University of Northampton’s Women in Business Conference leaves female entrepreneurs inspired

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Entrepreneur and founder of Red Letter Days, Rachel Elnaugh and the first women in the world to drive a World Rally Car, Penny Mallory, were the guest speakers at the highly successful Women in Business Conference in Corby on Wednesday March 4.

Organised by the University of Northampton’s Enterprise Club and Enterprise4Corby, the event was in celebration of the annual Women’s Day and was supported by the University’s Events Management students.

The one-day event was held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel and bought together female entrepreneurs for a day of networking and skills building. Both Rachel and Penny told the stories of their success, their highs and lows and shared advice with their fellow female entrepreneurs. In addition, the event featured three practical workshops focusing on telemarketing, social media, and dressing for success.

The day was described as a ’great event’ by Rachel Elnaugh, who went on to say said she had a fabulous morning and even stayed and participated in Jane Sumner’s Dress for Success workshop.

In an interview, Penny Mallory praised the ‘great atmosphere’ at the event. One of the exhibitors at the event said the Events Management students, who were being graded on their performance as part of their final year assignment did a great job, acted professionally throughout and deserve the highest grade!

Social media reaction and feedback forms show the event to be described as ‘amazing’ and ‘inspirational. One delegate commented: “It was a fabulous event, with excellent food and drink, the workshops were very informative and networking with friendly women was great.” Another said: “I cannot believe the event was free!”

Ivna Reic, Senior Lecturer in Events Management at the University of Northampton, said: “We are very proud of the Events Management team who delivered this event. They have shown tremendous maturity and adaptability and were very professional throughout.

“Their work is a great example of the quality of young events professionals trained in our BA (Hons) Events Management programme here at the University of Northampton.”

Janice Watkins, from Enterprise4Corby, added: “The event was a great success with a full house of delegates, two extremely inspiring female speakers and a range of topical workshops. On leaving, one delegate said: ‘It was a world class event’ - what more can I say!’