Other panelists included Baroness Shriti Vadera (above right), Kelly Hoppen MBE (below right), Melissa Odabash (below left), Kanya King MBE and Jaqueline Gold CBE (above right).
Baroness Shriti Vadera, who is also the Chairwoman of Santander, started off talking about the benefit of diversity and the positive impact women in business have on the bottom line of the companies they work in.
The panel of inspirational founders each told their start-up stories. Common themes across all female entrepreneurs was confidence, hard work, believing in your own inner voice and … brazen ‘blagging it’ to make the connections needed to take their business to the next level.
In reponse to some of the audience questions about confidence, Jaqueline Gold suggested you write an email to yourself reminding yourself of all the positive things you have achieved. My own advice is pretend you are confident even if you are not feeling confident. No one else knows! Put your shoulders back, face forward and move with purpose. Everyone else will think you are confident and you’ll start to actually feel it.
Finally, Joy Jibrilu Director General Tourism from The Bahamas gave one lucky lady who is about to fundraise on Crowdcube a free trip to The International Women’s Empowerment Summit, October 20th to 21st 2016 in the Bahamas! As a previously successful female founder who raised £500,000 on Crowdcube I was pretty gutted that we weren’t included the draw. Maybe there is still a way to get to Bahamas event…