Every woman makes decisions about her career, her ambitions and her family. As a group of 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 set up She is Sustainable.
It started with 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 – there have now been eight gatherings, with more planned.
All these events have been organised with minimal funding and maximal goodwill. We’d love to hear from others who want to join in – please contact Becky.
The She Is Sustainable steering group:
Becky Willis has run a think tank, advised government and worked on many aspects of environmental policy from tax to community energy. Now, she researches at Lancaster University, advises Green Alliance and the New Economics Foundation, and spends her spare time dragging teens around the fells of the Lake District. http://www.rebeccawillis.co.uk
Solitaire Townsend is Co-founder of Futerra http://www.wearefuterra.com. She’s a child-free, globe-trotting entrepreneur.
Robyn Lockyer and McKenna Smith organised the brilliant She Is Sustainable: Edinburgh – our first foray into Scotland.
Gráinne Kennedy singlehandedly masterminded She Is Sustainable: Dublin, in February 2018. Gráinne is Environmental Coordinator at the University of Cambridge.
Penny Walker is an independent facilitator, trainer, coach and consultant working to bring about change for sustainable development. She was part of the team that put together She Is Still Sustainable: an event to support mid-career women. www.penny-walker.co.uk
With thanks, too, to our friends and advisers who have helped to run our sessions and dedicated their time and expertise to She Is Sustainable, particularly Amy Leppanen, Anisha George, Amy Mount, Jess Phoenix, Gail Whiteman, Carolina Karlström, Brigid Finlayson, Mairi Brookes, Hannah Hislop and Melissa Miners.