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Sixth Chamber Inspiring Females Conference 'The Power to Change'


The sixth North East England Chamber of Commerce Inspiring Females conference will celebrate 100 years since women got the vote with a ‘The Power to Change’ theme.

To be held on Thursday, 19 July at Ramside Hall Hotel the day-long event, open to men and women,will have inspirational speeches and workshops lead by North East female entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The key note speech will be delivered by head of people services at Chamber Partner member Virgin Money, Jules Smith, who are also sponsoring the conference. She will outline all of the positive steps the business has undertaken to encourage women to develop their careers at Virgin Money including an innovative return to work initiative.

Julie Underwood, Chamber director said: “Our Inspiring Females conference and regular events are a really practical way for us to encourage female members of our business community to fulfil their potential. This conference is pertinent to women whether they are MDs or just starting out as an entrepreneur. We want everyone in our region to be able to develop their career here in the North East and be supported to become the very best that they can be.

“Women can sometimes face different challenges to men in the workplace and our Inspiring Females events help to provide fantastic role models and raise the profile of the many regional businesswomen who are helping to break down barriers to success for others.”

Also speaking at the conference will be Sue Ormerod from Nigel Wright Recruitment who will draw on her substantial experience to illustrate how gender bias can be detrimental to female candidates who may mistakenly undersell themselves and potentially lose out on opportunities.

A leading tech sector businesswoman from Sunderland Software City, Naomi Morrow, will be outlining both the challenges and exciting positive prospects for female tech specialists in the region.

The Chamber Women’s Advisory Group has developed a gender bias self-assessment toolkit to help the business support sector in particular to easily assess whether they may be missing out on chances to appeal to women. Jackie Barnett, of Jackie Barnett Consulting was a member of that working group and will be giving advice on how businesses can ensure that they are appealing to businesswomen.

Part of the Chamber’s work to encourage businesswomen to lead by example are the annual awards. Any female entrepreneur can apply for the North East Businesswomen of the Year (WIN) Awards which have a range of categories and closes on 31 August 2018. Details are on the website. Further information on the Inspiring Females conference is on the Chamber website