Successful women encourage female students to reach full potential

The event, which is part of Nottingham Business School's personalisation initiative, was aimed at helping our students fulfil their potential through support and experience tailored to their skills and ambition.

Successful businesswomen from a variety of industries inspired the next generation of entrepreneurs at this year's Women In Industry event.

The event, which is part of Nottingham Business School's personalisation initiative, was aimed at helping our students fulfil their potential through support and experience tailored to their skills and ambition.

Annie Davies, presenter of BBC East Midlands Today, hosted the event, which began with a keynote speech by Judy Naake, entrepreneur and founder of tanning brand St Tropez, on her professional and personal experience.

The audience, made up of 84 final year undergraduate and postgraduate male and female students and a great staff representation, listened eagerly to the fantastic advice offered by the panel surrounding the "glass ceiling" debate.

Students also had the chance to ask questions and seek advice from high-profile role models on the panel including Paula Vennells, Chief Executive at Post Office Ltd, Kath Durrant, Group HR Director of Wolseley Plc, Debbie Smith, formerly Director of Stores at Boots UK, Caitriona McCusker, partner at advisory firm PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), Debbie Morg, Director of Resources for Rutland County Council, and Sue Shepherd, Director at East Midlands Ambulance Service.

After the panel, students and staff enjoyed networking opportunities and lunch with the speakers in the Old Chemistry Theatre. Students took advantage of the great opportunity offered by the event to speak to panel members on a one-to-one basis. This also offered a perfect opportunity for some of our students to collect data for their research projects aligned with the event theme.

Overall, the event has informed, inspired and empowered our students to be the best they can. It has developed their confidence and self-belief to build their careers and to value the importance of determination, networking and organisational, communication and people skills to succeed in industry.

Caitriona McCusker, partner, PwC advised: "Respond to any opportunities that arise and never get stuck in a rut in a job you dislike that doesn't benefit your progression. A great life motto is 'drive it like you stole it, park it like a rental'. Leave the women thing at the door and try not to see it as an issue. It is very important to have a good work life balance but it's very difficult, so prioritisation is essential."

Natalie Parker, BA (Hons) Business Management and Marketing, who attended the event explained: "It was brilliant to hear such inspirational, but also such normal stories; it's nice to hear the successes that can be achieved and get a chance to discuss how we can start the journey to get there too!

"I also think it came at a great time; balancing university work, job applications and trying to have some down time to keep sane definitely gets stressful and it was perfect timing to step back and realign my priorities."

Successful women encourage female students to reach full potential

Published on 1 March 2016
  • Category: Nottingham Business School

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