Following our second Uppingham Business Womens' event, at which we heard from three female busines owners Caroline Wardle, Stacey Orr and Samantha Houghton, we are pleased to share with you a short picture slideshow from that evening.
Caroline Wardle who started her career in the armed forces shared her journey and how from her role as an Air Trafic Controller, she transitioned into the world of business. Having spent most of her career in prodomenantly male dominated environments, Carolines' resounding belief is that you should just go for it. Carolines' desire to prove to herself, her father and brothers that she could go further in her own way and chosen career, has taken her on an amazing journey which as seen her achieve at every level she has tried and in most cases being the only women. Now as CEO of North Northampts Company and owner of her own business Wardle Evans, she continues excell and does not see why women should not be able to achieve successfully, both as a mother and a successful business owner, if that is what they want. It is possible to have it all and Caroline has proven it.
Stacey Orr, another local Uppingham business women shared with the group how she started her business, driven by her passion for making things. Staceys' talk was filled with hunour and honesty as she painted the picture of her journey from Trinidad, her passion during her childhood and teanage years with a gift for baking and making a variety of crafts. Having put much of this aside to teach English, she shared how years later this passion came back to her with the birth of her second child. Now Stacey is developing her business and teaching others how to be creative. Stacey started selling her bags on the Uppingham Market place. Her desire is to one day own a store on the Uppingham High Street. Stacey is owner of 'Oh Sweet Bag of Mine'.
Our final speaker of the evening was Samantha Houghton who lives in Leicester. Sam shared her journey, also with honesty and openness, looking back on a sometimes difficult early adult life with issues around low self esteem and self belief. However, Sam was determined to change things for herself, reading books on and practicing self development techniques, she has come through to achieve her dream of owning her own business. Sams' interest in Goth fashion and jewellery has culminated in her current business, which although only started a couple years ago, is growing very quickly. She now has four people working with her in the busienss with plans to expand further. Sam is owner of Iridescence.
Uppingham Town Mayor David Ainslie welcomed the delegatges to Uppingham and shared, along with Ron Simpson, WIMUK Patron and Secretary of Uppingham First, on the many areas where Uppingham is leading the way.
The evening was chaired by Sandra Pollock, WIMUK National Membership & Events Coordinator and Director, Open Mind Coaching.
Delegates commented on the inspirational nature of the meeting. Many extending their ongoing support for the next work and its plans for the coming year.
We hope you enjoy the brief slide show of pictures from the event and that you will be able to join us for our next event in April. A confirmed date will be posted on our events pages.