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THRIVE 2013: Women Unlimited Conference

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Thrive 2014 on March 7th

Thrive Conference 2013!‘GROW YOUR BUSINESS YOUR WAY’

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Join us for what will be the event of the year for female business owners and entrepreneurs. Soak up the BAFTA vibe from all the successful creators that have walked the corridors before you and give your business a boost that will last you for the year.  For many women this is THE conference that they make sure they attend.  Why?  Because it is AMAZING…

It is your chance to THRIVE, SHINE and CELEBRATE ‘growing your business your way’ whether you are just sprouting the green shoots of a start-up or harvesting the fruits of your enterprise; you won’t want to miss this unique event.

What to expect

You can expect a day that will leave you full of energy, fresh ideas and confidence.  You’ll find sessions of practical business advice, inspiration, and motivation from women who are living their business and personal dreams.  They will share with you their tips, insights and expertise that you can take away and apply to your own business.

Women Unlimited put together an incredible agenda of inspirational speakers. I highly recommend this to any woman who is thinking of becoming an entrepreneur or needs new ideas to take her business to the next level. Reet Wiseman

You will meet and make friends with the most diverse range of female entrepreneurs in the UK and find a support network that will help you grow your business and inspire you for years to come, no matter what the economical backdrop. At Women Unlimited we understand that ‘Growing your business your way’ means growing your soft and hard skills in equal parts.  You need the passion but you also need the technical skills and our wonderful speakers at this year’s conference will help you become a true and constant ‘gardener of your business.’

What have we got lined up for you?!

This year’s line-up of speakers is jam-packed with successful business women who will make you laugh, cry, challenge yourself and return to your business with a renewed sense of what’s possible. Including:

Caroline Redman Lusher

Caroline Redman LusherFounder of Rock Choir and Solo Artist The pioneer of the contemporary choir phenomenon, Caroline Redman Lusher is recognised as a leader of women and as a dynamic and successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. Founder of Rock Choir and a talented solo artist in her own right, she is an inspiration to thousands of women across the UK. Caroline’s dream was realised when Rock Choir was offered a four album record deal with Universal. Caroline will be opening our event and setting the inspirational tone for the day!

Wendy Kerr

Wendy KerrOwner of Corporate Crossovers. Wendy coaches and inspires women who have left their jobs and set up their own business, and those still in their jobs who may be thinking of leaving.  She enables these women to have more focus, feel more in control and make more income. She has been on Radio 4 Women’s Hour discussing her research and has been the Career Coach in Glamour Magazine. Wendy will be giving a fabulous workshop called  ‘How to best use your time to get to a £100k per year business?’  It’s guaranteed to give you a fresh perspective on how to value your time!   

Catherine Watkin

Catherine WatkinCatherine Watkin owner of Selling From The Heart is a sales expert, coach and trainer who teaches heart-centred business owners how to have effective sales conversations that lead their clients to say a resounding “Yes please!” to working with them –without being pushy or ‘salesy’.  Catherine will be sharing – Why heart-centred sales is more effective than traditional sales approaches, the 3 key elements for a successful heart-centred sales conversation and 5 cardinal rules for (effective) non-pushy sales.

Anna Ostergren 

Anna OstergrenAnna combines freelance directing, acting coaching, motivational speaking, casting (TV and Film) and teaching and will be delivering an exciting practical session covering ‘How to make an impression through your voice and body language.  They don’t come any better qualified than Anna.  Just take a look at her credits. She is head of acting at CTA Academy in King’s Cross. She works bi-annually in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where she has close ties with casting directors and agents. She has recently produced, directed and designed her own production of Much Ado About Nothing, which played to full houses and received great acclaim.

Kate Hardcastle

Kate HardcastleThere aren’t many people who can say they have set up their own award-winning business, are Founder of a charitable organisation and who have (amongst other things) provided backing vocals for several major recording artistes. This colourful and exciting life story belongs to Kate Hardcastle, a lady who has ridden the highs, overcome the lows and sidestepped the challenges of her life, not for material gain but to offer people around her the benefits of overcoming adversity. Kate’s drive and passion to achieve her ambitions has seen her in some challenging situations (including being very nearly kidnapped in China) but what she learns she loves to share. Her rule of thumb – Passion, Persistence, Persuasion, Patience and Politeness makes a good recipe for success. As the Queen of Customer Service Kate will be sharing her journey with us. You can find Kate at her business Insight With Passion or campaigning with Positive Image, The Charity Dreamgirls and as patron of the RSPCA.

Julia Streets

Julia StreetsJulia Streets leads a double life.  She is an entrepreneur and in 2007 founded Streets Consulting Ltd, a business development, marketing and communications consultancy specialising in the international financial services and B2B sectors. Julia is also a stand up comedienne and writer and works closely with the UK’s leading community for female comedy, Funny Women, to help women perform, write and do business with humour.  She sits on the company’s advisory board. Julia’s material focuses on her observations of corporate life drawn from years spent earning her pinstripes in and around the city, and in November 2012 Julia published her first book, ‘The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker’ a light-hearted explanation and exploration of the idiomsyncrasies of business.  She is regularly invited to write articles for city and business publications.  Julia has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and in the National, City and regional press.

Tamsin Fox Davies


Tamsin Fox-Davies, Constant Contact’s Small Business Marketing Mentor, will be showing us how we can beat the big guys at their own game by focusing on creating an ‘engine of engagement’ and social visibility to bring customers back through our doors and introducing new potential customers to us on an ongoing basis.

Her session is all about using the low cost tools around us, maximising our time online, letting our business personalities (and passion for serving our customers) shine through.

Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabby BernsteinFeatured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Gabrielle is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the book May Cause Miracles, A 40-day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. Her earlier titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life – A hip guide to happiness and Spirit Junkie – A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles (published by Random House.) Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect.

Gabrielle sits on the advisory board for NYU’s Of Many Institute for Mulifaith Leadership, and of Feminist.com’s “Our Inner Lives” religion and spirituality project.


  I would highly recommend the Women Unlimited Conference.  I found it thoroughly inspirational and picked up some fantastic tips for take my business to the next stage. Kemi Laniyan

Your Journeys

Last year we thought we would try an experiment.  As well as hearing from women who had been there and done that, we introduced a new concept called Your Journeys.  As inspiring as it is, to hear from women who have achieved great success, we thought maybe it would be equally as inspiring to hear from women who are at different stages of their journey and who are also achieving success – but haven’t ‘made it’ yet.  Four women came on stage and shared their journey’s and the challenges and tribulations that they had experienced along the way.   And it was so enormously successful , we have decided to do it again this year.  These women have all achieved success and would like to share with you their insights and learnings along the way.  Last year we had tears, laughter and amazement as each one moved us with her story.  This year we will be introducing:

Oma Edoja

Oma EdojaOma is an author, speaker and Women’s Business Growth Mentor who is passionate about the economic empowerment of women through entrepreneurship! She is a prolific writer, speaker, industry blogger, coach, mentor and hostess of two online radio shows for the empowerment of women. Oma speaks locally and internationally and is featured in both local and international media. A former school teacher, Oma’s audiences especially love her educational and inspirational style, infused with humour.

Viv Oyolu

Viv OyoluViv will be sharing her story of DREAM CORNER – ‘For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a radio presenter, but I never had the confidence to pursue it, and think prior to when I got the gig, would been happy to go through life without fulfilling this dream. But through a chain of events which was written about in the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine in July 2012, Viv’s Telegraph article, you will see that anything and everything is possible. If I in my 40s can realise my almost-30-year dream, then it’s never too late and nothing is impossible.’

Galia Orme

Galia OrmeGalia will delight you with her success story – ‘Having worked for several years in business development, marketing and communications, dabbling in music and realising it was getting a bit late to become a Rock Chick, I discovered raw chocolate making and set up CHOC Chick in Sept 2008. After spending several months developing recipes and sourcing organic ingredients I created CHOC Chick Kits with all the natural chocolate making ingredients and simple recipes to help anyone who loves chocolate make delicious chocolates that are free from dairy, processed sugars, additives, gluten, soya and guilt! Our mission is to promote the pure goodness of chocolate in its raw state and bring the delights and benefits of natural chocolate making to everyone.’

I thought it was an excellent event and once again has given me faith to Go For It and stick my head out. Joanna Tall, Off to see my lawyer.com

Fantastic Networking

We are scheduling in great networking for this event!  You will have multiple opportunities to network with each other and our speakers during the conference.  Meeting and engaging with other women who are experiencing the same challenges and successes as you is one of the highlights of the day.  You could find that the friendships and partnerships that you form at the conference could last you a lifetime, so take this opportunity to meet and learn from each other as much as possible.

Meet a Mentor Breakfast Event

Prior to the conference itself, we have partnered up with Get Mentoring to run a Mentor Match Making breakfast.  This is an energetic and fun breakfast event for female entrepreneurs looking for a business mentor.

Throughout 2012, many talented and experienced business women completed the Government funded Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring course with Get Mentoring with a view to becoming a volunteer mentor. Not only did they take time out to do the course, they also agreed volunteer an hour of their time per month for two years to support a new and growing business.

Now they want to meet YOU, who as someone instrumental in the success of a new and growing business, could benefit from their experience and support as a mentor. We want to bring together the trained mentors and mentees within our community with the objective of developing successful mentoring relationships.

We’ll also tell you a bit more mentoring, what to expect and what not to, and signpost you to lots of interesting sources of support that for you and your business.

Where, When and How much?

Date: March 8th, 2013 (International Women’s Day)

Time: Registration and refreshments from 9:00, conference from 9:45 – 5:00pm

Where: BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

How much: £125 + VAT

Sponsors & Exhibitors:Please visit our sponsorship page here. This really is going to be a FANTASTIC day, so give yourself and your business a boost and book your ticket today. The Women Unlimited conference will empower you to take your business to the next level, while introducing you to a community of intelligent, ambitious like-minded women who are all overcoming the challenges and enjoying the rewards of running a business. We’ll see you there!

Brilliant content, entertaining and inspiring speakers, fabulous opportunity to make new contacts and reconnect with old friends.  Thank you!  I look forward to next year.  Caroline Dillon


Headline Sponsor

THRIVE 2013! is sponsored by Constant Contact

Constant Contact wrote the book on Engagement Marketing™ – the new marketing success formula that helps small organisations create and grow customer relationships in today’s socially connected world. More than half a million small businesses, not-for-profits and associations worldwide use the company’s online marketing tools to generate new customers, repeat business, and referrals through email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, local deals, digital storefronts, and online surveys.  Only Constant Contact offers the proven combination of affordable tools and free KnowHow, including local seminars, personal coaching and award-winning product support. The company further supports small organisations through its extensive network of consultants/resellers, technology providers, franchises and national associations.


Dianna Bonner Photography

 Dianna Bonner

This year we are thrilled to have professional photographer – Dianna  Bonner owner of http://www.worldvisionphotos.co.uk, and the official photographer for James Caan, Richard Branson, AEG, Jamie Oliver and the FT will be photographing the Thrive 2013 event. She will be photographing guests, speakers and the whole event for marketing campaigns and PR as well as for social media coverage and to create a legacy of the event to ensure sponsorship for next years event.


John Cassidy: The Headshot Guy

John has photographed The Queen, David Beckham and many other famous people and believes that there’s a lot more to having your photo taken than getting you to stand in front of the camera and smile.  John is offering everyone that attends Thrive 2013! the opportunity for a free headshot… so make sure you look your best.  You can find out more about John on his website at www.johncassidyheadshots.com

Get Mentoring

Get Mentoring, led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), recruited and trained thousands of business mentors in the UK from the small, medium and micro business community. We are holding a mentor matchmaking breakfast before the conference and you will have the chance to connect with the Get Mentoring Team at the event.  You can find out more about Get Mentoring at www.getmentoring.org