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Creating Positive Footprints....

First Women

The highly talented Anita Corbin created a stunning exhibition at the RCA of her 100 First Women Portraits to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage taking place in 2018.

Of course the First Woman in almost 600 years to become Parliament's Serjeant at Arms was featured with our very own Jill Pay, now Chairman of the Pink Shoe Senate and leading the vital work to create the first Economic Blueprint for Women across the UK.

Following the launch and Private View this inspiring exhibition was open throughout August and a special 'In Conversation' evening was held with Jill and some of the other female pioneers.

The portraits are now on tour with Anita. Find out more here: https://1stwomenuk.co.uk/

Voice & Vote Private View and Summer Reception

This year the summer soiree took on a new dimension as we joined with Vote100 to celebrate and enjoy the extraordinary new exhibition in Westminster Hall. 


Voice and Vote: A Woman's Place in Parliament has been created to commemorate the centenary of the first women gaining the vote. 

We first heard from Mari Takayanagi and Melanie Unwin, who not only had the brilliant idea but also succeeded in delivering on their vision.
Alongside this amazing celebration we collected messages from guests to add to the Pink Shoe Time Capsule.




We began with top notch iced tea and cakes for a super-sized EqualiTea.


Then of course we enjoyed a superb buffet, accompanied by plenty of pink fizz and sparkling elderflower.







International Symposium

At the House of Lords we heard from some extraordinary speakers sharing ideas and experiences on international diplomacy and protocol in Islam. 
Lord Ahmed warmly welcomed guests then we heard from Shah Morris who  opened proceedings with a short film about the vital work of NAAM around the world. 

Roger Harrison spoke engagingly of his own vision and introduced Yvonne Ridley, who gave an inspirational insight into her time as a captive and how she has used the experience to the good, focusing on the importance of women's rights around the world.    

Karena Kyne then stretched our perspectives and finally we enjoyed a fascinating talk from David Dum​ke about his time as adviser to Obama.

After the roundtable we had an excellent afternoon tea, with plenty of time to network and continue the discussion.







Summer Lunch

An annual treat for Pink Shoe is to enjoy summer lunch on the terrace and this year was no exception. Our final buffet took place on splendidly sunny day and Sheila did an amazing job of organising us all. The food and service were as exceptional as ever and we were literally spoiled for choice. 

It was great to share conversation with longstanding ambassadors and new members too. The perfect way to end the week and celebrate the 'end of term'.






Chatham House International Policy Forum

Once again the Chatham House annual policy forum on Gender was held in Whitehall. It brought together global leaders and key influencers to engage with the work of the W20 and consider key policy ideas for next year’s G20 Summit.

The overarching theme was No Going Back: Making Gender Equality Happen.

Practical outcomes were sought and a range of international speakers and highly talented panels explored deliverable solutions. Topics under discussion included Closing the Gender Gap; Women in Public Life; Commonwealth developments; and from the World Bank, Women, Business and the Law.





EqualiTea Democracy Afternoon Tea

The Earl of Erroll hosted the first of our Democracy Afternoon Teas at the House of Lords. The event was part of the excitng EqualiTeas initiative to #ShareDebateCelebrate across the UK the 100th anniversary of the first women getting the vote.


Hong Kong Business Students

As part of the outreach work of the Pink Sky Foundation, leadership director Vanda Green and Pink Shoe founder Helene Martin Gee hosted a meeting with students from Hong Kong. The group is in the UK to spend 2-months as interns with London-based SMEs. 

Organised by Grace Lee, students learned about British work customs and practices as well as hearing from an international intern about his own experiences of working in London. The group then enjoyed a short tour of the Palace of Westminster.



International Forum with China Women's Delegation


Pink Shoe was honoured to host a high level delegation of female business leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and officials from China for a discussion and exchange of business opportunities.






WinTrade 2018 Gala Awards

At the Westminster Plaza glamorous guests gathered for the highlight of WinTrade Week at the Gala Dinner & Awards hosted by the fabulous Yvonne Thompson CBE.






Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords

Baroness Verma hosted a splendid afternoon tea in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords, as part of WinTrade 2018 organised by Yvonne Thompson CBE. 

Pink Shoe was thrilled to participate in this exciting week






A vibrant group of female founders from around the world gathered on a gloriously sunny afternoon on the Terrace as many business ideas and opportunities were exchanged.


Inspring Female Entrepreneurship at Arbuthnot Latham


Pink Shoe Ambassadors were delighted to be hosted by Arbuthnot Latham for a seminar and reception on 'Inspiring Female Entrepreneurship: Closing the Enterprise Gap’ 

Guests were warmly welcomed by Liz Bottomley, Head of Private Banking, who got the evening off to a great start with her insights into entrepreneurship and the exciting opportunities for UK and global entrepreneurs. 



We then heard from the eloquent Pink Shoe Founder Helene Martin Gee; followed by a passionate talk from Jill Pay on the dynamic progress of the UK Economic Blueprint for Women and its brilliant group of 100 volunteers, Team EB.








Ruth Lea CBE shared expert insights into the economic outlook and positive outlook for growth; offering a refreshing perspective as she outlined the many opportunities that Brexit can bring.

After the inspiring speakers, Pink Shoe ambassadors and distinguished Arbuthnot guests were in excellent company to network over delicious canap├ęs and Champagne.

The event was a huge success and our sincere thanks to Arbuthnot for their amazing hospitality; and all thanks to Georgina Badine of Arbuthnot Latham and Diana Chrouch of Pink Shoe for making it happen!



BoardAble Session II


The second session of the BoardAble Spring programme was led by Vanda Green and enhanced with expert input from Patron Sarah Anderson CBE along with James Grieve and David Holmes from the Cabinet Office.

Delegates gained top tips from Sarah on what to expect from a panel interview and how to succeed at putting together a succinct CV and supporting statement. 


James shared information on the wide scope of public appointments and how to get started, while David gave us a unique insight into board level recruitment processes.


We then heard from Jill Pay on dressing for success and the magic of the jacket, whilst Helene Martin Gee reminded us of the benefits of strategic networking.