WBD was delighted to host the High Flying Women network in our London office on the evening of the 27 June. With glorious views over the River Thames and Tower Bridge, guests enjoyed prosecco and a chance to connect with other professional women in a relaxed and friendly environment.
High Flying Women is a successful and well-established network founded by Bethan Jepson, an award winning change-maker and social entrepreneur. Originally set up in Manchester, the network is now launching in London and the event was the second one organised in the City.
Bethan led the event with the topic of defining one's version of success and what she described as The Success Circle: live freely, lead courageously, earn creatively and impact consciously. Her key message was that 'success' is not at the end of the career ladder. Success is what we define it as for ourselves, taking a holistic view of how to balance work with all other aspects of our lives. Success is about seeking to live consistently with our own values every day.
Bethan's modern, refreshing and empowering approach appeals not just to Millennials, but those at all levels of a business who feel that the old-world order is starting to shift, and that business needs to adapt to keep up and thrive.
Lucy Pringle, Legal Director at WBD said:
"Women's networking forums can take a variety of forms. Some have consultants giving 'top tips' to get to the top. Others have panels of inspirational female CEOs who have had long glittering careers and are willing to share how they did it. High Flying Women takes a different approach and Bethan has successfully created a safe space for women to be themselves, reflect on their own personal development and aspirations, share experiences and have honest conversations with like-minded women.
"By creating a forum for each woman to reflect on her own definition of success and how to achieve it, High Flying Women has provided a network that is relevant to professional women at all stages of their career. Judging by the good take up, it clearly fills a gap in the London market.
"We're proud to support High Flying Women and have had really good feedback already from last night's event. The network's aim of enabling women to achieve their full potential and success in whatever form that means for them aligns with WBD's focus on gender diversity and enabling our people to be their real selves at work."