A large firm of solicitors operating in Leamington, Coventry and Nuneaton, has become the headline supporters of a new ladies’ professional development organisation.

Alsters Kelley LLP is to be the headline sponsors of LadiesFirst Professional Development, an all-inclusive network aimed at businesswomen across the region.

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

The inaugural event is a half-day workshop at Nailcote Hall at Berkswell, near Coventry, on Thursday, January 16, and will feature author Vanessa Vallely along with networking and lunch.

Catherine Wahlberg, operations and finance member at Alsters Kelley, an LLP, says: “I firmly believe that women need to be given the confidence to go out into the world and make a difference and that is my main motivation in supporting LadiesFirst.

“Here at Alsters Kelley LLP, 75 per cent of my colleagues across the three offices are women – and three of the owners of the business are also women.

“We do not operate positive discrimination in favour of women. That would be self-defeating and against my principles.

“However, it’s vital that women are empowered to be confident in what they do. After all we are all individuals and I believe that people’s personalities should be allowed to come out and flourish.”

Julie said: “We are delighted to have secured the sponsorship from Alsters Kelley who share our vision to support women in business. The sponsorship will help us to deliver a series of monthly events for our members attracting a high calibre of speaker.”

Lisa added: “We are really pleased that Vanessa has agreed to speak at our launch event. Her business journey is vast and I am sure she will be an 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.”

“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.”

Vanessa Vallely, author of a highly successful new book Heels of Steel, is chief executive and founder of wearethecity.com (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 second LadiesFirst event, on Wednesday, February 26, is headlined Can You Hack it with the Media? It takes place at Kenilworth Golf Club and will feature a talk from former Birmingham Evening Mail editor Steve Dyson and BBC Midlands Today television presenter and reporter Sarah Falkland.

Steve, now a renowned media commentator, will demonstrate how a business can get the best out of the media through effective public relations and Sarah will share tips on broadcasting techniques.

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