Link & Learn with Exceptional Women from Dorset and Hampshire, while raising funds for The Minstead Trust

‘Break the bias’ on International Women’s Day (8th March) at Padua Communications’ fundraising event.

Businesses in Hampshire and Dorset are invited to ‘break the bias’ by attending a unique Link & Learn event on International Women’s Day at The Minstead Trust’s Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Lyndhurst, Hampshire. Be inspired by stories of women who have taken on bias in their workplaces and gain practical tips on creating a gender equal workplace, all while raising funds for life-changing local charity, The Minstead Trust.

Inspired by International Women’s Day, Fordingbridge-based content and PR agency Padua Communications is taking its monthly Link & Learn session to Hanger Farm Arts Centre. Founder and Managing Director of Padua Communications, Nicky Rudd, has brought together a spectacular lineup of inspirational speakers for this exclusive event. Each speaker will share their view on the role of women in business and the challenges they have overcome to break the bias in their workplaces and industries.

The Dorset and Hampshire-based speakers include:

  • Facilitator and change expert Jo Hompstead, founder of Connect Up
  • Sarah Wrixon of family-run brokerage Summers Insurance
  • Lucy Tidbury, artist and gallery owner at Lucy’s Farm in Swanage
  • Sales expert Kristy Davies-Sumpter of Zest Consultancy
  • Executive Coach and Business Mentor Angie Beeston from Evolution 4 Business

International Women’s Day, March 8th, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is ‘break the bias’. Everyone is invited to actively highlight gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping in every aspect of society, from workplaces, communities, and schools, to create a gender equal world.

The event takes place at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Lyndhurst, part of The Minstead Trust, a charity that Padua Communications has supported for several years. The Minstead Trust nurtures the unique potential of people with learning disabilities.

Its work includes providing training and support services through social enterprises Furzey Gardens, Hanger Farm Arts Centre and Minstead Lodge conference and events venue. The International Women’s Day Link & Learn event will also celebrate 1928, the year women got the vote, as part of the Furzey Gardens centenary appeal.

Nicky Rudd, Managing Director of Padua Communications, says: “The Minstead Trust’s main lodge has adapted how it works as a venue because of Covid-19. This has had a huge impact on funds coming into the charity, which does amazing work for adults with learning difficulties.

As a female business owner, I always try and celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, organising a fundraising event seemed like the best idea. It will be great to run a face-to-face event, and the women that have agreed to share their stories are exceptional in their fields. What makes this extra special is that I have met a lot of them during lockdown. I am really thrilled that we can showcase their talent to help others on their business journeys, as well as raise funds for an amazing charity.”

Tickets to the event are priced at £18, including lunch and refreshments, with all proceeds going to The Minstead Trust.

Spaces are limited, so book early via Eventbrite to secure your place at this inspirational event.