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21st Mar, 2017

  

Thursday 16th 2017 was the JCI Manchester New Members Evening. Our annual showcase of how we do things and what opportunities are open to people should they wish to join. Historically, It is our most well attended event and this year was no different; selling out just one week after being added to our events list.

On the night we were treated to an arrival drink of a rum based cocktail or gin and tonic then the attendees were free to work the room and catch up with members and non-members alike. For the second drink the JCI board team were on hand to hand out tokens – they were each assigned a mini-group that would come to them to collect the token. This was just a way to ensure that people had a chance to chat to a member of our board about what we got up to at JCI Manchester!

Mingling continued and at about 7pm the canapes came out! We were treated to some of Tattu’s finest dim sum; courgette fritters, duck spring roles, ginger beef dumplings and shitake mushroom dumplings. They were incredible!

There isn’t much else to report apart from the feedback we received post event! Feedback we had from the night was unbelievably positive: 77% saying they loved it and asked when the next one is, 15% saying they were pleasantly surprised. 8% said it wasn’t quite right for them. Can’t please everyone! We would ask that you give us another chance though ;) 

We invite anyone who is a non-member to reach out and get in touch if JCI Manchester is something you think you like to get more involved with. The New Members Evening is a very small sample of the opportunities on offer. We will be doing a follow up event to the New Members evening some point in the near future, which will be a chance to meet in smaller groups and chat to one of our board members about JCI. Watch this space for information on that!

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to the event and we hope to see you at some point in the future. Our next event is a Breakfast Briefing and Networking Masterclass with Will Kintish! We recommend you book onto this as soon as possible because we anticipate high numbers for this given Will’s reputation around Manchester! You can book on to that event here >>> https://www.fatsoma.com/jci-manchester-/gmsz3st6/breakfast-briefing-networking-mastery-with-will-kintish  

Thanks,

JCI Manchester team    

 

 

   

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8th Mar, 2017

 

For our second training and development event of the 2017 calendar, JCI Manchester assembled 6 of Manchester’s most enterprising women for a panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day. The panel included:

Karina Jadhav - Owner of Menagerie Bar and Restaurant and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2015 Women in Business Awards; Nadine Merabi - Creative Director of Nadine Merabi; Sky Bibi - Barrister-at-Law; Jennifer Smith - Ex JCI Manchester President and Insider Young Lawyer of the Year and Charlotte Chadwick – Managing Director of Atlantis Digital and was Chaired by Caroline McCarron - Associate Solicitor in the Law Share team at JMW Solicitors and Chair of the Manchester Irish Lawyers Society

The event was hosted by one of the panellists, Karina Jadhav, at her fabulous bar restaurant, Menagerie, one of the most talked about venues in town. As well as being a perfect space to host an event such as this, they went above and beyond to provide us with teas, coffees, and juices alongside an excellent breakfast spread of smashed avocado on toast, bacon and egg rolls, and some of the nicest pancakes I think the attendees had ever tasted! A massive thankyou to them for pulling out all the stops. I would encourage all the Manchester groups to consider hosting an event there!

The panellists took to centre stage and were introduced one by one by the chair Caroline McCarron. Topics of discussion included gender discrimination in the work place, equal rights to pay, progression and position, the portrayal of women in general, the influence of parents in the mindset of women and how this is changing, the generational shift in terms of changing the culture surrounding gender discrimination, the power of sheer determination, and choices women are making to pursue a career despite a lingering societal pressure to have children and start a family.

Each of the panellists spoke about their experiences with all the issues above and their rise to success happening in spite of all the the above. It was a truly inspirational morning with each of the panel members offering a hopeful perspective on the issues women face on a daily basis. All attendees commented how positive they felt upon leaving the event.

The hard work doesn’t stop here though. The issue of tackling gender inequality is something that starts with the individual followed by the collective. This is why days like this are so important, particularly for groups like JCI Manchester. An individual decides to attend an event in support of the collective. That collective sends a message that gender inequality or discrimination is simply not OK. As a collective we can achieve a lot, simply by standing together.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our panellists for giving up their time to speak as part of our panel this morning. A special thank you to Menagerie for being perfect the perfect hosts, and t all our 56 attendees who showed support on this day of celebration.

As for our next training and development event this will be held on the 5th April at Sedulo with networking guru Will Kintish – a nationally recognised networking trainer who will take attendees through the essentials of being a competent and effective networker. We look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,

 

The JCI Manchester Team          

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