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The Enterprising Women Summit 2017

16 Jun 2017
Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul's , London

Gearing up for opportunity: 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.

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Key details

Date & time: 16 Jun 2017 09:30 - 16:30
Location: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul's , 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

What’s on the agenda

Panel sessions

It’s a man world – or is it?

  • Gabriella Somerville, founder and managing director, ConnectJets
  • Marianne Lumb, chef and restaurateur

While the world of business is slowly changing, some sectors are still perceived as a tougher nut to crack than others for even the most talented women. These three inspiring women will share their stories on growing their careers and businesses within male-dominated industries, and offer their advice for you whether you’re starting-up, scaling-up, or entering the boardroom for the first time.

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.

Breakout sessions: New for 2017

All attendees can choose two out of four to attend. 

How to… raise finance for your big idea

Far too many surveys reveal that a lack of access to finance is holding our talented business people back – and there is now some evidence that it’s even harder for women. Katrin Herrling, CEO of Funding XChange and a former consultant at Bain, shares her experience of the market from the inside and offers you hints and tips on how to write a business plan that’ll convince traditional and alternative financiers alike.

How to… leap onto the Board

There are clear signs of progress on the boards of Britain’s biggest companies, but too many firms’ leadership teams are still too male, too pale and too stale. Our expert in this area will share experience of making the leap from corporate management to board positions, and give you a whistlestop tour of the skills you’ll need in your first board meeting.

How to… do your own PR

It’s a hard world out there and building businesses is difficult. But can enhancing your personal and business brand help you do it? Jo Tanner, a PR expert with experience in everything from running political campaigns to turning businesses’ reputations around, will share her tricks of the trade and give you the tools to need to get your name – and your business – in front of more people. All without paying a penny!

How to… manage your time

Nis Arend, high-performance executive coach and founder, The Corporate Confidante

Introducing a refreshing taster session on time management: one of the most crucial topics in business today. To achieve all your goals and become everything you are capable of becoming in life and in business you must master the management of your time. Research has shown that a sense of control is the key to feelings of happiness, confidence and personal wellbeing and we know that this is only possible when you practice excellent time management skills. You will discover the golden nuggets that have helped leading professionals at the top of their game. This breakout session is guaranteed to be a totally unique experience to any time management course you have ever attended.


Sophie Cornish MBE, entrepreneur and co-founder,

“Women are so hard on themselves. We spend our lives berating ourselves for not doing things well enough or neglecting someone or something while we’re doing something else. We’ve got to stop. Knowing what I know now, I would have said to my younger self: Stop beating yourself up. Trust yourself.”

Sophie is best known as co-founder of online marketplace Launched in 2006, it supports over 5,000 of the UK’s most creative small businesses and connects them with millions of customers. She is also a shareholder, director and strategic advisor for a number of UK SMEs in the creative, digital and retail sectors. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to small businesses and enterprise.

Janhavi Dadarkar, CEO, Dadarkar Consultancy & Lead for the flagship Governance Courses at IOD

“As Hindu women, we must promote a dharmic narrative for the betterment of the world.”

In 2009, Janhavi became the first Asian to sit on the IoD Board of Examiners. She now focuses on raising standards of governance by assisting corporates and individuals through strategic partnerships. She was previously a media lawyer and set up a UK-India boutique legal firm. Janhavi also sits on the board of two major not for profits that give a voice to British Hindu women and is an advisor and facilitator on the Football Association’s leadership programme for women.

Gabriella Somerville, founder and managing director, ConnectJets

“My aim is to see more and more women take those key roles (in aviation), director roles and run their own companies.”

Gabriella has succeeded in what is considered to be a male-dominated industry. She started out as cabin crew and later launched her own venture – private jet charter company ConnectJets – during the downturn. With over 25 years’ aviation experience, she has also worked for Virgin and British Airways.

Nis Arend, high-performance executive coach and founder, The Corporate Confidante

"If you’re not careful as a woman you can easily lose yourself and behave in an aggressive, domineering way or on the other extreme, lose your confidence and forget your worth."

Nis Arend is the founder of The Corporate Confidante, which provides a platform for the top 1% of business leaders and those who aspire to join them, to elevate their performance and solve problems creatively. Prior to that Nis was part of the senior team for leadership, learning and talent at Barclays Wealth. Her innovative results led to being named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the events industry by Event Magazine.

Marianne Lumb, chef and restaurateur

“To be honest, I’ve always seen it is a huge advantage to be a woman because you stand out more.”

In 2009, Marianne reached the finals of MasterChef, The Professionals. In the same year she published her first book “Kitchen Knife Skills”. Four years later, she took a leap of faith by opening her first restaurant in Notting Hill, eponymously titled Marianne. In a fiercely competitive sector known for its high rate of failure, Marianne has become award-winning success story.

Cat Gazzoli, founder, Piccolo Organic Baby Foods

“Through my work both with new parents and from previous experience, we’ve still got much to do to ensure we have all the ability to talk openly about mental health.”

Piccolo is the UK’s fastest growing baby food business, with a projected turnover of £3million in its first year and is stocked in Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons. She has also spearheaded food programmes for the UN and partnered with the National Childbirth Trust, which is heading up a campaign to promote the importance of mental health round perinatal mental illness.

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

“We park up dreams in the layby of life and these self-limiting beliefs stay with us. Don’t believe what you’ve been told. Push yourself past what you think is your capability.”

At the age of 14, Penny ran away from home. Through sheer determination, she turned her life around. Despite being told she was the wrong sex to become a rally driver, in 1997, she defied expectations and became the first woman to compete in World Rally Car. Penny’s extraordinary life story also makes her an inspirational public speaker.

Sarah Miles, Director of EU Fashion, Amazon

Sarah joined Amazon in 2014 as Director of the Home & Garden division where she oversaw strategy, recruitment, and management of the business. At the end of the last year she became the online retail giant’s Director of EU Fashion, which means she is at the cutting edge of future fashion trends as well as the innovations that will influence the way we shop for online.

Sallyann Keizer, founder, Happynesshub

“I began to be grateful for what I had, not focusing on what I hadn’t. I started to stop all the ‘mind-wandering’ and ‘comparing’ to others.”

Sallyann Keizer is an Emmy award winning TV producer, and Managing Director of Sixth Sense Media, a independent TV production company. A trained journalist, Sallyann has worked on shows such as Watchdog. She is also founder and ‘Head of Happiness’ at Happynesshub, which brings together people, experts, findings and practices to enable everyone to lead a happier life.

Jennifer Nadel, journalist and broadcaster

"As women we're often conditioned to abandon ourselves to care for others but when we do, we leave ourselves in danger of burn out."

Jennifer recently collaborated with long-time friend and actress Gillian Anderson on the book WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. Her non-fiction title, Sara Thornton: The Story of a Women Who Killed, tackled the issue of domestic violence and was made into a BBC film and her report from Bosnia on the use of rape as a weapon of war was broadcast around the world.

Katrin Herrling, CEO & Co-Founder, FUNDING XCHANGE (FXE)

“There are two periods when you can afford to take a risk. Either you don’t yet have a career to leave behind, you don’t have a mortgage or kids at school, or you’re at a stage where you’re far enough advanced to have a little to fall back on.”

Katrin is a co-founder of FUNDING XCHANGE (FXE), the first UK marketplace for businesses to easily access bank and non-bank funding solutions in one place. In November 2016, FXE became an official finance referral platform by the British Government. She understands the challenges of getting a new business off the ground.

Edwina Dunn – CEO, Starcount and Founder, The Female Lead

“Women need to be bolder. They need to be shown lots of different ways to be fulfilled. The Female Lead is about encouraging girls to love what they do more than what they look like.”

Edwina has been credited with revolutionising the way we shop. Along with husband Clive she co-founded Dunnhumby, which specialises in customer insights and created the Tesco Clubcard. In 2012, she launched Starcount, which use data analysis and algorithms to predict consumer trends. In the same year Edwina founded The Female Lead, a non-profit organisation that promotes alternative role models for women instead of those ever-present in popular culture.

More speakers and topics to be announced


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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


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