International Women's Day

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Date: 08 March 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building
Time: 9:00 - 16:30

Join us to celebrate the entrepreneurial, political, social and cultural achievements of women, and their acts of courage and determination in the pursuit of gender parity in their workplaces, communities and countries.

To mark the day, we have planned a series of events and workshops which are all free to attend and open to all.

Alongside the events there will be stalls set up through the Atrium, Bristol Busines School building, Frenchay Campus, showcasing the amazing work that women in our region produce.

There will be a charity raffle with prizes including a Spa day from The Gainsborough Bath Spa, two tickets to the Affordable Art Fair in London, a coaching session from Sequoia Bridge as well as many more.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to Bristol charity one25 who reach out to women trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction.

There will be a free lunch provided by Bini Fine Foods for all attendees.

Event schedule

10:00 - 10:15Welcome6X269
10:15 - 10:45Female entrepreneurs: Inspirational case studies6X269
11:00 - 12:00

Panel discussion: 'Barriers to and opportunities for enabling more successful women in business'

  • Professor Jane Roscoe (Chair) - Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, ACE
  • Kalpna Woolf - Award winning ex BBC Head. Author -Spice Yourself Slim
  • Sado Jirde - Director of Black South West Network (BSWN)
  • Vashti Seth - Success Redefined Coach
  • Professor Sue Durbin - Professor in Human Resource Management


  • International Women's Day Choir
  • Stalls ran by female entrepreneurs
  • Raffle announcement
Drop-in sessions
Available between 12:00 - 14:00

Screening of Barefoot in Business

This is a film created by BAFTA award winning film maker Carol Cooke about female entrepreneurs in Uganda.

13:15 - 14:15CV surgeryCareers Space, X Block
13:15 - 14:15Speed mentoring (with a focus on enterprise)
14:20 - 15:00

Athena SWAN workshop

'The Role of Athena SWAN in engaging gender equality in UK university settings: Accreditation or lever of change?'

14:20 - 15:15Creating and telling your leadership story3X105
15:20 - 15:50

Difficult Conversations - Amanda Brown

'Based on one of UWEs Learning and Development Centre courses, this will workshop will leave you with some tips on how to better handle difficult conversations.'


How to attend

In order to attend please email the FBL Support Team at

Cost: Free
Contact: Lauren Symes
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86386

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