Glasgow: International Women’s Day Networking Evening
WIBF Glasgow held a fantastic event to mark International Women’s Day 2018, over 40 of our members and network got together to celebrate women’s progress and look to the future. We hosted the event at the amazing Edrington Head Office in central Glasgow, truly stunning surroundings further enhanced by a range of cocktails made using some of their key products including a Macallan Whisky Mai Tai and Snow Leopard Vodka Breakfast Martini. There were also great canapes and IWD Cupcakes and of course soft drink options.
“what a great event, so well organised and completely relevant – can’t wait for the next one” Lindsay, CY
The evening kicked off with some informal networking, an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and catch up with old friends. Once everyone was seated we kicked off with our first influential speaker, Coretta Barry. Coretta is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2005 she founded Patten Consulting with the key aim of bringing tangible and practical solutions from psychology to everyday business. Her focus is on helping businesses get results through supportive but disciplined leadership and management practice.
Coretta’s speech was focussed on the theme of IWD2018, Press for Progress, and the actions we should all take:
1. Maintain a gender parity mindset
2. Challenge stereotypes and bias
3. Forge positive visibility of women
4. Influence others beliefs and actions
5. Celebrate women’s achievements
Coretta combined academic research, proven theories, urban myths and personal experience to deliver a genuinely thought-provoking presentation, bringing each of the actions to life and giving us tips to fuse them into both our working and personal life’s.
We then heard from Natalie Rolph, HRIS Analyst at Edrington by day and Roller Derby Board Director in her spare time. Natalie shared the story behind her joining the board and the positive impact that it has brought to her life in terms of both professional and personal development.
Emily McKerchar then spoke about her journey from various senior management roles in Professional Services through to building her own consultancy business. Emily still felt that she was lacking something and indeed wanted to give something back. She sought out a Trustee role with a charity and successfully secured a position on the Board of Hearts and Minds, a Scottish arts-in-health charity founded in 1997 that work across Scotland using the performing arts to encourage communication, interaction and laughter. The main aim of Hearts and Minds is to improve lives one smile at a time. Emily shared the process she went through in securing the trustee role, and the favourable impact it has made on her life.
“lots of empowering insight from all the inspirational guest speakers”
Meryn, Tru Wealth
The panel took a real variety of intelligent questions from the floor, and the conversation continued into the networking after the panel event over a few more of Erdington’s cocktails. It was great to welcome so many new faces to their first WIBF event and we very much look forward to seeing them at future events and networking opportunities.
By Laura Thorburn
Images by Maria Dickson