INSPIRE Conference Awards - International Women's Day - 8th March 2018

The 2018 conference presents an impressive line-up of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers.  The event runs from 1000 to 1700 at Weirbank in Bray.  The doors will open at 0915 for coffee and registration.

With the theme “Ïnspire”, the aim is to present a diverse set of speakers and sessions that will inspire, enhance knowledge and even change your way of thinking.  The room will be full of curious, excited women  filled with optimism and energy.  The event also presents opportunities to network and connect with delegates and speakers.

The day will be finished off with the Business Girl Awards from 1600 to 1700.

Honest Mum

Vicki Psarias

Vicki Psarias – Honest Mum

Vicki Psarias is a multi-award winning blogger, vlogger and filmmaker.
Vicki set up Honestmum.com during maternity leave in 2010, pivoting from TV Directing to blogging and vlogging full-time within two years. Vicki‘s debut book Mumboss published by Piaktus/Little Brown is a must-read for those wanting to embrace a democratic, digital world of work that fits around a family.
Out May 3rd 2018. Preorder here.


Julianne Ponan

Creative Nature Superfoods

Julianne Ponan – Creative Nature Superfoods

Julianne has taken Creative Nature from strength to strength launching the brand into Sainsbury’s, Ocado,  over 2000 Co-op Stores, Asda and TK Maxx. Creative Nature is at the forefront of ‘superfood’ and ‘free from’ innovation, launching completely unique baking mixes that push the boundaries of healthy home-baking. In 2017 Julianne has secured national listings in Sainsburys for her Baking Mixes and The Co-operative for her healthy flapjack bars. Along with this Creative Nature has been confirmed to launch on a major European Airline for 2018.

She is also the youngest winner of the National Natwest Everywoman Artemis Award for Women Entrepreneurs. Julianne also won 3 awards in FSB Surrey Business awards for Young Person in Business, Real Life Entrepreneur and Overall Winner, she was Director of the Year at the Toast of Surrey Awards and Young Director of the year in the IOD Awards and was recently voted by the public as the Guardians Leader of the Year.

Julianne is also a mentor for Virgin Startup, keynote speaker and enjoys helping young entrepreneurs achieve their goals with particular focus in the food/retail industry.


Julianne has recently been on Dragons Den, slayed dragons but turned down investment. Along with this Julianne has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, and also a guest judge on Britains Next Top Model.




Sarah Sangster

Sangster Media

Sarah Sangster – Sangster Digital


Sarah is a familiar face in the member’s group delivering many sessions on social and digital topics.

Sarah will be leading a highly interactive session where delegates will be taught and challenged to create a video of the day whilst at the conference! Delegates will be split into groups and will need to submit their video online with the conference hashtag by the afternoon break.  A winner will be picked at the end of the day.

Delegates will be emailed prior to the event with instructions and details of the apps they need, ready for the challenge.  This will be a highly fun and interesting challenge, whilst being given some expert teaching by Sarah.

Sarah has spent 20 years spanning all aspects of marketing including working in product placement, events, retail, corporate, with entrepreneurs and authors, to name but a few.  Moving into social and digital media 10 years ago her experience in traditional marketing
gives Sarah an excellent grounding and unique perspective when building workable converting funnels and social media strategies. Her USP is her refreshing ability to deliver this to clients in a straightforward way with no jargon.

Tabitha Beaven - Master of Ceremony

Light Mind

Tabitha Beaven – Light Mind

Tabitha delivered a very successful ‘Life Hacks to Live Lighter’ session at INSPIRE Conference & Awards 2017.  She brings her professional enthusiasm and energy back this year as our Master of Ceremony, although she’s chosen to reframe M.O.C. as the ‘Mindset Open Captain’.

Following a 15 year corporate career in HR & Learning for high profile brands such as John Lewis and PepsiCo, Tabitha recognised her need to hit the ‘reboot’ button.  Embarking on a mission to reconnect, her simple strategy of ‘do more things that made her smile’ led to starting a Tuneless Choir (a choir for people who choose to ’sing like no one’s listening’ whatever their singing ability) and creating Light Mind. 
At the heart of Light Mind is the belief that when we feel better we do better – whether that ‘doing’ is problem solving, coming up with ideas, nurturing relationships, juggling responsibilities or simply ‘doing’ life in a way that feels meaningful and enjoyable.  Much of how we feel comes from how we think, so Light Mind delivers experiential events to teams and organisations to choose a more helpful mindset that benefits both wellbeing and performance. 
Tabitha’s role models in life are dogs meaning her approach is full of energy, curiosity and playfulness.  She will pop up throughout the day sharing various Light Mind tasters and providing food for thought.


Cass Davis

Passive Income Mama

Cass Davis – The Passive Income Mama

Cass Davis is the founder of The Passive Income Mama and is a passive income strategist.  She helps women to create automated income streams in their business so they can reach new income levels, without hustling for every penny.

At the conference, she will be sharing her own story of how her business has enabled her to stay home with her daughter for the last 4 years and how her business has evolved from taking only 1:1 clients to having the majority of income coming from automated sales channels.  Cass will also be talking about how passive income can help you enjoy more time and freedom in your own business, plus tips on how you can easily set up your first passive income stream.

Cass will also be picking a couple of ladies from the audience, and using them as examples to demonstrate that everybody can find passive income streams in their business.  Watch out, it might be you!




Donna Robertson

Modern Muse

Donna Robertson – Modern Muse

The Modern Muse were chosen as our charity partner this year because their ethos and culture is in complete synergy with ours.  They empower and inspire the younger generation of women coming into the workplace and setting up businesses.   This is what the Business Girls community is all about.  We are delighted to be able to partner with this exciting charity.

The Modern Muse Charity is a free resource for girls, teachers, and parents. It inspires girls, to consider their subject choices and empowers them to make more informed career decisions. This mobile platform tells the education and career stories of over 1,000 female role models (Muses) working in a wide variety of jobs and connects girls and young women to companies and the career opportunities they offer. We are looking to reach over 1 Million girls by the end of 2020 and need more Muses to tell their story (it’s free to sign up), more companies to fund the platform and promote their opportunities, and more girls to inspire. So please do get involved www.modernmuse.org.
“The best feature, is to be able to type in a subject you currently or have previously enjoyed – this comes up with women who also studied these and what they are doing now. Having these options in front of you gives you career ideas you potentially had not thought of.” A-level student.


There will be a very exciting opportunity for all delegates to contribute to a very special project happening at the conference.  The full details will be released next week.  Let’s see if you can guess what might be happening?! Watch this space very closely!

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INSPIRE Conference & Awards - International Women's Day - 8th March 2019
Weir Bank, Bray, Berkshire

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