Published: 26 March 2020

Surrey Business School celebrates International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) this year, Surrey Business School were delighted to welcome five truly inspirational women from a variety of business sectors to share their career journeys with us.


The event, ‘Creating your own stories: Lessons from inspirational women’, took place at the beginning of March at the Lakeside Restaurant, and was designed to share some insight into the highs, lows, successes and pitfalls encountered by these women whilst they’ve carved out their career paths. The panel included Samantha Farrow, Graphic Designer and Owner of Farrow Creative, Margaret Sherer, Founder and CEO of Cittadina MarketingFiona Macaulay, Global Senior Director of IT delivery at Mars, Professor Helen GriffithsProfessor of Biomedical Sciences and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey and Jan Sawkins, Lay Member of the council of the University of Surrey, Chair of the Advisory Board of the School of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the Advisory Board of the Guildford School of Acting.

The evening highlighted examples of the inequality that still exists for women in business today. By drawing from their own personal experiences, the panel was able to offer valuable advice on how to overcome the disparity in the workplace by remembering to challenge stereotypes, value diversity and inclusion, and celebrate successes - however big or small. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and network whilst enjoying some canapes and drinks.  

Donna Shanks, Surrey Business School Administrative Officer and event organiser said, “Our panellists are incredibly talented, strong, determined and overwhelmingly impressive women and it was an honour to be in their presence for the evening.”

Lily Rose King, attendee and friend of Surrey Business School reflected on the evening “With a mixture of creative thinkers, educational backgrounds and corporate careers, the honest, high-quality advice on offer was versatile and applicable to everyone, no matter what your current situation. By sharing stories, learning from mistakes and empowering those around us, we can inspire conversations that will leave a legacy that infiltrates every corner of society.”

The mission of International Women’s Day is to raise awareness against bias and build a gender-equal world. 


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