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Celebrating EmpowerHER: A Reflection on Women's Leadership and Success in the West Midlands

Published: 21 March 2024

The host and speakers on stage at EmpowerHER

The EmpowerHER event stands as a testament to the resilience, innovation, and remarkable leadership of women across the region. With over 100 attendees gathered at the creative Custard Factory in Digbeth, the evening proved to be a true celebration of female achievement and empowerment!

On the main stage we had Shazia Mirza, an Award-Winning Presenter, Comedian, and Writer. She filled the room with an electric energy that set the stage for a night of laughter and inspiration. Shazia's comedic sketch "Laughing Our Way to the Top" not only entertained but also delivered a poignant message about the importance of humor and resilience in leadership.

Women in the audience laughing

Laura Shoaf, in her keynote speech, shared her personal journey to becoming CEO of the WMCA, offering invaluable insights into overcoming challenges and fostering leadership within the community. Her authenticity and wisdom resonated deeply with attendees, inspiring both seasoned leaders and emerging talents alike.

A key moment was the Fireside Chat, where female leaders from diverse sectors shared their stories of triumph and perseverance. Through their inspirational talks, these remarkable women showcased the power of solidarity, mentorship, and unwavering determination in achieving success.

Two attendees smiling to camera

We are grateful to our colleagues for helping to put on this event, to the speakers who shared their expertise, and the attendees who contributed to the event's success. It is events like EmpowerHER that remind us of the transformative power of unity and resilience in fostering a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and lead.

In celebrating EmpowerHER, we celebrate not only the achievements of today but also lay the groundwork for a future where women's leadership is celebrated and supported. Here's to the continued journey of empowerment and success for all. 

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