Lineup revealed for Preston’s biggest celebration of female power, grit and diversity

27 February 2020

Business inspiration, body appreciation, carbs, cocktails and comedy are all on the menu at what is set to be the North West’s biggest female empowerment event of the year.

WomanKind North, taking place at Preston’s Ivory Tower on Saturday 7th March 2020, will bring together females from across the region to celebrate the power, grit and diversity of Northern women.

Today the full event line up has been revealed – featuring some of the North West’s most inspirational female figures – including business women, creatives, survivors, campaigners and forward thinkers who are taking their place as a female force to be reckoned with (see full speaker list and bios here).

The one-day event will begin with a keynote speech from Amanda Greenwood, CEO of Lancashire Women. Inspirational panel talks, hosted by BBC Radio Manchester’s L’Oreal Blackett will then cover off everything from first-hand business acumen and entrepreneurial success stories, to body image and female sexuality and will feature leading lights from across the North including blogger and writer Rabya Lomas, entrepreneur Beth Noy and life coach Trisha Barker.

Running alongside the panel talks will be a diverse range of workshops focusing on body acceptance, sexual pleasure, overcoming imposter syndrome and how to fund your business. Creative Pop Ups will also offer monogramming sessions and vision board workshops.

The afternoon session which will kick off with a cocktail reception, DJ set and glitter bar as well as the chance for attendees to connect with some of the other space making women invited to the Festival who have important messages and stories to share. Whilst Ali Khan’s award-winning one woman comedy show ‘How to Ruin Your Life’ promises to bring the house down.

To close, live interviews with campaigner and cancer fighter, Roisin Pelan inspirational author, Katie Eastham and domestic abuse survivor Asma Begum will leave attendees feeling inspired, energised and galvanised to make a difference.

Business woman and cancer survivor/campaigner, Roisin Pelan, said: “WomanKind North is set to be a truly extraordinary event and I am thrilled to be part of the line up. When you bring together so many strong women in one place you just know that great things will happen.

“I am excited to share my story but also be inspired, educated and empowered by the other speakers on the line up, and the attendees who will bring their own experiences to the fore. This is the first event of it’s kind in the city and it is great to see Preston being put on the map as a destination that is championing the region’s inspirational women this International Women’s Day.”

WomanKind North is the brainchild of Preston-based entrepreneurs Helen Kerray and Morgana Loze-Doyle who have made it their mission to create a stand-out event which celebrates everything that is amazing about women in the North, whilst providing a platform and space for females to come together to learn, share and grow.

Under the theme: Take Your Space – Make More Space – the full day festival is the first of its kind in the region and is set to become part of a series of events celebrating the power, diversity and grit of women in the city and beyond.

Last month Helen and Morgana successfully raised £11,000 to fund the event through Natwest crowdfunding initiative Back Her Business aimed at female entrepreneurs.

Helen Kerray said: “We have worked tirelessly to pull together a panel of the most inspirational, interesting and kick ass speakers which offer up a true representation of the diverse range of female powerhouses in this region today.

“Every single person on the schedule has been handpicked as they truly represent what WomanKind North is all about and we know they will add real value to all of the attendees at our event.

“We want everyone who attends to leave feeling empowered – and we are certain that the women on our panel will do just that. We can’t wait to be stood in a room amongst our amazing speakers and attendees – it’s going to be an extremely powerful day.”

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