Cumbria Chamber of Commerce were proud to host a panel discussion with 5 leading businesswomen in the county to embrace and celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday, 8th March.
The free event was well attended by over 100 women and men, both Chamber members and non-members. Due to its success, the Chamber are now planning a further 6 Women in Business panel sessions over the coming year which will be sponsored by Baines Wilson LLP. The future events will be free to Cumbria Chamber of Commerce members.
We asked some attendees what they thought of the event. Charlotte Davies, charlottedavies.com said: “I really enjoyed the international women’s day event. The speakers provided some interesting insights into their leadership roles and experiences in a very transparent and relatable way. It was also good to virtually meet other businesswomen in Cumbria in a supportive environment.”
Fiona Cloherty, of FC Business Services Ltd, FC Corporate Solutions Ltd and Salon One Highfield Ltd said: “As an independent female multi-Business owner in Barrow I often feel on my own. The IWD panel event hosted by Catherynn Dunstan who just made you feel connected immediately. It provided such a relief to me in understanding that I’m not alone.
“This event has really inspired me to re-connect with like-minded women in Cumbria. It gave me a huge boost of confidence – and please, can we have another!”
Elaine Southward of HiDef Surveying said: “Thank you to the Chamber for organising such a positive event especially in light of the current challenges many businesses and individuals are experiencing during time. I found the session enjoyable and inclusive but also enlightening as it’s always good to hear other people’s stories and experiences.”
Lucy Cook of Lucy’s on a Plate said: “If you can take one nugget of positivity/reinforcement away from a conversation/discussion such as this, that empowers you within your own business or the one you work for, then it has been worth it… I certainly found many such nuggets on this occasion!
“Thank you to the Chamber and the organisers, we need more of these and with equally diverse and different subject matters.”