Peer support and inspiring debate make Lean In, Lift Up, a day to remember
The Nurture Network’s first live event brings women in business and entrepreneurship together to ensure they get a seat at the table
From imposter syndrome to jungle gym careers and asking for help, Lean In, Lift Up was a day packed with thought-provoking and inspiring conversation. Our first ever live Nurture Network event, it saw hundreds of female entrepreneurs, women in business and their male allies gather at The British Library to hear a range of different speakers discuss how women can get ahead in their careers and win at business.
The day started with a true meeting of minds – Dr Samantha Tross, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, the first black female to get this position in the UK and the first woman to perform mako robotic arm assisted hip surgery was joined on stage by the 2022 Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Dr Ama Frimpong – head of product development at 52 North Health.
They talked about how they ended up in their roles, the challenges of working in healthcare and their specific experiences of being female and black in a predominantly white male environment. “When you realise you’re the only person in a room that looks like you, you’ve got to lean into your difference,” said Dr Ama Frimpong.
Next we debated whether imposter syndrome was a good thing. “Ultimately when we want to go out and achieve our goals and push ourselves there is a level of uncomfortableness that comes with that,” said Ella Wales Bonner, Partner at Cornerstone VC. “I can reframe it and think it means that I’m pushing myself, I’m learning something new – it’s a good sign that there’s real growth happening.”
Our panel on career jungle gyms discussed the merits of starting your own thing and going in a new direction. Elizabeth Uviebinene, founder of Storia, journalist and author, saw it as an opportunity to follow her curiosity. Lisa Easterbrook, portfolio manager at Fidelity counterbalanced by saying one career path offered stability – big change isn’t for everyone.
Accepting and asking for help from others covered the different challenges people have with looking for support in the workplace, the role of male allies and the power of inclusive environments to enable people.
Investor relationships, meeting Kenny Imafidon and Naga Munchetty...
Our interactive workshops covered women and wealth, burnout and fundraising for founders. Something for everyone in attendance. We had intimate fireside chats with entrepreneur, author and activist, Kenny Imafidon and broadcaster Naga Munchetty to round off the day. Very different yet entertaining conversations with plenty of advice for life.
We’re busy planning our next event, so keep an eye out and join us as we continue to share experience, advice and make sure women get a seat at the table.
The Nurture Network strives to connect underrepresented people with other people of influence who can share their stories, strengthen their leadership, and pave the way while bringing others along with them. Be the first to know about Nurture Network Live 2024 and join us in our movement to help create a more equitable society for all.