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International Women's Day - Celebrating Women in the World of Work: Smashing the Glass Ceiling

You are invited to an inspiring evening celebrating International Women's Day!

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 March 2017, 17:00-19:30

Venue: Partners' Room 8.10, Newcastle University Business School

Newcastle University Business School and COCO have partnered to celebrate Women in the World of Work. With the Business School’s civic values of quality, integrity and impact and its consistent commitment to equality and equal opportunities, it is a pleasure to support COCO, who will be investing in more female students and entrepreneurs than ever before, in some of the most challenging environments in East Africa. We wanted to share their stories with you and also invite some inspirational women from the North East to speak about their experiences in business.

Hear from inspirational women from across the North East to celebrate the achievements of women and girls in our local area and overseas. Women and girls are essential to economic and social development, but still have to overcome challenges to succeed. Our guest speakers will share their stories about how they became successful business women and leave you feeling inspired and motivated!

Thanks to sponsorship from the business school the event is free of charge and will close with drinks and canapes and an opportunity for you to network with other guests and of course our speakers. 

Our speakers: 

Jacqui Miller Charlton MBE is an inspirational leader who gets things done. Jacqui has travelled the world since 1994 in the name of exports and international trade culminating in an MBE in the Queen’s 2013 New Year Honours List for Services to Industry and International Trade.

Having blazed a trail and built a globally recognised brand within the male dominated construction industry, Jacqui is passionate about the business of business. She is a determined professional who wants to make a difference to those she works with and for.

Bethany Ainsley was awarded the David Goldman Prize for Business Innovation in 2015 for her community enterprise Nouveau Dance and Fitness. Nouveau delivers a number of key health-boosting programmes including Move4Life, a Durham County Council Public Health and County Durham Sport initiative, which has helped more than 18,000 people at risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes through its support.

Lucy Philipson, CEO of COCO and a recent MBA graduate from the business school. After completing her undergraduate degree in Sheffield, Lucy studied for her Masters in Development Studies in South Africa before volunteering at COCO in 2004. 13 years later, Lucy remains at the helm of this local but very international charity. Her passion for the North East and international development still very apparent to friends and colleagues alike, Lucy is an advocate for change and female empowerment both here and overseas. 

We are also delighted to be joined by COCO's Chairman and Co-Founder, Steve Cram CBE, who will host a panel at the event to give you the chance to ask questions of our speakers.