Invitation to Women in Business School Event

To celebrate International Women day this conference will explore and investigate topics such as female entrepreneurship, leadership, business, enterprise and creativity. Furthermore the conference will enhance the business curriculum and raise aspirations for further studies and professional journey.

When: Friday 10th March 2017

Where: Plymouth University Main Campus

Theme – Female Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Business, Enterprise, Communication and Creativity.

Please register your interest by emailing: 


Entrepreneur Lizzy Evans, The Founder and Director of The Make at 140 Vauxhall Street

Academic and Author Alison Theaker – The Spark

Academic Jasmine Kelland – Plymouth Graduate School of Management 

Creative Leader Sybille Schiffmann – Director, Developing Futures

Anne Walker MBE – Founder International Dance Supplies LTD

The structure of the day

The conference will start at around 10:00 am and close at 14:00 pm. There will also be an opportunity to look around university campus. Lunch and refreshment will be provided and parking is only available for pre-booked minibuses and cars. There are no parking facilities for coaches.

Talks and Workshops

Sybille Schiffmann: Leading differently – Sharing leadership

Sybille Schiffmann, will talk about unconventional way of leading within organisations, applying direct experience with leaders from public sector. The will introduce some key leadership and coaching principles, models and practices, to enable you to work and develop your leadership skills differently and in a more leaderful, relational way to others. Pupils will develop the essential skills and characteristics of the leaders of the future.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about different leadership styles and techniques
  • Discover unconventional and creative leadership designs and styles
  • Develop and enhance your creative and leadership Skills

Alison Theaker: Communicating Confidently

We have all encountered situations where we found it difficult to make ourselves heard or get our point across. We may get side-tracked by another person, rather than being able to put our requests simply and clearly. Whilst in some situations we feel confident and relaxed, in others we can feel frustrated or angry. This may be down to the response style of the person we are trying to communicate with.  By recognising the main response styles that we all use, we can take control of the conversation.

In this session you will discover some of the things that hold us back from being assertive and learn techniques for being heard.

Learning Outcomes

  • The different response styles we use every day
  • Why we are not more assertive
  • Some self-affirmation exercises to increase confidence
  • Techniques for getting your point across
  • The secrets of OOF and DESC – how to change longstanding situations where we feel we are not heard.

Jasmine Kelland: Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Career Choices

The talk by Jasmine Kelland will highlight the current research on women in workplace, gendered stereotypes and pay. It will further discuss challenges and obstacles in the area.

Entrepreneurial talks:

There will be various female entrepreneurs sharing their entrepreneurial stories and discussing what it takes to run a successful business.


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