International Women's Day: Panel of Changemakers

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It’s our aim that this event will inspire you to be even bolder in 2021 and identify ways that you can make change through business too

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The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. This is a rallying cry for everybody to challenge gender inequality wherever they see it. This year, the Town Square team are coming together with Hanna Andersen, Founder of AS WE ARE, to bring you a day of events that will explore the ways in which we can all take action to increase women’s participation in business.

We know that women all over the world are doing brilliant things in business. In this event we’re chatting to three women who are using their business to challenge the status quo and make change. We’ll be joined by Lucy Do, founder of The Dodo Micropub, a one-room, welcoming, community-focused pub; Fiona Grayson, Founder of She can. She did., the UK's first Benefits Programme curated for all female business owners in the UK and Godspromise Adeosun, founder of Envision Changes, a mentoring & advice social enterprise.

It’s our aim that this event will inspire you to be even bolder in 2021 and identify ways that you can make change through business too. We hope that everyone who attends will be able to take at least one action away, pledging to do your part in challenging gender inequality this year. There will be an opportunity to have ongoing support with your pledge.

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Lucy Do -

Lucy Do is the Founder of multi award winning business The Dodo Micropub in Hanwell, West London. The Dodo is a one-room, welcoming, community-focused pub with no TVs and no music. Instead, conversation is promoted as the main form of entertainment. Patrons of The Dodo Micropub are collectively and affectionately known as the Hanwell Massive!

Lucy’s awards include, Ealing & West Middlesex Pub of the Year 2020 | Winner - Alcohol Category - The Young British Food & Drink Awards 2019 | Ealing & West Middlesex Pub of the Year 2018 | Shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards - High Street Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

Fiona Grayson -

She can. She did. is the UK's first Benefits Programme curated for all female business owners in the UK that's on a mission to bridge the gap between their ambition and what current business infrastructure fails to offer.

Initially launched by Fiona Grayson, 28, in the summer of 2017, She can. She did. has spent the past three years providing the honest realities of what really goes on behind the scenes to not just launch but run, grow and sustain a business as a female founder in the UK to date. After noticing recurring challenges crop up in every interview and conversation that Fi was having with both female founders and aspiring business owners - be it on the She can. She did. podcast or at the She can. She did. Midweek Mingles that take place in cities around the UK - Fi and her team spent lockdown building the She can. She did. Benefits Programme to confront and combat these challenges head on.

Providing all female business owners in the UK with the fundamental elements that recognise, build and reward resilience (including access to health cover, pensions, fitness, wellbeing and maternity support etc... ) She can. She did. has been designed to support female business owners on their journey, build their confidence and reward their hard work.

She can. She did. - Resilience, rewarded.

Godspromise Adeosun

Godspromise Adeosun is the 23 year-old CEO & Founder of Envision Changes. Envision Changes is a Multi-Award-Winning Mentoring & Advice social enterprise born to educate, encourage and equip members of society through the medium of mentoring, mindset, career & personal development courses and events. Presently, Envision Changes targets young adults from ages 16 - 30 within London, hosting events and providing networking which has led to attendees receiving job opportunities and collaborations. On top of all this, she also works full time at The British Council.

Godspromise has won numerous awards in recognition of her vision of how to implement change in youth culture within London. These include; Mentoring and Advice Award from the University of Essex, Lord Mayor’s Dragons Award dinner and Youth Ambassador from The Good Samaritan Foundation. Godspromise is currently nominated for the Venus Award - Coined by Channel 4 as “the working women’s Oscars”.

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