Here are some photos of our absolutely amazing conference on Monday. The day was incredibly inspiring, moving and emotional. The day was opened up by the Sisters of Soul from Sister Snog and led by Kelly from Singing Works. Sister Snog are running a “Taste of Sister Snog” on Tuesday March 22nd, if you want to find out more about them. It was a fantastic way to open the conference and really set the energy for the day.
Lara Morgan was our first speaker and really fired everyone up with her no-nonsense approach to doing business. She inspired and educated us in equal measure and shared her insights from running and selling Pacific Direct and is now launching Company Shortcuts to help entrepreneurs get a head start in business. Next came on Jessica Huie, who is the founder of colorblind cards and JHPR. Jessica’s honesty about the challenges that she has faced in running her business was refreshing and her tips for success very useful. The third speaker of the day was Isis Turner, and she helped us all identify our inner goddesses – seems there was a lot of warriors (Athena) in audience – I’m not sure if that’s a reflection of the Women Unlimited audience or women entrepreneurs in general, but it was great to see!
We announced the launch of our Women Unlimited Mastermind & Inspiration Group on May 25th and over half of the tickets have gone for that! So if you are looking to connect with a group of women and grow your business, come along on May 25th.
After an hour of networking and connecting, Tamsin Fox-Davies came on stage and shared with us her insights on how to market our businesses without spending a lot of money. Very practical and useful (and she’s running a marketing workshop next week on the 22nd). The second presenter in the afternoon, was the hilarious and wonderful Stephanie Davies from Laughology. Now, my philosophy is that while we need to work hard in our businesses, we also need to have fun while we’re doing it, otherwise it’s very difficult to maintain the level of energy required to build a successful business. Stephanie showed us how to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes and how important it is to maintain a sense of humour in business. Absolutely brilliant. Rachel Elnaugh was on next and provided a brilliantly astute presentation on the 5 key elements of business success. Her session again, was inspiring and useful and really left the audience wanting more. If you’ve not heard Rachel speak before, she is speaking at the Oyster Club next month and definitely worth going along to.
After a networking break, the last speaker to come on was Lisa Irlam, the inventor of Poolmate, a lap counting swimming watch. Lisa has just turned over her first million after 18 months and shared her story and the story of Jane Tomlinson, the woman who inspired her. Her session ended with this incredibly moving video of Jane, which is a fantastic example of what one person can achieve in the face of adversity. After Lisa, we had asked the afternoon speakers to join us for the panel session and the women in the audience had loads of questions – we learned a lot from hearing the answers to the audience questions. We finally rounded out the day with the wonderfully brilliant Elizabeth Mee, one of Lynne Parker’s Funny Women semi-finalists. She was the perfect end to what had been an amazing day.
I’m a great believer in using stories and sharing experiences as a way of learning and the women who spoke for us on Monday were so generous with their time and advice. We’ve got a short video that I captured on Wednesday from one of the delegates of Monday’s conference, sharing how much the conference had meant to her.
Finally I hope you enjoy looking at some of the photos from the day, which were taken by the lovely Catherine Monfils of Catmon Photography. Catherine has really managed to capture some of the fantastic moments from the day. And finally I’d like to thank Bernie Mitchell who managed the live Twitter stream on the day (we were a trending topic by 11 am!) , the British Library, for allowing us to use their fantastic facility and last but not least, Leanne Dal Santo of Smartbags for sponsoring the goody bags (check out how amazing they look at the bottom of the photo gallery…). I hope you enjoyed reading this account of the conference, and if you were a delegate, we’d love to hear your thoughts below.