The sun was shining on us as Virgin Media hosted our March WICT UK “Be Brave” Event, continuing the “Be Bold for Change” conversation from International Women’s Day 2017. There was a fantastic turnout, and we would like to say a huge thank you to our inspirational guest speakers and panellists who shared their personal experiences of how being brave has impacted their lives and careers.
We would also like to thank those of you who were able to join us for the afternoon. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, fear not, we have rounded up some highlights to share with you below.
Brigitte Trafford, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Virgin Media
Virgin Media’s very own Brigitte Trafford shared some of the brave decisions she has made throughout her career, and how they have led her to where she is today. Brigitte emphasised the importance of a strong support network, and consulting people when it comes to bold decisions – such as upping sticks and moving countries for a new role!
Alex Mowle chaired our first panel of the day, who were brave enough to take to the stage to discuss the practicalities of being bold early in your career, and how doing so can help to create future leaders
CEO and president of WICT, Maria Brennan
Maria discussed girl power, and not in the spice girls sense. Many of us these days are modern day superwomen; often juggling a career, a family, friendships, hobbies, exercise, and somehow still maintain a social life. Unsurprisingly, we are scientifically proven to be better at multitasking than men. Put simply: women are good for business. Therefore, it makes sense for businesses to invest in women!
Kerry O’Brien, CEO and Founder of Young Urban Arts Foundation
Kerry challenged us to think about the meaning of the word “brave” – sharing her personal experiences of bravery, vulnerability and perseverance in the face of adversity. Despite coming up against many challenges throughout her career, Kerry has always found a way turn negatives in to something positive, using her talent to help and support others via her youth charity; The Young Urban Arts Foundation. YUAF works with young people, engaging them through music and arts to build self-confidence, self-worth and teach them new skills as they develop.
Helen Scott – WICT UK Advisor
I am sure you will have heard of the phrase “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) – well, Helen Scott certainly has. Helen shared the brave decisions she has made both professionally, and personally – and how life is too short not to be bold. Career-wise, Helen explained how staying true to herself served her well, and meant that she found the confidence to be bold in her decisions in challenging times. Personally, she recently made the bold decision to swap her career in the city for the country air in “Beer” (yes- that is a real place!)
Poppy Weston-Davies, Director Business and Legal Affairs at Scripps Networks Interactive headed up our final panel for the day. Our panellists told us about the wildest things that have happened in their careers. From failed restaurants and being chased by the IRS, to re-locating for new roles, to going in to labour and still managing to deliver a presentation (and then a baby!)
As you can tell, it was a jam-packed day, and we covered a lot of topics! We hope you left the event inspired, and connected and ready to go forth and #BeBrave!