Lewisham women at the top


Heidi Alexander, MP Lewisham East, opened ‘Women at the Top’, a debate organised by Inspirational YOU and funded by the Lewisham Homes community fund on Wednesday 27 November 2013.

Held at the House of Commons, the event attracted around 100 women to hear the panellists debate issues affecting women in the workplace such as female leadership, achieving gender balanced boards and equal pay. The guest speakers included:

  • Samantha Johnson, Broadcaster & Sports Reporter at The Sun & News UK
  • Tracy Ayling QC, 2Bedford Row
  • Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award
  • Gina Miller, Philanthropist and co-founder of SCM Private
  • Caryl Longley, General Counsel – Deloitte LLP
  • Antonia Burrell, MD of luxury skincare brand Antonia Burrell London

Sydenham resident, Ruth Rawlins, who attended said: “This event was very interesting, with lots of tips and well-rounded advice, not just for aspiring businesswomen, but for those of us who are mums too. I found it inspiring to listen to listen about how these women juggle motherhood and a hectic working life. I shall definitely be taking their advice! I’m very glad that I came this evening.”

Ophelia Bobori, Lewisham Homes resident and Board Member, said: “For those women who have a vision for success the event will have only motivated them further. For those women who have a vision in the recesses of their active imagination, yesterday’s event has served to encourage them that their dream can BE a reality. The event was truly inspirational; the speakers were driven by challenges, and some injustices, that have driven their careers.”

After the event, Heidi Alexander said: “It was a privilege to take part in the Inspirational YOU evening and to be among so many impressive young women. I was really pleased to be able to host the event in the House of Commons and I hope those who attended found it as useful and encouraging as I did.”

Sonia Meggie, Founder of Inspirational YOU said, “I am so pleased to have been able to hold this event with the support of Lewisham Homes and Heidi Alexander MP.  There are lots of women in Lewisham who want to improve their career prospects or start a business.  Via this event they were able to connect and learn from senior women who can inspire and support them to the next level.”



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