At the start of 2020, we were lucky enough to celebrate some of the most talented and inspirational women in digital at a fantastic in-person event: the Digital Women Awards. To recognise the ongoing outstanding achievements of our winners, we compiled Digital Women’s 40 Digital Women to Watch list. Over the next few weeks, to encourage and inspire you to enter yourself or nominate a fellow incredible woman for the 2021 Digital Women Awards, we’re bringing you this ‘40 Digital Women To Watch 2020: Where Are They Now?’ blog series, sharing top insights from some of the most inspiring women in digital.
Today, we’re chatting to the fantastic Kim Rowell, Executive Producer and Assistant Editor at BBC Three and BBC News. Kim was named as a Kindness and Leadership Leading Light in 2019, an accolade recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society. As well as being a Digital Women speaker, Kim is a podcaster, TEDx speaker and author of ‘Townie Spider’, a children’s book covering kindness, friendship and mental health. We asked her about her experience of being named one of the Top 40 Digital Women to Watch in 2020, her advice for women applying to this year’s awards and, of course, her favourite thing about Digital Women!
First of all, did you share the news when you were named as one of Digital Women’s Top 40 Digital Women to Watch with your community?
I did, on both Twitter and Insta. Both still there!
And how has your career evolved since being featured as a Digital Woman to Watch?
Being featured as a Digital Women to Watch was beneficial to me in so many ways. As well as receiving acknowledgement from my peers within the industry, it also, and perhaps more importantly, allowed me to grow in confidence and self-esteem. The power of a network is extraordinary and Digital Women is one of the best there is.
How did the changing role of digital and tech-based businesses and the sudden increased reliance on digital in 2020 affect you and your team last year?
I was, and remain impressed, by what my team and I were able to achieve and deliver in 2020 in the face of such challenging circumstances. Everyone was having to change, rethink, reframe and reimagine their goals, and I think as a result we’ve come out of it a little battle-scarred, but a lot stronger, resilient and more determined to succeed.
Do you have any advice for women who are considering entering themselves or nominating others for the Digital Women Awards?
I’m an enormous advocate of kindness – and if 2020 showed us anything it’s that I’m not alone in this. Don’t put it off, pay it forward, believe in yourself; as someone very wise once said: ‘we rise by lifting others’.
Are there any names that spring to mind that you think we should be watching out for 2021?
All of the ones that spring to mind featured on your shortlists last year – will come back to you as I think of more…
And finally, we had to ask… What is your favourite thing about the Digital Women community?
It’s fun, it’s inclusive, it’s supportive, it’s welcoming, it’s not intimidating, it’s full of brilliant, like-minded people.
If you’d like to find out more about Kim, you can find her on social media at:
@kimrowelltv (Twitter & Insta)
Or visit the BBC’s website at:
Nominations for the Digital Women Awards 2021 are now open. Here are a couple of key dates for your diary:
14th February: The deadline for award nominations. Don’t wait for a nomination; we encourage you to recognise your own excellence and put yourself forward for the awards!
8th March (International Women’s Day): We’ll be announcing the shortlist (decided by our expert judging panel).
Get your applications at the ready! Enter the Digital Women Awards 2021 here: https://digitalwomenawards.com/categories-and-enter