CFW Networking & Skills Workshop
On Thursday 13th September CF Women hosted a Networking and Skills Workshop that attracted forty delegates. Attendees included members from Conservative Future, Conservative Future Women and the Conservative Women’s Organisation as well as some new faces!
All delegates agreed that the presentations were extremely productive, informative, interactive and inspiring. Campaign Director Aisha Vance said: “This was the first time that we held a workshop of this kind that proved to be a big hit with members. One attendee told me that the event was invaluable as we held three different workshops aiming to help women starting out in politics and their careers.”
The event began with Mary Macleod MP speaking on her path to politics, inspiring and motivating the room but also providing a real account of how tough the job and life of a politician can be. One attendee said: ‘It was a breath of fresh air - as it made people realise that if you want to be an MP you have to work extremely hard’.
After listening to Mary, attendees were split up into three groups where professionals from the networking industry, local government and political sphere presented their ideas on how to be successful in their various fields. Charlotte Argyle gave a presentation on professional networking; providing delegates quick and easy tricks to make networking work. Cllr Clare George-Hilley spoke about her experience in the party, how she became a local councillor, and how to get there if it’s something that you’re passionate about. Baroness Anne Jenkin described her life as a peer and what her organisation, Women 2 Win was and how its mission to help women get ahead in politics could help delegates.
In a few weeks time we will be heading to Birmingham for Party Conference and hope to see many of our members there!