Award-winning broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson was the Keynote speaker for this year's annual Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) Conference held Tuesday 30th April in the auspicious surrounds of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSG) in Glasgow.
Currently a lead presenter of the flagship Scottish news programme Reporting Scotland, Sally is the author of ten books, with her next due to be published early next year. 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, of which she is chair.
A welcome address was given by Professor Jackie Taylor MB ChB, FRCP, current – and first ever female - President of the RCPS.
The theme of this year's conference was “UNSTOPPABLE WOMEN - FIND YOUR VOICE”. The day was made up of a diverse programme of workshops, with titles including “Whose Ladder is it Anyway” and “Pitchtastic: How to Communicate with Confidence, Credibility and Charisma”. The aim of these was to give delegates who attended the practical tools, techniques and inspiration to help them step up and speak out, both personally and professionally, in their career, life and business activities. Delegates also had plenty of opportunity to network and meet like-minded businesswomen from throughout Scotland.
A panel discussion “Find your Voice – Your Story” featured Ann Johnson, Finance Director at Blaze Manufacturing Solutions Ltd; Professor Sarah Pedersen, Communication and Media, Robert Gordon University; June Walker, Business Growth Strategist & Board Adviser to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Sheryl Newman, from Aberdeen-based Appetite For Business, an advocate for women in business and IT. And we were delighted to welcome back Amy Jackson of Oxtale to facilitate this discussion for a second year. The panellists shared their experiences, including developing a strong mindset to overcome challenges, where they find their support and finding their voice in business.
The final session of the day was led by Angie Foreman, Programme Director of Dundee-based Coca-Cola 5by20 and CEO of Women’s Business Station. Angie shared her story and spoke of the Power to Pull together, encouraging delegate members of ASB to make pledges to each other, with a view to building on and growing the existing supportive culture of the organisation.
The conference was closed by Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities, responsible for cross government co-ordination of policies in support of women and gender equality who said: “For too long, women have been raising their voices, but not being heard. Don't stop believing - scale the glass ceiling, and smash it to smithereens”
After the close of the event, ASB President. Lyndsey Greer-Phillips said “This year’s conference was a runaway success. As part of the Scotland Can Do Festival, which is a statement of intent to drive forward entrepreneurial and innovative collaborative working across Scotland, we brought together inspirational women from across Scotland to share their stories, their experience and ways in which we can all find our voice and have our voice heard collaboratively and individually; to grow ourselves and our businesses for the future Economy of Scotland. It was a day not to be missed – “Growth is never by mere chance; it’s the result of forces working together” – James Cash Penney”
THE ASB CONFERENCE 2019 WAS SPONSORED BY VODAFONE BUSINESS, WHO GAVE A PRESENTATION DURING THE DAY, AND FUNDING WAS ALSO RECEIVED FROM THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT.
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"Amazing conference...I'm busy starting up my business and I just booked a load of networking events but I was blown away. ASB seems like an organisation that really wants to help its members. All the speakers were very professional but most of all, they were very likable and approachable which is equally important"
"The best event I have ever been to"
"Good for promoting women in business and providing a forum for discussion"
"There was a strong theme of collaboration and the power of a supportive network that emerged throughout the day"
"I think it was a great opportunity and I love what the ASB has pulled together, I will happily recommend it to others in the future"
"The quality during the whole day was excellent but the panel debate was actually “even better”, superb - a real highlight, very very funny but still making very valid observations of the plight of women in business and giving great advice. Truly wonderful!"