Our mission is to create a global platform that connects women to opportunities, networks, businesses and expertise that empowers them.
Since 1999, we have worked closely with some of the biggest names in business, creating innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations - which also helps companies to achieve much-needed diversity in leadership and the wider business community.
Our high profile clients include HSBC, Yorkshire Water, Sage UK, United Utilities and Hitachi Rail who trust us to deliver bespoke female friendly programmes to complement other initiatives; catering to their female staff, customers and suppliers.
WE ARE DIFFERENT
We are proud to support and showcase the best of female talent across the UK, running some of the country’s top events for women.
Develop Female Leadership
We offer industry-specific leadership programmes with expert speakers and executive coaching to support female leaders.
Celebrate & Inspire
Our Forward Ladies National Awards is the largest celebration of successful women throughout the UK. Through these events, we celebrate the extraordinary achievements by women giving them the profile, advice and support they need to achieve their own aspirations whilst empowering other women.
We have a regional and national reach across the UK and beyond, serving our members with monthly training and networking opportunities and bespoke industry-specific leadership programmes.We believe in the power of connections, online and face-to-face, so we offer a range of opportunities and experiences to start conversations – you never know where they will take you.
We conduct online surveys and sponsored forum discussions and much more.
GRISELDA TOGOBO – OWNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Griselda began her career as an electrical engineer, she then veered into business having been influenced by the challenges and successes that her parents experienced as entrepreneurs. She trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with one of the BIG 4 professional services firms but now runs her own businesses, Forward Ladies included. Griselda is a mother of two beautiful children. She is extremely passionate about positively impacting the future of women and girls in the workforce. Griselda joined Forward Ladies as a member and was hooked.
Meet the rest of the team. Find out about current vacancies here.
Griselda is a respected and impactful speaker and media commentator, with a passion for transforming businesses through the creation of innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations. As an expert on topics such as gender diversity, sustainability, Science Technology Engineering & Maths and entrepreneurship, Griselda offers a fresh approach to diversity in leadership development and was recently named as one of the Top 100 ‘Yorkshire's Leading Women’.
An accomplished business keynote speaker and business consultant, Griselda is also available for presentations, events and conferences, panel discussions and media interviews.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
SAHAR HASHEMI - FOUNDER OF COFFEE REPUBLIC
In 1995 Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with a turnover of £30m. Giving up a job as a lawyer in London, she staked everything on a dream - and made Coffee Republic one of the main players in the ‘coffee revolution’ that transformed a nation of tea drinkers into one obsessed with ‘triple half-caf lattes’.
BILL HENRY - INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE COACH
In 2015 Bill retired as a partner of PwC where he led the Risk Assurance practice for the North of England. Having also been a partner coach in the firm he now operates as a qualified independent executive coach. In addition he is a non-executive director and a trustee of a large multi academy trust whose intake are among the most deprived areas of the UK.
RACHEL HANNAN - ANGEL INVESTOR
Rachel started with a successful career with one of the big 4 accountancy firms, working in tax, corporate finance and consulting. In late 2002 she co-founded a leadership and executive search consultancy that became a multi-million market leader in under 8 years, before her successful exit in 2010. Since then she has been instrumental in the success of a range of high growth businesses as an active Angel Investor, Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Board advisor.