Breakthrough Women Business Lunch
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We celebrate the success of women in business and help to raise the visibility of women succeeding in their professional lives.
Female role models play an integral part in inspiring other women and raising the visibility of women in the workplace.
Our events are extremely popular and aim to encourage more women to strive for business success. We also like to celebrate their wins on the way and to offer support and advice to other women in business. Access to more experienced women in business in a relaxed networking environment can be really effective for anyone wanting to take their business to the next level but are not sure where best to go for help.
Format of the day:
10.30am – 11.00am
Arrive, grab a tea or coffee and try the delicious homemade biscuits and meet and network with the other fabulous women attending.
Take a seat in the Rose Garden Room ready to be inspired by the three outstanding speakers.
12.30pm – 13.00
Q & A session. You can email questions to us in advance if you have any burning issues you wish to ask the speaker panel.
13.00pm – 2.30pm
Delicious two course lunch followed by coffee.
Our keynote speakers
Penny Power OBE - The Digital Youth Academy - @pennypower
Amy Willams MBE - Olympic Gold medallist and TV Presenter - @AmyWilliamsMBE
Dr Patricia Lewis - Kent Business School, University of Kent
Penny Power OBE
In 1998 Penny and Thomas Power founded Ecademy, the UK’s first social network for business, a forerunner to LinkedIn. Ecademy was sold in 2012, leaving a legacy of over 600,000 SMEs as part of a global community of friends. In 2009 Penny wrote her book, “Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me” which was followed by her Manifesto for Digital Business Britain, supported by the UK government. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for her commitment to "Entrepreneurship and Social Digital Development". This year, Penny and her Business partner Gail Thomas are bringing to market a new concept in SME Support.
Amy Williams MBE
Amy Williams is a British former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist. She competed in the 2010 Winter games and won a gold medal becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years since Robin Cousins’ victory in figure skating in 1980. She broke the track record twice along the way and won by more than half a second. She has appeared in Top Gear, 71 Degrees North and in the CBBC series 12 Again, and since retiring from her sport she has presented BBC Two’s Ski Sunday and Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.
Dr Patricia Lewis
Patricia conducts research in the broad area of Gender and Organisation Studies, and is interested in exploring the impact of social and cultural norms (connected to gender) on managers, management and organisations. Her empirical work is largely located in the area of entrepreneurship studies with a main focus on female entrepreneurs. Within this context she has explored issues such as the emergence of the 'mumpreneur' as a new entrepreneurial persona. Her work has been widely published.