Page Executive hosts annual ‘Executive Women in Business’ event
Page Executive, part of PageGroup, held its annual Executive Women in Business event on Thursday 17th March 2016.
The event, held at Marco Pierre White’s Champagne Bar in Birmingham, attracted 50 attendees spanned a range of sectors from automotive to higher education and included senior female executives from Deloitte, John Lewis and Rolls Royce.
The event included keynote speaker, Kirsty Bashforth, who is the founder and CEO of QuayFive, non-executive director of Kier Group plc and an independent governor at Leeds Beckett University. Her discussions included the current landscape for executive women in business, the opportunities available and the impact of social media and networking. Page Executive says the talks also focused on the role and responsibility of senior leaders paving the way for the future generations of female executives and the opportunity to build a bigger talent pool in the Midlands region.
Bashforth said, “It was a pleasure being the keynote speaker at Page Executive’s annual ‘Executive Women in Business’ event and being able to focus on female business leaders in the Midlands, shifting the focus beyond London, challenging the social norms and highlighting the opportunities for effective positive change on gender parity in business as a whole.
“While it is not always smooth, there is progress on opportunities for women right across business today, and we need to educate ourselves about them to ensure we make choices that continue that momentum. Following International Women’s Day, the turnout and positive feedback from all of the delegates was really inspiring. The event was filled with energy and I personally made some great connections.”
Helen Schwarz, director of Page Executive, commented, “It was great to see a full turnout and with so many of the Midlands’ leading female business leaders. Kirsty was an inspiring speaker and her talk prompted a very interactive Q&A session. It was a great evening and with the perfect opportunity to network with other influential women in the Midlands. At Page Executive, we are committed to doing more in the Midlands region and positively supporting a more inclusive, holistic diversity agenda. It’s not about men versus women; it’s about delivery and results. We all have to do our bit to make a difference.”