- Thu, Apr 26, 2018 01:30 PM
Latitude: 55.9855, Longitude: -3.58
International Women’s Day - Celebrating Progress on closing the gender gap Do you feel you are working in a Man’s world, a Women’s world or simply in Our World? How do we as women, approach parity when it comes to our roles in our working lives and how much does this impact, or (maybe more enlightening is impacted by), our personal lives? The theme for International Women’s Day this year is #PressforProgress (see IWD 2018 theme below) with the intention of upping the profile for gender parity. At this, our (postponed) IWD 2018 event, West Lothian Women in Business would like to invite you to join them to explore the questions above. Taking a celebratory view, we have brought together a range of women in business to be inspired by, learning how they have stood up for their gender, simply by making their life choices and doing what they want to do within the realm of business. It's not so long ago when women's choice's around career and finances had many restrictions, which for many of us are freedoms we now take for granted. In the 1960s a primary school teacher was not able to work if they got married, women couldn't have their own bank account in UK without a male co-signatory until 1975, nor could working women have a mortgage without the co-signatory of a male in 1970. We have brought together a panel of four successful Women in Business (see bio’s below), from a broad cross section of generations and industries, to help us explore and celebrate the progress on closing the gender gap. We will be hearing how they have approached success, how struggles were overcome and asking them about their experiences and views of whether gender has impacted their successes in life so far. We will also be hearing from some of our own members, their business ideas and how they made their choices to venture along the lines they have chosen. International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity. International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day [and the whole of 2018] belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress. We will also be talking about our continuing Make it Happen initiative, with a little workshop activity and inviting members who are interested in joining a Make it Happen group (see below for short description of an MiH group) to sign up for our next MiH session, where we match-up members and get you launched with your own group. (As a short reminder – a Make it Happen group is a small close-knit group that supports each other to develop their businesses or realise their goals. The intention of a MiH group is that a small dedicated and confidential peer group supports each other to get whatever is holding us back from success in our business, career or project, out of the way and make things happen! Here are some of the benefits of being in one:- Accountability Brainstorming ideas Coaching to find the solution yourself Make and get access to potential contacts to broaden your network Test your ideas ) So on the 26th April, please join us for some inspiration, exploration and learning from our exciting panel and some WLWIB members, and of course to hear about our Make it Happen initiative. There will be the usual networking opportunities and a chance to meet some new as well as catchup with some old friends. We’re at our usual IWD venue, Oracle in Linlithgow - great thanks again to Oracle for hosting us. Here are details of our panel members and their bio’s with three of them working here in West Lothian. Val Atkinson Retired, Formerly Deputy Head of News & Current Affairs at BBC Scotland Val began her career in BBC Scotland as a researcher and ended many years later as Deputy Head of News and current Affairs, having worked in news, political and investigative programmes. She was involved in the first referendum for a Scottish Parliament in 1978 AND when the devolution question arose again in 1997 she chaired the BBC’s Committee on Devolution which made recommendations on the balance between UK and Scottish political programming. As a member of the Constitutional steering group’s expert panel on the media, she played a key role in ensuring a more open form of broadcasting for the Scottish Parliament, than the restrictive arrangements then in place at Westminster. Since retiring from the BBC Val has had a portfolio career: Member of the ethical Oversight body on genetic screening, Generation Scotland; Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland; Board Member, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland; Lay member, General Medical Council; Lay member of The Office for Judicial Complaints; Department of Education and Culture, member of the Selection Panel for independently funded news Consortia. Val also returned to studies for a BA in painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art. Currently Val is a tribunal member of the General dental Council and Chair of “Bard in the Botanics”, an outdoor Shakespeare Theatre Company in Glasgow. Ros Milligan Owner and Founder of Decadently Pure, West Lothian Dr. Choc, The Healthy Chocolatier (aka Dr. Ros Milligan), is the creator of multi award winning raw chocolate treats. She is a chocolatier with a difference, a chocolate revolutionary, scientist, speaker, author of e-recipes books, and published both in printed and online media. Indulgence without guilt is Dr. Choc’s philosophy. She claims you can eat chocolate daily without guilt, and still lose weight and eat a healthy diet! Amazingly indulgent treats, that just happen to be healthy, are her forte. She began creating her chocolate delights, free from dairy, gluten, soya, refined sugar and anything artificial, when she couldn’t find any sweet treats suitable for her daughter who had food intolerances. As a scientist with catering experience, she marries the two perfectly, fusing modern nutritional science with high end chef skills, to create beautiful and healthy treats. Her award winning chocolate bars are sold in health food shops across the UK, and her award winning truffles feature in her monthly tasting club - the first organic, all natural, vegan and paleo compliant, chocolate truffle subscription club in the UK. Ros prides herself on going the extra mile and helping people to experience joy in their food once more. If she's not in her chocolate room creating recipes, she loves to be outdoors in the sunshine, running, listening to the rain or the sea, having fun with her hubby and girls, laughing with her buddies until she collapses on the floor of a supermarket (yes, that actually happened), reading crime novels, or trying something new. She has spoken at food and fitness festivals, and enjoys giving interviews and doing live demonstrations. Her specialisms include; Raw Chocolate, The Science of Chocolate, Natural Colours and Flavours, and Artisan Chocolate. www.decadentlypure.co.uk Michelle Quinn Manager, Almond Engineering Ltd, (Livingston, West Lothian) Michelle has worked with Almond Engineering Ltd, a successful Design and Precision Engineering company for almost 13 years. Almond’s precision engineering services include fabrication, welding and precision machining, serving customers requiring high levels of service and technical excellence across many sectors including oil & gas, medical, semiconductor, aerospace and food, drink & packaging. Michelle, having been with Almond for 4 years was promoted to manager at the age of 21 and has continued to develop her career progressing through roles such as manager, project manager and quality manager. Formed in 1979 in Livingston (West Lothian), Almond, with currently 26 staff and an annual turnover of approx £2.4 million, serves over 200 customers across most sectors dealing in a variety of materials including metals and plastics. Nearly 13 years on from starting with Almond and having gained invaluable knowledge and experience in most aspects of the business, Michelle, in addition to her manager role, is also currently a Regional Board member of DYW West Lothian (Developing the Young Workforce), Director of Edeta Training School (Edinburgh) and a Mentor for Career Ready (West Lothian). Michelle has also contributed to Almond Engineering achieving numerous awards, and continues to dedicate a lot of my time in helping the West Lothian Chamber and DYW West Lothian with events, helping promote apprenticeships and STEM. Most recently she appeared in the Scottish Business News Network with an interview on her work with DYW. www.almond.co.uk Jo Tod (Director RAD RTS AISTD AIDTA CFT STOTT PILATES) Founder, Director and Dance Director of JHM Dance Academy, West Lothian JHM opened its first studio in 2009 and 4 years later was providing classes in dance and cheer from 2 purpose built studio locations in Broxburn. In 2016 JHM and The Dance Room moved into what is a now West Lothian’s largest purpose built dance studio boasting 3 studios offering classes and exams in a broad spectrum of dance styles. In recognition of her achievements and growth of JHM Dance Academy, Joanne was recently awarded West Lothian Chamber's Shona Sibbald Women in Business award for 2017, . Joanne started dancing when she was three years old and went on to sit exams in Ballet, Modern, Disco and Tap with the ISTD and BATD. At the age of 17, Joanne attended Edinburgh’s Theatre School of Dance and Drama, now known as Dance for All in Stockbridge. Here she completed the 3 year professional dancers’ course gaining her vocational exams in the core subjects, Ballet, Modern and Tap, whilst studying contemporary, drama and jazz. Examination success was seen in further studies in child psychology, anatomy, dance history and music. Leaving college Joanne held her teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). In 1999 Joanne began her career as a professional dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Throughout her contracts she performed in Las Vegas style cabaret and magic shows whilst travelling the Caribbean and the USA. Joanne’s love of Dance and Fitness lead her onto qualify as a Certified Fitness Instructor with the International Sports Sciences Association and further study into the STOTT method of Pilates. On returning to Scotland in 2003 Joanne continued training and completed her exercise to music and became a BTS fitness instructor. This same year Joanne opened the doors to JHM Dance Academy and worked to grow the school in various locations in central Scotland whilst combining her love of dance, teaching and fitness. In recent years Joanne joined the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and started delivering the graded syllabus throughout the school, she has been an active member of the IDTA Scottish Regional Committee since its commencement in 2014. Completion of the iD-Dance contemporary course in 2017 has lead Joanne to introduce this to JHM in the schools existing contemporary classes. Joanne Hamilton Martin (JHM) is driven to offer the highest standard of dance training for young dancers and trainee teachers allowing pupils within the school to experience a huge variety of style that dance has to offer in the best facilities accessible to all. “JHM is a complete family that brings together so many talented and passionate staff and pupils. To be able to share the love of what you live for with others and see them in a studio at their happiest is truly the best job in the world.” www.jhmdance.co.uk So, please join us for our IWD event on Thursday the 26th April, again kindly hosted by Oracle in Linlithgow - EARLY BIRD has been extended only until 9pm on Wednesday 18th tickets priced £12, with full priced tickets at £15.00 thereafter. West Lothian Women in Business is a non-profit group run by a small number of volunteers. The group is here to help empower and support women who, are either running their own business or considering it, are professional women in the business world or other organisations and who would like to connect with other like-minded women and grow as individuals. Many Thanks, WLWIB Steering Group PLEASE NOTE - registration and networking from 9:30 - with tea, coffee and biscuits -with start at 10:00am - there will be a short break in the middle and time for networking at the end.