12th & 13th July 2024 | Northampton Cultural Quarter

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12th & 13th July 2024 | Northampton Cultural Quarter

Tickets on sale NOW!

SECURE YOUR SPACE

The Female Founders Summit is a business event for women like no other.

Join us for hours of masterclasses and actionable expertise from some of the most established and successful female founders in the UK today!

 
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This is not a dinner.

This is certainly not just a networking event.

This is not a training course

… The Female Founders Summit is a transformational, actionable live experience, business event that will leave a lasting impact on your business.

Inspire

Our keynote speakers have changed their lives through their businesses and will share how you can too.

Educate

 You will gain a high performance strategy that gives you a blueprint for accelerated business growth.

Connect

Build meaningful relationships with other female founders to open the doors of possibility through your network. 

Our Keynote Speakers

Female Founders Leading The Way

Mary Portas

Businesswoman, broadcaster, author and activist Mary Portas made her name creating change.

Aged 30, she became a board member at Harvey Nichols before founding her creative consultancy Portas. Mary has since worked with some of the biggest names in global retail.

Her BBC series – Mary Queen of Shops – premiered in 2007 and she has presented on television and radio for the BBC and Channel 4 ever since. Mary’s podcast series include Beautiful Misfits and #1 business podcastThe Kindness Economy. 

In 2009, she partnered with Save The Children to reinvent charity shops. To date, the 26 Mary’s Living & Giving shops nationwide have raised more than £30 million for charity. In 2011, Mary conducted a review of the future for high streets for the British government.

Mary is the author of three books: an autobiography Shop Girl [ 2015] and two non-fiction books - Work Like A Woman: A Manifesto [2018]; and Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy [2021].

As co-chair of the Better Business Act, Mary heads a coalition of businesses calling for a change in the law to ensure UK companies align their interests with those of wider society and the environment.

Our Keynote Speakers

Female Founders Leading The Way

Mary Portas

Businesswoman, broadcaster, author and activist Mary Portas made her name creating change.

Aged 30, she became a board member at Harvey Nichols before founding her creative consultancy Portas. Mary has since worked with some of the biggest names in global retail.

Her BBC series – Mary Queen of Shops – premiered in 2007 and she has presented on television and radio for the BBC and Channel 4 ever since. Mary’s podcast series include Beautiful Misfits and #1 business podcastThe Kindness Economy. 

In 2009, she partnered with Save The Children to reinvent charity shops. To date, the 26 Mary’s Living & Giving shops nationwide have raised more than £30 million for charity. In 2011, Mary conducted a review of the future for high streets for the British government.

Mary is the author of three books: an autobiography Shop Girl [ 2015] and two non-fiction books - Work Like A Woman: A Manifesto [2018]; and Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy [2021].

As co-chair of the Better Business Act, Mary heads a coalition of businesses calling for a change in the law to ensure UK companies align their interests with those of wider society and the environment.

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Ife Thomas

Motivational speaker, author, coach, and TEDx speaker, Ife is a renowned voice in the realms of mindset, confidence, mental health, and the power of connection. As a two-time author, her works have illuminated the paths for many seeking guidance and inspiration.

As an autistic, black woman who faced the challenge of being abandoned by her birth parents at just six weeks old, Ife has navigated through considerable darkness in her life. Yet, she chose not to let her early struggles overshadow her brilliance. Instead, Ife mastered the art of transforming her pain into an empowering force – a central theme in her acclaimed books, including her latest, “Finding Light in the Darkness”.

Ife’s journey from adversity to prominence, captured poignantly in her TEDx talk “Own Your Shine”, is a powerful testament to her resilience and dedication. Her passion for sharing her story and insights is driven by a desire to motivate others to embrace their challenges and pursue their dreams with relentless optimism and strength.

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Lucienne Shakir

Qualified High Performance Business Coach and Female Empowerment Specialist 

There's not often a day that goes by that Lucienne doesn't challenge the status quo. Before founding her business, Lucienne was a passionate languages teacher in the UK. Following years of red tape and 'you can't do that,' Lucienne decided she would do what she liked.

Following a nervous breakdown and years of mental health struggles, it is somewhat of a miracle that she is now a sought-after High Performance Business coach and mentor.

The mastermind behind many female founders and their business strategy and mindset mastery, Lucienne is proud to have fought so passionately for women's rights, culminating in the creation of the Female Founders Summit—an eco-system of women in business and their male allies who all want a better world.

Viviane Paxinos

CEO of AllBright

Viviane leads a global collective of 500,000 ambitious women committed to creating a more equitable world for all. Based at the Mayfair headquarters of the membership club, Viv was appointed to the leadership role in October 2022 with her extensive experience in driving tangible results and business growth.

Formerly Global GM of UNiDAYS, one of the world’s leading student affinity networks, Viviane successfully grew the business, connecting some of the world’s leading lifestyle brands with new audiences. Previously, Viv has held senior roles for BBC Worldwide, Comcast and Discovery Inc; Viviane has a legacy of delivering global growth for brands through strategic insights and innovative creativity.   

Viv passionately believes in the power of the collective is committed to developing global teams who are empowered to achieve results; maintaining a people-first culture through nurturing and mentoring talent to create a best-in-class working environment.

Lorraine Lewis

The Lewis Foundation

Lorraine Lewis is Co-Founder and CEO of The Lewis Foundation, a cancer charity which provides free gift packs and support to adult cancer patients in 17 hospitals across the Midlands.

Lorraine is not just a charity leader, she is a motivational speaker, inspiring audiences ranging from school children to corporate professionals. She has given talks to organisations such as the Eden Project, European Chartered Institute of Fundraising and DeMontfort University Global Alumni. 

Lorraine's story has captured the attention of audiences nationwide. She has featured in publications like The Sun, Hello! and even made appearances on national TV such as Channel 4 News.

Lorraine has received a number of awards for her service to the community. She proudly holds the Hello! Magazine Inspiration Award, Great British Entrepreneur Award and the prestigious Prime Minister Point of Light Award.

Lorraine recently embraced the role of an author. Her memoir 'Dare To Dream,' shares her journey from a Lawyer to Co-Founder of The Lewis Foundation.

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Ife Thomas

Motivational speaker, author, coach, and TEDx speaker, Ife is a renowned voice in the realms of mindset, confidence, mental health, and the power of connection. As a two-time author, her works have illuminated the paths for many seeking guidance and inspiration.

As an autistic, black woman who faced the challenge of being abandoned by her birth parents at just six weeks old, Ife has navigated through considerable darkness in her life. Yet, she chose not to let her early struggles overshadow her brilliance. Instead, Ife mastered the art of transforming her pain into an empowering force – a central theme in her acclaimed books, including her latest, “Finding Light in the Darkness”.

Ife’s journey from adversity to prominence, captured poignantly in her TEDx talk “Own Your Shine”, is a powerful testament to her resilience and dedication. Her passion for sharing her story and insights is driven by a desire to motivate others to embrace their challenges and pursue their dreams with relentless optimism and strength.

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Lucienne Shakir

Qualified High Performance Coach and Female Empowerment Specialist 

There's not often a day that goes by that Lucienne doesn't challenge the status quo. Before founding her business, Lucienne was a passionate languages teacher in the UK. Following years of red tape and 'you can't do that,' Lucienne decided she would do what she liked.

Following a nervous breakdown and years of mental health struggles, it is somewhat of a miracle that she is now a sought-after High Perforce coach and mentor.

The mastermind behind many female founders and their business strategy and mindset mastery, Lucienne is proud to have fought so passionately for women's rights, culminating in the creation of the Female Founders Summit—an eco-system of women and their male allies who all want a better world.

Viviane Paxinos

CEO of AllBright

Viviane leads a global collective of 500,000 ambitious women committed to creating a more equitable world for all. Based at the Mayfair headquarters of the membership club, Viv was appointed to the leadership role in October 2022 with her extensive experience in driving tangible results and business growth.

Formerly Global GM of UNiDAYS, one of the world’s leading student affinity networks, Viviane successfully grew the business, connecting some of the world’s leading lifestyle brands with new audiences. Previously, Viv has held senior roles for BBC Worldwide, Comcast and Discovery Inc; Viviane has a legacy of delivering global growth for brands through strategic insights and innovative creativity.   

Viv passionately believes in the power of the collective is committed to developing global teams who are empowered to achieve results; maintaining a people-first culture through nurturing and mentoring talent to create a best-in-class working environment.

Lorraine Lewis

The Lewis Foundation

Lorraine Lewis is Co-Founder and CEO of The Lewis Foundation, a cancer charity which provides free gift packs and support to adult cancer patients in 17 hospitals across the Midlands.

Lorraine is not just a charity leader, she is a motivational speaker, inspiring audiences ranging from school children to corporate professionals. She has given talks to organisations such as the Eden Project, European Chartered Institute of Fundraising and DeMontfort University Global Alumni. 

Lorraine's story has captured the attention of audiences nationwide. She has featured in publications like The Sun, Hello! and even made appearances on national TV such as Channel 4 News.

Lorraine has received a number of awards for her service to the community. She proudly holds the Hello! Magazine Inspiration Award, Great British Entrepreneur Award and the prestigious Prime Minister Point of Light Award.

Lorraine recently embraced the role of an author. Her memoir 'Dare To Dream,' shares her journey from a Lawyer to Co-Founder of The Lewis Foundation.

I’ll be honest, I am being very selfish by putting this event on! 

Why? Because I have created The Female Founders Summit to be the business event that I want to attend.

Over the (many, but don’t ask how many!) years that I have been helping entrepreneurs to get to the next level of their business, I found that female founders don’t have a home. There has been no live event environment that was designed for us. No space that is set up for us to win and no roster of experts that can come in and deliver powerful content based on their lived experience.  

Until now. 

Having supported thousands of successful female founders I have intentionally curated what will be a genuinely game changing business event, bringing female founders together for a truly unique experience. 2 days of Masterclasses, talks, seminars, workshops and entertainment will leave you with actionable goals to help you succeed.

I have attended my fair share of events and am tired of big stage events where you can just about make out the speaker's face from the back of the room and the ‘networking’ breaks are just packed with people trying to posture and position themselves as something that they are not! 

Forget networking, the Female Founders Summit is about genuine connection.  

The person you chat to at our welcome drinks reception or sat right next to for our delicious dinner might be the supplier, client, expert, consultant, advisor or supporter that you need to take your business to the next level!

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Actionable Masterclasses with expert Female Founders

Hayley Appleby-Burtt

Brand Strategist & Designer

Create an impact through your personal brand with engaging content that speaks to your ideal audience.

Siobhan Mears 

Business Strategist

How to strategise systems and processes in a way that saves you time, money and energy. 

Jennifer Fanning

YouTube Channel Trainer/Manager

Starting, Growing & Maintaining your YouTube Channel to grow your business.

Kim Hughes 

PR Consultant

How to win awards and elevate your brand through successful PR

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Sari Kossoff

Funnel Strategist

Kate Burgess

Meta Ads Specialist

Rae-Anna Wright

Whole Health and Fitness

Hannah Brady

The Brady Creative

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Caroline Strawson

Trauma Informed Therapist and Coach

Debbie Gilbert

Marketing and Social Media Trainer

Danielle Thornton-Walker

Danielle Louise Coaching

Sofia Kraus

SEO Specialist

Larissa Warren

Bonds Skin Clinic

More TBA!

Stay Tuned

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The UK's most impactful business event

for Female Founders!

"Only 1 in 5 businesses that reach the £1Million threshold are run by women."

We're here to change that statistic. 

Join us for an incredible evening where you will see what is possible for you and hear first-hand experiences revealing how to create your dream business and life, from those that have done it… and are doing it! 

What you will learn

Personal Branding

How to develop a business and brand that gives you the life you really want.

Growth Focus

High performance, strategic training for you to take away and action immediately.

Collaboration

Make strategic connections that really benefit the growth of your female-founded business.

As well as three information-packed training keynotes, you will connect with 50 other women who are all building brilliant businesses and you’ll enjoy fine dining along with drinks reception. 

There is strictly X no selling and X no fluff.

This is a training experience designed to ensure that you walk away  with applicable knowledge to start implementing the tactics and tools you will be taught on the evening, immediately.

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The Female Founders Summit is a not for profit making enterprise. Meet our incredible sponsors:

Charity Partner

Lorraine has been working with me for over a year. Formerly a solicitor - Lorraine was growing the charity alongside working full-time in the courts. Now, having taken a sabbatical to commit to the charity, Lorraine has gone all in to help change the lives of those with terminal cancer.

Following the diagnosis of her monther-in-law and seeing the loneliness of those suffering onwards with similar terminal illnesses, Lorraine and her partner Lee decided to start making care packs for people on those wards to help them with their boredom and isolation. 

As a thank you to her and her trust in my consultancy and coaching to grow her charity - we decided at Lucienne HQ to make Lorraine’s charity our partner charity for the event.

Partner Sponsor

West Northamptonshire Council have partnered with Lucienne Coaching to provide beautiful venues for the 2 day summit. The Royal Theatre, Boot and Shoe Museum, Delapré Abbey and Vulcan Works, all within a stones throw and situated in Northampton's Cultural Quarter. 

"I love helping Female Founders create brilliant businesses!"

Here's what some of our previous attendees have had to say.

Hannah Brady

"I've never been a fan of attending all female events. Events in general seem overly spammy and not at aligned with helping those who attend to actually learn. Not the Female Founders Summit. There's something so special about it. I have never felt like I did coming away from meeting all of those brilliant founders."

Yasmin Keenan

"I don't think I'll ever forget my first experience of the Female Founders Summit. Hearing Melane Schilling talk of her experience being cancelled in Australian Media was a huge eyeopener. You could have heard a pin drop.'

Hayley Appleby-Burtt

"The fact that I got to have a chat with all of the speakers and that no one put themselves on a pedestal, made me feel like I was valued and that my ideas were important. I made so many connections and have been every year since to keep growing my network. 

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Your ticket awaits! 

With beautiful surroundings, excellent food and drinks & inspirational company - this event is like no other in the entrepreneurial field.

Female Founder Summit | 12th & 13th July | Northampton

  • Fireside Chat and panel Q&A with Mary Portas.

  • Women from all ages, backgrounds and industries sharing their expertise.

  • Northampton Cultural Quarter (details sent on exact location once tickets are purchased).

  • Strictly a no sales and 'non-networky' environment. 

  • Discounts on great food and accommodation in the town upon securing your ticket. 

EARLY BIRD

£300 + VAT

Until 14 April

NORMAL

£350 + VAT

Payment Plan Available

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Your ticket awaits! 

With beautiful surroundings, excellent food and drinks & inspirational company - this event will be like no other in the entrepreneurial field.

Female Founder Summit | 12th & 13th July | Northampton

  • Fireside Chat and panel Q&A with Mary Portas.

  • Women from all ages, backgrounds and industries sharing their expertise.

  • Northampton Cultural Quarter (details sent on exact location once tickets are purchased.

  • Strictly a no sales and 'non-networky' environment. 

  • Discounts on great food and accommodation in the town upon securing your ticket. 

EARLY BIRD

£300 + VAT

Until 14 April

NORMAL

£350 + VAT

Payment Plan Available

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