What happened at past events
19th November 2020
Business nuggets at our 14th birthday
We celebrated with opera singer Louisa Beard singing happy birthday, I blew out a tall candle on a small Victoria sponge and via 10-second introductions we found out who Networkers were and what they were doing. Thanks to all who participated in this session which raised funds for our prison reform work. As I take no money, there are no admin charges so 100% of your donation goes to help returning citizens (we like this label better than ex-offenders) to reintegrate back into society. Your continued support is very much appreciated.
Our speakers excelled themselves. We learned from Nicola Cook how to accelerate sales and on her flip chart she showed us exactly how to do it. Kay White's workshop took us through her life, the lessons she learned which she passed on to us which were to be more effective in communication, to have more confidence and also to be clear about asking what you want.
Listen to our speakers here:
It was so great to join Lady Val Corbett and the speakers. Nicola Cook and Kay White certainly provided food for thought when it comes to all things sales and asking for what you want.
Great speakers and your 14th birthday. What a pleasure to be part of this.
Lady Val walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to women helping other women. I attended one of her events early on in my business and it led to an amazing opportunity to become a She Means Business Trainer with Facebook.True networking is giving.
Great meeting today thank you - lots of take away and great connections with inspirational women.
Hi Lady Val, what a wonderful meeting this morning. So glad Dexter (Moscow) recommended it to me. Looking forward to the meeting in February. Thank you for organising it.
24 September 2020
Zoom intros matched faces to names!
Via 10-second introductions we found out who Networkers were and what their focus was. I appreciated that all stuck strictly to the time limit!
Our top quality speakers excelled themselves. Sam Smith, CEO of Finncap talked from the heart and let us see how she navigated around the global crisis to establish her company as one of the leading brokers in the City. I’ve never heard a CEO speak so frankly and neither did her audience as you see in the Chat Box.
Similarly, Suparna Malhota ACC, CPCC was right on the button with her workshop on the Imposter Syndrome. Again the Chat Box underlined what needs to be down to get rid of this pernicious pattern of behaviour.
Listen to our speakers here:
Sam Smith, your talk was indeed excellent. You showed us it is possible to be brilliant and remain competitive at your job, whilst maintaining your humanity and emotions.
A brilliant event with such interesting contributors with informative content and with the overall aim of fundraising for a very worthy cause: equipping people released from prison to contribute positively to society.
Inspirational talks from both speakers indeed Sam Smith and Suparna Malhotra, ACC, CPCC - thank you once more Lady Val Corbett for pulling this off
Wonderful networking session - Thank you Lady Val, Sam smith and Suparna Malhotra for great presentations from inspirational women.
Great Zoom Meeting this morning at Lady Val Corbett Professional Women's Network.It was great to meet everyone and huge thanks to Suparna Malhotra, ACC, CPCC and Sam Smith for their inspirational talks and to Lady Val for hosting and organising.
Thank you once again Lady Val Corbett. Sam Smith was incredibly inspiring and the one thing that stood out for me was if it doesn't scream "Hell Yes" then say No!" I thought Suparna Malhotra, proved that she is definitely not an "imposter". Looking forward to the next meeting
Such an inspirational zoom session. There was so much for each one of us to take away from the meeting.... a wonderful gift as a result of communication and sharing between individuals. Thank you for enabling me to share that gift.
I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself at the session. Some of you may remember that I wrote “Step Out From The Shadows: How to be seen and heard at work” at the end of last year (and was super excited at the last lunch of last year). On the back of the book I have created a free 5-day challenge to provide some top tips to help you have more impact, influence and authority. It’s quick and easy … 5 videos over 5 days and you will receive 5 valuable techniques that’ll help you to speak up wherever you are and whoever the audience. If you or anyone you know would benefit from this, please go to www.stepoutfromtheshadows.co.uk/take-the-challenge Sally Hindmarch
18 June 2020
OUR ONLINE SESSION JUNE 18
I learned such a lot from our two amazing world-class speakers - Benita Matofska on how to get a company to survive and Susan's not-to-be missed online secrets. This session raised £850 for our prison work which will fund the Robin Corbett Start-Up Fund to help small charities in the prison sector keep going during this strange time in our lives: Thank you to all who booked for this amazing session. Following Susan's advice, I'd be pleased if you could send me a recommendation and I will do the same for you. Check out our work: www.thecorbettnetwork.com and www.robincorbettaward.co.uk
My email to Benita: Your talk was riveting and I know it was well received because of the chats during your talk and also the enthusiastic feedback I am receiving after the session. Thank you so much for giving of your time. Hearing about the change makers you interviewed for your book Generation Change was humbling. I hope people will buy it as proceeds go to help slum children in Mumbai and planting trees at the Eden Project in UK. Your talk highlighted that we have so much and they have so little – the sharing economy now becomes far more necessary not only to people but also to the planet.
From Benita: Thank you so much for a wonderful session. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am delighted people were inspired. I really love your Network and I thought Susan's workshop was excellent so following her advice, I would love it if people could write recommendations for me.
Recording of the online session:
My email to Susan: Your talk was riveting and I know it was being well received because of the chats during your talk : the “I didn’t know that” murmurings followed by enthusiastic feedback Thank you so much for giving of your time. I didn’t know what I didn’t know but after your session I am learning.
From Susan: As promised, I've shared my PowerPoint slides and listed the resources I mentioned with link from our workshop together:
Also, I would be ever so grateful if you could ask the folk who attended if they would be comfortable giving me a review in any of those 3 places:
Google My Business:
Given the need to boost our economy, Lady Val Corbett's traditional toast of "handbags and shoes" was especially relevant today, as of course were the topics discussed, as always. Inspirational talk from Benita Matofska on the sharing economy, and brilliantly practical workshop from Susan Hallam. Great stuff Lady Val, and we also get to feel good that our participation contributes to prisoner re-integration via the Robin Corbett Award. Thank you.
Thank you Lady Val Corbett for the excellent Zoom Meeting for your brilliant Professional Women's Network. The Key Note Speaker, Benita Matofska, was engaging and at times very moving; she made me think about ways my business can become a 'change maker' and I've already thought of one way! Susan Hallam MBE, her workshop, was first class and again given me lots to not only think about but do. Being a 'techno phobe' this will be a challenge but a challenge worth taking on. I will try to get as many ticks against her 13 points as I can! Thank you again..
Fab meeting today, BIG thank you. Benita was very warm and her heartfelt passion for her work was very touching and gave me lots of food for thought. I'm reaching out to some people at the meeting to explore wellbeing collaborations as a result.
Well, Susan certainly inspired me as, I've updated my LinkedIn profile picture, edited my profile, started on Google My Business, Googled 'Stress Management' on Answer The Public & pinned a post on Featured Items this afternoon and of course, connected with Susan on LinkedIn!
Thank you for this afternoon’s event— fantastic #zoom event w/ interesting women—@benitamatofska was inspiring with stories of changemakers & #impactful business & @SusanHallam has truly changed how I think about my #online presence (going to overhaul my LinkedIn now!)
23 April 2020
Our first online session …
.. was judged a great success (see feedback below)
Not able to join us? Click https://feminineleadershiptoday.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/leadership-through-times-of-great-change/ to access Dame Inga's fascinating talk.
And https://feminineleadershiptoday.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/mastering-the-online-space-to-promote-your-business/ for Dexter Moscow's unmissable workshop
Only a few of many post-session comments ...
A brilliant event with top-class, interesting contributors. Lady Val Corbett cleverly combines genuinely useful networking with informative content and with the overall aim of fundraising for a very worthy cause: equipping returning citizens to contribute positively to society. I applaud Lady Val's work. From my perspective I see prison reform not as a cost but as an essential investment from which we all benefit. Incarceration without education and mental health support is pointless and has no place in a civilised society. Rachel Maidment Marketing & Communications Executive, THB Group
Lady Val’s Zoom event worked really well. Dame Inga Beale’s talk was excellent. I also enjoyed and made copious notes from Dexter’s workshop. Lorna Sheldon, Global Trainer/Coach/Consultant/Speaker
Two excellent informative talks on how we can make this new environment effective. Payal Walker Business Matchmaker Leadership Coach
Definitely my preferred Zoom meeting in six weeks! Lorna Hawthorne Operations Director Nehemia Project
Thank you very much for arranging the excellent zoom meeting on Thursday. The speaker was superb and the workshop was the best I have experienced with your network. Looking forward to joining in again. Well done for continuing to raise sponsorship during this period when charities are in more need than every support. Vanda Green, Pink Shoe Club
It was a great occasion - somehow managed to retain the balance of professionalism and support that we find at the lunches. Thank you and congratulations Deirdre Silver Founder The CV Space
Thank you Lady Val, yet another fantastic Network lunch today and the first one shared online! Truly Fabulous & inspirational speaker & workshop. Looking forward already to the next one in June. Always come away from these lunches empowered & inspired Jo Apparicio COO The Chrysalis Foundation
Fantastic Zoom session earlier today with 60 people booked in, the first online event organised by Lady Val and it was excellent. Inga Beale , first female CEO of Lloyds of London, was truly inspirational, and Dexter Moscow's workshop on 'How to win business online' was packed with useful, actionable tips. The event also raised money for Charity - the Robin Corbett Award which rewards the best in prisoner re-integration programmes see: https://lnkd.in/d7JatAT Annick Devillard Founder Rooster PR
Annick I agree wholeheartedly. A great first time Zoom, Lady Val - you were zoomin' brililant! Lis Allen, motivational speaker
It was great and it was a huge success...as always fascinating and inspiring speakers, well done and thank you on all counts. Inga Beale's talk was inspirational and insightful and I loved the format Lady Val. Marianne Hartley brand expert
Lady Val thank you for hosting an amazing two hour's with an insightful talk by Dame Inga Beale and Dexter Moscow's workshop with practical tips, both were very relevant to our current times! Delighted to hear that we raised over £1,000 in the process for our charity. Thank you Lady Val Corbett and your team for keeping us all connected! Frances Nwanondi Partner SmartPA
Definitely my preferred Zoom meeting in six weeks! Lorna Hawthorne Operations Manager the Nehemiah Project
You rock Lady Val Corbett fantastic to see Vanessa Vallely CEO Wearethecity
27 February 2020
REPORT ON THE LUNCH
Good news:I know what to do with my hands when delivering a speech thanks to firecracker of a speaker Esther Stanhope. I also know how to calm my pre-speech nerves and how to engage an audience.
Esther’s talk was entertaining interspersed with real nuggets to make public speaking far less of an ordeal.
My email: My goodness Esther, the room rocked! Feedback has been lyrical especially about armpits! But amid the fun were many tips to make everyone a better speaker. Thank you being brilliant - the room loved you and so did I.
Her email: Please do pass this to all the amazing women (And Jeff of course) : thank you for your kind words. I loved every moment of your lunch. I have a few ideas of how we might be able to raise more money too for your Start-Up Fund to help charities working to reintegrate people from prison.
Esther’s speech is captured by Gina Lazenby, the Network’s rapporteur:
An apology: For some reason I forgot to ask Networkers to move to other tables after the main course. I do this so you meet even more people. However, I know from feedback (some below) that Esther and Jeff Green made us think, laugh, engage and received targetted advice about public speaking and how to become a Non Executive Director. Plus many of you made potentially good contacts and maybe some new friends as well. Which is what this Network is all about.
My email to workshop facilitator Jeff Green: Your session was instructive, constructive and meaty showing clearly what to know, how to do and how to select the company. Many thanks for giving of your time.
Jeff’s email: Lady Val the response has been amazing. Everybody wants me to look at their CV, advise, restructure - and give them tips and help. I am getting through these as fast as I can but hopefully some NED’s will result.
Gina Lazenby, the Network’s rapporteur reports on Jeff’s session:
Networkers saw a video featuring an ex-offender at his research job with a City insurance company which has turned his life around.This is why our lunches donate a percentage from your booking. Now we are starting the Robin Corbett Start-Up Fund to help small charities struggling to continue their important rehabilitation work. If you can help by emailing me potential people/organisations to target for contributions, however small, I would be most grateful.
What a fabulous afternoon! I've been going to networking events for 30 years, and this was truly one of the best - fun, informal, informative and filled with a wonderfully eclectic mix of inspirational, high-calibre professional women.
Your icebreaker "How can I help you and how can you help me?" is a powerful line! Well, I believe you're already helping me as I made some valuable connections yesterday and I've found a networking group that I will prioritise in my diary. Thank you. So I would like to give one day of my time in April to your prison reform charity. This could be running a Stress Management session, a Wellbeing workshop, a session on Confidence and Presentation Skills, or some one-to-one wellbeing sessions for staff. Please let me know.” - Michelle Kay
Excellent lunch – both speakers were amazing. Esther’s talk should help the shrinking violets to stand up and speak, and Jeff gives us all hope to get that elusive first NED role. - Annick Devillard
Can’t thank you enough for organising such an excellent event. Look forward to seeing you soon. - Rani Bains
What a fabulous group of women! Thank you so much for the invitation, really enjoyed it and already have the next one in my diary! - Jules Parke-Robinson
Great lunch as always – an opportunity to meet inspiring women who are all there to help each other. - Meriet Duncan
Esther Stanhope was fabulous. Show those arm pits! - Anandi Francis
Eyes and teeth she said and POSE. - Adela Cebotari
It was a fabulous event! I look forward to attending many more! - Siobhan Stirling
28 November 2019
Friends @ birthday fun
REPORT ON THE LUNCH
We had a bit of a squash for this sell-out lunch for our 14th birthday but it was special. The atmosphere was a mixture of fun, laughter and sheer buzz – the glass of bubbly we each had might’ve had something to do with it! Keynote speaker Prue Leith’s talk was just right for the occasion so was the digital marketing workshop facilitated by Susan Kabani. And Networkers laughed at my jokes. Result!
My email to Prue: It was so good of you to give up your precious time to talk to my Network – as you could clearly see they were enchanted with you. It was good to look out at them and realise you were holding them in the palm of your hand. Your talk was just right – some nuggets as well as lighter moments. Thank you very much.
Her email: I enjoyed the lunch. Of course I did. It’s huge fun and you are a brilliant host.
Prue’s talk by the Network’s Rapporteur Gina Lazenby:
The workshop was about digital marketing and Susan Kabani was a facilitator with the knowledge at her fingertips: “the very thorough digital strategy workshop so useful, I've taken away a couple of very useful tips which will improve my efficiency (I hope).”
Susan Kabani (rt) workshop facilitator with Zoe King from Women on the Web
Our Rapporteur’s detailed report of the workshop:
Thank you so much for organising such an interesting lunch with so many great inspirational women. Prue was totally awesome and I could have listened to her all afternoon - so entertaining and enlivening. She told me that when she opened her first restaurant, she poached the chef from Mansion House!
Hilary Russell, Lady Mayoress City of London
I wanted to thank you for a fabulous lunch last week and as ever, your jokes set the tone and Prue was engaging and inspirational. You have done such a brilliant job building the network and for those of us who have known you for such a long time, know the work and dedication you put into everything you do. We have known each other for over 10 years now and I would like to take you out to lunch to say thank you (absolutely no other agenda than that!)
Fran Moscow MD, Fran Moscow Consultancy Limited
What a joy it was for me to be part of the lunch yesterday. With you and Prue, I felt the tremendous good that can be transmitted when we --as women-- are our best selves, and not afraid to shine. I also loved reading a Life Well Lived on my journey back home- thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and love there too. Until next time, I wish you the very best with it all.
Claudia Seymour, Senior lecturer, The Graduate Institute of Geneva.
I had such a good time at the lunch -a huge thank you for inviting me. It was a real privilege to meet with so many amazing women and to hear Prue – she’s terrific, and you look liked a couple of teenagers who obviously know each other so well – what fun to hear a little about both of your lives. I look forward hugely to the next one!
Fran Findlater Founder Bounce Back
Fabulous energy at another great networking lunch hosted by Val. Great connecting with new people and keeping in touch with others. Thank you.
Amrit Shota Chartered FCSI at Tilney Financial Planning
Another truly fantastic lunch Lady Val, thank you. Fabulous after lunch workshop in such a warm, vibrant and joyful environment with talented women making new connections and friends.
Jo Apparicio, COO Chrysalis Foundation
Thank you for a wonderful networking opportunity today. I enjoyed the event and came away very inspired.
Evelyn Hoggart Business Coach ACC
What a gathering of wonderfully dynamic and positive women, it was the first time I have been to one of Lady Val’s lunches and I was so impressed. Prue Leith was engaging and amusing, and the very thorough digital strategy workshop so useful, I've taken away a couple of very useful tips which will improve my efficiency (I hope!) Thank you for such a warm welcome.
Owner Alice Verenna interior design
Great to hear Prue Leith speaking at ladies lunch today. Opportunity to network with ladies across many sectors and raise funds for prison reform. What an entertaining and inspirational woman. The help, strength, encouragement and inspiration that come from these lunches is priceless.
Faith Spear Criminologist
What a great meeting, Lady Val. Indeed, Prue was mesmerising - and hilarious! Sadly I wasn't able to stay for the workshop but I'm sure it was of great value - will do next time. However, I did make some brilliant connections in the room, so very worthwhile on many levels. Happy 14th Birthday!
Lis Allen Speaker Communicator
Lucky me to spend time with Lady Val at another great networking lunch. Wonderful to spend time listening to your take on life & to meet the hear the amazing Prue Leith recount some of her very funny stories over lunch. I’m totally in awe of her achievements & zest for life at nearly 80! An amazing example of what’s possible!
Maryon Stewart CEO, Healthy Wise and Well
26 September 2019
Keynote speaker Helen Webb with workshop facilitator Andy Lopata with Lady Val
REPORT ON THE LUNCH
Helen Webb’s talk on mega trends kept the interest of her rapt audience as it was insightful and interesting – but to be told that within the next 15 years, our world is going to change out of all recognition, was downright scary! Driverless cars, Artificial Intelligence and robots are coming ever nearer (the cars next year!)
The Network’s rapporteur Gina Lazenby has written a full report on Helen's talk: https://feminineleadershiptoday.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/the-power-of-megatrends/
Andy Lopata’s after-lunch free workshop similarly gave us much to think about. He asked whether we need to admit more vulnerabilities in business. The answer is yes we do and we can gain a lot from asking for help when we need it. Here is the gist of his workshop supplied by our rapporteur Gina Lazenby:
PS Andy promised to share the lists of question he used in the workshop along with his tips book on Masterminding. You can access them here: https://lopata.co.uk/ladyval/; password 'littleladyval'.
WHAT ANDY WROTE ON LINKEDIN: About ten years ago I was honoured to be invited to be one of the first male speakers to Lady Val Corbett’s Professional Wonen’s Network in London. Today I was invited back again. In the meantime speakers have included Cherie Blair, John Snow, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Archer and more. And it was a delight today to follow former LastMinute.Com CEO Helen Webb and her excellent talk on Mega Trends. It’s nice to be in good company. Lady Val is a force of nature who has created a fantastic network of professional women with mutual support in its DNA. I’m only allowed to go when I speak but if you’re a woman in business in London I highly recommend that you go. (Below Helen Webb and Andy Lopata with Lady Val)
It was really lovely to briefly meet you on Thursday. It was my first time and I found the event to be really useful and I have already met a couple of people who I am interesting in working with. I plan to attend the next event and I look forward to seeing you again. Charlotte Turnbull Partner, Hine Legal Limited
Great lunch yesterday with Lady Val Corbett and the Professional Women's Network. Met some amazing women and heard some inspirational stories of enterprise & entrepreneurship. Also enjoyed a super presentation by Helen Webb about megatrends and their impact on our small businesses. A worthwhile day in London and look forward to the next one. Rebecca Darcy, Corporate Director, Safecare Eco Holdings
Mind-boggling - and excellent - download on the megatrends about to turn our world upside down from Helen Webb. Great speakers always on the menu at Lady Val networking lunches. Louise Rowland, Freelance writer
Do we need to admit more vulnerabilities in business ? Networking expert Andy Lopata says yes we do and we can gain a lot from asking for help when we need it. Another excellent workshop at Lady Val network lunch. Roz Morris Managing Director and Media Trainer, TV News London
An eye-opening talk by Helen Webb on mega trends and how it can impact our business. This is another brilliant networking event organised by Lady Val. Inga Deksne, Social Media and Business Strategist
A different type of courtroom this afternoon listening to an insightful talk by Helen Webb at Lady Val luncheon. Priya Dhokia, Partner Freedman Green Dhokia
27 June 2019
The long and short of the lunch
Correspondence with Jon Snow C4’s top news presenter:
Dear Jon: Your talk went down a treat – as you will have noticed from your rapt audience. People mentioned being touched with the story about your mother which we believe was transformational and which has made you empathetic and on the feminine wavelength. In fact - no higher praise - you have been made an Honorary Woman. Thank you so much, you made our event special.
Dear Val: I enjoyed it greatly and now am basking in my ‘honorary womanhood’! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be with such remarkable women! Jon x
Jon took us from the start of his career, stumbling into journalism and then in the same way into television. His amusing stories involved being in Rome for two dead Popes, interviewing Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher (20 times) and each time whatever question he asked she replied:” What a ridiculous question.” Or variation on that theme. Jon described a varied and exciting career to share with an audience who called him lots of names – a gentleman, interesting, funny, typically self-effacing and a wonderful speaker.
Networker Gina Lazenby has written a wonderful account of Jon's talk:
As a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation to help women in developing countries, my mentee Geeta Lachmandas travelled from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to London for our lunch: "Your event was super, as you English say, inspirational and thought-provoking. I didn't know what to expect meeting so many English ladies but felt as if I was lunching with friends."
The workshop attracted many networkers and in the hands of facilitator, Jenny Garret, they received business branding nuggets
Gina Lazenby also wrote a thorough report of Jenny's workshop: https://feminineleadershiptoday.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/how-to-create-a-good-personal-brand-for-yourself/
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A fabulous networking lunch - rightly regarded as the best in the business. Thanks so much to Lady Val Corbett and Christina Fee for making me so welcome! Vanessa Canzini, communications consultant
Another great lunch & networking event - thanks for sparking some new ideas and connections Lady Val! Elaine Gold, Global Advisor & Co-Founder, GEN UK,
An excellent event. I go to a lot of networking events but rarely do people set them up as well. I particularly liked the opportunity for so many people to pitch to the room. Mary Fenwick, Psychologies magazine.
A special lunch as the way Jon Snow wove stories together especially about his mother was touching and inspiring. After the ever-amazing 'what can I do for you' question several women offered to help with ‘my’ latest challenge. Janet Boston, Founder Liberty Kitchen inside HMP Pentonville
What more can I say about yesterday’s event - simply an amazing experience from booking to exit. Keep up your good work, it is making a difference. Clare Concannon, Positive Experience Training.co.uk
The lunch was worth every single squashed moment on the train mingling with Glastonbury festivallers! Jon Snow was interesting and funny and typically self-effacing - a wonderful speaker. Yet again I made some great contacts which I think will lead to more work so THANK YOU. Alice Johnson, coach
04 April 2019
Michael Palin and his fans!
If Michael Palin was the Pied Piper the whole packed room at Browns Courtrooms last Thursday would have followed him to wherever he wanted to lead us! Some of the words Networkers used to describe him include: charming, witty, highly entertaining, captivating, engaging, informative, inspiring, authentic, extremely interesting, completely wonderful!
Michael will surely need to increase the size of his head gear!
The lunch went off to a melodic start when opera singer Louise Beard gave a spirited operatic rendition of
Happy Birthday to Amanda Brown
Then our 2-minute video showed some of the work we are doing to persuade more firms to employ ex-offenders. A donation from every lunch booking goes toward this work so I thought it time you saw some evidence! The reaction was positive I’m glad to say.
We had excellent pitches from several networkers including from Sorcha Rogers, our lunch co-ordinator. She is an events artist extraordaire and she’s looking for women 50 and over as she says age is just a number. (I have a cushion embroidered: Age is just a number and mine is unlisted!)
Sorcha's ‘50 over 50’ campaign was created on her 50th birthday to celebrate women, her age or older who are still performing in show business. "I know many artists who challenge the perception that the entertainment industry is reserved only for young people. That's why I want to share their stories and inspire women not to give up on their dreams." If you know someone over 50 and still performing email firstname.lastname@example.org
There were loud whoops and applause when we heard that Lizzie Wright from the Safer Living Foundation which helps sex offenders to re-integrate (and has a 0% non-re-offending rate) connected with Debbie Dahan, Business Development Executive at Lucidica Ltd, Bespoke IT Support and Solutions. They will explore the idea that when someone searches for indecent images online, information regarding SLF’s preventative counselling work will appear first on search rankings. Lizzie says: “This information lets them know judgement-free support is available so we might just be able to stop an offence before it creates another victim.” That was worth attending this lunch!
And when I asked whether anyone had made connections leading to potential business a forest of hands went up. Result!
Finally: Networker Jo Apparicio (rt) popped in to see us bringing her husband David and family. They were just back from Buckingham Palace where David had collected his MBE from Prince Charles for his prison reform work. David explained to an absorbed audience that as a magistrate he’d grown tired of seeing the same faces in front of him in court so started the Chrysalis in-prison programme to change mindsets which in turn changes behaviour. It works. (www.chrysalisprogramme.com)
The cherry on the cake was the workshop to promote the imperative for more emotionally intelligent discussions. Facilitators Catherine Connolly (Protestant from Eire) and Ingrid Allen (Catholic from Northern Ireland) provided strong evidence the two religions can work together! Via exercises and flip chart slogans they gave definitive lessons on how to deal with difficult conversations.
Marianne Schoenig, Director, Blueintogreen Ltd took notes on how to go about it which I am ruthlessly copying:
- Setting up challenging conversations with thoughtfulness - so that participants have a sense of what to expect and influence over when and where the discussion takes place, so that they feel at least reasonably safe going into the conversation.
- During the conversation - expressing observations, thoughts, feelings and suggestions in an honest, calm, constructive and non-judgemental and non-accusatory way - and taking the time to authentically listen to and respond to each other.
- Genuinely caring about each other's interests (including respective roles in serving wider stakeholder needs) and interacting in ways that reassure each other of mutual trustworthiness and commitment to support as far as possible.
- Kay White, Smart Career Moves Mentor: WOW. Thank you so much - it was a lovely lunch as always and Sir M was just captivating. I could have listened all afternoon - even though I had to hop for a 4pm meeting, I was still smiling with the stories and his humility and humour! Please say thank you again to him for his wisdom and sharing. It was a BIG energy rush in the room and well done for managing it all!
- Meriet Duncan, Author/Speaker: Well that was a great day! Lady Val’s Professional Women’s Network event in London with Sir Michael Palin as the speaker. It was fun, interesting and informative. Michael Palin was charming, witty and of course highly entertaining. It’s a definite “yes” to the next lunch on June 27. My mind is now buzzing with new ideas and it will give me the incentive to start gathering all my thoughts and putting them in to practice so I have something to say at the next gathering
- Amanda Brown, Director Alterra Business Consulting: Thank you so much for wonderful event yesterday. Marvellous Michael Palin and a cracking workshop. It was terrific to be sung Happy Birthday to by the opera singer! I was wondering if you could send me the email with the list of attendees as I didn’t receive it. There are several people I need to follow up with. (Any other attendee who didn’t receive the guest list please email Lady Val.)
- Lilian Zacharia, Mediator, The People Catalyst: For me attending Lady Val's lunch is more about making connections in a non-bitchy environment and I like Lady Val's approach. Loved listening to Michael
- Cath Bishop, Olympic medallist and diplomat: Wonderful story teller
- Faith Spear, Independent Criminologist: Michael was so interesting to listen to and he has worked with the Prison Reform Trust. These lunches fundraise for prisoner reintegration. Lady Val, guest speakers and networking are a bonus.
- Sharon Peake ,Managing Director, Shape Talent Ltd: What a wonderful networking lunch with Lady Val Corbett, Sir Michael Palin and some very impressive women. A thoroughly enjoyable session supporting a great cause.
- Claire Lehr Partner, EIP Europe LLP: Fantastic speaker! Engaging, interesting and entertaining.
- Angela Edmondson: Loved Lady Val Corbett lunch and keynote speaker Michael Palin Centre for Stammering and his inspiring, touching sharing about his support for stammering and the authenticity he got from travelling around the world. Networking at its best.
- Alice Johnsen, Life Coach: Thank you so much for such a great lunch yesterday. I met a few mutually beneficial contacts which is really exciting. I thought Michael P was completely wonderful! Very entertaining but also extremely interesting too.>
- Christina Fee, Communications Consultant, Holisticomm Ltd: Your lunch was absolutely wonderful Lady Val Corbett...so happy to have been there. Thank you for a great session.
28 February 2019
Cath Bishop's Talk
I could not have chosen a better combination of speakers for this lunch. Cath Bishop's talk was inspirational - she described how they planned rowing glory, not the medals but the way to win. Team building and leadership were her themes and the way she talked about her intrepid diplomatic mission in the Middle East was both alarming but also quite funny. We now know to avoid a mortar bomb you need to lie on the ground! Her audience was frankly spellbound.
Cath writes:I am so pleased to hear the positive feedback. It was an honour to speak at your lunch, and delighted to meet you and have the opportunity to chat to you. I hugely admire how you are making a difference in some important ways. Also impressed with how keen everyone was to speak and network throughout and share connections and areas of mutual interest.
Ir was well worth Vincent Avanzi coming from Paris to give us lessons of the soul. His talk was inter-active and some of the thoughts read out was honestly moving and poetic. Just what he was talking about.
Vincent writes:It was a blessing being amongst a beautiful crowd of yours with the great warm energy you bring to the tables. I'm happy the poetry and the workshop brought light in the souls present to arouse beautiful human vibrations and purpose. Yes, it is always a beautiful human sharing moment
- "Lady Val Corbett knocks it out of the park once again! A fabulous lunch, top quality networking and engaging speakers." Jenny Garret Executive Coach, Speaker & Trainer
- "A great day with my HSS colleagues at littleladyval at female networking event yesterday - powerful and inspiring." Lisa Crawford, Head of HR HSS Hire for the Group
- "Thank you, Lady Val Corbett, and your team for such a hugely enjoyable, thought-provoking and inspirational networking event. Cath Bishop's message resonated deeply and her delivery was truly inspirational - witty, illuminating, pacey. I could've listened to Cath all day. Vincent's presentation and exercises helped me probe and transform my thinking - thank you for causing a butterfly effect!" Nicky Torode Helping senior managers, freelancers & start-ups increase productivity
- "Yet another fantastic inspirational Network lunch with some wonderful & amazing ladies. The speakers were again fabulous & engaging which added to this already fantastic lunch. Thank you Lady Val this is truly the best networking event to attend your great leadership and your wonderful team give it so much vibrancy & energy. Already looking forward to the next one in April." Jo Apparicio Director The Chrysalis Foundation
- "A truly inspiring and delightful event, thank you Lady Val." Louisa Beard Principle Louisa Beard Opera