Over 100 women from across the two counties met for a day of inspirational speakers, networking and delicious food at The Abbey Hotel, Malvern in September as the Chamber hosted its third Women’s Business Conference.
A great team effort transformed the Abbey Hotel, Malvern into a vibrant and buzzing room full of inspired and inspiring women (and one man – ‘brave Dave’!)
After a fun icebreaking activity, delegates settled down to hear the remarkable life story of Debbie Gittoes
, MD of Arctic Circle. Debbie accredits her success to resilience, innovation and by fostering an ethos of ‘being all you can be’. Cherry Blumberg
, newly appointed MD of Orchard Valley Foods, told us how she has grown in confidence since learning to remove ‘the imposter from the room’. Emma Chetwynd-Davies
, from Rock Power Connections shared her insights into working in a highly dominated male sector. Emma is very pleased to see that more women are accepting the opportunities to join the energy industry. The final speaker was Sue Riches
who gave a humorous account of her expedition to the Arctic with her daughter and an all-female team. You couldn’t help but be impressed by her cool (pardon the pun), pragmatic, can-do attitude.
Additionally, the event raised almost £400 for St Richard’s Hospice, which was gratefully received by Rachel Jones
The event was kindly sponsored by Andrea Borwell-Fox
, President of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Director of borwell Ltd
Lee Gough from Megan Baker House said: “Thank you for Fridays Women’s business forum, it was brilliant. It’s one of my favourite events of the year and now firmly in my diary.”