GWL October 2017

We’re really looking forward to our second gathering of 2017, on Saturday 14th October in London. As ever, this is a day for women involved or interested in leadership in different shapes, styles, and sizes to come together to make friends, build connections, learn from each other, share experiences, and – importantly – eat food! The day covers four strands – Justice, Community, Knowledge, and Celebration – and we’re thankful for the brilliant women who’ll be contributing to the day. Please do think about which younger women and emerging leaders you could bring along.

We’re thrilled to be joined this time by writer, philosopher, sociologist, broadcaster, and theologian Elaine Storkey. Elaine has written many books and articles and has vast experience in communicating through lecturing, radio and television. She’ll be leading the Justice slot talking about Ending Violence Against Women. She has taught and undertaken research at Oxford University, Kings College London and the Open University. She has been Director of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and lectured across the world. She was President of Tearfund for 17 years and is currently president of Fulcrum, the Anglican think tank. Her latest book is ‘Scars across humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women’ .

The wonderful Jo Swinney will be joining us for the Knowledge slot, talking about Leading with vulnerabilityJo is an author and editor of Preach Magazine. Her latest book, ‘Home: the quest to belong’ has just been published with Hodder, and is a deeply personal memoir. She is married to an American gangster-turned-vicar and they live in Surbiton with their two little girls and emotionally needy cat. Jo blogs here about writing, depression and the spiritual life and says she often questions her decision to be so open about her weakness and failings. Thankfully she’s prepared to put that aside for the day and talk about it some more! We’ll be using the Community slot to explore together what leading with vulnerability looks like for each of us, what we can learn from each other, and what support looks like.

We’re also very pleased to be celebrating the brilliant Charmaine Noble-Mclean. Charmaine has worked in broadcast media for over 20 years in a variety of roles. She is currently Director of Content for Premier Christian Communications, responsible for three radio services including Premier Christian Radio, Premier Gospel and more recently Premier Praise; Premier’s magazines Christianity and Youth and Children’s Work and video and digital teams. She’s dabbled in television but has a particular passion for radio in all its forms (and suspects she has a better face for radio, though we wouldn’t agree!).  Charmaine is also a trustee for the Church and Media Network which aims to support Christians in media. She’ll be sharing what she’s learned along the way.

BOOK HERE to join us for the day. We’ll be at St Clements Eastcheap, close to Bank Station, and Monument Station, just around the corner from House of Fraser. Arrive from 10.30 for an 11am start, and we’ll be ending at 4pm. Lunch is provided, fear not. Please let us know about any dietary or access needs.


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