Every woman makes decisions about her career, her ambitions and her family. As five women who have shared their learnings, successes and failures, we know one thing for sure – there’s a lot we can learn from each other.
We want to take time out to talk about women and changing the world. Not about politics, but about personal lives and choices.
That’s why we organised She Is Sustainable: London in February 2016, a two-day gathering for women working in sustainability, allowing women to share their stories and take part in discussion sessions on all aspects of women’s work and life.
We were overwhelmed by the response. Everyone involved – participants and speakers alike – really valued the chance to reflect, plant, plot and support each other. And it took on a life of its own – Emily Dunning, who came to the London session, established She Is Sustainable: Cambridge; three of us got together for a Northern version, She Is Sustainable: Lancaster; and the latest delight is She Is Sustainable: Oxfordshire, to be held in March 2017. Women of Oxfordshire – there’s still time to apply!
All these events have been organised with minimal funding and maximal goodwill. There may be future events – possibly a second London event, and possibly something to bring together women who are mid-career, rather than just starting out. We’d love to hear from others who want to join in – please contact Becky.
The founders of She Is Sustainable
Becky Willis has run a think tank, advised government and worked on many aspects of environmental policy from tax to community energy. Now, she works on Green Alliance’s political programme, researches at Lancaster University and has a long-term project to civilise her two sons. http://www.rebeccawillis.co.uk
Solitaire Townsend is Co-founder of Futerra http://www.wearefuterra.com. She’s a child-free, globe-trotting entrepreneur.
Amy Mount is senior energy adviser at Green Alliance. She’s a generation rent millennial, in a love/hate relationship with the Westminster bubble.
Hannah Hislop and Melissa Miners are global advocacy managers at Unilever, helping a leading company bring sustainability to life.