Inspirational businesswomen take the spotlight next month for a brand new special event celebrating Resilience and Diversity among female achievers across the Midlands.
The Ladies First Networking & Personal Branding Development Day, at Nailcote Hall in Berkswell, is being hosted by local networking leader, Tracey McAtamney from Balsall Common.
Guests at the March 1st event, the first of its kind in the region, include hotelier Sue Cressman, a two-time cancer survivor and fundraiser from Dorridge.
The 63-year-old, who underwent a mastectomy ten years ago, has been continuing to give back by donating £250k worth of life-saving medical equipment to local hospitals. Charity proceeds from the day will also be used to fund another piece of equipment.
On the day there will be the chance to hear from Sue and other speakers, as well as get involved in speed networking, sample local services and products and take part in a question and answer session with a panel of local business leaders, including Nicola Smyth, from Nicola Smyth Hair Salon in Warwick on ‘Why Impressions Matter,’ fashion brand consultant Raquel Garcia Garrido, from Leamington, on ‘Letting Your Clothes Speak For You,’ and Jayne McIntosh from Air Aesthetics in Henley-in-Arden, on ‘Loving The Skin You’re In.’
Elite health coach Julie Dalton, from Coventry, will also be leading a Wake Up, Stretch & Breathe session for those networkers who wish to take part.
The event is being overseen by compere, radio presenter and singer-songwriter Sandra Godley, and includes a host of VIP guests, including nurse, May Parsons, the nurse who made history when she administered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine on December 8th 2020, in Coventry. Also Suzanne Linton, the co-founder of Freestyle digital innovation agency in Ashorne and the winner of the 40th Woman of the Year (Business) Award last year.
May Parsons said: “It’s such an honour to be celebrating International Women’s Day with a group of inspirational women who continually support, champion and uplift female trailblazers in their own fields and serve as outstanding inspiration and amazing role models to little girls everywhere.”
Suzanne Linton, who is also a British Masters Champion swimmer from Stratford, said: “It is important to support women to achieve their potential and to share experiences to promote each other and help lift everyone to be seen, to be their best.”
Suzanne, along with event sponsors Pertemps, is also funding a limited number of free tickets to the day. Anyone who wishes to apply is invited to contact Ladies First Director Tracey McAtamney. Otherwise tickets, which cost £49, including a two-course lunch, prosecco and goodie bags.
Carmen Watson, Chair of Pertemps Network Group, said: “As a keen sponsor of Ladies First, it’s my pleasure to be supporting their celebration of International Women’s Day.
“With this year’s theme being on resilience and Diversity, organisations like Ladies First are so critical as we all need to support and embrace equity, so we can all forge positive change and empower everyone to have a sense of belonging.”
Tracey said: “Our ‘not to be missed’, new event brings together a wealth of experience from this amazing community. In celebration of International Women’s Day we will be covering health and wellbeing, why first impressions count and how to dress to impress, being confident in conducting a one-minute pitch and understanding that you are your brand.
“We will have our business panel taking questions and offering advice on the new financial year and we will definitely have some fun moments throughout the day.
“This is an event which will be bringing together women in business groups and networks from across the West Midlands and Warwickshire Region in celebration and collaboration with a view to showcasing the excellent women in business community we have locally!”