On Wednesday March 24 2010 we are holding our 8th NextWomen London Kitchen Dinner
The keynote will come from Michelle Dewberry - Founder of Chiconmise and Michelle Dewberry ltd and winner of The Apprentice and promises to be as good as our previous speakers who have come from Google, Yelp, Facebook and theOutNet.
formula is simple: Up to 20 leading, founding and investing women and
men will get together for a veritable feast of culinary delights and fine wine in our very own kitchen, an inspiring keynote and the chance to exchange ideas with the whole party.
Engage in conversation with entrepreneurial career women and fellow female business heroes on topics including the world of the internet and how to conquer it.
Spaces are limited and always sell out quickly so ensure you book quickly. The price of attending is £50 for early
birds and £65 there after.
We look forward to seeing you all in our very own kitchen in Notting Hill
After leaving school in Hull aged 16 with no qualifications, Michelle Dewberry started her career with a modern apprenticeship in business. Alongside this, she studied IT in her spare time and quickly moved up the corporate ladder. Aged just 22, Michelle was head-hunted by a major Internet Service Provider to manage one of their biggest international projects. Following the successful delivery of this project, Dewberry established herself as a self employed consultant, managing multi-million pound projects spanning across Europe and Asia. She was just 23 years old.
Aged 24, Michelle seized the opportunity to apply for the second series of BBC's The Apprentice and beat over 15,000 people to become the first female and youngest winner of the show.
After a year working closely alongside the ‘notoriously belligerent’ Sir Alan Sugar, her entrepreneurial instincts were awakened and she left to establish her own successful ventures: Michelle Dewberry Limited (MDL), a consultancy that helps transform and troubleshoot companies and Chiconomise.com, the money saving site for women, launched in the height of the recession. With MDL, Michelle has worked with some of the UK's largest firms including The Royal Mail, The Chamber of Commerce and The Mayor’s Office. Many companies are now queuing up to benefit from her consultancy skills thanks to a stream of glowing testimonials. The Financial Times recently told the story of an adventure holiday company that had reported their best day’s trading in five years following Dewberry’s intervention.
Dewberry has a passion for inspiring others and runs countless workshops aimed at helping people define and achieve their goals. Her autobiography, ‘Anything is Possible’ charts her rise from a council estate in Hull through to the business success she enjoys today. She also runs workshops for organisations wishing to motivate their staff and has delivered countless seminars for high profile businesses.
Since overcoming adversity in her childhood, Dewberry feels strongly that “life is for living” and has a desire to continually challenge herself both physically and mentally. A twice London Marathon runner, competitor in the ‘Microsoft Challenge’ corporate adventure race and recently crowned the winner of a global recession shopping challenge, Dewberry thrives on pushing herself to the limit and enjoying herself while doing so.
Dewberry has strong opinions on current business and economic matters and consequently is frequently asked to comment on matters in a variety of national media outlets. She fears for young people in the current economic climate and feels passionate about helping to avoid a potential ‘lost generation’.
As a recent judge on Bebo Big Think Campaign, Dewberry helped mentor the 3 lucky young finalists chosen to present their ideas to the Cabinet Office, prior to their presentations. This was the first time that any such project has taken place at Number 10 Downing Street. Since the presentations Dewberry has been asked by Tessa Jowell to take a more permanent role in moving these three projects forward, and has also been asked to chair a business podcast in January in collaboration with the Cabinet Office.
In her personal campaign to assist members of society that are swiftly being dubbed ‘the lost generation,’ Dewberry has designed, developed and delivered a programme entitled “Self Employment = Self Empowerment”, for the government scheme ‘Make Your Mark’. This programme was aimed at 14-15 year old school pupils as an alternative careers advice session focusing on looking at self employment as a viable career option and worked on barriers, confidence, risk and practicalities. This was a pilot scheme that Dewberry personally delivered to eight schools across the UK. Early indications have shown that the campaign has proven to be a huge success, and hopes are that the government will be encouraged to roll this out nationwide.
To add to the list of ventures and programmes Dewberry is currently working on, she is now the new resident columnist for the biggest monthly business magazine, Business Matters, where fellow columnists include Duncan Bannatyne.
Testimonials from our previous events:
"What an inspiring set of ladies. It was great to share thoughts with like-minded entrepreneurs"
"The concept is great and I'll certainly be recommending you."
"What a fabulous setting for en enjoyable evening of networking"
"This was one of the evenings to never forget"
"What a magical evening"
"I was thrilled to meet so many fantastic people."
"I enjoyed making new and great contacts"
"Wonderful networking, amazing food, wonderful place"
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