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#PinkShoe10 Time Capsule Launch at The Speaker's House



Hosted by our founder and president Helene Martin Gee and by special premission of Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Pink Shoe Ambassadors gathered at the glorious State Rooms of The Speaker's House to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Pink Shoe and unveil our special legacy project.

Helene announced that to commemorate our 10th Anniversary, Pink Shoe is creating a TIME CAPSULE highlighting the progress women have made through history and celebrating the cross cultural, cross sectoral nature of the network.It is linked to the centenary in 2018 of the first women in the UK getting the vote.

Celebrating '100 years of Women's Voices' this multi-media Time Capsule will pay tribute to women’s accomplishments, aims and aspirations. It will be a virtual, online space to celebrate, inspire and commemorate as well as we hope a physical vessel. 

Accessible to people of all cultures, ages and abilities, it will bring together films, photographs, artwork, crafts, poems, songs, mementoes, texts, tweets, social media and audio messages.


During the event leading Pink Shoe Ambasadors shared their messages for future women, these included Antonella Ragona (whose idea the Time Capsule is) Jill Pay, Diana Chrouch, Noreen Cesareo and Sheila Williamson. 



Helene read messages form our Patrons and other leading Ambassadors, then Melanie Unwin, Curator at the Palace of Westminster, told us all about the Vote100 project celebrating the 2018 centenary and some of the exciting events taking place in Parlaiment and across the country.

The voices of women are truly being heard! 


#PinkShoe10 Champagne Reception

Following the launch of the Pink Shoe Time Capsule the event moved across to the main Palace for a reception and celebratory fizz.


Everyone was able to enjoy an amazing presentation put together by Antonella Ragona and Noreen Cesareo, on screens which highlighted 10 amazing years of Pink Shoe interspersed with positive messages from our Patrons and from other female leaders.








The evening was enjoyed by all and a lovely gift from generous Pink Shoe Ambassadors of beautiful flowers, pink Champagne and a stunning Swarovski pink crystal pen completely delighted and surprised Helene!

Lunch & Learn: Digital and Data

At DMH Stallard we held the last in the current series of Lunch & Learn seminars 'Digital & Data'. Once mre the event was generouly supported by DMH.

After introductions from our host Olivia Cooper and Pink Shoe's Helene Martin Gee, Andy Mullholland, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation and a real IT guru led the session brilliantly.  






Andy covered topics including digital business models and cloud business as well as how to leverage social media and analytics to achieve business objectives and deliver client satisfaction. 

Deftly chaired by Lan O' Connor, Andy's approach made the subject both fascinating and engaging and no question was too mundane! 

Delegates left brimming with knowledge and many new ideas and insights.


Lunch on the Terrace

A delightful afternoon was spent in the Terrace Pavilion as we enjoyed a special summer luncheon. The House of Commons team excelled themselves with the glorious buffet as the food was better than ever this year!

Around the table we discussed business opportunities, the challenges of setting up a new business and progress on the UK Economic Blueprint for Women, along with summer plans and holiday destinations. 

A wonderfully relaxing occasion - wish we could enjoy it more often!



Summer President's Luncheon

The second of our exctiing lunches in a private dining room overlooking the river enabled Pink Shoe Ambassadors to share a superb menu and wines whilst dicussing plans for our forthcoming 10th celebrations and legacy project. 

The secret was revealed by founder Helene to those present, but will be kept under wraps until September for our special guests at the anniversary event. Watch this space!


Summer Soiree with Guest of Honour Tessa Sanderson



To cekebrate summer we held a Westninster safari party to support our inspiring Patron Tessa Sanderson CBE and her cahrity, the Tessa Sandersom Foundation.

Beginning in the prestigous surroundings of the River Room for a champagne reception by kind permission of the Lord Speaker.

We heard from our fabulous founder Helene Martin Gee of the exciting progress made by Pink Shoe over the past 10 years. 

Tessa then wowed guests with her personal success story of how she got to the Olympics and her gold medal. 

Now Tessa is working with young athletes seeking their own medal success. Members were keen to hear more and we hope this event will inspire them to get involved with TSFA and the many young people it supports.


From the River Room we enjoyed a mini-tour of Parliament enroute to the House of Commons for a delightful buffet reception and plenty more fizz!




Chatham House International Policy Forum



Global Women of Influence at Canada House



Lunch & Learn: Leadership, Growth & Exit






State Opening of Parliament






Visit from Hong Kong University

Pink Sky Trustee Ling Tyler Bennett along with Helene Martin Gee and Pink Shoe member Grace Lee hosted a visit from Hong Kong University students newly arrived in London to take up internships. 

After a tour of the Palace of Westminster with Sheila Williamson, we highlighted some of the things to expect from working in London and their new work placements.


BoardAble Public Appointments Seminar

Vanda Green, Leadership Director of Pink Shoe, led a BoardAble seminar for members and guests interested in taking up a Ministerial Public Appointment. 

We heard a fascinating insight into the whole process from Sarah Anderson CBE, who outlined what is involved, how to make a succinct application and supporting statement, and what to expect from an appointments panel.


Delegates heard from Helene Martin Gee about the breadth of appointments available and the Talent Pool. Jill Pay then shared her expereinces of what to expect when working with Ministers, and meeting heads of state.

After Q&A with Sarah Anderson delegates worked together to explore the next steps.

Digital Transition Debate with WIL Europe

Pink Shoe hosted WIL Europe at the Palace of Westminster for a breakfast debate on Digital Transition, followed by a Career Development Workshop for the young women of WIL’s Women Talent Pool program. 






Helene Martin Gee introduced the event then introduced WIL President Thaima Samman.

Helene then welcomed Fiona Capstick, Executive Director at EY Advisory, who gave us an insight into results from the World Economic Forum. 



Starting with the alarming fact that at the present rate it will be another 170 years until women have the same chances and wages as men, so objectives should be set with that in mind.


Fiona outlined the W20 recommendations towards advancing pay parity, encouraging entrepreneurship and bridging the technology divide. Fiona also highlighted that a lot of traditional white-collar jobs traditionally held by women will disappear due to digital transition which is a big issue to address.

WIL panel debate at Aviva

Pink Shoe was represented by Helene Martin Gee and Jill Pay at a fascinating event on Diversity in the Workplace, organised by our friends from WIL Europe at the Aviva HQ.

After an absorbing and engaging keynote from Mark Wilson, Group CEO at Aviva, WIL President Thaima Samman introduced Katherine Corich, Founder and Chair of Sysdoc,who chaired a lively panel debate.






Lunch & Learn: Going Global







Global WIN visit to London

It was a huge pleasure to meet with the fabulous Helen Milby, Sarah Mamula and friends from Global WIN who were visiting London from Washington. 


Within a packed schedule for the group was a lovely reception hosted at Pinterest by the dynamic and charming Adele Cooper. 













Pink Shoe founder Helene Martin Gee and chairman of the Pink Shoe Senate Jill Pay  received a warm welcome and shared ideas and views on business and politics with US, Europe and UK based members.

Snap Election Aperitivo


On the final day of Parliament we organised an impromptu Aperitivo for Ambassadors and friends as a final gathering before the election. 

Members had a great evening and were able to catch up with each other in more intimate surroundings. 















We were particularly glad to be able to celebrate a rather special Birthday for Ambassador Susan Greenwood!

Spring President's Luncheon

Pink Shoe Ambassadors enjoyed a splendid champagne luncheon 
hosted by Helene Martin Gee. 


The occasion was arranged to announce some of the activities that are being planned to mark the 10th anniversary of Pink Shoe, taking place in 2017. 




Over a marvellous lunch in a private dining room overlooking the river, Ambassadors were first to hear of the exciting plans that will unfold over the coming year. 




Lunch & Learn: Inside IP


For the second in its series of Lunch & Learn seminars in the city the topic was Intellectual Property - swimming with the sharks and not getting eaten! 

Considering all aspects of IP, with a special focus on how to do business with major corporates from the perspective of an SME.

In this fascinating and highly informative seminar we got the inside track from two excellent speakers: James Martin, IP Partner at DMH Stallard and Mark Cruickshank, IP Legal Counsel at RBS.

From business case studies to top tips, delegates gained valuable insights to take away to their own business. 



As with the first seminar, information and ideas will be included in Pink Shoe's Scale-Up Report to be published in November.

With thanks to DMH Stallard for generously supporting this event.