The F Word, a Ladies Who Impress celebration
Friday, 4 October 2013 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Ladies Who Impress is a forum, celebrating talented, successful, remarkable female role models and inspiring women to be more confident, creative and make the most of their talents.
At the next celebration you'll meet three very different but equally fascinating Ladies Who Impress and hear their stories:
Nicole Wilson is a principal second violin at the English National Opera. Previously, she was with the London Symphony Orchestra for 9 years as one of the first violins and later enjoyed a freelance career including performing solo, presenting her own radio show on Classic FM and BBC Proms for the BBC4 on television.
Nicole is also one of the founders of FunKey Rhymes, which produced a collection of classic nursery rhymes for kids, played and performed by professional musicians in West End style.
Alice Arnold has a distinctive voice any Radio 4 listener would recognise. But after 20 years as a newsreader and a continuity announcer, Alice left the BBC at the end of 2012 to find a more deliberate and creative use for her voice, writing for the Guardian and theTelegraph on a range of issues including media, sport, culture, gay rights and the law.
Alice originally trained and worked as an actress. She also spent 10 years as a magistrate in Haringey.
Alice has been involved in the BBC training days for women experts. She also coaches executives on public speaking and media skills.
Polly Courtney describes herself as an "accidental novelist", her first book being a semi-autobiographical account of a junior investment banker's experiences in the City, Golden Handcuffs. Having discovered her passion, she went on to write a raft of books covering themes such as immigration and "lads' mag" culture - all with a light-hearted, humorous slant. Polly's most recent novel, Feral Youth, is set on the streets of South London and delves into the frustrations that led to the summer riots in 2011.
We'll also be posing some questions about "the f word": what comes to mind when you hear the word "feminism"? Are being "feminist" and "feminine" two mutually exclusive concepts? Are we all feminists now and if not, why not?
This time Ladies Who Impress is collaborating with a not-for-profit What I See Project, exploring female perception and self-expression around the world and encouraging women to be kinder to themselves.
The doors open at 7pm with plenty of time to have a glass of wine, meet like-minded, inspiring women, mingle and be social before the live interviews begin. The "regulars" of Ladies Who Impress celebrations are professional women, entrepreneurs, writers, film-makers, teachers, government officials, fine jewellers, private equity investors, lawyers, engineers, graphic designers, photographers, TV presenters, to name a few. Come and meet them!
Let's celebrate and get inspired!