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The Enterprising Women Summit 2017

16 Jun 2017
Grange St.Paul's Hotel, London

Gearing up for opportunity: Britain's female business leaders for a global Britain

Join us and some of the country’s most inspirational enterprising women to hear fascinating stories, learn how to implement lasting changes in your company and leave motivated to accelerate your career.

The Enterprising Women Summit 2017 will once again bring together some of the country’s most inspirational and influential women leaders in business. Firmly established as a key event in the business calendar, it provides a unique opportunity to meet and hear from female business leaders working in a diverse range of sectors.

5 reasons to attend

  1. Accelerate your career – leave feeling inspired and motivated with the confidence to drive your career forward
  2. Meet the enterprising women who can contribute to your success – those you could be doing business with, gaining advice from or brainstorming ideas with
  3. Over 10 unique stories to learn from – speakers are from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors and will share personal stories and insights
  4. Leave with key learnings - Learn strategies and tips to achieve success in your business and reach future goals
  5. Make lasting change – learn how to implement positive and lasting changes in your company that will allow more enterprising women who want to get to the top, to do so

What you can expect

Hear from inspirational speakers and expect interactive debates and Q&A sessions to ensure your voice is heard. Breakfast pastries and lunch is included and our post-event drinks reception gives you the opportunity to network with other female business leaders.

Key details

Date & time: 16 Jun 2017 09:30 - 16:30
Location: Grange St.Paul's Hotel, London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

225.00 GBP + VAT - Fellows
225.00 GBP + VAT - Chartered directors
300.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
360.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member rate

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8919


Gabriella Somerville, founder and managing director, ConnectJets

As founder and managing director of ConnectJets, Gabriella has amassed over 25 years’ experience incommercial and business aviation. Beginning her aviation career at Virgin Atlantic in 1988 serving as a member of the cabin crew promotional team, Gabriella moved to British Airways in 1995 where she spent the next six years in various roles.

In 2005, Gabriella went on to launch a boutique events management start up before joining Bombardier Skyjet International in 2007. It was in 2009 that Gabriella founded ConnectJets with her own seed capital, operating from offices in London’s Mayfair. In 2014 Gabriella was selected as a mentor for Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurial Programme, Virgin StartUp. Gabriella received the Honorary Global Exemplary Award for Entrepreneurship 2015 by the EU-WIIN (European Union - Women Inventors & Innovators Network).

Marianne Lumb, chef and restaurateur

Marianne Lumb began her classical training in restaurants, including the Michelin starred Gravetye Manor. From 2000 she worked as a private chef in the UK, Mediterranean, America and Australia, where she gained extensive knowledge of the local, seasonal food.

In 2009 Marianne reached the finals of MasterChef the Professionals series 2, and also published her first book “Kitchen Knife Skills”. In September 2013, Marianne took the leap of faith and opened a 14 cover restaurant in Notting Hill with a team of three. The following month Marianne was crowned “London Restaurant Festival Chef of the Year 2013”.

Cat Gazzoli, founder, Piccolo Organic Baby Foods

Piccolo is the fastest growing baby food company in the UK, with a projected turnover of £3million in their first year. They’re stocked in major retailers like Asda, Waitrose, Whole Foods and hundreds of independent shops. When Cat was pregnant, she spotted a gap in the market for food that she would actually want to feed her baby and this led to the launch of Piccolo in April 2016.

Cat has worked in the food industry for much of her career (she was previously CEO of Slow Food UK and spearheaded food programmes at the UN) and is passionate about the provenance and quality of ingredients.

Penny Mallory, presenter, ex-rally driver, motivational speakerPenny Mallory presenter

At the age of 14, Penny Mallory ran away from home and was down and out in London, moving from one hostel to another. But through sheer determination and perseverance, she turned her life around. Despite being told she was the wrong sex to become a rally driver, Penny worked her way up through the ranks and, in 1997, became the first woman to compete in World Rally Car.

She is a qualified performance coach and sports psychologist and consults with large organisations (including Mercedes Benz), world class teams (including Formula 1) and individuals on their attitude, approach and mental performance.

Alison Forrestal, UK media director, AmazonAlison Forrestal Amazon

Alison joined Amazon in November 2013, and runs the UK Media business. Prior to Amazon, she spent 15 years with Diageo plc, the premium drinks company.

After joining the Strategy team in London, she spent the next 12 years overseas, spending time in Sydney, in Moscow as the General Manager of the Russia & CIS business, responsible for the Premium Beer business in the USA, and returning to London in 2011 to be the General Manager of Diageo’s premium business across Western Europe.

Sallyann Keizer, founder, Happynesshub

Sallyann Keizer is an Emmy award winning TV producer, and Managing Director of Sixth Sense Media, a successful independent TV production company. She is also founder and ‘Head of Happiness’ at the not-for-profit Happynesshub.

A trained journalist, Sallyann has presented and reported on shows like Watchdog, as well as numerous Children’s series. 18 months ago she launched the Happynesshub, an online organisation empowering people to live more fulfilled lives.

The Happynesshub community is rapidly growing, and fast becoming the place to visit for those seeking to lead happier and emotionally resilient lives. Sallyann and her team are currently developing a programme to take into the workplace to be launched later this year.

Jennifer Nadel, journalist and broadcaster

Jennifer Nadel trained as a barrister before becoming a writer, journalist, and campaigner. She was one of the UK’s most senior female television correspondents and has broadcast for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 News. Her book on domestic violence was made into a BBC film and a Channel 4 documentary, and her report from Bosnia on the use of rape as a weapon of war was broadcast around the world.

Her first novel, Pretty Thing, was published by Little, Brown in 2015. She is a trustee of the charity INQUEST and has a long history of activism. She stood as a candidate for the Green Party in the UK general election in 2015. A mother of three boys, she was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and is a dual US/UK national who lives in London.

More speakers and topics to be announced

What’s on the agenda

Panel sessions

You and your team: Creating a productive, healthy work environment

  • Penny Mallory, presenter, ex-rally driver, motivational speaker
  • Sallyann Keizer, founder, Happynesshub
  • Cat Gazzoli, founder, Piccolo Organic Baby Foods

  • Mental health might be the defining challenge of the 21st century, with one in four of us afflicted by mental illness at any one time. While there is a moral responsibility for us all to keep an eye out for each other’s mental health, there’s a business case too; the OECD reckons mental ill health costs the UK economy some 4.5% of our GDP every year. But how do business leaders spot ill health in the workplace, and how do they start an often difficult conversation with their staff? Combining real world insights and practical advice, this session will debunk some of the myths around mental health, and give you the tools to ensure a healthier – and more productive – workplace.

    It’s a man world – or is it?

    • Gabriella Somerville, founder and managing director, ConnectJets
    • Marianne Lumb, chef and restaurateur
    More information coming soon.

    Breakout sessions

    1. Gaining access to finance

    2. A woman's place is in the boardroom

    3. The art of negotiation

    4. Mastering your own PR


      Amazon logo opened its virtual doors in October 1998 and is part of the Amazon group and is ultimately owned by, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle USA, which strives to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online.

      Initially known as an online bookseller, has dramatically expanded its range of products and now offers millions of items across categories including Books, Music, MP3, DVD, Software, PC & Video Games, Electronics, Toys, Home & Garden, Grocery, Musical Instruments & DJ, Sports & Leisure, Jewellery & Watches, Health & Beauty, Baby, Shoes, DIY & Tools, Car & Motorbike, Pet Supplies and Clothing., the dedicated shoe and handbag website, is also a part of Amazon.

      Amazon’s success can be attributed to an obsessive focus on the customer. Amazon's websites offer an easy and convenient way to shop, with low prices, great choice and comprehensive product information.

      More information

      Keynote sponsor

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      Prices from

      225.00 GBP + VAT - Fellows
      225.00 GBP + VAT - Chartered directors
      300.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
      360.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member rate

      • Grange St.Paul's Hotel
      • 10 Godliman St
      • London
      • EC4V 5AJ