Created in 1972 to celebrate the bicentennial of the House, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is given each year. Six awards ceremonies took place this year, recognizing outstanding women in Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and France.
Since its inception, the Business Woman Award has been presented to over 340 women in 29 countries. All exemplify the heritage of one of the first exceptional women leaders in the world of business, Madame Clicquot. This year’s winners have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of fields, ranging from social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and prestige events to cuisine, online payment, ecology and furniture design.
The ceremony for the French Business Woman Award – the first created in 1972 – took place this year at Villa Emerige in Paris, hosted by Veuve Clicquot CEO Jean-Marc Gallot. The 2014 winner was Chantal Andriot, president of furniture manufacturer Tolix. Also this year, the new Clémentine Award was introduced to recognize the future generation of talented women entrepreneurs in several countries. The 2014 award went to Céline Lazorthes, founder of Leetchi, an online solution to collect money for group gifts and events.
Winners from all six countries participating in the 2014 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award were welcomed the same evening to a gala dinner held in their honor at the Hôtel du Marc in Reims. The next day each of the winners baptized their own vine in the Veuve Clicquot vineyard at the Manoir de Verzy, before visiting Veuve Clicquot’s renowned cellars.