International Women's Day celebration comes to Ipswich

Dec 6 2012 10:00AM

A celebration of the 102nd International Women’s Day is promising to bring an enthusiastic audience from all over the region to Trinity Park, Ipswich. 8 March 2013 will be the day when women will be leading thousands of events around the world. The students and staff of BA (Hons) Event Management course at UCS will be adding to the international hum with a dynamic, inaugural event which women and men of all ages and interests are invited to experience.

The theme of the day is “Creating Gender Balance in the Real World” and will feature the real life stories of women who show leadership and enterprise in their chosen fields every day. Inspirational speakers include, Baroness Ros Scott, Liberal Democrat Politician for Needham Market, Deborah Cadman, CEO of Suffolk County Council, Nikki King OBE, Managing Director of Isuzu Trucks, Naomi Tarry, Director of Best of Suffolk and Best Escapes, and winner of East of England Businesswoman Entrepreneur of the Year, and Andrea Bishop, Superintendent of Kent Police. Delegates are also invited to participate in a selection of workshops and discover essential knowledge, skills and top tips tailored to young entrepreneurs, business women aiming for the boardroom or self-employment and women in positions of community leadership in the public, voluntary or social enterprise sectors. Indeed there will be something to take away for every delegate who participates in a gender balanced audience. The day will finish with a networking opportunity for all sponsored by Suffolk Business Women (SBW).

The event itself is an example of gender balanced collaboration from an array of individuals in the School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise at UCS, including a team of final year students from the BA (Hons) Event Management course. Several agencies and sponsors are supporting the programme delivery including Trinity Park Events, White Space Design and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dr Sharon Saunders|, who leads a research team at UCS (Women in Leadership and Enterprise Research Group - WILERG), stated her aims for the future: “Inspiring both the current next generations of women leaders to succeed in the real world is a heartfelt motivation for us. Women have come a long way and events like this will energise us all to go much further.” 

The event will be held on Friday 8 March at Trinity Park, Ipswich, IP3 8UW, from 10am to 2.30pm followed by free informal networking until 4pm. Entry is £12 with lunch, refreshments and all resources included.

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