Created in 1972 to celebrate the House’s bicentennial, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is handed out every year to outstanding women to honour their entrepreneurial spirit. It pays tribute to the first among them, Madame Clicquot, who established herself as a leading female figure in the business world. These women, all worthy heirs to the “Grande Dame”, possess qualities rendering them pioneers able to face every challenge: leadership, courage, creativity and talent.
Since its inception, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award has been presented to over 340 women in 29 countries.
In 1972, to mark the House’s 200th anniversary, the first Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award ceremony was held in France. The winner that year was French engineer Giselle Picaud, who at the time directed the staff during the construction of the Bouygues company.
Gradually, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award developed an international presence. Each year, more and more countries took part, creating their own awards. Today, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award is given out in 27 countries.
In 2012, Fany Pechiodat, creator of MyLittleParis, won the French prize for her astounding creativity and website detailing the best of Paris.
Every year, after receiving their awards, the winners from each country are invited to take part in the International Business Woman Forum held in Reims. It is an experience of dialogue and discovery at the very heart of Veuve Clicquot, when the businesswomen tour the cellars, attend a gala dinner and christen vine stocks with their names in Verzy.