Women Inspiring The Economy by Emily Karatay

Emily Karatay attended our recent conference in Liverpool, which focused on ‘Women Inspiring the Economy’ – here are her thoughts from the day!

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I had the pleasure to join an event last week as part of the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. ‘Women Inspiring the Economy’ was brought to life by Women 1st an initiative aimed at supporting women into leadership roles.

The ‘Women Inspiring the Economy’ conference took place in the Marriot Hotel in Liverpool and welcomed a vast array of female prowess from across the UK. Delegates arrived all with one common purpose: to discuss debate, inspire and mobilize women to be part of a rapidly developing economy, an economy that reflects a fair and equal society.

The day consisted of key note speakers, panel discussions, and workshops all relevantly themed to address how we can create a workplace that supports and develops women into senior roles. Setting the pace of the day was Harriet Minter, editor of The Guardian – Women in Leadership, joined shortly after by Maggie O’Carroll from The Womens Org, Marion King president of Mastercard and Simone Roche director of Women 1st. We then broke off into workshops delivered by Stephanie Wright from Sefton Women in Business and Naomi Timperly from 4HubUK and finally the highlight of the day for me, Company Shortcuts CEO; Lara Morgan.

The whole day rang out messaging that is so important that it needs to be implemented starting now.

“Women flourishing in the economy should come as naturally as common sense, however, this isn’t the case currently and the current statistics proving this. “At a time when our industries are crying out for skilled managers and leaders, there are thousands of talented women who can step up to the plate, given the right support. We want to give women the skills, confidence, and inspiration to go for more senior roles, help them build their personal networks and help organisations understand how and why they should support their female managers to reach the top.”

So there you have it, we all know that gender equality matters and for us to develop socially as well as economically, we all have a part to play. Whether it be education, women’s rights or economics, we have to support women on all levels. Events like ‘Women Inspiring the Economy’ are so important to show that with collaboration and the right support we can achieve great things.

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