A day of networking and inspiring, informative workshops called Women Work is aimed at the local community to improve their personal lives and career prospects. Ahead of the event at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall on March 10, its organiser Ania Jeffries highlights a few of the experts who’ll be taking part and applauds the community spirit that has made it happen
IN ESSENCE, Women Work’s primary purpose is to inspire people. We want to showcase and celebrate positive role models, provide tools to maximise your potential, strengthen your self-belief and confidence, raise awareness of mental health and build new partnerships and networks within the Kent Community.
It all started, several months ago, as a workshop aimed at around 20 people, and has since grown into a major networking event happening on March 10 with the generous support of the Assembly Hall.
The venue’s director, JJ Almond, has kindly given Women Work use of the theatre in Tunbridge Wells so we can host three different special forums for up to 1,000 people, which include an evening event with live music and speakers.
During the day there are a series of free workshops with over 50 speakers contributing on a range of topics that include issues such as confidence-building, parenting, overcoming addictions, personal branding, health and wellbeing, setting up a business and how to network and build partnerships.
In keeping with the community ethos, all speakers, most of whom are local, are giving up their time for free.
The Natwest Mobile Business School will also be offering advice on every aspect of setting up and running a business.
The workshops and specialist talks then culminate in an evening event that is a jam-packed three-and-a-half hours of inspirational speakers, singers and cheerleaders. Tickets for this cost £5, and all proceeds are being donated to the Tunbridge Wells-based charity The Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre.
None of this would have been possible without the help and support of the wonderful local community. We have so many people and businesses to thank for helping us to get this event off the ground.
Sadly, there isn’t enough space here to thank them all but you can find details of everyone on our website.
Our committee, which includes myself, Traci Ferguson, Nigel Youds, Tammy Clarke, Dionne Curtis and Francesca Turner, would like to particularly thank the Assembly Hall Theatre, without whom this event would not even be happening, as well as the Times of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge for agreeing to be our media partner.
Our thanks also go to Trinity Theatre, who are displaying our flyers and sending out information to their members, The Range, Tesco, and Marks & Spencer, who are each holding fundraising days for Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre, and Metro Bank and again Tesco, who are providing refreshments for volunteers on the day.
Read on to discover how our speakers’ expertise can help you improve your life…
To reserve your place for a daytime workshop, or buy a £5 ticket to the evening event, visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/whats-on/spoken-word
Your guide to the Women Work guest expert speakers on March 10 at Assembly Hall
Health and wellbeing – Susie Flashman Jarvis
Susie is a coach, therapist and writer. She is an ex-model and former addict whose personal journey has been full of challenge, but this has led to increased self-awareness and confidence. She is passionate about facilitating change and enabling women to live full lives. She is an ambassador for the charity Restored, bringing an end to violence against women. www.susie-flashmanjarvis.com
Running your own business – Kelly Culver
Kelly is a young entrepreneur from Kent and has been shortlisted for Social Media Pioneer of the Year, and was recently named in Kent’s Top 30 Under 30. She runs a social media agency and is setting up an American car restoration business – following her dream to pursue her true passion. When starting up a business, it can be hard to get your name out there – especially if you don’t have a budget. Kelly will share practical tips on how to reach more customers online for free. www.kellyculver.co.uk
Confidence and self-belief – Aly Harrold
Aly is an award-winning speaker and a professional coach specialising in helping entrepreneurial women find their voice to deliver their message to a wider audience. She has coached several TEDx speakers and runs workshops in the South East and London. She will be sharing strategies and techniques to help you feel more confident and in control, as well as tips on how to release some of the anxieties so often felt when it is time to stand up and deliver your message. www.alyharrold.co.uk
Finding work and returning to work – Victoria McLean
Victoria is the founder and CEO of City CV, an international career consultancy devoted to supporting clients with CVs, LinkedIn profiles, interview training, career transition and development. She is a former headhunter and recruitment manager for two of the world’s largest investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. She will help you to understand what recruiters are looking for, what to say about a career break, and how to get noticed for the right reasons. www.citycv.co.uk
Personal styling – Sarah Gillmore
Sarah is a Personal Stylist who also works as a volunteer for the London-based charity Smart Works, which supports women in getting back into the workplace. She takes a therapeutic, intuitive approach to styling and will talk about how you can increase your confidence and success with the use of the right colours, dressing for your body shape, embracing your femininity as a powerful tool, and using positive body-language and posture. www.sarahgillmorestylist.com