A mountaineer, an amateur jockey, a triathlete and a martial arts expert ... You'll find all these and more among our selection of the businesswomen aged 35 and under who are forging impressive careers in a wide range of sectors. For although they have demonstrated precocious skills and remarkable determination in their daily work roles, this new breed of entrepreneur and executive is determined to live a well-rounded life in and out of the office and to express their true personality through their work aspirations. Rebecca Hoar reports.
There's a new type of woman emerging in British business. MT's latest 35 under 35 list is dominated by women who are as active outside the workplace as in it. If success was once measured by how many rungs a woman had climbed up the corporate ladder, now it's about finding work that complements your own lifestyle rather than compromising it. As our cover woman, entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi, puts it: 'The new woman no longer leaves her persona at home when she goes to the office. What you do reflects who you are.'
Two years after MT's first '35 under 35' feature, this new list shows that women are indeed carving new roles in business. They are succeeding in all industries, from advertising to manufacturing. And they are succeeding beyond the office, too. This year's list includes women who run marathons, do charity work, bring up children and complete MBAs, all outside their day-to-day work.