Join us and some of the country’s most inspirational business women to hear fascinating stories, learn how to implement lasting changes in your company and leave motivated to accelerate your career.
Now in its 10th year, The Enterprising Women Summit 2017 will once again bring together some of the country’s most inspirational and influential business women. Firmly established as a key event in the business calendar, it provides a unique opportunity to meet and hear from leaders working in a diverse range of sectors.
Why you need to attend
- Accelerate your career – leave feeling inspired and motivated with the confidence to drive your career forward
- Meet the people who can contribute to your success – those you could be doing business with, gaining advice from or brainstorming ideas with
- Over 10 unique stories to learn from – speakers are from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors and will share personal stories and insights
- Leave with key learnings - Learn strategies and tips to achieve success in your business and reach future goals
- Make lasting change – learn how to implement positive and lasting changes in your company that will allow more 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 attendees.
Penny Mallory, presenter, ex-rally driver, motivational speaker
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, 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.
More speakers and topics to be announced
What’s on the agenda
Breakout sessions: new for 2017
Each stream will consist of a facilitator and 3 experts to share their story and answer your questions.
Banking on Women
This session will include a pragmatic analysis of the barriers faced by entrepreneurs in raising bank finance to support and grow their business with a focus on some of the personal characteristics, such as ethnicity, gender and education that impact their ability to access finance.
By examining some of the major factors at play such as the complexity of the lending decision, why and how many entrepreneurs are by-passing traditional forms of finance and a look at some case studies that share experiences and insights on various funding opportunities our experts will provide a detailed picture of this complex landscape and ultimately arm you with the tools that will enable you to find the right route to funding.
Next stop – the Board
Despite being well recognised and documented with numerous studies showing time and time again that companies with women on their boards make better business decisions, gender disparity on boards still remains a very real issue.
This session will fully explore the strategies and competencies that will help women succeed at being first rate board members as well as being inspired by some real life success stories ensuring that delegates leave fully prepared with the direction, tools and approaches for attaining a board seat.
"Look after yourself" – Ensuring mental well-being in the workplace
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.
Female Entrepreneurs’ Panel
Do men and women have different motivations for starting a business? Traditional thinking would say that for men it is about status, competition and the financial rewards whereas for women it is more about creating a life that they enjoy, working with people they like and making a difference. To discuss if this is an outdated view and the lines are now blurring this panel will host some of the most successful women-led start-ups around to discover the key factors driving today’s female entrepreneurs.
Amazon.co.uk opened its virtual doors in October 1998 and is part of the Amazon group and is ultimately owned by Amazon.com, 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, Amazon.co.uk 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. Javari.co.uk, 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.