Through the years we have had some brilliantly inspirational speakers on our stages. Some brought us to tears and others gave us stitches in our side.
Here are 5 incredibly inspiring keynotes:
Bavaria-born Petra is the founder and Managing Director of WEST- an award-winning brewery, beer hall and events space in the iconic Templeton building in Glasgow Green. In 2016 Petra set-up the WEST Women fund, providing financial and personal support to other budding female entrepreneurs in Scotland.
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’.
Dale Murray started at PwC as a teenager. She is the co-founder of Omega Logic, a British mobile pioneer launching pre-pay mobile top-ups for networks including Orange and Vodaphone. She eventually sold the company to Eposs and then First Data Corporation, staying on as CEO and building turnover to £450m in just six years. Dale now focuses on angel investing and advising start-up and early-stage businesses.
Linda established herself through a series of challenging executive roles and was a pioneer in women's collective ascent to leadership roles in the professional world. She is a self-made woman, and success has given her the freedom to enjoy all that life has to offer while remaining true to her values. Most days Linda is in London, running her successful property and interior design business. You may also have seen Linda grilling Alan Sugar's candidates on The Apprentice.
Kavita Oberoi OBE is one of the UK’s most highly regarded and successful female entrepreneurs and social philanthropists. After spending eight years working in the Pharmaceutical industry and missing out on promotion Kavita decided to go it alone. In 2001 she established her first business Oberoi Consulting after spotting a gap in the market for clinical audit services, clients include the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry. Ten years later Kavita established Oberoi Business Hub, based in Derby’s Pride Park, which is a shared business hub designed to assist and encourage business start-ups and growing businesses. Kavita has appeared in many TV programmes, including The Secret Millionaire and The Apprentice You're Fired.
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