GWL October 2016

We’re looking forward to gathering again on Saturday 15th October at St Clements Eastcheap (directions at bottom of page). As ever, we’re delighted to welcome an array of talented women to share their wisdom throughout the day. You can join us to share the conversations, food, and friendship by booking here.

In the Community session we’ll be talking about ‘Thriving in Uncertain Times’. Most of us have experience of managing shifting circumstances but it seems like something much bigger is happening in wider society: the referendum has thrown up divides between communities, friends, neighbours, and families; racism and xenophobia have become more prominent and even acceptable; traditional politics has been shaken; we are in uncharted waters regarding the society we’re moving into; responses to world events, refugees, and terror provide opportunities for unprecedented hospitality and challenging situations. We’ll be talking as a group and in individual streams about how to thrive, lead positively, and learn from each other. Taking part in the conversation are:

SaraHyde_portraitSara Hyde who currently works with Working Chance, helping women with criminal records into employment, and writes and speaks on women and the criminal justice system. Sara is Vice Chair of Fabian Women, and Deputy Chair of Campaigns of the Electoral Reform Society and will be focusing on ‘Politics and Activism.

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Vonnie Williams, is a brand consultant, designer, dating event organiser, and carer, who describes herself as “black British (according to tick boxes on forms), working class, gen X’er of West-Indian heritage.” Vonnie will be talking about ‘Race and Difference.

A LilleyRevd Alexandra Lilley will be picking up the conversation on how ‘Church and Community’ can respond. Alexandra is a Curate in the East End of London, who enjoys building community through meals and exploring the relationship between faith, social justice and the arts.

 

 

natalie-bio-gwlUnfortunately Kate Middleton who was going to join us has had to reschedule until next year, so we’ll be joined for the Knowledge slot by Natalie Collins. Natalie is a Gender Justice Specialist. She set up Spark and works to enable individuals and organisations to prevent and respond to male violence against women. She is also the Creator of the DAY programme, and speaks and writes on understanding and ending gender injustice nationally and internationally. Natalie will be talking about the importance of self care, understanding the impact of stress and trauma, and developing self compassion.

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For the Justice session, we’ll be joined by Lisa-Raine Hunt, Director of Community Programmes at City Gateway in East London. She will be speaking about City Gateway’s work with marginalised women in Tower Hamlets, a borough where 62% of BAME women are economically inactive and almost 50% of all children live in poverty – the highest percentage in the UK.  Their wrap around advice and support services are a vital part of this work as they estimate 80% of the women on programme have (or are still) experiencing Domestic Abuse and many are also experiencing homelessness, severe debt and poverty and poor health. You can read more about City Gateway here.

Please do spread the word to other women interested in leadership. If you have any questions please get in touch. We’re on twitter here, and Facebook here.  Please do let us know if you have any dietary or access needs.

St Clements Directions: Full address is St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. Nearest tube is Monument or Bank. From Monument tube, follow exit to King William Street and then directionSt Clementss to Bank tube. (Don’t go up the exits to King William Street South or Eastcheap!) Go up the steps by House of Fraser to the left. Follow the road round to the right, and turn right before Pod. St Clements is on the right.

GWL March 2016

We’re gathering again on Saturday 5th March at St Clements Eastcheap in London between 11am and 4pm. You can book here. It’s going to be a varied day with interesting and inspiring conversations, including…

GWL keren longIn the ‘Justice’ slot we’ll be talking about Ethical Fashion, and asking do we know what this actually means? How are women around the world – the majority of the workforce producing the clothes we wear – affected by our choices? We’ll be joined by Keren Long, founder of Ethical Apparel Africa, who has two decades of experience in fashion sourcing. Keren has worked at Marks & Spencer, followed by 17 years at George, then the third largest clothing retailer in the UK. berlinartlink-edna-birdsong-590x738 Her recent experience includes working internationally with the fair-trade artisan textiles industry and developing factories in Africa for mass production and export especially to USA brands. She has much insight and wisdom to share. We’ll also be joined by Katherine Maxwell-Rose, editor of Rhythms, who also has a strong personal commitment to ethical living (just see her recent wedding for evidence!), and Sarah Beckett, co-founder of Birdsong, an ethical fashion company with a ‘no sweatshops, no Photoshop’ policy, and diverse and creative sourcing, partnership, and product focus (photo of Edna, one of their knitters and models). Read about them in Dazed magazine here.

GWL lizDr Liz Graveling will be sharing in the ‘Knowledge’ session about the reasons women may  avoid leadership positions. Liz works with a range of people including the church and academic researchers to conduct and support research into ministry development. Her recent work has covered the church in the UK, and using research methods to help churches understand themselves better, leading her to explore notions of being and longing and belonging. She helps leaders ask key questions including How are we doing? What are we looking for? And who are we? Her main areas of research are: Initial and continuing ministerial development, Clergy experiences of ministry and gender and ministry.

GWL chineIn the ‘Community’ slot we’ll be looking at ‘Being Outnumbered’. How often do we find ourselves the only one of ‘us’ in the room? Whether age, race, age or other factors set us apart from the majority how can we flourish? Chine McDonald, author and Director of Communications at the Evangelical Alliance, will be running an interactive session on developing strategies for times we’re outnumbered.

GWL jeanieWe’ll be Celebrating Jeanie Honey, who founded the highly-regarded TedX Exeter event and has curated a programme of talks with global reach. TedX Exeter’s talks have been viewed over 4 million times and tickets for the 2016 event sold out in just 22 minutes. She’s had an interesting and diverse life involving growing up in a variety of countries with a pioneering family, social work, writing, and admits to being a vicar’s wife(!). She has lots to share on identity, starting new things, change, and transition.

St ClementsSt Clements Directions: Full address is St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. Nearest tube is Monument or Bank. From Monument tube, follow exit to King William Street and then directions to Bank tube. (Don’t go up the exits to King William Street South or Eastcheap!) Go up the steps by House of Fraser to the left. Follow the road round to the right, and turn right before Pod. St Clements is on the right.

GWL October 2015

We’re gathering again on Saturday 10th October at St Clements Eastcheap in London. You can book here. We’re delighted to be joined, as ever, by some change-making women. In the Community slot Jessie Jacobs will Jessie Jacobsbe talking about going upstream, asking why the church isn’t present in more challenging spaces. She wonders why we often expect ministry to look a certain way and how we can go wider rather than higher. Jessie is a social entrepreneur, community activist and social commentator with a deep passion for people and making a difference in the world. She won The Sunday Times social entrepreneur of the year award for a charity she set up in her twenties working with women at risk, A Way Out. We’ll be celebrating Catriona Robertson.Catriona Robertson Catriona is interested in how we live well and equitably with people who are different from us and works with churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and synagogues. She is currently the Interim Director of the Christian Muslim Forum, which is supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and also convenes the London Boroughs Faiths Network. In 2014 she chaired the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival’s session on Faith. Emily ChalkeCatriona was brought up in the Church of Scotland, lives in London with her family and has been a Churchwarden, Deanery Lay Chair and member of Diocesan Synod in the Church of England. Emily Chalke joins for the Justice slot, talking about Ella’s Home, a new project that will open doors to enable recovery for women who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking by providing a safe and restorative home, and aims to become sustainable through developing its own small enterprises that will create employment and training opportunities. Emily has over five years experience working in Thailand for Nightlight, working with women who were trafficked into Bangkok. More details about the day to follow, and don’t forget to get your ticket!

St ClementsDirections: Full address is St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. Nearest tube is Monument or Bank. From Monument tube, follow exit to King William Street and then directions to Bank tube. (Don’t go up the exits to King William Street South or Eastcheap!) Go up the steps by House of Fraser to the left. Follow the road round to the right, and turn right before Pod. St Clements is on the right.

GWL June 2015

GWL is happening on Saturday 6 June 2015 at St Clements, Eastcheap. Please book a ticket in advance. Looking forward to seeing you there

Full address of venue: St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. From Monument tube, follow exit to King William Street or directions to Bank tube. Go up the steps by House of Fraser to the left. Follow the road round to the right, and turn right before Pod. St Clements is on the right.

Natalie Collins will be leading an interactive session on the right use of power. Natalie is an international speaker and trainer on issues of violence against women and wider gender injustice. She was on Newsnight recently and is also a founder of Project 3:28 which exists to see the church embrace gender justice. You can find out more about Natalie on her website.

Ruth Dearnley will be talking about the work of Stop the Traffik and her experience as a woman in leadership. Ruth was a founding member of Stop the Traffik in 2005 and has been CEO since 2008. With a law degree and a background in education, Ruth has spent the last 20 years communicating creatively and inspiring and facilitating others to transform the world around them, starting in their local community. Ruth was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her work with Stop the Traffik.

Katie Harrison, head of media and communications at Tearfund, will be talking about the effects of war on women. She travels the world, reporting back on what she sees and has recently visited Iraq, DRC, and Nigeria. You can see her talking on Al Jazeera about conditions in Syria here.

Plus we’ll be hearing from Louise Haughton, who trained as a social worker and has had a varied 15 year career across social care including residential care, secure units and looked after children. She now looks after Wolverhampton’s adoption service and she’ll be talking about how to navigate challenges, maintain focus, and the importance of personal vision and mission when working in big organisations.

You can book a ticket here – £10 including lunch, refreshments and a room full of incredible women.

Check the Venue for June GWL

The next GWL on 6 June is going to be at St Clements, Eastcheap. Nearest tube is Monument or Bank.

Directions: Full address is St Clement’s Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB. Nearest tube is Monument or Bank. From Monument tube, follow exit to King William Street and then directions to Bank tube. (Don’t go up the exits to King William Street South or Eastcheap!) Go up the steps by House of Fraser to the left. Follow the road round to the right, and turn right before Pod. St Clements is on the right.

Events in 2015

There will be two more gatherings in 2015:

Saturday 6 June

Saturday 10 October

Put the dates in your diary and look out for more details nearer the time. If you want to get info by email, use the ‘keep in touch’ page to send us your contact details.

October 2014

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Imposter Syndrome is that horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach, that any moment now you’re going to be found out, that you don’t deserve to be where you are. And lots of us suffer from it. Vicky Walker discussed the issue with Bex Lewis, Natalie Collins and Jo Dolby who all talked about their own experience of Imposter Syndrome and gave tips on how to deal with it. Jo Royal summed it up as comparing your insides with other people’s outsides. It was really liberating to hear how widespread it is and to be given practical suggestions for how to deal with it. Cecilia Eggleston has written about the day on her blog, including how this issue affects her.

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Rosemary Lain Priestley is a priest and works as Dean of Women in the central area of the London Diocese. She chairs the Church of England’s national network of advisers in women’s ministry and does a lot of work on the inclusion and flourishing of ordained women in the Church of England. She spoke to us about Authentic Inclusion and the fact that God welcomes everyone and loves us for who we are, not what we do or produce. She said: ‘It’s that principle of inclusion, based not on status but solely on God’s love for us, not on our achievements but on God’s grace, that sets the scene for Jesus’s radically inclusive relationships with women, with people who were vulnerable because they were poor or socially marginalised, with those who were sick or dying, with tax collectors and sex workers, with people entirely outside the Jewish community like the Syro-Phoenician woman who persuaded him to heal her daughter and the Samaritan woman at the well with whom Jesus broke social taboos and made himself ritually unclean just by sitting and talking with her and sharing her water.’ You can find her talk on her website.

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Next was our regular celebration of a woman in leadership. Wendy interviewed Liz Clutterbuck, who has trained for ordained ministry but was not able to find a curacy for this year. Liz talked honestly about feelings of disappointment and confusion, how she has coped with friends being ordained and started curacies and what she’s doing now.

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Finally we heard from Jendella Hallam Benson, a photographer, filmmaker and writer based in London. She talked about her latest work, the Young Motherhood project, which enables women to tell their stories of being young mothers. Jeni had been thinking about doing the project but got the final impetus to do it at a previous GWL which was very encouraging to hear! She says: ‘Unlike common documentary photographic practices I do not wish to co-opt the stories of the “marginalised” or “disadvantaged”. The most important part of this project was travelling around the UK to photograph and interview 27 women who are, or have been, young mothers – that is women who have given birth to children in their early twenties or below – to hear directly from them what their experiences have been raising their children. I see myself as using my skills to amplify their voices in the hopes that their experiences can intelligently inform discussion and start a much-needed conversation within our communities on how best to support young families in our common goal for an inclusive and healthy society.’