Welcome to Women in the Workplace 2017

The one stop shop for every woman who works or wants to, from employment to business and everything in between.


Are you looking to change your job or return to work after a break?  Do you run a business or are you thinking of starting one?  Are you looking to network with a group of like-minded women?  We have scheduled great speakers from right across the community to address all these issues and more in a vibrant and dynamic forum, as well as offering one to one careers and employment advice from our experienced advisers.


Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017

  • 9.30 Registration and coffee
  • 9.50 Key note speaker: Gillian Merron CEO Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • 10.15 Break out speaker sessions
  • 12.30 Closing remarks Lisa Ronson, Work Avenue Trustee
  • 12.45 Lunch
  • 1.30 Close

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Please click here to book your place

Registration closes on Wednesday 29th November

Key Note Speaker and Closing Speaker

Key note speaker

Gillian Merron, CEO Board of Deputies

Gillian Merron joined the Board in July 2014 as Chief Executive. Gillian was the Member of Parliament for Lincoln from 1997 to 2010. Experienced at the heart of Government, Gillian served as a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Cabinet Office, Transport, as Minister of State for Public Health and as a senior Government whip. She also worked in support of the Holocaust Education Trust and Labour Friends of Israel. Before being elected to Parliament, Gillian had careers in local government and as a senior trade union official in the East Midlands. Gillian has run her own business, advising and advocating on public health across the EU. She was also Chair of a national consumer body and a volunteer, helping disadvantaged women into work. Born in Ilford, Gillian studied at Lancaster University. She has served on the Board of Liberal Judaism and remains an active member of Lincoln’s small but thriving Jewish community.

Closing speaker

Lisa Ronson, Commercial Director Heron International

Lisa joined Heron International in 1999 as Commercial Director. She graduated from UMIST with a BSc Hons in Management Sciences and went on to spend eight years at BZW Investment Bank in London and New York, specialising in South East Asian equity sales covering UK, European and US financial institutions. Lisa also gives her time to a number of other charitable and community activities, including being a trustee for the Community Security Trust, the Gerald Ronson Foundation, the Development Board of the Natural History Museum, JW3, a North London Jewish Community Centre, and Work Avenue. In 2015 Lisa received from the University of Manchester an Outstanding Alumni Award.

Our Guest Presenters

Emma Gee, Founder and Owner Ingenious Jewellery

The Ups and Downs of Running Your Own Business

Emma will be taking us through the joys as well as the trials and tribulations of setting up and running a business.

Louise Jacobs, Chair of Trustees, UJIA

Networking for Dummies

Louise will be outlining tips and advice to extend your network in a confident and fluent way.

Hayley Korn, Founder Styleme by Hayley

Dressing for Workplace Success

Take the stress out of what to wear for work, whatever job you are doing.

Hannah Mindel, Business Adviser Work Avenue

Making Social Media Work For You

Learn tips and techniques to use social media in a smart and contemporary way.

Leesa Mather, HR Manager CST and Yael Solomons, Placements Manager Work Avenue

Want to work in the community?  Hear it from the professionals about what they really look for in an applicant

Judy Silkoff, Chief Operating Officer Federation of Synagogues

From the Sticky Floor to the Glass Ceiling – Being a Woman in a Man’s World

Judy will give a humorous look at gender in the workplace and how to adapt to different working environments.

Diana Wolfin, Founder Changing Direction

Looking Back to Look Forward: Using your Transferable Skills

Take a look at your skills set and understand how to relate that to the demands of the job.

Tuesday 5th December 9.30am-1.30pm

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Please click here to book your place