I’m not sure where the year has gone (don’t we say that every year?) but, having just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South America, the explosion of Christmas and winter is more palpable than any I can remember. I set off on holiday in mid-October – still enjoying the mild London autumn and not totally having accepted that summer was well and truly over – and spent three amazing weeks in various Latin American hotspots from the Andes to the Amazon. It’s always difficult coming back to reality after visiting far-flung places, but landing at Heathrow on that dull afternoon, those three weeks away suddenly felt like they had been three months. It was colder and darker, the clocks had turned back and the newest celeb on the block was Monty the penguin.
I was quite excited when I got home this evening and my husband told me I’d received a postcard in today’s mail. How exciting…Who could it be from? Which one of my friends or family is in an exotic location having a fabulous time? And who took the effort to send an actual postcard rather than simply Instagramming it?
Today saw hundreds of women (and a few brave men) converge on the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square for the third annual Women 1st conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Unlock Your Potential’ and the itinerary included a mix of Q&A sessions, panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking opportunities and fabulous food (nourishing the body is just as important as nourishing the mind, of course).
As you might have gathered by now, I am something of serial attendee of networking events. I am inspired by the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals, to engage with those within or outside of my industry, and to take away at least one idea to try and use towards improving myself and to continue learning. So when the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with Arianna Huffington arose, I was quick off the mark to book my place.
When you’re a man who stands over six feet four inches tall it’s fair to say there are a lot of things in life you take for granted.
Being able to see the stage at music festivals and walking home alone at night through Seven Sisters are just two benefits of height and gender to which I’ve given little thought.
Five months ago I married a Kiwi. Now that may seem like a random and arbitrary fact (except of course when – given that I’m South African –the All Blacks face the Springboks and an undiminishing rivalry of epic proportions rears its head) but I recently attended two different professional events where the guest speakers […]
Following on from the successful Women Work conference in Birmingham last week, we continue with our series of interviews. Helga Swidenbank is our next female colleague who took time to talk to students about her role…
Yesterday, Women Work members from across the UK and Ireland descended on the conference centre at Aston University in Birmingham for the annual Women Work conference. Coinciding with International Women’s Day last weekend, the theme for the conference was ‘Balance’ and there were a range of talks and workshops to give great tips on how to achieve a great work/life balance.
Following on from the previous post, our next colleague involved in giving talks to schools as part of Sodexo’s International Women’s Day programme is Susan McNeill, Global quality and compliance manager for Corporate Services. She answers our questions here