Women in Sustainability networking opportunities in 2017
2nd December 2016
Women in Sustainability Professional Network is starting next year with an evening event at Wessex Water Operations Centre in Bath on 30 Jan 2017
Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General, National Trust and Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Bevis Watts, MD Triodos Bank UK will be leading the debate on how the sustainability sector should be leading the way for gender equality and why that matters to the people and organisations working to build a greener world. Hosted by Wessex Water, this event is open to both men and women and participants will be able to enjoy a glass of wine whilst they network and share ideas.
Women in Sustainability is the brain child of Rhian Sherrington, an Executive and Career Coach who works with sustainability professionals looking to thrive in their careers. Seeing how professional women working across the green and sustainable sectors lacked opportunities to grow their professional network in a meaningful way (not everyone can get to Green Mingles), Rhian’s initial suggestion of ‘meeting for coffee’ with other liked-minded women two years ago saw 80 women turn up. That was the start of ‘Women in Sustainability’.
“In setting up my coaching and training business Choose2Flourish after 12 years working within the sustainability sector, I was immediately struck how there was all these opportunities to meet other business women and develop a strong network which I had never experienced before. As a Senior Projects Manager for the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, I’d got used to being in the gender minority in many situations but hadn’t fully realised the impact of that on me until I was out of it and looking in. I was inspired to establish a professional network for women working across the green/ sustainability sectors to know they could access the support and inspiration to flourish in their careers and businesses.
I also firmly believe that the sustainability sector should be leading the way in terms of gender equality. The fact that we still have such a gender pay gap and lack of visibility of women in senior positions in this sector is an enigma given how vital women are to combating climate change and creating a truly greener, healthier and happier world”.
Women in Sustainability will be running quarterly events in Bristol in 2017 and are looking to running a similar programme in Bath. Potential sponsors are encouraged to get in touch with Rhian and request a Sponsor Pack for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07875 812477