ON Thursday 30 August 2018, over 200 established and aspiring Aberdonian businesswomen, dozens of exhibitors and representatives from Aberdeen Business Gateway are set to come together at the new look Business Women Scotland (BWS) Business Roadshow at the Norwood Hall Hotel.
Whilst the name and format may have changed, the key focus of the day remains helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business.
The BWS events are the brainchild of Lynne Kennedy, founder of the BWS network, who herself was recently awarded with an MBE for her services to supporting and promoting females operating in the business community all across Scotland.
Commenting on the forthcoming Aberdeen event, Kennedy notes: “For many business owners, the term networking evokes a superficial, soulless exchange of cards that rarely leads to genuine new connections — or business. Yet, being an entrepreneur can be lonely, and we all know getting out there is crucial to your company’s growth and success.
“This is where the BWS Business Roadshow comes into its own, offering mentoring, support and the sharing of best practice in a relaxed and relatively informal environment with an event tailored for everyone, including those whose time is limited, by allowing them to pop in and out, during the day.”
The Aberdeen event’s keynote speaker is Edinburgh Business School Executive Dean, Professor Heather McGregor CBE, PhD (Hong Kong), MBA (London Business School), BSc (Hons) (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne). As well as an outstanding resume and commitment to increased diversity in the workplace, Professor McGregor is also known in the public arena for her weekly ‘Mrs Moneypenny’ column in the Financial Times, regular pieces in The Times and Management Today and appearances on TV and radio.
Kennedy adds: “It is quite a coup for us to have a speaker of the calibre and experience of Professor McGregor address the first of our new look events.
“As well as being a global business leader, academic, author and financial journalist working in leadership, employment and diversity, Professor McGregor was also a co-founder of the 30% Club which campaigns to increase the number of women on boards and she continues to serve on its steering committee. To my mind, Professor McGregor embodies the objectives of BWS, so we are delighted she has agreed to share her strongly held views with our Aberdeen audience.”
The day-long event commences at 8.30am and ends at 3.30pm although the unique format offers delegates the flexibility to come and go as they wish on the day. The event be chaired by STV’s Rachel McTavish, with speakers including;
- Liz Hoskin – chair of the Scottish Board for the Chartered Management Institute
- Hazel Peplinski – chief executive of Perth Racecourse
- Amanda Hamilton – health expert and broadcaster
- Alice Beveridge – director of Tree of Knowledge
- Kay Young – mindfulness and well-being facilitator
Tickets for the event, which are priced at £15 and may be purchased in advance at www.bwsltd.co.uk or on the door on the day.
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