1107 Focus Spring 2020 Print - Page 28

chambers launch women,
work and wellbeing network
Pictured: Gemma Bourne from NatWest Bank,
Sarah Colclough from Staffordshire Chambers of
Commerce and Christine Gilbert from Plum Happy
Barriers to progression in life and work are felt
disproportionately by women. From stereotypes
of a woman’s role, the lack of recognition of
commitment, as well as personal responsibilities,
women face many barriers in the world of business.
That’s why we’re excited to launch the Women,
Work and Wellbeing Network. It’s a chance for
women to come together in an activity led and
relaxed forum that will explore what being a
woman in business means both professionally
and personally, and to discuss how to reduce
inequalities, provide a space to be bold, and build
connections and confidence.
Members of the group will be able to network
with likeminded people, make new goals, share
resources and support the next generation of
women in business.
The network will host a variety of events
throughout the year. These include confidence
boosting workshops on self-awareness, social
events such as a Christmas party, and talks from
inspirational speakers. The launch event takes place
on Monday 9 March to coincide with International
Women’s Day on Sunday 8th.
Entitled #EachforEqual, participants can hear
from Sara Williams about her journey to become
the CEO of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce,
sharing some of the challenges and biases she
faced and overcame to become one of the most
influential people in Staffordshire. There will also
be the chance to listen to two of the Chambers’
most inspiring success stories from Peggy Bareh
and Polly Hargreaves, as they discuss the Boosting
Women in Business and Positive Pathways refugee
projects. Christine Gilbert of Plum Happy will end
the event with an interactive workshop designed to
encourage confident and courageous networking.
“I’m so excited that we’re launching the Women,
Work and Wellbeing Network to support women
in our local business community,” says Sarah
Colclough, Project Coordinator at Staffordshire
Chambers of Commerce. “We know that women
face barriers in the world of work, and we hope
that the network will encourage women to come
together to challenge inequality while sharing and
developing their skills.”
Upcoming events for the Women, Work and
Wellbeing network include:

Knowing Me, Knowing You - self-awareness
workshop, 21 April

Bounce Back Ability workshop exploring
elements of wellbeing, 19 May

Summer BBQ, 4 June
Emotional Intelligence workshop, 16 June
Dealing with Conflict workshop on managing
conflict effectively, 21 July
Fees for joining the network and accessing all
network events, workshops and co working days are
as follows:

Chambers' member: £150
Non-member: £200
For businesses wanting three or more places in the
network, a discount of 15% will be offered.
For more information contact Sarah Colclough –


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