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Creating Positive Footprints....

A well-deserved MBE for Loraine Midda

From the fashion business to becoming a successful entrepreneur with her own IT training company, to the House of Lords computer office and heading up members' services for the Parliamentary digital service; Loraine Midda has never done things by halves and the MBE awarded to Loraine in the Queen’s Birthday Honours reflects this.



Honoured for her contribution to IT, Loraine was also recognised for many years supporting and fundraising for Haven House Children’s Hospice. See: https://www.havenhouse.org.uk/

We’re delighted to add our sincere congratulations to Pink Shoe Ambassador Loraine, whom many members also know from being a wonderful host at some of our events.


Here is Loraine with Prince William at Buckingham Palace receiving her honour. 
And with some of the guests at her celebration party.





Karen Mattison on Flexible Working

It was a full house at the latest EY Women's Network event hosted by the inspiring Joanna Santinon as we heard from Karren Mattison MBE, co founder of Timewise, along with Andy Clewer of EY.




Rather than talking about part-time, calling this flexible working is more accurate and appealing explained Karen. 

With 650,000 flexible workers at all levels of career this is a trend that is growing strong right up to board level. 






And flexible working certainly isn't just for women as Andy Clewer was happy to tell us, extolling the benefits of his own part time career at EY.


For many roles flexible working is the future and the Timewise Power Part Time List of 50 inspiring part time leaders, from across industry, the public and third sectors perfectly demonstrates this.

Ambassadors' Christmas Luncheons

This year for the first time we held Christmas luncheons to complement the seasonal soirée that members know and love. A great way of meeting up with friends in the more intimate setting of our private room. The company was brilliant, and we stayed far longer that the scheduled 2-hours.


Service was top notch and the chefs excelled with a deliciously modern take on turkey with all the trimmings or tasty veggie options along with yummy puddings, coffee and chocolates.





Winter Soirée

To round off the year in true Pink Shoe style, Ambassadors and guests had a wonderful time at the Winter Soiree, held on the shortest day of the year. 




As ever it was a superb celebration of the season. Guests enjoyed fizz and the usual sumptuous buffet then the evening ended with mulled wine and mince pies for great send-off to the festivities.








Public Appointments Action Plan


With increasing recognition of the value that diverse talent brings to an organisation, Government launched its Public Appointments Diversity Action Plan at the National Portrait Gallery. 

The plan is supported by the Prime Minister who is committed to working with her Cabinet to increase the breadth of talent within public bodies.
We heard from Chris Skidmore, Minister for the Constitution at the Cabinet Office, about the proactive steps Government is taking to deliver on its ambitious Action Plan to increase the talent pipeline and attract the brightest and best.




Global Banking Alliance for Women Summit

It was an honour to co-host the international GBA Summit at the Houses of Parliament and its CEO Inez Murray, with almost 200 delegates from 50 different nations attending the annual event.

Supported by NatWest and hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary group for Women & Enterprise, Pink Shoe Founder Helene Martin Gee joined a prestigous panel chaired by Jill Pay, along with Julie Baker from NatWest, Karen Matthiason of the World Bank, keynote speaker Baroness Burt and Craig Tracey MP.


Global Entrepreneurship Week - Launch of Pink Sky Academy


An exciting event heralded our GEW2017 event with the launch of the Pink Sky Academy. 


Patron Deborah Leary OBE and Pink Shoe founder Helene Martin Gee chaired the roundtable along with our host The Earl of Erroll.









With a streamlined focus on the issues that really matter, the Pink Sky Academy provides unique and practical enterprise and entrepreneurship help and advice for women business owners and entrepreneurs.


Based on our successful pilot during the year, these are not academic lectures but interactive peer-to-peer sessions that enable a co-learning environment and create a trusted peer group for successful and growing businesses seeking to scale-up.

During the evening we gathered excellent ideas and input from our roundtable of experts and look forward to delivering the rolling programme of seminars from January 2018.