Why is supporting the women in our Networks so important?
Sharing knowledge, support, best practice and lessons learnt is so valuable to your young, aspiring and inspiring young women leaders - Louise Bennett, Chief Executive, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
With a national skills shortage in some areas, women are a vital part of the solution and its so important that we encourage and attract this part of the labour force into roles to support the economy. Women in the workforce are also essential for balance in team dynamics – the diversification that gender balance brings is critical to any successful team - Sharon Smith, Chief Executive, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
We have responded to the Women in our local network by providing a new “women with Vision” network which provides a safe place for Women in business to share their stories, barriers to success and how they overcome them. It’s a crucial network to empower women and give them the confidence and tools to progress - Louise Wall, Interim CEO, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce
Because in spite of huge progress there are still many barriers holding women back. Imposter syndrome and confidence are two big barriers. Honesty about our own self-doubt and mistakes can help women believe in themselves and that they are not the only ones battling their insecurities - Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
We need to encourage and nurture young females and change attitudes where needed to reinforce the importance and value of women in the workplace - Briege Leahy, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Through mutual support, women can learn from each others experiences and best practices, share advice, build a support network, address challenges together - Francesca Ortiz, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic
Women bring significant skills and talent to business, yet many are not comfortable in singing their own praises. In order to really get organisations to appreciate their unique skills my advice would be to be vocal about their strengths and let everyone know why their expertise and contribution is important - Babs Murphy, Chief Executive, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
What advice would you give male colleagues to support women in the workplace?
Treat women colleagues the same with regard to the role and tasks needed to be done but allow for flexibility and encourage confidence building activities - Louise Punter, Chief Executive, Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Having a diverse workforce really does make your business BETTER and more successful - Miranda Barker, Chief Executive Officer, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
What skills do you feel are our biggest asset as women in the workplace?
Our courage - Asta Raicevičiūtė, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania
Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self?
I think one of the best pieces of advice I was given was along the lines of “Ask yourself does it really matter? How important is it in the grand scheme of things? And do you really care what they say/think? - Suzanne Caldwell, Deputy Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber
Explore more options and network widely, be less afraid and worry less about what others (including family) think or you THINK they might think! - Cecilia Albertyn, VP: Membership and International Networks, British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa
To believe in your gut instinct and always keep learning. Change is ever present and how you cope with that will give you confidence - Alison Henderson, CEO, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce
Believe in yourself, be brave - Ana Christie, Chief Executive at Sussex Chamber of Commerce
With the challenges we have all faced this last year, what would you say has been the most challenging part of living during a global pandemic, be it work/ business, personal or family related?
From a work perspective remote working has worked well but it has been difficult to continue to build a strong team when you are only seeing each other remotely, but it is possible, just takes more effort. Not being with family is definitely the hardest part and of course, not getting my weekly dose of retail therapy - Jo James, Chief Executive, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce