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Celebrate International Women's Day - 2023

Wednesday, 8 March 2023,
18:00 to 20:00
The University of Suffolk, Waterfront, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8AH

Inspiring keynote speakers will share their personal experiences and offer powerful advice on how to fulfil your potential as a woman in business.

Refreshments and networking follows the keynote speaker section.

Doors open at 5.45pm.

The event is set to offer a legacy of support through shared experiences and connections with The University of Suffolk, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, The EpiCentre Haverhill and event participants.

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You can listen and be inspired by the IWD2022 speeches here.

Our Individual Journey to Equality #EmbraceEquity.

A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA.


Craig Jones
Craig Jones MBE

Executive Chair, Fighting With Pride. 

Craig joined the Royal Navy in 1989 and in a busy operational career, served in the border counties of Northern Ireland during ’the troubles’ and in 1993 led  helicopter fast rope teams in the Gulf. On the day of the lifting of the ‘gay ban’, Craig came out and led immensely challenging work to encourage bold support for LGBT+ Armed Forces personnel against the tide of thinking at that time. Craig was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006 for services to equality and human rights. After leaving the Armed Forces in 2008 Craig led a ground-breaking work at Barclays to develop gender diversity in the business. Barclays received the BITC Opportunity Now Award in 2010 recognising the global leap forward made in the bank. 

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Dr Deborah Benson

The IoD’s Programme Lead for Leadership.

Dr Deborah Benson has a Doctorate in Business and an MBA. Deborah brings both academic rigour and business experience to her course deliveries in leadership and strategy. She has unique experience as the first female Managing Director of a large-scale construction and development company and running three multi-million-pound companies. Deborah has over 20 years’ experience as an executive director in the commercial realm and as a non-executive director in commercial, public and charity sectors. In addition to her large company experience, Deborah has led start-ups and SMEs in board advisory and training roles and understands the unique challenges faced by SME leaders.

Liliana Antunes
Dr Lilana Antunes

Co-Founder and Head of Product Testing at ExpressionEdits. 

A Biotech start up, spun out of the University of Cambridge, which is looking to bring forward the full potential of genetic production.

Liliana completed her BSc and MSc degrees in Biochemistry at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, specialising in gene therapy and protein biochemistry, and her PhD at the University of Cambridge, focusing her studies at the interface of functional genomics and developmental biology. Whilst at Cambridge, Liliana worked alongside her fellow co-founders testing every new iteration of ExEd’s foundational technology.

Jenny Butler
Jenny Butler

Liner & Projects Director.

Jenny moved to the UK from California aged just 18, to start a new life with her British / English husband and immediately fell in love (with living in) with the UK. A career in international shipping commenced soon thereafter. Dedicating her focus, Jenny immersed herself in the industry, taking on various roles and responsibilities and extending her education with a Foundation Degree in International Trade and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After five years of working with Project Cargo for a global carrier, Jenny was invited back to Cory Brothers Shipping Agency Ltd, where her career started, to lead the Liner Division & Project Team a Director. Jenny has earned a glowing reputation throughout the industry in UK and around the world. Working in a traditionally male dominated industry, Jenny is a vocal champion for gender equality and “levelling up” both in and out of the work place.

Elma Glasgow
Elma Glasgow

Co-Founder and DirectorAspire Black Suffolk.

An organisation led by four black female professionals with a shared passion and vision; to change lives, empower communities and raise awareness of the key issues surrounding race, equality and inclusion in Suffolk and beyond.

Elma is the founder of the award-winning community interest company, Aspire Black Suffolk, which was born out of the Power of Stories exhibition by Ipswich Museums in 2021. The exhibition has since won a host of national and regional awards. 

In November 2022, Elma won the Museums Association's national award for the Museums Change Lives 'Radical Changemaker', for her work on the Power of Stories project and tour, which has been helping to tell local Black stories and improve representation.

Elma is also a PR consultant, and has worked with major brands including Comic Relief, the British Red Cross, Land Rover, BT, Sony Music, and Warner Bros. She has more than 25 years' experience; she has secured stories in titles including The Guardian, The  Mirror, Woman & Home, The Sunday Times, The Voice, ITV and BBC News.