Bailey Fisher Executive Search supports Women’s Impact Network - 25/09/17

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Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to support the Women’s Impact Network.

Founded by Dr Shima Barakat, the Women’s Impact Network (WIN) aims to highlight the impact that professional women are already having as well as creating opportunities for more and greater impact to be realized collectively, beyond individuals and individual organisations. WIN brings together entrepreneurial women from all sectors who want to do things differently, who want to have a significant impact on their industry, business, society and the environment.

Women’s Impact Network will launch with Winning Wednesday, on 4 October 2017 in Cambridge.  The inaugural session will explore the central premise of the network: Impact.  Discussion will revolve around the forms that impact can take and issues that the network members can engage with during and beyond the meeting.

Winning Wednesdays are the first set of activities of WIN. They provide a space where entrepreneurial women can share and develop cutting edge practices that have had a profound impact on them and their businesses, and have the potential to do the same for peers, their sectors and society as a whole. The monthly breakfasts will allow professional women to come together to hear about the latest thought on different entrepreneurial and management issues, challenge the status quo, try out new practices, develop strategies to break glass ceilings and fly off glass cliffs. The breakfasts are grounded in women sharing their expertise as well as their experience. This will be a regular time and space to rediscover the joy and support that professional women can get from pushing the boundaries of business as usual, together.

Women’s Impact Network is founded by Dr Shima Barakat, an entrepreneur who has been programme director for different programmes at the University of Cambridge since 2007, including the groundbreaking EnterpriseWISE that offers a space for women STEM researchers to explore and develop their entrepreneurial self. More broadly, her work over the last 20 years has focused on how entrepreneurial thinking and behaviours can solve big global challenges. She has recently been working on the €400M EU funded EIT Food project and was involved in shaping the strategic direction of both the education and venture creation activities. Shima has personally supported and advised over 300 startups and taught almost 8,000 students. Shima is a co-founder herself of several organisations in the US, UK and Egypt.


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