Past Events

Impact is our focus for 2019 and we've already hosted a number of incredible events delivering just that. 
Take a look below for blogs on our past events, with information about what went on and testimonies from those that attended. And it's not just this year either, we've got event blogs stretching back to 2017 and there are plenty of gems in there.

October 17, 2019

On 3rd October, we were privileged to host 150 amazing women and men from the defence community at our inaugural Women in Defence UK conference and the fourth annual presentation of the Shortlisting Awards.

The day kicked off with a fun and unusual energiser session run by the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA). We were delighted with the gusto attendees gave to the session, who can now add ‘RADA trained’ to their CVs! W...

July 11, 2019

On Wednesday 26th June, Women in Defence UK teamed up with the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA) to host the first in our series of Impact Masterclasses. 

Around 60 women from right across the defence enterprise attended the session, which was delivered by a brilliant RADA actor and voice coach Sarah Blumenau. Over the course of the 90 minutes, Sarah covered the physicality, breathing and psychology of how to feel and b...

July 2, 2019

On Thursday 20th June, Women in Defence UK hosted our first ever Speed Mentoring evening, at Event Partner PA Consulting’s London office. The evening was a huge success, with attendees from right across the defence enterprise.

Since being founded in 2011 as a LinkedIn group of passionate women working in defence, we’ve grown into a thriving community dedicated to improving gender balance across defence. This year has been one o...

December 21, 2018

On Monday 10th December, Women in Defence UK welcomed the four Command Warrant Officers and the Senior Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee (SEAC) to a discussion about gender balance in the Armed Forces. The SEAC described the role of the individuals to act as interlocutors between the enlisted men and women and the Military Chiefs, and to act as advisors, thermometers and translators both up and down the Chains of Comman...

December 4, 2018

On Monday 22nd October, Women in Defence UK welcomed Lance Sergeant Sophie Montagne, a member of the incredible Ice Maidens – the first all-female team to cross Antarctica coast-to-coast using muscle power alone.

The brainchild of two Army doctors, the Ice Maiden expedition saw six women battle temperatures of -56 degrees Celsius and winds of 60 miles an hour to complete the 1704km journey in 62 days.

Despite making the final 6...

July 19, 2018

With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, now is the time to address what’s holding women back. That’s exactly what Sue Unerman, Chief Strategy Officer at MediaCom, and Kathryn Jacob, Chief Executive of Pearl and Dean, take a look at in their book The Glass Wall: Success strategies for women at work - and businesses that mean business.

At the latest Women in Defence UK event on 23 January,...

July 19, 2018

I had the privilege this week of attending a networking lunch at the House of Lords hosted by Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), the UK’s leading charity helping ex Armed Forces personnel into employment. The lunch was in support of a government initiative to address the disability pay gap, and represented an impressive effort by Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Brinton to pool the thinking of a group of inspiring female pr...

July 19, 2018

A wet and chilly evening in February saw colleagues from defence companies, the armed forces, the civil service and a variety of interested groups gathered together to hear Fiona Hathorn share her experiences of being a Board member, and of supporting others to get there through her organisation Women on Boards. Her personal experiences gave real credibility to her suggestions and advice to the audience, as they asked question...

July 19, 2018

On 30th November 2016, Women in Defence welcomed Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, Air Member for Personnel and Deputy Commander Capability in the RAF, to discuss ‘innovation and inspiration – how diversity & inclusion will enable Air Power’.

In front of an audience of around 70 people, the Air Marshal answered questions from a Women in Defence panel, focussing on how his time in industry had proven to him the value of diversity and i...

July 19, 2018

On Friday 9th September, Angela Owen, founder of Women in Defence, hosted the shortlisting ceremony for the 2016 awards at MOD Main Building. Over 200 nominations were received across five categories, with 10 nominees shortlisted per category. The five award categories are as follows:

- Inspirational Award
- Outstanding Contribution Award
- Most Collaborative  Award
- Special Award (this category is for nominees whose achi...

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