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16-Jun-2017 Networking lunch with Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman MBE

 

Set against the backdrop of a blue sky and sparkling sea, with the rugged Skerries on the horizon , the scene could not have been more fitting. Nourished by lunch from Tanya and her team, enthused by the ambience of the Arcadia building, and garnered by the camaraderie of our Women in Business colleagues, we gathered to listen to Paula Hillman, Chief Superintendent of the PSNI.

If the view outside was breath taking, Paula’s talk was inspirational, colourful and motivating. Speaking of her career and her personal thoughts on leadership, she not only gave us a potted history of her journey through her profession, but an account of PSNI’s own story.

We were intrigued to hear of how when she joined there had been a three year gap in the recruitment of women to the forces. We were transported back to the eighties when women wore skirts, had a monthly allowance for tights and these along with thin soled shoes did little to help when chasing criminals on the street. These were not the only accessories of a female officer. At this time, on passing out, male officers were suitably equipped with protective clothing and personal protection weapons. Females on the other hand were equipped with, a handbag! Paula actually produced her handbag, a plain black rectangular long-strapped affair which she and her colleagues were supposed to carry on the beat. In a nod to its purpose, it had a hole on the top of it for the radio antennae to protrude.

Although this commentary provided much laughter in the room, Paula was not critical of the then RUC, and its attitudes to women. That was the way it was. It was not perfect but it was typical of society at that time. Things have progressed significantly and Paula has been involved in many of those changes, flexible working and equality high on her agenda during her professional career.

Along with an insight into her chosen career, we also enjoyed Paula’s thoughts on leadership. She encouraged us to take support from our female colleagues, to attend forums and network events like those of Women In Business. She urged us to support each other and not to feel guilty about the choices we make. Nothing stands still and if we choose to take time out to mind our children, it will pass, but if we choose to work full time, why should we feel guilty about doing so. She suggested that we know our own strengths, but also our limitations and gave us a piece of advice we all took away to put in practice, “Be Yourself – With Style”.

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10-Mar-2017 What Happens When Women are Bold…

 

 

Guest speaker at the Inaugural Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2017 held at Drenagh House, Limavady Dr Leah Totton of Dr Leah Clinics .

View a full gallery from this event HERE

 

Yesterday was a great day, this week was an extraordinary week. At Causeway Enterprise Agency we have been hosting an event for International Women’s day for 16 years. This year we decided to take it up a notch, so along with the team at Women in Business and our supportive sponsors, we gathered over 240 women entrepreneurs at the stunning Drenagh House on the Causeway Coast and challenged them to #be bold for change and boy did they deliver….

Tina McKensie roared on to the stage with a candid honest tale of the personal traumas she has lived through and an infectious energy for business, especially women in business. She described her vision and unapologetic ambition for her business and her team, she made the whole room feel that anything is possible if you are brave and bold and drive forward towards your goals.

Leah Totten, Dr Leah, winner of the Apprentice and local girl was up next after a quick-fire networking session lead by the Bespoke Communications girls, Sarah and Camilla, the room quickly erupted as everyone started to connect and try and help each other, have an ask, givers gain was the message. Having Lord Sugar as a business partner must guarantee a great start to any business, you would think? Leah outlined her passion for improving her industry, her outrage at the lack of regulation and admitted it would have taken her longer to get started without her big hitting partner, however we have no doubt she would have made it happen and that she will be one to watch in the future.

Our audience is always diverse and its important to us to keep it real and easy to relate to, so next up was our panel of 6 local entrepreneurs to tell their stories, biggest challenges and how they had been bold! From Coffee Shops to civil engineering, Game of Thrones tours to Present Trees and Rapeseed oil to Handbags, they described the no’s and the knockbacks that had driven them on, the highs and the lows of running a business and having a life. The warmth, humour and passion they spoke with stunned the room, we will be talking about this panel for a long time to come.

After a late lunch, it was the turn of Petra Wetzel, of West Brewery to speak (without notes), the corporate lawyer now Brewery queen, told of her journey from the first Dragons Den Pitch to business failure to a growing successful global business. Once again honesty, integrity, passion and energy hit the stage, sheer grit and determination to prove everyone wrong literally drove her to succeed. Petra has now started a fund to give back and help other women get into business, she loved her first visit to Northern Ireland and felt an instant connection, we loved her too, we think we will adopt her!

We all go to networking events and conferences, listen to great speakers, meet new people, but sometimes something special happens, it could be luck, a happy accident or it could be one of those days when the chemistry happens, the buzz in the room grows and women do what they do best share, support and connect with each other. We are excited to be part of what comes next…

 

If you want to be bold for change call 028 7035 6318 for a chat, Causeway Enterprise Agency can help

 

 

 #beboldforchange


 

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Latest Events

05-Jul-2017
Go For It Training July

If you want to start a business, you'll need a business plan. 

Attend our workshops to help you develop your plan and bring your business idea to life.

 

Wednesday 5th july: 9.30am - 12.30pm Business Planning

Friday 7th July: 9.30am - 12.30pm Financial Planning

 

Location: Causeway Enterprise Agency, Loughanhill Industrial Estate, Coleraine BT52 2NR

Booking: Contact anna@causeway-enterprise.co.uk or by phone on 028 7035 6318, or by clicking the link below:

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

12-Sep-2017
NI Chamber Annual Networking Conference & Business Showcase

Venue:St George's Market, East Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 3NQ
Time: 08:30-13:00
Sponsor: Headline Sponsor: Dublin Airport /// Supporting Sponsor: Belfast City Council
Cost:£0+VAT
Non Member:£50+VAT

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