Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of joining a lovely group of ladies for a networking breakfast held at Winchester’s oldest coffee shop, The Bridge Patisserie.
The event was arranged by Women Who Do – an organisation set up by Emma Downey, whose mission is to bring together professional women at any stage of their career.
Over great coffee and pastries, I chatted to other women from Winchester and the surrounding areas about their personal business journeys, which ranged from switching corporate careers for pilates, social media consultancy, and working in matrimonial law.
As a keen marketer and young professional myself, it was really interesting to hear each person’s career story and what they plan to achieve in the future. Along with being surrounded by strong, driven women, I left feeling positive and encouraged about my own goals. Not only this, but as a fairly new resident to Winchester, it was great to get to know some local faces!
In the next few months, Women Who Do have various seminars and workshops planned to continue expanding their community and educating women in new areas they might want to improve.
When speaking to Emma about why she set up Women Who Do, she said; “My ambition is to have WWD as a go-to for women who are looking to network in their area and develop news skills with workshops that are accessible to all. Our goal this year will be to open networks in Southampton, Exeter and Bristol with the same success as we have had in Winchester. And to eat more cake.”
The next Women Who Do event will be held on Thursday 7th September at my personal favourite coffee shop in Winchester, Coffee Lab. During this session, Laura Turner – founder of independent fashion retailer Hero (another of my favourite spots) – will be advising on ‘Building Your Brand’, drawing on her own experience from setting up her business. To learn more about the event and book your space, click here!
If you’d like to keep up with more news from Women Who Do, make sure you follow them on social media for the first looks, and I’ll be sure to update you on my experiences with this great organisation in future!