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Ruth Simmons, CEO of Soundlounge, has been chosen in recognition of her personal contribution to society to join 400 women from all walks of life at the Women of the Year Lunch. This year’s event will take place on Monday 14 October 2013 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.

The Women of the Year Lunch and Awards ceremony honours women’s personal achievements. It brings together more than 400 extraordinary women from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved something of significance. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only herself, but the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day.

Ruth is attending in celebration of her work as Chief Executive of Soundlounge, the leading music licensing consultancy, and her contribution to the British music licensing scene for more than three decades.

Ruth says, ‘I am of course thrilled and honoured to be invited to such a prestigious Award ceremony along with so many talented and extraordinary women from so many walks of life. And it will be fascinating to see who the judges decide to choose as winners this year.’

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year, said: “The remarkable thing about this lunch is that it’s not just about celebrity or success. It’s about seeing the exceptional in unusual places, recognizing women not only for their drive, ambition and tenacity, but for seeing a need and finding a way to make a difference. For taking the hard knocks, surviving them, and sticking at it.

“These women are role models. Their courage is breathtaking and they reaffirm our faith in the human condition by showing us that, wherever you are, people do good things for each other.”

At the Lunch, special awards will be presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness and dedication. The winners are selected by a judging panel made up of prominent female figures in media, business and the charity sector.

Previous Women of the Year winners include:

• 2012 Team GB Olympic & Paralympic women medallists
• Doreen Lawrence, campaigner for justice following the murder of her son Stephen in 1993
• P. D. James, best-selling crime writer and Life Peer
• Zainab Salbi, Iraqi-American women’s rights activist and co-founder of Women for Women International
• Katie Piper, who set up a charity to help burns survivors after being victim of a brutal acid attack
• Lulu, the singer, businesswoman and charity campaigner

The 2013 Award sponsors are Barclays, Good Housekeeping, Sacla’ and ITV’s Lorraine.

For more than 30 years, Ruth Simmons has been finding ways to make music work better in the branding and marketing arena - she calls it 'putting science into the art of music.'

As founder of one of the first companies in music industry to address the complexities of licensing copyright music for advertising, Ruth was also the first to pose what now seems an obvious question: ‘ you know what your brand looks like - but do you know what it sounds like?’

Thanks to Ruth’s pioneering in brand sound, it is now possible to measure the effectiveness of music and brand fit in relation to consumer response, to reconcile business needs with artistic creativity, and to give clients greater insight into their own brands.

The Women of the Year Lunch was founded in 1955 by the late Tony Lothian OBE, Odette Hallowes and Lady Georgina Coleridge, with the aim of bringing together women from all walks of life and celebrating their achievements. This year’s Women of the Year Lunch will be held on Monday 14 October 2013 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.

For further information on Ruth Simmons and Soundlounge contact:-
Ruth Simmons - 020 7724 2420

For further information about this year’s guests and awards please contact Sarah Savage or Clare Keeling at Four Colman Getty on / / 020 3697 4200

The winners will be announced on Monday 14 October 2013. #womenoftheyear


The late Lady Tony (Antonella) Lothian OBE co-founded Women of the Year Lunch in 1955 with Lady Georgina Coleridge and Odette Hallowes. Tony Lothian was an energetic president for more than 40 years until her death in 2007 aged 84.

Lady Lothian’s aim was to bring together a wide cross-section of working women who had distinguished themselves in their careers or their communities, and for them to meet each other and hear the views of world-famous women on important issues.

Since its inception in 1955, Women of the Year has raised more than £1 million for a variety of Charities both in the UK and overseas and since 2001 has continued its donations through the Women of the Year Foundation.

Recent Women of the Year Award winners celebrated at the Lunch include the 2012 Team GB Olympic and Paralympic women medallists, Doreen Lawrence, P. D. James, Zainab Salbi, Katie Piper, Lulu and Dr Nawal El Saadawi. Other winners include Annie Lennox, Susie Hart, Zaha Hadid, Shara Brice, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Claire Hicks, Tina Turner, Dame Kelly Holmes, Jane Tomlinson, Jasvinder Sanghera, Sara Payne and Ann Cotton.

Our sponsors

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide.

Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping is an inspiring and essential part of women’s lives. With affordable glamour, fabulous recipes, and beautiful ideas for your home, this best-selling magazine provides you with the tried, tested and trusted advice to help you live better.

Sacla' stands for the Societa' Anonima Commercio Lavorazione Alimentari and is still passionately run by a family of food-lovers, dedicated to the production of fine Italian foods.
Today our credo remains the same. We use only the finest of fresh ingredients, we recreate traditional Italian recipes and we ensure that all our products are made in Italy. Now run by the second and third generations of the founding family, Sacla' remains a growing company, more than seventy years on. And you join us every time you cook with us.

ITV’s Lorraine
Lorraine is broadcast Monday-Friday, 8.30am - 9.25am on ITV following Daybreak. Hosted by Lorraine Kelly, the show features a mix of entertainment, human interest stories, topical debates on the day's news, and the best in lifestyle, food and fashion features.

The show features interviews with celebrities, both in the UK and live from Hollywood, as well as with ordinary people with extraordinary, inspirational stories.

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