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Creating Positive Footprints....

Remembering Women at War

To mark the centenary of the end of the first World War, Pink Shoe members gathered to remember women at war. 

Dr Mari Takayanagi completely enthralled us with a fascinating talk telling the stories of women in Parliament during the war.

European Women's Lobby Debate

Helene Martin Gee represented Pink Shoe for a debate hosted by Angelika Mlinar MEP and organised by the European Women’s Lobby and PwC. Looking Backwards - Moving forwards: Women on Company Boards’ 

Looking back to the European Parliament 2013 ‘Women on Boards Directive’ the event considered what has been achieved and how to move forward in the future; discussing what type of policies are needed to ensure that women’s representation in leadership and management at the highest levels to drive businesses across Europe.

The European Commission proposal was intended to address under representation from women on company boards with the aim that a minimum of 40% of non-executive members on company boards should be filled by women by 2020 in the private sector and by 2018 in public-sector companies.

With the approaching end of the current European mandate and almost five years since the European Parliament vote, the expert panel assessed what has been achieved.

We heard that progress varies considerably across the EU, with some countries introducing legislative measures while others have self-regulated women’s representation in companies. For example, in the UK there has been good progress without the legislation of quotas, with the input of the 30% Club.

Raising the Roof at St George's Hall

Pink Shoe Founder Helene Martin Gee joined Ambassador Jacqueline Winstanley to debate and discuss 'Opening up creative Spaces' with an impressive panel at St George's Hall, Liverpool.

Telegraph Women Mean Business Live

An amazing day at the Telegraph ‘Women Mean Business’ Live with excellent panels discussing how to encourage and support more women to start-up and scale-up businesses. 
Of course for Pink Shoe the highlight was a fireside chat between our very own Jill Pay with Julie Baker, the inspiring Head of Enterprise, Business Banking at NatWest.

Global WIN Visit to London

It was a pleasure to meet US and London-based colleagues from GlobalWIN at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in St. James’s. Over from Washington to participate in the innovative RBS ‘Growing Inclusive Leadership in Tech’ conference.

X-Forces 5th Anniversary at London Stock Exchange

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH and the fabulous Ren Kapur hosted an extraordinary day of celebrations at the London Stock Exchange. 

In celebration of 5 years of X-Forces working with former service personnel to provide practical help on starting a business. It was truly inspiring to hear so many stories of success.

Addidi Celebration

It was definitely the party of the year at the Ladies Smoking Room of the St Pancras Hotel when we joined Addidi to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Founder Anna Sofat warmly welcomed guests and gave an insight into the success of Addidi and its beautifully different way of doing business. 

Addidi has made extraordinary progress encouraging more women to invest as business angels and also to successfully manage their wealth.

It was also an opportunity to unveil the smart new web site and corporate identity for Addidi as the Voice of Women's Wealth. A well deserved and accurate description. 

This was made clear by the inspiring stories from Addidi angels and clients, who shared business and life experiences about their own success. 

One thing they each had in common was an amazing passion for what they are doing; something that is very much evidenced by Anna and Janardan Sofat and of course by Addidi itself.