08/03/19: International Women in Business Day #WIB

International Women's Day RBS Natwest

At Natwest we are proud supporters of Female entrepreneurs and our national partnerships with the EveryWoman programme and awards.

This year for international womens day, we have brought together a fantastic line up of speakers and one of our very own entrepreneurs to share thier story of success and obstacles they have faced along the way to get to where they are today.

Joining us for this fantastic celebration we have…..

Vanessa Brady, OBE

Consultant and Founder of the Society of British and International Design. With over thirty years’ experience in the design profession.

Her central London based design practice; Interior Design Services Ltd has amassed an award winning portfolio including past projects such as Hard Rock Cafe, Sunseeker Boats, the Design Council, British Luxury Club, Unilever, high security government offices, Head of State Palaces, Sheraton Hotels, Hilton Hotels and the private residence of numerous diplomats. Vanessa writes for various trade publications (a column in London Property Magazine and Yacht Investor) and regularly contributes to other international and national publications. She is an inspirational speaker and a public spokesperson for interior design regularly appearing around the world as an awards judge to peers in the design profession. With an overall aim for improvement of interior design at all levels within commercial andresidential design, quality of finish and function, Vanessa has been acknowledged for a number of high level business and design achievement awards; such as the 2013 Woman in the City, Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment. In 2014, awarded an OBE (Officer ofthe Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Prime Ministers Office for; Services to Interior Design and the UK economy.Under Vanessa’s assertive direction, the SBID with offices in Ukraine and Italy also havepartners in 23 European countries becoming the official partner for export to the creative industries of the governments ‘Britain is Great’ campaign.

In 2011 SBID launched the International Design Awards which receives entries from 46 countries continuing to grow year on year, now regarded as the best Design Awards in the industry.

In 2015 Southampton Solent University bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Design upon Vanessa for her services to the education of interior design.

Shola Kaye – Key Note Speaker, Author

Shola Kaye is a professional speaker, speaking coach and author of ‘How to be a D.I.V.A. at Public Speaking’. She works with business owners to help them win new clients and monetise their expertise with powerful communication. Her work has appeared in the BBC, Harper’s Bazaar and Forbes. Winner of Jenny Seagrove Speaking Award 2016

Have you ever been stuck for what to say next? Or stumped during a business meeting?

Or maybe you didn’t want to answer the question?

In this interactive, high energy workshop, you’ll learn to think on your feet with ease. Practise strategies that will get you out of a tight spot. You’ll walk away with valuable frameworks for concise, on-point communication!

Esther Stanhope – The Networking Guru

In this unique masterclass you will learn:

  • How to spark up a riveting conversation with no prep
  • How to ‘work the room’
  • The art of entering and exiting conversations – (breaking in & breaking out)
  • How to get away from the one person you really don’t want to be stuck with – without being rude (aarggh!)
  • How to look and sound effortlessly confident at all times
  • How to follow up and get real results


10:30 – Registration / coffees networking

11:00 – Welcome

11:15 – Shola Kay – Speak Up On the Spot

12:00 – Vaness Brady, Entrepreneur – The story so far

12:30 – Coffee break

12:45 – Esther Stanhope, How to work the room

13:30 – Lunch & networking

14:30 – Close

Please note – that the venue entrance has changed, please enter the venue at the ‘conference entrance’ opposite all bar one.

Should you have any specific dietary requirements that need catering for you will need to make us aware five days prior to the event taking place so that we can advise our catering team.


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