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Lights… Camera… Equality

Never has there been two speakers more comfortable in the limelight. Film industry geniuses Samantha Mesagno and Max Gee took to the #NPWLive stage for the grand finale. Samantha’s recent acting credits include a to-be released feature film, Freesia, as well as working with Disney and the BBC. Max is an academic and freelance writer for a number of productions, specialising in post-human noir, she was most notably the co-writer of Tales of Bacon. Geniuses of the film industry, this...
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A True Definition Of Selflessness

A duo that has proven magic is real. Masters of visual creativity, Zita Luiten and Edo Landwehr have turned their dynamism towards issues that the world has so easily dismissed. As activists, they travelled to Lebanon in an effort to pursue true storytelling; stories that bring about genuine change. Lebanon is beautiful. The people, the culture, the land. However, crises on this incredible countries borders has caused chaos and disarray. 1 million Syrian refugees have sought safety in Lebanon. Economically...
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I’m A Self Confessed Commercial Bitch Says Lara Morgan

When Lara Morgan walked on the #NPWLive stage, everyone turned to listen. A specialist in growth acceleration, Lara describes herself as unconventional, but always efficient.Lara’s first words set the tone for a much-needed reality check for many in the audience: I am a self-confessed commercial bitch.Breaking down some of the unspoken problems within society, Lara spoke about the simplicities of money. Do you want fries with that? Best marketing in the world. Why? Because you always try to sell the...
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WOW Festival, Chester

The inaugural WOW Chester took place over the weekend 20/21 May at the new Storyhouse theatre. I was privileged to be invited to be part of the weekend including hosting a discussion with a stellar lineup of panelists. It was a very lively panel with an equally engaged and interactive audience and I felt it was important to keep the conversation going after the event – so i’ve asked each of our role models to share their reflections post WOW...
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F-IT Leave F-Word cult for good, join the F-it Club!

What if I told you that, there is an alternative to the negative way failure affects your life. There is a solution. And, that YOU hold the power? But before I let you into a little secret, I want to take you back to your childhood. From an early age, it’s instilled in us that, ‘in order to be successful, thou shalt not Fail’, Eat your greens, don’t smoke, it’ll give you square eyes that thing, pass your exams, you...
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Let’s Talk About The F Word

We use this word a lot lately, but do we really understand the meaning behind it? Here is what Wikipedia defines it as: Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. Here is Beyonce’s definition of it: There is event a Ted Talk on it: So why...
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Celebrating Northern Power Women: 2015 Conference

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Northern Power Women conference. The event took place at the Hilton in Liverpool and was organised by the lovely Simone Roche to encourage women from across the North to celebrate and champion equality. The conference welcomed speakers from the heads of large corporate giants, to local MPs, to passionate youngsters who were making a real difference in their own communities. The day was themed around the idea of “making...
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Women, We Need to Harness our Collective Energies

Women hold up half the sky, and the Northern Power Women conference in Liverpool this month showed it. Post Office Learning and Development Manager Gabriella Driver shares her experience of the launch event. “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women” – Madeleine Albright On Thursday 12 March 2015 I had the huge honour of hosting a table of nine fellow Post Office ladies attending the Northern Power Women conference in Liverpool. We...
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Northern Power Women Prepare To ‘Dress It Forward’ by Steph Wright

Local business leaders across the north are joining forces this week and donating their unwanted work clothes for the Dress It Forward initiative. The scheme, which aims to provide female ex-offenders with appropriate work wear, is to be launched by Cllr Erica Kemp at the Northern Power Women Conference on 12th March. After working closely with the ISIS Centre Merseyside and Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Stephanie Wright, Director of Sefton & Liverpool Women in Business, decided that more needed to be...
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Shared Parental Leave, More than a Policy! By Charlotte Sweeney

The Government launched the much anticipated Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Regulations on the 1st December 2014 which apply to employees who expect to become parents on or after 5th April 2015, including adoptive parents. These new regulations give parents flexibility to share caring responsibilities between themselves, enabling them to choose how they would like to arrange the care for their child. There are numerous articles available giving effective overviews of what this means for employers, what they should now be...
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Harnessing the Power of Diversity, What Next? By Charlotte Sweeney

One of the ‘firsts’ was the Harnessing the Power of Diversity Conference on the 10th June 2014 at The Mansion House in the centre of the City of London. On that day over 150 managers from all levels came together to share their perspectives of Diversity and Inclusion within their companies, how progress was being made and what the continued focus should be over the coming years. Harnessing the Power of Diversity conference approached the Diversity and Inclusion agenda differently,...
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