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Enterprising Women event champions inspirational women in business

20 Sep 2017

Some truly inspirational people will take to the platform for the 2017 IoD East Midlands women leaders event: at the Nottingham Conference Centre on Thursday 12 October.

Organiser Monique Sylvester, IoD Regional Administrator, commented: “Our Enterprising Women’s event will focus on local entrepreneurs, with particular emphasis on meeting challenges to inspire and inform delegates as part of the national IoD Enterprising Women campaign. Combining practical advice and guidance, the Enterprising Women event reflects the fact that more and more women are starting and growing successful businesses across the UK.”

Themes for the event include: flexible working practices; overcoming stigmas; leading as females in male-dominated industries and embracing LGBT diversity in business.

The lunchtime event, which will be hosted by regional entrepreneur Sue Dewey OBE, has some wide –ranging speakers:

  • Debra Charles, CEO and Founder of Novacraft, an award-winning smartcard programme and software development  company, who will focus on overcoming dyslexia and other challenges faced as a woman in a technology business.
  • Sacha Atherton, founder of Premier Parents Ltd, a parental recruitment and employment consultancy helping employers to improve their workplace diversity through the attraction and retention of skilled parents. Sacha, herself a single parent, will discuss the challenges faced by working parents and the responsibility of employers to cater changing workforce demands.
  • Donjeta Miftari, an IoD Press Officer who founded Dropin app will discuss balancing her tech start-up alongside her IoD role.
  • Lisa Wainwright, CEO of British Basketball will provide an insight into the world of international spots governance as a woman and lesbian mother, with her partner, of two young daughters.

Tickets for this convention are available via the IoD East Midlands Office, and also available to book on-line.The price for Members, including lunch is £35 +VAT and for Non-Members £42+VAT.

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Networking is the Key

The 2017 regional event follows two successful women as business leaders’ events in the region over the past 18 months. Monique reports the events have prompted much positive feedback and resulted in changes and developments.

Deborah Garlick, Director of spoke about the release of their menopause book and World Menopause Day (#HotFlashMob) at last year’s event. She is delighted to report the book was such a success that it  has been bought by Bloomsbury, one of the UK’s biggest publishers and the updated and extended book will be on sale through them very soon - it is predicted to go world-wide. #HotFlashMob trended menopause in the Top 10 on Twitter - a first for menopause and got huge engagement.

After the book was published and following enquiries from companies of how Henpicked could help them, the company is now working with many key companies to help put policy and practices into place.

Speaking about the importance of networking Deborah met up with women including Penny Coates and Joanne Ward at the event and was put in touch with their teams. “I met Helen Amery (Wild Fig Solutions) on the day, she encouraged me enormously, helped me spread the word and attended the menopause in the workplace event at NTU to help. Actually I can’t thank her enough for the little words of encouragement and wisdom which made all the difference. In return I’m presenting at one of her events.”

Deborah added: “You never know who you’re going to meet at IoD events, who you can help or who can help you. These are opportunities not to be missed and it’s a great support network and helps you achieve success. Attend the meetings with an open mind and enjoy them.

Janet Wootton IoD East Midlands PRO

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