International Womens Day  2017 – How some of our Super Women Entrepreneurs got involved.

The Guild of Entrepreneurs is proud to be leading the way in its diversity recruitment practices and already over 25% of our Freemen are women.  With International Womens’ Day celebrations taking place across the globe last week, we thought we would showcase a few of the events that our “superwomen” were involved with to mark the occasion. And, as Freeman Claire Cockerton says:” Diversity is fundamental to keeping businesses commercially healthy, relevant to all consumers, and adaptable to future changes in industry and the economy. The more diverse your team, the more diverse and sustainable your creative force. We strive to be the drivers of innovation, promoting diversity and female talent in the tech start up community, and providing a wide range of services to ensure we all have the chances to succeed”.


RACHEL WANG  – Co Founder Chocolate Films; Winner Black British Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

For International Women’s Day Chocolate Films presented a special screening of ten 1000 Londoner short documentaries about inspiring women that live in London.  Rachel hosted the screening and held a panel discussion with Diane Abbott MP and singer/songwriter Kate Dimbleby after the films.

“An amazing night with inspiring women.  Thank you Chocolate Films and 1000 Londoners for a great evening!”

* A separate news write up about Rachel’s events is available on The Guild website


CLAIRE COCKERTON – Founder and CEO at Plexal, ENTIQ, Innovate Finance, Level 39

Events Claire and Plexal  supported for IWD:

  • 7th March -Leadership Alliance For Women Breakfast

Claire hosted a table at this coaching, career development and mentoring breakfast, sharing her experiences and answering questions about her bold career choices and challenges she has overcome. The event was organised by DLA Piper.

  • 9th March -Tomorrow’s Tech Success: Shattering Uniformity and Embracing Change

An interactive workshop organised by Tech London Advocates and TLA Women in Tech. Bringing together leaders in tech to challenge preconceptions around workplace diversity and showcase those already paving the way for success.Claire was invited to deliver a keynote speech to talk about the launch of Plexal’s tech innovation centre as  Europe’s largest connected campus where technology entrepreneurs and global business converge to imagine and create new products designed to improve lives.Claire spoke about the ways that women in tech need to collaborate to lead the charge for change. Technology has moved forward so fast, we are now re-evaluating and looking towards untapped markets, and customers on the fringes of the economy: having active, empowered women can only help this.We are here to commit to the mission and participate in the conversation. – Connect London and reinforce the precious sisterhood in business and technology.

“We’ve heard a great presentation from Claire Cockerton and met some fab people, learned a lot from each other #SheCanDoTech”


DANA NOVAKOVIC – Managing Director LBC Energy

Dana was involved in a session called Women Leaders in Energy on the 7th and a dinner on the 8th of March:

A community of women leading the way to the future of energy –CERA Week’s Women in Energy program promotes camaraderie, informal dialogue and networking in support of the growing professional community of women leaders in energy. Women in Energy members, in addition to participating in CERAWeek, enjoy private Women in Energy reception, dialogue, and private dinner, where members of the unique and developing community can build relationships, and partake in enriching discourse in a more intimate setting.


JENNY GARRETT- Award winning Executive Career Coach, Author, TEDx Speaker, Leadership Trainer, Commentator, Women & Teen Advocate and Entrepreneur

Because much of Jenny’s work is women’s empowerment, this was a week she was very much in demand to empower through talks, training and in the media.
The theme for this years International Women’s Day was #BeBoldForChange, we are encouraged to take ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.
During this week, Jenny Delivered: training in Power Politics to a group of Women in a Corporate organisation, Coached: A number of Women, Ran: a teen girl empowerment conference. Spoke: on how to be a woman of influence for Generation Success, Knowing Your Purpose at WOW Southbank and How To Make things Happen in your life for CostaWomen, She also attended events at the House of Commons and the Commonwealth.

“Really enjoyed this session yesterday.  Interesting exercises that I’m going to redo with a bit more time to think”

* A separate news write up about Jenny’s events is available on The Guild website


NICOLA MANNING – Lawyer, CEO Inter –Commercial Impex Ltd (Ghana) , Senior Brand Ambassador, The Home Club

Nicola was invited as the guest speaker at Professional Womens’ Hub in Oxford on 9th March, where she spoke about her life story, entrepreneurship, overcoming adversity and building a portfolio career.  Nicola’s talk was described as “superb..such an interesting and inspirational speaker”..”great to meet a woman with such great confidence”.


RUBY SAYED – Barrister at 1 Pump Court, Founder and CEO Nirvana Capital Ltd, Principal, RS Investments

On International Womens Day read about our wonderful @rubysayeduk standing in the #CityVote2017 elections!

*See write up on The Guild website

Well done to all our Ladies!

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