Eastbourne is set to see a new batch of female entrepreneurs after a conference run by WayfinderWoman last week gave nearly 30 women the opportunity to find out more about work opportunities and becoming self-employed.
The conference, funded by the Feminist Review Trust and entitled Working your Way: Building the foundations for women in business, was to support women thinking about getting into work or setting up their own businesses.
The panel members were incredibly honest about their own lives, the enormous challenges and discrimination they’d faced, the setbacks they’d endured and how they’d got over them.Laura Murphy, Wayfinder Woman
Attendees heard from a panel of inspirational women who had their own stories about the challenges they’d faced in getting off the unemployment register. They ranged from one woman with a physical disability who’d got fed up of being asked to do “simple” things and set up her own business, to others who’d had serious health issues or were carers, all of whom were now volunteering, employed, or heading up their organisations.
Laura Murphy, chairperson of WayfinderWoman said, “The panel members were incredibly honest about their own lives, the enormous challenges and discrimination they’d faced, the setbacks they’d endured and how they’d got over them. Afterwards people said because of that, they realised other women were in the same boat as them and there was a way out.”
After a confidence boosting session and a workshop on CVs participants also had the opportunity to ‘speed date’ with a organisations and employers so they could find out more about different opportunities available for them. Many signed there and then onto courses and other events run by the organisations that would help them to find work or become an entrepreneur.