international women's day 2011

International Women’s Day 2011 Champagne Breakfast – City of London

Posted on: 27 January 2011

Friday 11th March 2011 from 8.00am – 11.00am
Old Library, Speakers in the Great Hall, Guildhall, London EC2P

The Event

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world. The occasion is marked annually in the City of London where we use the opportunity to acknowledge women’s success and contribution to the workplace and to society.

Guest speakers Following the overwhelming success of previous International Women’s day events the 2011 breakfast event will take place on the morning of Friday 11 March at the Guildhall, London. The event will raise money for Women’s charity Refuge that assists women and child victims of domestic violence.

Great hall The event will commence with a champagne breakfast and a chance to view a variety of informative stalls as well as network with men and women from organisations around the City. The event this year will be chaired by BBC news presenter and Refuge patron Fiona Bruce with a variety of guest speakers who will talk about thier success in the business world and individual journeys to the positions they hold today. The speeches will be followed by raffle prizes and a toast to International Women’s Day.

This year we hope to have 400 delegates attending the event which will help us to increase the money raised for Refuge from last year which was £20,000! Both individual attendees and corporate sponsored groups are welcome. Through corporate sponsorship of £1,000, your organisation can be guaranteed 10 spaces seated together with high profile branding rights. As an individual your £35 ticket gets you a champagne breakfast in the stunning surroundings of the Old Library, a seat in the historic Great Hall for the speakers , an opportunity to network with others from across the City, a goodie bag and much much more!

If you wish to sponsor a table please contact or for an individual seat at the event please contact

This year’s speakers

Henrietta Royle – Chief Operating Officer at City University since 2008. She also sits on the board of the UK Career Academy and is a member of the Council of the Corporate and Financial Group of the Institute of Public Relations.

Lesley McLeod – Executive Director of Communications at the British Bankers Association.

Claire Ighodaro CBE – Board member and Non-executive Director at Lloyd’s of London, the Lending Standards Board and the British Council. She is also a Council Member of the Open Universityand Chair of the Lloyd’s Audit Committee, the OU Audit Committee, the LSB Audit Committee and the British Council Audit Committee.

The Charity – Refuge

Sponsorship funds raised go directly to Refuge – the national domestic violence charity. Every day Refuge supports over 1,000 women and children through emergency accommodation, practical and emotional support and community based outreach services. The funds raised by The City of London’s International Women’s Day event help them to carry out their vital work.
The Committee

Committee members

Organisations including the City of London Police and City of London Corporation came together to form a committee dedicated to celbrating the achievements of women in the City of london with an annual event for the United Nations International Women’s Day (IWD). The committee set out to deliver a unique celebration of IWD in the City in the Grand Surroundings of the Guildhall.

Five years later at the 100th anniversary of IWD the event can celebrate it’s success in seeing the event grow from 150 delegates to around 400 delegates today.

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