after they had lost their jobs during a business transformation process she was involved in, Transformify connects companies with remote talent around the world.

The platform has registered job seekers from more than 150 countries, and is on a mission to help disadvantaged people around the world make a living without having to leave their homes. In doing so, Transformify hopes to help manage unemployment, re-balance overcrowded cities and curb CO2 emissions associated with commuting.

Amy Carroll, events director of the First Women Awards, said: “Congratulations to all of our finalists who are leading the way in their respective fields while inspiring the next generation. On behalf of First Women, we would like to thank all of those who entered the awards this year!”


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