Women’s Day Derby 2012 – A Great Success!


Hundreds of women, girls and male supporters enjoyed this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day at the Assembly Rooms.

Former Olympian Fiona May travelled from Italy to her home town of Derby to share her inspiring story at the event. Following her talk she took questions from the audience along with the day’s other speakers. They included Katrina Atherton, of East Midlands film production company A Star Media, Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, motivational speaker Sharon Roberts of Vision and artist Marinella Sanatore.

Women also took part in various workshops on the day, delivered by motivational trainers Vanessa Boon, Alison Hollingworth, Maureen Finch, Frances Taylor and Caroline Feneley.

Visitors enjoyed a diverse showcase of women’s talent from tap dancers to boxercise skills and a special appearance from Dale Diva – winners of Channel 5 showchoir contest Don’t Stop Believing!

The balloon launch was also a highlight of the day; many people attached a pledge or aspiration for women to the eco-friendly balloons before they were released into the sky.

Dionne Reid, Chair of the event planning committee, said the event was “absolutely fantastic” and the best in her five-year tenure as Chair. The planning committee presented Dionne with flowers in recognition of her commitment to women’s day.

See the Derby Telegraph article and photos: http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Olympic-medal-winner-Fiona-tells-women-aim/story-15496729-detail/story.html

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, funders, volunteers on the planning committee, speakers & trainers, stallholders and supporters for making this celebration such a success! Special thanks to Jo at Haystack Productions for capturing the buzz on film!

Plans for the 2013 event are already in motion – please contact us if you would like to get involved!


Exciting IWD Programme This Saturday!


Our event programme for Derby’s IWD celebration this Saturday 10th March from 10am-4.30pm at the Assembly Rooms offers so much – and it’s all FREE!
Come along any time during the event – all the family are welcome!
Enjoy inspiring speakers, performers, exhibits, chill out zone and career-boosting workshops!
Check out the programme for the day here:
International Women’s Day Programme 10 March 2012

Don’t miss this inspiring event to celebrate women’s achievements and inspire the next generation!

Disabled access and BSL Interpreter available all day.

Going for gold – starting your business on a budget – 2.50 – 3.30 pm 10th March 2012 – Free


If you have a business idea, but not quite sure whether or not you want to take the leap, then this workshop will help you avoid the most common pitfalls and could save you a lot of time and money.  This will be a relaxed and interactive workshop, but there will be no pressure to contribute; this session will  give you the opportunity to share your concerns with like minded women and tap into the expertise of others.  In particular we will discuss issues around:

Knowing your Market – what you need to know and why

Knowing yourself – characteristics and traits that will help you succeed and how to develop them (One free ‘eScan’ and personalised report will be offered worth £50.00) to support your self development.  Click here for further details of ‘eScan’ on my website:

Knowing your numbers – how 5 minutes of basic calculations can help you evaluate your ideas more confidently.

Free Tops tips and downloads will be available to women attending this workshop from www.mindandbusiness.co.uk after the event (a unique username and password will be sent to you to access the free material).

I am looking forward to sharing time with you, so please come and join us for the great day of celebration.

Caroline Feneley – Owner – Mind & Business.

Free Workshops for Women This Saturday!


Join us this Saturday for a free celebration of International Women’s Day from 10am-4.30pm at the Assembly Rooms, Derby. As well as enjoying inspiring speakers, performers and stalls, you can sign up for a free workshop at the reception desk.

Workshops on offer are:
10.30am Feel the fear and do it anyway
12.00pm Freedom Programme Taster – freeing people from domestic violence
2.10pm Assertiveness
2.50pm Start your own business on a budget
3.30pm Let’s talk about the menopause

Workshops will run in the reception suite – don’t miss this chance to boost your development with other like-minded women!

All the family welcome – children’s activity area and male supporters welcome too.

Thanks to our workshop leaders – Alison Hollingworth, Steps Forward
Maureen Finch, Women’s Work
Vanessa Boon, Energise
Caroline Feneley, Mind & Business
Frances Taylor, Bright Spark