International Women's Day: Equality for Women is Progress for All

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Start Date: 06 Mar 2015

Start Time: 10:00 AM

End Time: 4:30 PM

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 80

Venue: The Queen's Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ › View map

Member price: £35.00

Non-member price: £45.00

Event Capacity: Full

As International Women’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, the Women in Management Network for the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside will be holding a conference to mark the day on the nearest Friday.

The event will look in detail at the impact and success of women managers in organisations today.

Our speakers will be:

  • Charlotte Sweeney, Founder And Director of Charlotte Sweeney Associates, on "The Nine Traits of an EPIC Leader"
  • Alison Bunn, TwelvePeaks Management, on "The Benefits of Taking on a Voluntary Board Role"
  • Liz Ward, Principal of Virtuoso Legal on "Why it Takes Times to Be an Overnight Success"

  • Alison Lowe, CEO, Touchstone, on "Diversity  and Engagement in a Not-for-Profit Organisation"
  • David Rowley, Personal Shopping Manager, Harvey Nichols, on "Updating Your Look".

"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all."   Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

We will also be complementing the serious side of the day with a brief session on ‘updating your look’.


Speaker Charlotte Sweeney

Charlotte Sweeney - Founder & CEO of Creating Inclusive Cultures (CIC) & Founder of Charlotte Sweeney Associates

Following her inspirational talk on “the 9 Traits of an EPIC Leader” at last year’s conference, we are delighted to welcome Charlotte back as the Chair of this year’s conference. Charlotte previously headed up Diversity and Inclusion for Nomura and was special adviser to former Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf. She launched CIC in Leeds to support organisations that see inclusivity as a strategic advantage and plan to turn conversations around diversity into positive action. CIC has already arrived in Leeds and will be rolled out across Manchester and Birmingham in the first half of 2016.

Alison Bunn

Alison Bunn - TwelvePeaks Management

Following a successful career as a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces, Alison Bunn forged a second career as a strategic manager within the Public and Voluntary sectors where she focused on developing services for vulnerable young people. Alison now runs TwelvePeaks Management, which provides training and consultancy services, including training for students who are preparing to take on responsibility. The management training courses are accredited with the CMI and lead to recognised qualifications. Alison has also been a Trustee of a successful charity for three years.

Speaker Alison Lowe

Alison Lowe - CEO of Touchstone Mental Health Charity

Alison is the CEO of Touchstone mental health charity in Leeds and has been instrumental in Touchstone’s gaining several awards, including the Sunday Times Best Companies, Stonewall Top 100 Employers and Investors in People Gold Award and was the winner in the Not For Profit category of the Forward Ladies’ Women in Business awards 2014. Alison will be speaking about the impact of diversity initiatives on performance and engagement in a not-for-profit organisation.

Liz Ward

Liz Ward - Principal of Virtuoso Legal

Liz Ward is a highly ranked Intellectual Property Specialist who set up her own niche law firm 8 years ago. Liz’s first career was in the pharmaceutical industry, where she worked for 10 years firstly doing lab work as a biochemist and then latterly in sales and marketing. Having re-trained as a solicitor in the early 1990’s, she then went to work at DLA in Leeds. Working in the legal profession came as something of a shock. It seemed that few law firms were really interested in proper client care, and that very few appeared to understand business. With a view to putting that right, Liz set up Virtuoso Legal in 2007, and now employs 8 people and provides an expert service to a number of clients from all over the UK.

Liz is now enjoying great success as a business. It hasn’t always been so. Her talk, “Why it takes so long to be an overnight success” will feature some of the career highs and lows of starting your own business.

Additional Information

Registration will be between 9.30 and 10.00 am, when tea and coffee will be available. 

Refreshments will be served during the day and lunch will be provided.

4 hours CPD will be awarded for attendance at this event.


  • Catering provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Chris Baines at or by telephone on 07710 515041.

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