Apr 18, 2016

Continued Success of Blackstone Women’s Network

Blackstone Women's Network Celebrating International Women's Day

After two inspiring and well attended women’s network events in March, we wanted to share some of the highlights and key takeaways showcasing the continued success of the women’s network here at Blackstone.

On 8th March, Blackstone London celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to summit Mount Everest, who spoke on perseverance and personal leadership. “Don’t worry about getting to the top. Take opportunities to learn as much as you can,” Ms. Norris said. “The biggest mountains are in our minds.” During her speech, she shared 3 key points: keep an open mind and take opportunities, do not give up when you most want to, and trust that little steps can add up to us conquering our biggest challenges. “At some point, we are not experts,” Ms. Norris said. “We are far more capable than what we first think.” Now an icon for British adventurers, Ms. Norris became an entrepreneur and athlete with no prior resources or skills before taking a record-breaking step onto the top of Everest at age 22.  Since then, she has skied to the North Pole, climbed five Himalayan peaks, and was previously nominated Cosmopolitan Woman of The Year. It was an inspiring talk, which was well attended.

On 15th March, Blackstone London held its main Q1 networking event at Burberry and invited Claire Harper, an expert in corporate marketing, to speak on exploring brand heritage.  As Burberry celebrates their 160th anniversary this year, Ms. Harper related to her own experiences in making British brands great again through her experience as the former Marketing Director for Mamas & Papas, Head of Marketing at Ocado, and Head of Online Marketing at Sainsburys. Ms. Harper wrote about the evening in her blog which can be found here. Ms. Harper attributed her success to seeking out a combination of new skills and creating a strong support network. “Move outside your comfort zone, “ she said. “Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed.” She later concluded with encouraging the audience to not lose sight of what they are trying to create. Ms. Harper has launched her own children wear company, IndiaCoco, and speaks regularly on female leadership and entrepreneurship.