Last Thursday nearly 100 stand-out women from the Liverpool City Region joined us for a one off special event to discuss and celebrate the successes of some incredible women from across Merseyside. We were joined by our three guest speakers; Luciana Berger; Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree and Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Nicola Pink, Director of Pink Media Ltd. and, Karen Gallagher; Artistic Director of Merseyside Dance Initiative.
The event was made even more special by the announcement from Luciana Berger, earlier that week, that she intends to run for mayor of the Liverpool City Region, and is the first and only woman in the country to put herself forward for a mayoral role.
Our three guests were in conversation with CEO of The Women’s Organisation; Maggie O’Carroll and the topics discussed ranged far and wide; from transport links, to ambition, from PR advice to diversity in the arts. But the overwhelming theme that came from the discussions between our speakers and many questions from our fantastic audience was one of positive action.
The words ‘positive action’ were thrown about so much over the course of the morning that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the theme of the event! Our speakers and our audience put across their views for how employers and society can take steps to help and encourage people with different needs or who are disadvantaged can access work, training and support they are entitled to.
As more and more questions were asked over the morning, it was clear to see if we didn’t begin to wrap things up, we could have spent all day talking and discussing the variety of different topics that came up. So as Maggie took the last question, she asked Luciana, Karen and Nicola to give us their top four mantras or pieces of advice that someone could take away from the day.
So here’s what our speakers had to say…
Be sure to challenge something if you are not seeing diversity within it
Mentor the next generation of women
Add positivity and kindness to social media
And some words from Barbara Castle ‘Guts is all’
You can’t do it all on your own
Surround yourself with champions
And be realistic about what you can do
Shout about other women
Remember, success is a team supportAnd, be the best version of yourself
And of course, it wouldn’t be the end of the event if we didn’t ask Maggie her top four words of wisdom for the morning...
Remember the importance of using your vote
Collaboration and continual conversation is key
Take the time out to invest in yourself
And last but not least, the mantra of The Women’s Organisation;
‘Well behaved women rarely make history’