Women in the Workplace 20186th December 2018
The Wohl Enterprise Hub was buzzing as 150 delegates descended for the much anticipated 2018 Women in the Workplace conference. Billed as the one stop shop for every woman who works or wants to, from employment to business and everything in between, the event attracted the both the entrepreneur and the job seeker, the confident and the simply curious.
Laura Marks OBE, founder of Mitzvah Day, national Jewish Muslim women’s network Nisa-Nashim and Women in Jewish Leadership, opened the conference and inspired the delegates with a personal account of her journey. She focused on career change, working in the community, Jewish attitudes to women and key principles to take away, holding this all-women audience completely rapt. She said: “It was inspiring to see so many women from across our community come together with a common aim of progressing in the world of work. I felt honoured to be delivering the key note address. The atmosphere was tremendous and the energy in the room palpable.”
Debra Sobel and Karen Benveniste, founders of award winning creative content agency Verity London, ran a breakout session on the opportunities and pitfalls of starting your own business, prompted by their own experiences. They commented: “We were blown away by the enthusiasm and the sheer vibe in the room. We were so inspired by the stories we heard of women who are starting their own ventures in so many different fields. We wish them all huge success.”
Delegate Benita Marks said: “I attended the session on confidence building, which I found tremendously helpful. There were so many useful ideas, and Annette Kurer made it sound so simple, which has really increased my confidence when I am out and about. It was a fantastic day.” Caroline Silver, founder of Off the Grid freelancing consultancy for the over 40s, added: “As well as attending so many really useful sessions, I was able to network with so many interesting people and share my own experiences.”
Debbie Sheldon, CEO of Work Avenue, commented: “Women in the Workplace is a hugely popular and successful event in the Work Avenue calendar, and the conference was buzzing with women who are determined to get a job or start a business to support themselves and their families. This bodes well for the future of the community. Work Avenue will continue to support all the delegates who attended today, whether this is to secure work or develop their business.”