ASB Conference 2019. Unstoppable Women - Find Your Voice

Tuesday 30th April 
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

Sponsored by Vodafone Business

The Association of Scottish Businesswomen supports business and professional women throughout Scotland by providing opportunities to inspire, link and connect businesswomen in Scotland, building and strengthening relationships via our national events and through our affiliated groups.

Our 2019 “Unstoppable Women” conference will be held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Our inspirational keynote speakers and panellists will be sharing their own experiences - helping us to make sure our voice is heard, our brand is seen and our products and services are reaching the right demographic.

With a choice of practical workshops for business owners and women at every stage in their career, the conference will give each delegate the opportunity and confidence to find their voice, both personally and professionally - in their life and their business activities. There will be opportunities for business showcases and networking and to hear from real women about their experiences in this historic Glasgow conference setting.


09:30       Registration - Tea & coffee, Networking

Welcome Address:

Lyndsey Greer Phillips - ASB President

Professor Jackie Taylor - RCPSG President

10.30 Keynote Speaker: Sally Magnusson
11.10 Workshops: Morning Session
12.00 Close session: Kim Moran-Hogg - Vodafone Business (Scotland & NI Region)
12.15 Lunch, Networking, Exhibition
Panel Discussion "Find Your Voice - Your Story"
Facilitator: Amy Jackson 
14.10 Workshops: Afternoon Session
15:00 Tea & Coffee, Networking, Exhibition
15:20 ASB National Business Awards Launch
15.30 The Power of Pulling Together: Angie Foreman
16.30 Closing remarks and vote of thanks


Book early to guarantee your choice of workshops! A 50p merchant booking fee will apply to each ticket.

Early Bird admission (ASB members only) - £50 (Limited Availability)

ASB Member admission - £65

Exhibitor table (ASB members only) - £30 (Limited Availability - excludes admission*)

Non Member with free ASB membership - £85

*Exhibitor tables are restricted to members and sponsors only. Price shown is for the STALL only.  Please ensure you also book the appropriate number/type of admission ticket(s) for all those staffing your stand. 

Members, non-members, ladies, gents. Everyone is welcome!

Ticket sales END at noon on Wednesday 17th April 2019

Please note: Tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to sell your ticket on to a colleague/friend in the event of having to cancel.


Welcome Address: Professor Jackie Taylor MB, ChB, FRCP

Professor Jackie Taylor MB ChB, FRCP graduated from the University of Glasgow medical school, trained and dually accredited in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and was appointed to her current consultant post in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1997.

She is a working clinician with a sub-specialty interest in heart failure.

From a managerial perspective, she has been Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and Clinical Quality Lead for Geriatric Medicine.

Professor Taylor has a major interest in training and education of healthcare professionals. She is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and was awarded an Honorary Professorship of University of Glasgow in 2018. She is immediate past Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Cardiovascular Section.

Professor Taylor’s other main professional roles have been as Vice President Medical and Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and became President in December 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Sally Magnusson 

Sally Magnusson is an award-winning broadcaster and writer, based in Glasgow.

She has worked on a range of BBC programmes, including Sixty Minutes, Breakfast News, Daily Politics and Panorama, and is currently a lead presenter of the flagship Scottish news programme Reporting Scotland.  

She is the author of ten books. Her bestselling memoir about her mother, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything (2014), has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition.

Out of that experience she founded the personal music for dementia charity Playlist for Life, which she chairs. 

Her first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, was published in February 2018 and her next is due out in early 2020.

She was the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year 2018.

The Power of Pulling Together - Angie Foreman 

Coca- Cola 5by20, Programme Director & Founder, CEO of Women’s Business Station

"What I've learnt, throughout my career, is that I could not have achieved anything if I did not go out and ask for help. To 'put your ego in the bin and do the right thing'. I witness day-in and day-out the missed opportunities women face due to a reluctance to ask for help. The Power of Pulling Together will inspire you to turn your positive mental attitude into action"

Multi award winning Angie Foreman, known to touch heart and minds, is mostly recognised for her empowerment work with women. Spanning a career of 25 years mainly in the third sector, Angie has a deep-rooted understanding of the day to day barriers that face women in business. Using her entrepreneurial flare, innovation and leadership skills, Angie has created award winning Social Enterprises, Community Empowerment models and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility programmes for the multi-national giant Coca-Cola, all of which have benefited hundreds of women! 

As a mum of two young ladies, Angie strives to be an inspirational role model that encourages, self-belief, equality and resilience! Angie is a true advocate for women’s empowerment and believes that business is a great context to enhance confidence, economic independence and self-worth.

Angie’s vision is to ensure all women that want to start a business, can, regardless of their social/cultural background, or economic situation!

Kim Moran-Hogg - Vodafone Business (Scotland & NI Region)

The ASB is proud to have Vodafone Business sponsoring our Unstoppable Conference this year.

Kim will be launching our exclusive Vodafone Buddy Programme, bringing a huge range of benefits to our entire Affiliated membership, through a programme of local contact engagement across the regions.

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Services span mobile, fixed line, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT) and employs around 11,000 people across the UK, and operate more than 400 retail stores nationwide.

Their ReConnect programme is supporting women and men back into work after a career break. LoT technology is working to create a low-carbon society, while free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families across the UK to navigate the online world safely. For two years running, they have been named one of the UK’s 25 Best Big Companies to Work For by the Sunday Times, and a Top 100 Employer by Stonewall.


Time to catch up with friends and contacts, and take a wander round the showcase stands, while enjoying a sumptuous buffet.

The catering team of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow take pride in providing exceptional fine-dining, led by award-winning Chef and Catering Manager, Richie Holmes.

Richie has won over 50 Regional, National and International culinary awards and has represented the UK in several major Catering competitions.

He has been awarded Gold medals in the Culinary Olympics, the Culinary World Cup, the Mediterranean Culinary challenge, the American Culinary Classic and the British Open Cookery Championships, and he now sits as a Judge for national culinary competitions.

"Everyone who dines at the College can expect exceptional food, first-class service and a very warm welcome"

And if that doesn't whet your appetite, take a look at their food gallery

Panel Discussion

We are delighted to be joined by our fabulous panellists:

Ann Johnson - Finance Director at Blaze Manufacturing Solutions Ltd 

Professor Sarah Pedersen - Communication and Media, Robert Gordon University

June Walker - Scottish Chambers Future Female Business Leaders Programme

Sheryl Newman - Appetite For Business

They will be sharing their own #FindYourVoice stories, before giving you the chance to ask them questions. Watch out for our panellists' bios on Social Media.

Facilitated by Amy Jackson - Oxtale

Amy grew up in Edinburgh and studied agriculture in Ayr.

She moved into communications quite by chance when she took a short course on journalism and PR to help her write a newsletter, and realised the discipline suited her abilities.

Starting out in an agricultural consultancy, she switched into mainstream PR to work with clients like Cadbury, Gillette, Toyota and Lafarge, before setting up on her own in 2008.

Amy has recently trimmed back her client base to make time for a part-time PhD at University of Nottingham's vet school, looking at consumer perceptions of dairy farming.

One of Amy's hopes for the future is a less 'black and white' world, where we listen harder, have a greater appreciation of others' perspectives, and fake news and manipulative online content no long have impact.

Workshop Leaders & Topics

Delegates will have the opportunity to choose one workshop from each session at the time of booking. 


1. Whose Ladder is it anyway! How to find your voice and step into your own entrepreneurial spirit

Maggie Georgopoulos - Mags Inspires

Women are actually more likely to set up their own business than their male counterparts. Often this comes about, not just through the desire to get away from a workspace that doesn’t nurture their talents, but it is also often about finding a way to balance their lifestyle choices with their income source.

In this workshop  we will look at the voices in our heads and how they might impact how we set up our businesses. Whether we are working in our business (job) or on our business (ownership) and look at the tools and skills we need to ensure that our business is built up and actually meets our needs.

Maggie is the Leading Global authority on career development for women in male dominated industries. She is the author of the book, Up the Ladder in a Skirt, which is hailed as the book for women in challenging roles globally by business leaders, movers and shakers. 

A mechanical engineer who climbed to the top of the leadership ladder, Maggie was the executive chairman of a large agricultural company, responsible for the 75% increase in the retention of staff through career development pathways, by the age of 32. 

With a deep commitment to diversity and well-being she is an ambassador for sustainable career and business development for women the world over. ;

2. Personal Branding: Because You’re Worth it!

Claire Dea - g6 communications

It’s time to invest in you!

If you’re looking to raise your career profile or position yourself (and your business) effectively within your industry, personal branding is for you. 

Developing your own unique brand will have a significant impact on your career and on the work you do. Join our workshop to find out how you can give yourself that competitive edge, be more visible and be more influential in your industry. 

It’s time to dream, time tell your story and time to make your personal brand, your personal best achievement yet!

Claire Dea is the Owner & Founder of g6 communications, a corporate communications and personal branding consultancy based in Falkirk, central Scotland. 

g6 provides communications advice for organisations and businesses who want to promote their work, position themselves for maximum growth and protect their reputation. g6 also specialises in personal branding to help professional people become more visible, influential and successful in their industry.

Claire is simply passionate about communications. Since starting her communications career, she has had the pleasure of working for national public sector organisations in various senior management roles. She also has extensive experience in the private sector and worked for one of Scotland’s top Premier League Football Teams. Claire’s corporate career has involved secondments to the Scottish Government Media Desk and to the European Championships Media Team.

Claire is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Association of Scottish Businesswomen. She is also a member of the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, the West Lothian Women in Business Network and the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group for Women in Enterprise.

3. Pitchtastic: How to Communicate with Confidence, Credibility and Charisma

Mel Sherwood - Pitch and presentation specialist, conference speaker and author

Regardless of who you are, where you work or what position you hold, the ability to confidently, clearly and concisely communicate what you do is crucial to your success. But sometimes when we’re asked the common question, “What do you do?” we stumble over the answer and create a poor first impression potentially losing opportunities, credibility and money.

In this fun and interactive session, communication specialist, Mel Sherwood, will share tips from her award-nominated book "The Authority Guide to Pitching Your Business: How to make an impact and be remembered… in under a minute!

You’ll learn how to: develop a clear and compelling elevator pitch that gets results; use techniques to engage an audience of 1 or 1000; manage nerves and present yourself with confidence, credibility and charisma; ensure you and your pitch is remembered (for all the right reasons!)

Mel Sherwood is a pitch and presentation specialist, conference speaker and the author of 'The Authority Guide to Pitching Your Business - how to make an impact and be remembered... in under a minute!’

Past Regional President and Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association UK and Ireland, Mel is a multi-award winning speaker and a qualified trainer, mediator and NLP Practitioner. Described as charismatic, engaging and riveting, she is also a popular event host who adds an element of fun and really connects with an audience.

Clients include large Government organisations, universities and SMEs as well as individual business executives, entrepreneurs and startup founders in a wide variety of industries. 

Mel combines 25 years’ experience in business with a background as an actor, presenter and singer to help clients to transform their lives and businesses through clear, confident, credible communication


4. Define Your Voice Online - cos if you're talking to EVERYBODY, you're talking to NOBODY!

Fin Wycherley - Supersize Media

"Nobody remembers what you say, they only remember how you make them feel?" Every time your business launches an ad, updates the website, speaks at a conference or posts on social media, your audience is left with a feeling or impression.  Quirky, professional, arty, trustworthy, acclaimed? You have precisely 0.05 seconds to make a compelling impression before they just scroll on by.

This means every single filter, hashtag, design element, use of language, logo and tone of voice needs to be consistent across your website, social media, emails and every single customer touch point, online and offline. Learn how to distinguish your digital identity with some key tips and a chance to win a free Website and Social Media Marketing Audit and Strategy.

Fin Wycherley has an Honours degree in Law and a Masters in Journalism, Direct Marketing and HCI (Usability), and has run Supersize Media since 2011. Her clients include marketing teams at Sustrans, Edinburgh College, Hiscox, TSB, plus startups and SMEs. She was honoured as a "Woman of Inspiration 2018” by the ASB and a finalist in Outstanding Contribution” to the business community.

She is an advisor to 10 Downing St, and the Scottish Parliament and regularly commentates for the BBC, as a pundit on social media and digital marketing alongside Kaye Adams and Stephen Jardine, Drivetime. 

She is currently one of two Digital Marketing experts advising TSB Scotland’s business account holders, a Member of PACE - the Panel for Enterprise in the Creative Industries with Edinburgh College , Enterprise Nation’s Queen of Scotland - spearheading their growth into Scotland and Creative Edinburgh Mentor for a PHd student in the creative industry.

Fin will be Co-hosting the “Festival of Female Entrepreneurs” in June 2019

5. The Power of First Impressions 

Tessa Simpson - Complementary Therapies, Edinburgh

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. 

Become aware of your impact on others. Learn how to quickly build and keep rapport with people. Become more effective in your dealings with others

In this interactive workshop we will look at:

  • How do others see you; what your body language says about you; the impact of your body language on others and personal space;
  • mirroring; seeing from a distance; face to face contact; and how do you do.

After studying for a Master of Arts degree in psychology Tessa worked as marketing and public relations manager for a leisure group, before moving into management training, career counselling and outplacement. Co-author of ‘A manager’s First 100 days, published by CIPD their best-selling title, translated into a number of languages, and Networking for Business Success published by Fenman. Tessa also wrote for the press on career development, women in business and motivation, and had a regular column in The (Glasgow) Herald writing about complementary therapies and the ‘Agony Aunt’ for four years. 

Tessa's interest in complementary therapies continued and has studied and qualified in several therapies including Clinical Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, Reiki, Colour Therapy, NLP and personal development and coaching. For a number of years I ran a successful practice in the south of England before returning to Edinburgh.

Tessa was also the First President of the East and West of Scotland Businesswomen’s Clubs and founder president of the ASB.

6. Becoming Significant

Sylvia Baldock - Professional Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Mentor and Author

Don’t be your best kept secret! Get to know and understand yourself at such a deep level that your true value and presence just radiate from your authentic core.

Unlock the hidden potential in you and your business by enabling you to develop a powerful presence that ensures you leave a lasting impact wherever you are.

With the aid of her own personal story learn how to tap into our unique genius to become the person we were born to be! Discover how to: recognise and celebrate your uniqueness; operate more fully in ‘Flow’; develop a more powerful personal presence; speak so people really listen; network with impact and start to become more visible from a position of real authenticity.

Remember, it’s not the quantity of people you attract, it’s the quality that counts and they can only find you if you have first found yourself.

Sylvia unlocks the hidden potential in individuals and teams by enabling them to connect with who they are at the core. She uses powerful profiling to clarify natural strengths and challenges and works to play to those strengths to spend 70-80% of our working time fully in ‘flow’.

Profiling teams results in a collaborative culture where your people value their differences, tap into each other’s strengths and become more engaged, motivated, productive and profitable.

Sylvia also works to develop a powerful Personal Presence. Be seen, heard, heard of and remembered long after you have left the room. Impacting on ‘Personal Branding’, raising professional profile and keeping you at the forefront of the people's minds. 

Qualifications and Experience: Personal Performance Coaching -The Coaching Academy; Global Partner Entrepreneurs Institute and Flow Consultant Trainer; Accredited Authentic Charisma Coach; Accredited ‘Time to Think’ Coach; Accredited Harmonizing Alignment Consultant; NLP Diploma; Association of Coaching member; Professional Speakers Association Professional Member

Join the conversation on Social Media:

#unstoppablewomen    #findyourvoice    #CANDOFest   #WomenWhoLead    #ScotlandCANDO


The ASB are proud to be partners in two forward thinking movements - driving and supporting female entrepreneurship throughout Scotland. The ASB's Unstoppable Women Conference is part of Can Do Fest 2019!


The Future Female Business Leaders Programme is a Scottish Goverment backed intitiative, led by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the ASB and involving some of Scotlands leading female influencers. Enabling women to reach their potential and to grasp the business opportunities here in Scotland and internationally. Together we understand the importance of developing promising ideas, nurturing ambition and sharing our collective business knowledge and connections.

Read more through Scottish Chambers of Commerce


Scotland Can Do is our shared statement of intent towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation: a CAN DO place for business. This is based on the clear recognition that if we are to achieve sustainable economic growth, and create opportunities for everyone in Scotland to flourish, then we must work together to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation across Scotland.

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