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Join us for International Women's Day business lunch and discussion

Surrey Chambers of Commerce, with the Inspiration Space, are thrilled to invite you to the 2019 International Women’s Day event on Friday, March 8, which will feature a thought-provoking discussion over a delightful two-course lunch. Click here to book now.

Taking place at the Guildford Harbour Hotel, 3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3DA, it runs from noon until 14:45pm, with the theme 'Business Women In Surrey'.

Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in campaigns alerting society to unwelcome prejudice that still exists in multiple forms in day-to-day life, with a specific focus on the workplace. It’s no secret that we’re entering an exciting and rapidly changing period of history that is broadcasting a Worldwide call to action. Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere. So the world requires balance. As a precursor to a better working world, we should all adopt a unified approach to help create a #BalanceforBetter.

With our Women in Business initiative, we’re proud to host events that continuously question and discuss issues such as gender equality, which are sadly still prevalent in the corporate world.
What we’re now starting to look at, is where we are now;
 
Have we created a better vision or have we negatively impacted expectations for the future generation?
Are we putting too much pressure on ourselves as well as Generation Z and beyond?
Are we equipping young people with the resilience needed to grow up in this highly demanding world?
Are we encouraging them to push boundaries or push the limits of their own wellbeing?
 
This event will seek input from five incredibly knowledgeable speakers who will look to answer such questions as above, commenting on themes such as innovation, resilience, wellbeing, disruption and confidence. Through personal experience and observation of the world around them, our panellists will collectively bring such themes together to demonstrate a #BalanceforBetter.
 
Join us on Friday 8th March as we galvanize continuous collective action, actively reinforcing and amplifying #BalanceforBetter all year round. 
 
Our panel:
Dr. Subo Emanuel
Dr Subo Emanuel has recently joined Wonersh Surgery, Guildford as a GP Partner. Prior to this she was a GP Partner in Epsom for nearly 20 years and has been a doctor for 26 years. Dr Emanuel is a GP Trainer and enjoys teaching and is actively involved in encouraging and advising young GPs on achieving their potential and their career aspirations whilst maintaining a work/life balance. She was awarded the Fellowship of Royal College of GP in 2018 for her work in General Practice. She is also part of the Emily Davison Memorial Project which organised an Inspirational Women’s Evening recognising the need for further gender equality as well as the progression of this over the last 100 years. 
 
Liana Fricker:
Liana Fricker is Founder and Managing Director of The Inspiration Space, a community that supports start-ups, creatives and entrepreneurs. A California-native with a background in community engagement and grassroots marketing, Liana uses her vivacious lust for life and endless optimism to create an ecosystem of support for small businesses, built around the spirit of collaboration and mentorship. Under her leadership, The Inspiration Space has helped over 150 businesses become more ambitious since launching in January 2018.
 
Brett Riley:
As CEO & Founder at ITARMI UK Ltd., Brett has essentially set ITARMI up to take to market a new age of service, using experience gained having spent the last 20 years actively engaged in positioning IT services at an enterprise level. Services that will transform how organisations consume and how IT engineers deliver services. Transparency, value, flexibility, lifestyle, freedom of choice, fairness, equality and exceptional service will create the foundation that ITARMI will live by and deliver on. ITARMI will become a movement that transcends the globe in the digital age and transform peoples' lives for the better. Their plans for the future are to disrupt the market and change the way services are delivered with their “Uber for IT” platform – all your engineering requirements at the tap of a button.
 
Sara Keel:
Sara is the Director of Babycup Ltd, a company borne out of searching for a healthy drinking cup option when weaning her own children. With the belief that necessity is an excellent precursor to a successful idea, Keel now counts the NHS and the Government of Canada amongst her many customers and exports her British-made Babycup First Cups all over the world. A member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, Keel is a passionate believer that health is not a niche issue. With three school-age children of her own, understanding the importance of accommodating family commitments is hugely important to the structure of Babycup and to the multi-layered responsibilities of the women who comprise the Babycup team.