Every woman makes decisions about her career, her ambitions and her family. As three women who, over whisky, 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.
Over the course of two days, we’ll be joined by senior women working in sustainability who will share their stories and take part in discussion sessions on all aspects of women’s work and life.
What should you expect?
At lunchtime on the Thursday, we’ll kick things off with a discussion of women’s experiences, styles and approaches to work. The afternoon will continue with discussions on topics chosen by participants; then we’ll head to dinner at a local restaurant, where Dame Fiona Reynolds will join us to impart some words of wisdom.
On Friday we’ll delve a little deeper, talking about how women balance their work and lives: with or without children; in the city or the countryside. We’ll consider the pros and cons of full-time, part-time or freelance work; and talk through the dilemmas and opportunities that each of us encounter in our walks of life.
We’ll be welcoming insights and personal stories from:
- Kath Dalmeny, Co-ordinator of Sustain
- Julie Hill, Chair of WRAP
- Sue Garrard, SVP, Unilever
- Laura Sandys, former MP and co-founder of Powerful Women
- Nina Skorupska, CEO of the Renewable Energy Association
- Gillian Arnold, WISE (www.wisecampaign.org.uk)
- Kate Rawles, outdoor philosopher and adventurer
- Emma Pinchbeck, head of climate change and energy at WWF-UK
- Gail Whiteman, director of the Pentland Centre at the University of Lancaster
For dinner on the 4th we’ll be joined by Fiona Reynolds. Currently Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Fiona was Director-General of the National Trust until November 2012.
As well as the group who’ve collectively put this event together:
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 policy 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. Hannah is on maternity leave but we’re trying to persuade her to bring the baby along.
This is not a conference – it’s a free discussion involving stories and advice from leading women in sustainability.
Sounds great, can I come along?
Sorry, but applications have now closed. If you have any queries, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘She is Sustainable’ in the subject line.
Many thanks to Unilever and Futerra for their support.
Becky, Soli, Amy, Hannah and Melissa.