One of the most connected personalities in the City of London will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural event of a new Coventry and Warwickshire network for businesswomen.

Leading businesswoman Vanessa Vallely, author of the highly successful new book Heels of Steel, will be the highlight at the first event organised by LadiesFirst Professional Development.

The business has been launched by lifelong friends Lisa Kennedy and Julie Richardson, to provide an all-inclusive platform for women’s professional development.

Vanessa is chief executive and founder of (WATC), a vehicle to help other women connect and grow both professionally and personally.

Before that she had a 25-year career in finance and banking in the City and there are now 10,000 members of WATC.

The inaugural, half-day workshop takes place at Nailcote Hall near Balsall Common on Thursday, January 16, and will feature writer Ms Vallely, along with networking and lunch.

The author and regular media commentator on business issues will be running a session on the power of personal brand and profile and will be sharing the secret of her  business success.

However, Ms Vallely says that success can often come at a hefty price and she will reveal the amazing highs and devastating lows of life and the circumstances that led to her making a life-changing move in a new direction.

Ms Vallely adds: “Having profile is one of the most powerful tools in your business armoury but you need to know what tools and techniques to us to help build it, protect it and drive tour success.

“Culturally we are brought up not to toot our own horn. However, it today’s competitive world if you don’t stand out you may as well let others stand out and pass by.

Julie said: “We are delighted to have secured Vanessa for our launch event. Her business journey is vast and I’m sure she will be inspiration to all who attend.

“Her workshop will include how she followed her dream into self employment and she will be sharing her thoughts and experiences of establishing a business which today sees Vanessa traveling the world to address audiences of women in business.”

Lisa added: “Our mission is to make LadiesFirst events all-inclusive and meaningful. Our guests will be able to network and establish contacts with people who can make a difference to their businesses and careers and Vanessa fits that perfectly. We are extremely grateful to Nailcote Hall for their support with this event.”

“Sue Cressman, Proprietor of Nailcote Hall said: “I have personally always been an advocate for the role that women play in business.  We are pleased to host the launch of Ladies First here at Nailcote Hall for what promises to be a great event.”