The Chester Grosvenor Hotel | MARCH 2, 2018

Be Bold. Be You. Be Unstoppable.

Insight that’s Practical. Networking that’s Meaningful.

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day at the WLA’s Conference for Women Leaders. A day filled with practical inspiration, motivation and education.



Youngest British woman to climb Everest

Tori James, at the age of 25, became the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest. Tori stars in the BBC documentary ‘On Top of the World’ which was produced about her expedition and she is also the author of ‘Peak Performance’ which describes her record-breaking climb to the summit.  

She was born in Pembrokeshire and grew up on a farm where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather. 


Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England

Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West of England - the first from a minority. During his 24 year career he prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse and honour based violence. His prosecution of the so called Rochdale Grooming Gang, BBC Presenter Stuart Hall and others were ground breaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection. He is Pro Chancellor of Brunel University and is a Trustee of several NGOs. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work. He has also had the honour to ever prosecute a case before the queen.  

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in clinic with young musicians


The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra.  

The Orchestra gives over sixty concerts each season. In recent seasons, the Orchestra has given world premiere performances of major works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir John Tavener, Stewart Copeland, and James Horner just to name a few. Collaborations with international artists from rock and pop include Liverpool’s own Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds, Echo and The Bunnymen and Cast.  

Senior Women Leaders - PANEL DEBATE 

Engage with industry thought leaders who will transform the way you think about your potential. Topics to include:

The gender pay gap, motherhood and flexible working, passion & purpose, managing boundaries and lots more!

Alyson Haynes, WLA Panelist

Alison Haynes

NED, Chair, Business Advisor

Karen Wilson, debate panel for WLA

Karen Wilson

CEO Hoggett Bowers

Fiona McKay, debate panel for WLA

Fiona McKay

MD Lightbulb Leadership Solutions


Be Unstoppable: Stop Holding Back!

Sharon Amesu

Be Bold: Executive Presence 

Sheelagh McNamara

Be You: Choose Happiness! 

Mikki Black


The day will be made up of engaging keynote presentations, workshops and a panel with some of the brightest minds in women leadership, both in and beyond the corporate landscape.  

The conference is designed to be a leaping board from wherever you are—in your career, in your life—and propel you to the next steps—from meeting other professionals interested in expanding their networks, to absorbing motivational action-steps from the gifted presenters, to simply making new friends-for-life who energize you because they “get” you (yes, those are all things that really happen at a WLA event like this!).


8:15am: Registration

9:00am: Welcome, Introduction

9:15am: Keynote Presentations

10:30am: Coffee 

11:00am: Panel Debate

12:45pm: Lunch


2:00pm: Keynote Presentation 

2:30pm: Breakout Workshops  

3:30pm: Networking  

4:00pm: Tori James with Q&A  

4:45pm: Wrap up, what next  

5:00pm: Drinks and Reception

**Times for events are subject to change.

What is the WLA International Women's Day Conference?

"Be Bold, Be You, Be Unstoppable" will be a single, action-packed day of immersive experiences in the historic city of Chester.  

We hope you’re ready to have your routine shaken up a little, to escape the office for a day and be moved by some of the most inspirational people alive—from a woman who has literally conquered the world’s tallest obstacle to women who switch back and forth between lullabies and concertos.

WLA founder, Sandra Green says, “I can’t necessarily put my finger on how we’ve been so fortunate when it comes to the chemistry of our events. The energy is positive and everyone is so supportive.

Maybe it’s everyone in the room... maybe it has something to with us all taking on a similar mission. I don’t quite know but one thing’s for sure: when you’re here, you can’t help but feel like someone else finally ‘gets’ you. And that’s what makes these events so rewarding, is to get to watch all these special relationships being formed.”

Presentations that don’t just inspire—they fuel.

Between the keynotes and the panel debate, this year is our most-anticpated annual event yet! It’s one thing to climb a mountain; it’s another to be a 25 year old woman and conquer Mount Everest . 

Expect to not only be inspired and motivated, but to be a part of the most interactive and engaging sessions at such a leadership event.

Breakout Sessions that Deliver Practical Action-Steps

This year’s conference will feature three breakout sessions, led by some of the most gifted people who have a knack for, not only connecting with the room, but getting the attendees in the room to connect with each other. 

The WLA IWD 2017 event was packed with dozens of tips and insights to take your career and your life to the next level—and 2018 will be too.

Not a Business Card Collecting Event—but Fun, Friends and Real Connections

If there’s one thing that keeps coming up, over and over about the WLA, it’s “the community.” The WLA has a track record for attracting a particular type of leader—one who is poised yet not all about herself… someone who is grateful for opportunities, not a leach hunting for the next person to “hit up.” 

If you’re jaded with networking events where you collect business cards for the recycling bin, then the WLD IWD Conference might indeed be a refreshing change of scenery.


The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LT, 

Cheshire, England

Phone: +44(0)1244 324024

Getting to The Chester Grosvenor is simple; just 45 minutes by road from Manchester and Liverpool international airports. Two miles from M53, which links to M56 and M6. There are direct services to and from London with Virgin Trains and Chester train station is 1 mile from the hotel. 

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We have limited seating capacity in the room!