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Celebrating International Women's Day - The Conference

Mar 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

2018 will mark a centenary since women got the vote and International Women's Day 2018 we ask you to #PressforProgress.

Forward Ladies, in partnership with aql and LCF Law will be celebrating this milestone with a day of inspirational speakers, networking and debate on gender parity. Gender parity won't happen overnight and women's equality is still a long way off.

Forward Ladies, supported by aql and LCF Law support the everyday heroines, trailblazers and role models who are unapologetically pursuing their dreams and breaking through new barriers – inspiring their communities. They are determined to leave their mark and make a difference. There's a strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support. However, it can’t stop there.

Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Together, let's be tenacious in really accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.

Supporting Partners





Nicola Elliott, Founder of Neom Organics London

After spending seven hectic years working 60 hour weeks as an editor for magazines such as InStyle and Glamour, Nicola, launched Neom Organics in 2005 after noticing that her own wellbeing, and that of her close friends and colleagues, was being affected by the stress and demands of a busy career.

As a trained and passionate aromatherapist, Nicola is dedicated to inspiring women to lead naturally healthier lives by encouraging women to press pause and make time for prioritising their wellbeing.


Razan Alsous, Founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese

Razan Alsous founded Yorkshire Dama Cheese in June this year, after spotting an opportunity to combine her Middle Eastern roots with Yorkshire produce.

Yorkshire Dama Cheese is a story of inspirational bravery by a woman who refused to let her circumstances define or constrain her. It is about finding a new place to call home and new experiences which has lead to the creation of a British multi-award winning cheese and dairy company.



Pauline Wilson, Operations Director at Virgin Holidays

Pauline has over 20 years of operational and customer service experience in the travel industry, and in leading teams to achieve excellence at optimal cost.

Joining Virgin Holidays in 2005 as Head of Customer Service, Pauline then moved up to General Manager - Service and in 2015 was promoted to Operations Director. In this role she has developed the strategy and all aspects of the customer experience and operations both in the UK and overseas.


Susan Clark, Head of Corporate Law at LCF Law

Susan Clark is a Partner and Head of the Corporate Law department with LCF, leading and mentoring a team of 12 from its Bradford office. The first woman lawyer to practice corporate work in Bradford, Susan specialises in owner/managed businesses and acts on acquisitions or disposals.

With over 20 years’ experience in corporate law, Susan helped grow and now heads up LCF’s Health division where the team represents GPs, medical practices, dentists and dental practices, pharmacists and care homes.

Susan, shortlisted in the 2015 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards’ ‘Inspiring Leader’ category, qualified in 1988 having trained at Ford and Warren in Leeds. She joined LCF in 1997 and set-up its Corporate division. She has served 10 years as a director of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.


Sarah Tulip, Chief Operating Officer at aql

Since October 2016, Sarah Tulip has served as chief operating officer of Leeds tech and data firm, aql, where she oversees operations, people, talent and strategy across the organisation to support its growth.

aql is also a key player in the Northern Powerhouse Proposa and Sarah is a key influencer. She was named in 2017 on the Northern Power Women Future 100 list, which recognises the influencers and change-makers of the future who are already making a difference to their environments and communities.

With an award-winning background stretching more than 15 years in talent acquisition, Sarah has worked with companies throughout the UK to advise, transform and improve their current staff and recruitment processes, delivery and strategies.


Griselda Togobo, Managing Director of Forward Ladies

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.



Event Programme

09:30 – Arrival and Registrations

10:00 – Welcome and introductions

10:10 – Speaker: Razan Alsous

10:30 – Speaker: Nicola Elliott

11:00 – Speaker: Pauline Wilson

11:25 – Networking Lunch

12:15 – Panel

12:45 - Questions from audience

13:15 - Networking & refreshments

13:30 – Event Close

*The programme is subject to change.

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