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Enterprising Women

Enterprising Women 2016

The Enterprising Women Conference takes place in November each year to support Global Enterprise Week and aims to inspire and motivate young women to consider the widest range of career possibilities to ensure they reach their full potential.

The business breakfast forum provides students with the opportunity to interview successful business women and learn about their progression pathways from school to their current role. Students also spend time focusing on their own skills and identifying potential future job roles.

Previous speakers over the years:

Helen Pattinson: Co-Founder and Director of Montezuma’s Chocolate:
Annette Browne: Trading Director of Women’s Wear at Marks and Spencer
Sally Cowdry: Marketing Director at O2 UK

Be pushy with charm. Opportunities won’t usually fall into your lap – you have to go looking for them.
Anne Morrison – Deputy Chair, BAFTA
The Line Up

We thank the following speakers who have kindly offered their time and expertise to participate in Enterprising Women 2016:

  • Amanda Smith – Account Manager – Open Data Institute
  • Anne Morrison – Deputy Chair – BAFTA
  • Keily Blair – Senior Associate – Morrison & Foerster
  • Jo Ellison – Senior Infrastructure Project and Portfolio Manager – IBM
  • Louise Hall – Commercial Services Manager – Environment Agency
  • Katie Grosvenor – Global Operations Director – MediaCom


  • Gracia Amico – CEO –
  • Natalie Martin – Director – Kitch Media
  • Dr Lyn Batchelor – Coordinator BA Business Studies Degree Programme and Senior Lecturer in Enterprise – University of Chichester
  • Vicky Silverthorn – Professional Organiser – Director and Founder – You Need A Vicky
  • Sara Allen – CEO – Further&More
  • Lope Ariyo – Food Blogger and Cookbook Author
  • Abi Ramanan – CEO – Papi’s Pickles, DayOld and ImpactVision
  • Laura Stuart-Berry – Shared Enterprise Lead – Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Natalie Desty – Head of Maritime – Matchtech
  • Mary McIntosh – MD – Barclays UK, Compliance 



Activity  Time 
Registration and Business Breakfast 9.00am
Welcome and Introduction 9.30am
Activity 1 – Progression Ladder: "Where does everything fit in?" 9.45am
Activity 2 - Enterprising Women Interviews 10.00am
Break 10.50am
Activity 3 - "What about me?" Career interests questionnaire and business panel question time 11.15am
Activity 4 - Specialist Question Session 12pm
Activity 5 – Business Panel 12.30pm
Conference Ends 1pm