A special Women’s History Month Conversation
Choose To Challenge
The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women. Will the impact bring lasting positive change to women’s businesses and careers? The rise of remote working flexible working offers some hope for but what will the future of work look like for women?
Every year on March 8th, millions of women, men, and companies worldwide collectively celebrate women’s achievement whilst also reminding ourselves to keep working towards equality because, sadly, the world remains unjust for women.
Here at FL, it is International Women Day every day as we work all year round to support women’s causes.
So we are excited to continue sharing the stories, achievements and contributions of brilliant women, the trailblazers, the difficult ones, the non-conformists because these stories will help us change the narratives that fuel injustice towards women.
The theme for this year’s, International Women’s Day, is Choose to Challenge.
From our experience working with thousands of women, speaking up, using your voice, having choice and using that choice to challenge the status quo, can be a daunting ask for many women – young or old.
This is why communities like ours play a vital role in giving women the confidence and tools needed to seize opportunities to challenge the status quo.
Join us to inspire personal change, by accessing the connections, community and content that will help you keep breaking through your personal barriers.
Together, we will keep pushing the boundaries, challenging the status quo and supporting other women as we achieve our own goals.
1. What does a life-long commitment to speaking up and challenging the status quo look like and how do you find your voice, courage and resilience to keep speaking up?
2. What skills do we need for the future to maximise opportunities in a post-pandemic world.
3. What does it take to survive, thrive and lead in these tough times?
Join us for an online leadership discussion with a business author, investor and sales strategist Lara Morgan.
This uplifting thought-provoking discussion is hosted by Griselda Togobo – CEO of FL.
About Lara Morgan:
Lara Morgan is a British entrepreneur with a track record of delivering exceptional accelerated growth. Her investment strategy in wellbeing products primarily is pinned to improving life’s journey. Investing as a family office she has a portfolio of seven consumer services businesses which she works to drive sales, leadership and innovation. She is an inspirational leader with a legacy of building world-class teams and aligning organisations behind a clear strategy. She practices the art of selling and creating win-win customer partnerships for her brands 24/7. Her specific expertise is in sales strategy, customer insight and brand development, multichannel and multisite management plus organic or M&A / partnership-driven expansion.
Lara founded her first business, Pacific Direct, in 1991 at the age of just 23. Having arrived in the UK from Hong Kong with little or no hotel experience, Lara quickly grew Pacific Direct into a specialist global supplier of luxury high-end brands for five-star hotels. Seventeen years later, she sold Pacific Direct for £20 million. At Pacific Direct she was involved in multiple disciplines from luxury brand licensing, marketing, retail operations to commercial and private label development. She has also managed and owned factories in Czech and China.
Working with extremely large organisations as well as small start-ups, she acquired valuable sector experience in speciality retail, brand merchandising, consumer health, education, wellbeing travel, leisure and hospitality.
Lara is a proud mother of three girls and a committed volunteer and philanthropist. She is actively engaged with various global non-profits as a board member or advisor. She is a world-class engaging speaker only on subjects where she can bring direct experience and shared lessons. She has also commented live on current affairs and business issues with Sky and BBC News; has been a finalist in Ernst Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award three times and a finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award. In 2009 Lara received the much-coveted Cranfield University Entrepreneur Alumna Award. She is a published author of the Amazon best-selling business book “More Balls Than Most” and is a co-founder of Start Up Britain. Taking all this in her stride, she also manages to train for charity bike rides and triathlon and came 10th in the 2011 World Triathlon Championships in Beijing.
About Your Host Griselda Togobo:
Griselda Togobo MPhil, ACA, is an international corporate consultant and trainer. She is also a multi-faceted entrepreneur, engineer and chartered accountant.
At her core, she is a commercially focused business consultant, but it is her experience as a black woman in the corporate world that drives her.
She now uses her vast international experience to help progressive global companies create inclusive workplaces. As a corporate consultant, Griselda gives talks and workshops to businesses interested in improving the gender and racial diversity of their teams. Her corporate programmes include leadership development and private coaching for senior management. She works directly with CEOs, business leaders, and managers to close the gender and ethnicity gaps in their organisations.
She is a respected and impactful speaker and is known for her high energy and engaging style. As an expert in diversity and inclusion, Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM), leadership development and entrepreneurship, Griselda offers a fresh approach to diversity in leadership development.
She qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte LLP and has an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management from Wolfson College, Cambridge University. Griselda is a Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University, a doctoral researcher at Strathclyde University, sits on the Law & Business School Advisory Board at Leeds Beckett University and the Yorkshire Leadership Group of the Prince’s Trust, Mosaic Network.
Griselda is passionate about supporting female leaders through forwardladies.com, a 20,000-strong (and growing) professional women’s network.
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