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Enterprising Women Breakfast Panel

Event Information:

Type: Enterprising Women

Venue: Haarlem Mill Weddings & Events, Derby Road, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire

Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

Available To: Members Only

Member Price: £20.00+VAT

Event Overview - Breakfast Panel 

Join the Chamber’s Enterprising Women Breakfast Panel and Pre-Awards event and start your new year, with both a celebration and fantastic networking opportunity.

This event is a great opportunity to meet all of the finalists and see what East Midlands business women are achieving and celebrating.

Starting at 9.30am, there will be a welcome drink and a light breakfast.  There is a real buzz at this event as members can celebrate being recognised and nominated for all of their achievements and hard work along with a panel of expert speakers discussing the topic of Cultural Diversity within business.

Breakfast Panel Speakers 

Marsha Ramroop - Unheard Voice

Marsha is one of the very few independently certified practitioners and facilitators of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in the UK; and one of the first 300 in the world. She has actively sought out marginalised communities to work with them and been successful at opening wider the doors of organisations. She has developed Inclusive training programmes and mentored people to help enter institutions they felt were closed off to them.

Wendy McPherson - Inclusive Boards 

Wendy is the Director of Operations for Inclusive Boards. She has extensive experience working in the public and non-profit sector as well as working as a business consultant, predominantly in SMEs operating in various sectors. Her career life changer was completing an assignment working for just under two years as a Governance and Elections Advisor to a Women in Leadership NGO in Zambia. She is a published author, a professional business and life coach, and in her spare time, she practices various hobbies. Wendy's passion is enabling people and as such their businesses, to be the best that they can be.

Mark Esho - Easy Internet Solutions

Mark graduated from De Montford University in 1994 after obtaining an MBA in Business Administration. Though a Masters degree is a notable achievement for most people, for Mark this marked the culmination of years of hard work battling against the many obstacles that got in his way.

When Mark was five years old, he went from a happy, carefree child to becoming paralysed overnight. He had contracted the poliovirus, which by that point should have been eradicated from the UK. He was initially given a 10% chance of survival but not only did he survive - he thrived.

Mark has overcome what others might perceive as insurmountable obstacles to become the man he is today. His positive, can-do mindset has meant that not only did he finish his studies and graduate from De Montfort, but he went on to become the Founder of several successful businesses - Easy Internet Services, a digital marketing agency, Easy Internet Solutions, a web hosting company, Dreme, a property investment company and in 2019 Access Rating a Community Interest Company (C.I.C).

In 2018 Mark’s autobiography, I Can. I Will. became a number one bestseller on Amazon. He was highly commended in the IoD Director of the Year (SME) 2016, in 2019 winner of the IoD Director of the Year (East Midlands) and East Midlands Leadership Awards Winner.

He now spends his time running his businesses and public speaking at events.

Lucy Robinson - Director of Resources, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

Lucy works alongside the senior leadership team developing the culture of the Chamber and its strategic human resources.

Lucy's background in HR consultancy across all sizes and types of business has enabled her to quickly build relationships and define key focus areas within the Chamber resource.

Lucy is responsible for full HR support both within the Chamber and the wider group of organisations. This includes ensuring legal compliance, training and development, internal communications, recruitment and inductions, employee relations, reward, organisation design and change management. She also oversees the Chamber's back office functions including IT and the Chamber's property portfolio including managed workspace.

Along with the operational functions, Lucy also chairs the HR Forum, manages stakeholders and member relationships, sits on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD committee and volunteers as a Partner Governor for the Nottinghamshire NHS Trust.

Benefits of attending: 

  • Find out if you are a finalist for the Enterprising Women Awards 2020.
  • The chance to meet other Chamber members and make new connections that could help you and your business.
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded women in business.
  • A chance to hear expert speakers talking about a current topic in today’s business environment.
  • Opportunity to ask a question to the breakfast panel.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is only open to Chamber members.  

If you have any queries, please contact Kate Nemeth in the events team on 0333 320 0333 (ext. 2244) or email

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