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Winners’ Blogs – Lulu

by  Women of the Year

September 21, 2012

Winners’ Blogs – Lulu

Lulu is pictured with Clare Blampied, Managing Director of Sacla’

The Sacla’ Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award was given to singer, television personality and businesswoman Lulu in 2011. The Award recognised her impressive career spanning six decades and her work with charities including the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

Describe your experience at the Lunch
It was such an honour to be invited to the Women of the Year Lunch. The women who attend have achieved great things sometimes on the national or international stage but also women who quietly work within their communities doing great work day in and day out . . . I was humbled to be among such a group and meet these special women, including a wonderful, spirited lady called Hetty Bower who was an anti war campaigner – and is now 106 and still campaigning.

What did winning the Sacla’ Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award mean to you?
When I attended the Lunch in the past, I was so moved by the amazing women who were being recognised. It was beyond my wildest imagination to be a part of this. I am just so proud and humbled to have been given the award.

Lulu is pictured with Clare Blampied, Managing Director of Sacla’

Why are award ceremonies like the Women of the Year lunch important?
Ceremonies like this demonstrate the power we have as individuals to make a difference. When women roll up their sleeves, there is no end to what they can achieve. And these women do life-changing, often thankless work on a daily basis. They don’t do it for honours or fanfare, but because they have a genuine desire to help. Their spirit is the backbone of Britain and it represents a selflessness that we all can learn from.

Which women have been inspirations in your life and why?
I have been inspired by so many women over the years and actually many of my close friends inspire me on a daily basis. My mother inspired me to follow my dreams. My former manager Marian was an inspiration because she taught me to challenge myself. My business partner Gail Federici is a constant inspiration because she possesses a childlike curiosity and is always encouraging me to learn something new . . .

I am inspired by Michelle Obama for her strength, beauty, her commitment to community service and her beautiful family. I am inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi for her strength and quiet dignity. I am inspired by Beyonce for her sheer talent.

What has been your biggest achievement to date and what goals do you have for the future?
Well I have enjoyed both personal and professional achievements. I’d count my family and those relationships as some of my proudest accomplishments. Professionally, I’ve been able to fill my life with two of my passions, music and beauty products. Music is without a doubt my first love, and having a career and making a life out of singing is something for which I am eternally grateful. Getting into products and launching Time Bomb at age 58 has also been such a fulfilling experience. As for the future, I am very much someone who looks forward and not back – so hopefully my greatest achievement is still to come. I am certain I don’t understand the word ‘retirement’ and want to keep on singing and working as long as possible!