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If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.

The lives of women today are busier than ever. IWD Banbury presents a series of inspirational talks and insightful discussions around four aspects of being a woman today.

Each session will begin with a thought-provoking 15-minute talk by a woman immersed in our theme. They'll be sharing their personal stories, knowledge and lessons learnt with you.

With the 2020 International Women's Day global theme - Each for Equal - in mind, we'll then invite two more eloquent women to the stage to join our main speaker. Each for Equal asks us to "broaden perceptions" so we'll ask them, and our audience, to add their perspectives during a 30-minute panel discussion.

You’ll need a ticket to take part in this session.

In order to make our first event as accessible as possible we have put in place a three-tiered ticketing structure. Rather than asking you to select which price you pay based on your age, education or who you work for, we ask you to pay what you can really afford to spend.

You can choose from:

Standard - Our standard ticket price. This covers the cost of this not-for-profit event

Pay more - We ask those individuals and organisations who can afford to spend a little more - just £5 - to help us offer lower priced tickets to those who need them.

Pay less - For those who can’t afford the standard price for any reason, but still want to join us. These tickets offer the same level of access and activities as our standard ticket, but have been subsided by those who have kindly paid more.

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Welcome to IWD Banbury 2020

09:30 - 09:45

To start the day, IWD Banbury co-curator Ella Barrington and Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, will welcome you to The Mill, and the International Women's Day 2020 theme - #EachforEqual

Meet our speakers


09:45 - 10:30

noun. mass noun. The state or condition of being fully grown or mature.

More women are taking leadership roles and starting entrepreneurial journeys. Diversity and inclusion are appearing on board room agendas. We kickstart our day by looking at women in the ever-changing world of work.

Our keynote speaker during the Adulthood session is Christina Nawrocki, Managing Partner of Wellers accountants. Despite vowing never to become an accountant, Christina now leads Wellers using a people-first approach.

Joining us for our discussion will be Banbury Business Woman of the Year, Liz Nicholson of Nicholsons and Gordana Collier, Head of School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University.

Meet our speakers


10:30 - 11:15

noun. mass noun. The relationship between sisters; the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.

Embracing collaboration over competition may help us achieve gender parity sooner rather than later. This session will focus on how women can support each other, and can best equip ourselves, and each other, to progress towards equality.

Our keynote speaker during the Sisterhood session is Emma Browning. Emma is an HR professional and founder of Meraki HR. She'll be sharing her personal story on stage.

Joining us for our discussion will be Leanne Duffield, chair of The Oxford Circle, and Lisa Harle-Ward from charity Oxfordshire Mind.

Meet our speakers


11:45 - 12:30

noun. mass noun. The state of having an individual identity; the quality that constitutes one's individuality.

Can you stride for equality in heels? Does loving lipstick make you less of a feminist? If you dress a child in pink does it change their future career?

During this session we’ll explore how fashion and beauty intersect with gender.

Our keynote speaker during the Selfhood session is Jen Toll, co-founder of Not Just a Princess. A business psychologist and mother, Jen started her own purpose-driven clothing brand to smash stereotypes.

Joining us for our discussion will be local entrepreneur Danni Edgington-Gibson, owner of So...Hair and Beauty and So...Fit, and Group Director of Curriculum Elsbeth Tibbets, from Activate Learning.

Meet our speakers


13:30 - 14:15

noun. mass noun. The state of being a mother.

Whether or not you choose to become a mother, you will probably know a few. Do working mothers get treated fairly in the workplace? How can workplaces better support families? What skills do parents bring back to professional life?

Our keynote speaker during the Motherhood session is Chelsea Groome, copywriter and founder of Fierce Content. After a career in PR and writing a novel, Chelsea became a mother and a self-employed wordsmith within the same year. She'll be sharing the truth about being a working mum.

Joining us for our discussion will be the award-winning founder of 9-2-3 Jobs, Helen Wright, and from Parents Talking Aspergers, founder Karen Irvani.

Meet our speakers

Closing remarks

14:15 - 14:30

We'll look back over our day of discussions, congratulate our wonderful speakers and say Happy International Women's Day 2020!

Meet our speaker