Why I have chosen to sponsor The Whole Woman Conference
As a Healthcare Partner with the Western Provident Association (WPA), I am naturally interested in Health and Wellbeing. As a not-for- profit private medical insurer WPA believes in helping less fortunate people to improve their lives. Therefore, for both these reasons, I am pleased to be able to support Ramana’s Garden in India to provide protection, security and hope for vulnerable children in India, as well as empowering local women and enable them to feed their children.
As a local business woman, I am also pleased to be part of this truly amazing conference, celebrating the power and vibrancy of women! I am looking forward to hearing the inspirational tales of other business women, the colourful stalls, the hints and tips from the wonderful workshops of course the wonderful lunch at the beautiful Warbrook House!
As a member of the Athena network, I am proud to support my inspiring colleagues Linda Huckle and Cathy Richardson in this incredible project. Well done to them!
Amanda Wood, WPA has sponsored The WOW Panel at The Whole Woman Conference – we are extremely grateful for her support.
I’m passionate about helping others to learn, discover and understand themselves so they can develop and become the person they want to be and live the life they want to live. For so many of us, finding time for ourselves and really thinking about what we want in our lives is a challenge in itself, let alone actually knowing what to do about it! Be honest, how much time do you spend day dreaming or fantasising about how you’d like things to be different? And how many times have you put those dreams on hold just to keep all the plates spinning and ensuring everyone else in your life is happy? And suddenly, 6 months has gone by, years even.
You are important and so are your dreams and aspirations.
I decided to put this workshop together to help facilitate time and space for you to think, but in an accessible and fast way that helps get those thoughts in order. Imagine learning in just 45 minutes where you spend most of your time and energy in life, understanding where you are right now with all those plates you’re spinning and then being able to see how you can start to move forward and get you where you want to be…. without dropping any plates!
Through my workshop you will be able to get a clear picture of what your life is like and how satisfied you are with it. I’ll then walk you through a process to take stock, identify what it is that you really want and then create an action plan that you can take away with you to ensure you start living the life you really want.
It will be a relaxed, informal but structured workshop and all you will need to bring along is your fabulous mind and a desire to make some changes in your life. I’m really looking forward to seeing you at the conference and working with you during my Workshop to help your dreams become reality.
I have been a beauty therapist nearly 25 years and now have a beauty salon for the last 3 years, which I run on my own called Queen Bee in the Woods, in The Sands, Farnham. My clientele tend to be of a similar age to myself (53) who are all going through the same menopausal issues as me, so I daily have discussions about the subject. This has prompted me to do more research, which is why I am happy to share the information I have learnt on my journey, with others.
One of my clients’ main concerns is embarrassing excess facial hair that occurs as hormones begin to change. I have specialised in electrolysis hair removal and advanced electrolysis for skin lesions for over 20 years. These treatments are relatively pain free and easily carried out, but there is a fear and embarrassment in dealing with this problem. One of my clients was shaving her chin every day when we started treatment – I now see her just once a month for a quick tidy. She is so pleased with the result!
I have also run an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) clinic for 2 years, and can give good advice about the success of these treatments.
Skin aging, loss of skin tone, pigmentation, lines & wrinkles, skin brightness can all be improved with the correct skin care and advice. Sadly, as we age, if you want to maintain a youthful look, it takes regular care and attention. We all dry out with age, so regular moisturisation of the skin and drinking 2-3 litres of water a day will help immediately.
I love aromatherapy and essential oils, and found out in my early 20’s how powerful and useful they can be. I have worked very closely with a Tea Tree oil brand for many years and have many stories to tell about how amazing its’ benefits are.
They are also fantastic for balancing hormones and affecting your mood. The oils can have very profound psychological effects when used in the correct way.
I am personally focussing on nutrition and recording the difference this makes on me physically and on my mood, and this will also be discussed, as well as the benefits of regular exercise.
Myself and another colleague have a Facebook page, called the Seven Dwarves of Menopause Community, where you can share any relevant information or ask for help and advice, so please find us and feel free to join.
I am very much looking forward to sharing all this information with you!
Reflecting on how my thinking has changed and expanded over the years, I am reminded of a boss I had some time ago. I see myself at my desk, coughing and sneezing counting down the hours before my holiday starts. “Ill again” mutters my boss as he walked past my desk, “must be holiday time”. I remember laughing it off, I was in my twenties and of course felt invincible.
Over the years I have suffered from many ailments. Headaches, food intolerance, severe indigestion, random aches and pains, the list could go on. My GP could not provide solutions to these problems so I looked elsewhere for answers. For instance, changes to my diet and for some time life would go back to normal but the solution was never long lasting.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2009, London working hours were long and commuting on the tube was an everyday battle. Busyness and stress were worn like a badge of honour which I no longer wanted to wear. I needed to have more control of my life and my investigation led me to Ayurvedic medicine (a system of healing originated in India). The Doctor was interested in my symptoms of course but also asked lots of questions about my lifestyle. What job did I do? Where did I live? How did I get to and from work? How many hours did I work? Did I meditate? I began to see that I needed to be in charge of my body and that my lifestyle was impacting me negatively. It became clear that I had a choice to live my life in a more positive and holistic way.
I knew that physical fitness and exercise had an impact on my resilience, but I also knew that there had to be more to it and so I started an exploration of the mind-body connection. We have come a long way since Descartes declared in the 16th century that the mind was completely separate from the body. Yet essentially many of us still live outside of our bodies.
What is our body telling us that we are not paying attention to? How can we listen to what our bodies telling us so that we can take care of our needs and choose how we respond to the world? The Body Never Lies is a workshop taking you through an exploration of my experience and research into how the mind and body interact. We will explore how we can reconnect with our internal and physical experiences which will allow us to make more positive choices in our responses to the world, helping us to reduce the level of stress and its long term negative effects.
The Whole Woman Conference is pleased to announce our Sponsorship Package.
Many of you have expressed a wish to help with the event without facilitating a workshop or having a Market Place Stall, and so we have designed 3 Sponsorship Packages to appeal to different business types and sizes:
Table Sponsor: Each table at the morning activity (the World Cafe) will have a sponsor. Their details will be listed on the table and they will host the table discussion. The sponsorship package is £135 which includes one ticket for all activities at the conference, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. In return, you will be able to place leaflets/flyers in our delegate bags and your details will be published on our website under ‘Our Sponsors’ section in the Contributors page. Sponsors will also be invited to write a blog for the Whole Woman website.
(10 x sponsorships available)
Wow Panel Sponsor: Sponsors will be invited to take part in the Wow Panel at the end of the afternoon. The sponsorship package is £225 which includes one ticket for all activities at the conference, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. In return, you will be able to place leaflets/flyers in our delegate bags and your details will be published on our website under ‘Our Sponsors’ section in the Contributors page. Sponsors will also be invited to write a blog for the website.
(2 x sponsorships available)
Event Sponsor: One sponsorship is available will sponsor the whole event. This sponsor will get everything that the Table sponsors and the Wow Panel sponsors get, their logo with link to their webpage will be included on all pages of our website (ie The Whole Woman Conference is sponsored by …..). The sponsorship package is £575
The Whole Woman Conference is not registered for VAT.
Cathy and I first met around 18 months ago at a local business networking event and seemed to bump into each other at similar events over the next few months. As we got to know each other, we realised we shared similar values and interests; in fact, when Cathy realised I ran The Athena Network in her area, she was quick to visit and become a much valued member.
We arranged to meet up to talk about our businesses in more depth and to discuss potential collaborative initiatives; it was at this meeting in February 2017 that Cathy talked about her visit to Ramana’s Garden and the deep impact it had on her. (Read Cathy’s story here).
Cathy’s story affected me deeply – and the two of us starting to generate some ideas of how we could work together to raise much needed funds, as well as giving practical help to Ramana’s Garden.
Here is my story of how The Whole Woman Conference has developed and grown so far:
Planting the Seeds…
Cathy and I discussed all sorts of ideas including the usual raffle, auction, coffee morning – and then had the idea of providing a confidence workshop for women where all proceeds would be donated to Ramana’s Garden. We even started planning the workshop together, looking at dates, venues, tickets… and then, we had a spark of inspiration!
In The Athena Network and other networking groups we belong to, we are surrounded by talented businesswomen with a whole host of skills. As the ideas flew, we both said almost in the same breath:
“We could organise a whole day! A Conference! To celebrate all aspects of womanhood!”
And so the initial seeds for The Whole Woman Conference were planted.
We started to plan out what our Conference could look like. What we were both excited about was the combination of providing a special day for women, focusing on educating, upskilling, inspiring for all women at all stages of their lives, and at the same time raising awareness and funds to help Ramana’s Garden.
The name for The Whole Woman Conference came from our aim to encompass the whole woman. The Conference aims to upskill women at all stages in their careers and lives. We wanted to make sure we had workshops, keynote speakers and activities during the day that would open discussion and that at the end of the day, delegates would leave inspired. This Conference is for ALL women at ALL stages of their lives and careers.
We knew we needed help to get it going and so invited businesswomen who we knew would be interested in being involved to join us one evening whilst we outlined our ideas. This conversation sparked even more ideas and we gained commitment from those who had attended to be involved.
The next step was to find the venue. One of our networking contacts is a venue finder and she did all our research, negotiations, weeding out the venues we liked but were too small, too expensive, too corporate.
Why Warbrook House?
Cathy and I were looking for somewhere that would give our delegates a special day out, where they could relax in a beautiful environment and as far away from corporate conferences as possible. The venue needed to be big enough to accommodate 120 people comfortably and have plenty of breakout rooms for our planned workshops. We also wanted to give our delegates a truly good lunch (not just plates of sandwiches and stodge) and plentiful free parking on site. Warbook House ticked the box on all aspects and we have exclusive use of the house all day.
What clinched it for us was the ‘feel’ we got when we walked into the hotel – it is so welcoming, light, airy and feels right for the type of event we are holding.
As our plans for the Conference developed, we started to put the feelers out for workshop facilitators and created our Facebook Page. In May, we advertised for facilitators, created our Ticket Booking page with Eventbrite and paid our deposit for Warbrook House.
Suddenly, everything became real – we had a date, a venue, tickets were on sale and in June, we finalised our workshops. We had such a fantastic response, with 72 applicants for workshops and only space for 8. It was such a hard decision and we truly believe that the diversity of workshops we have selected will provide plenty of choice for our participants on the day.
The more we talked about the Conference and about why we are doing it, we found that people, both women and men, were so affected by Cathy’s story that we started to receive offers of practical help and skills free of charge. This includes our logo design, website design and hosting, advertising, venue finding, admin, workshop facilitators, keynote speakers, Market Place stalls. Every person contributing to this Conference is doing so free of charge and are purchasing their own tickets to be part of the day. Read more about our Contributors.
These people have helped our Conference to blossom and we will be forever grateful for your generosity. It means that even more of the funds we raise can be donated to Ramanas Garden.
We have Market Place stalls available for booking now – these are for you to exhibit and sell your range of gifts and products. Your Market Place ticket will include full access to the Conference, lunch, refreshments for one stallholder.
The fruits of The Whole Woman Conference will be the proceeds from the event itself, and the packs of cotton knickers that will be donated directly to Ramanas Garden. As you will see from Cathy’s story, she is personally taking all the proceeds and knickers to Ramanas Garden on her next visit.