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Talk: Putting the Social Back into Business Thursday 6th March, 9.40

Jenny Dawson will open the conference with the inspiring story of how she created 'Rubies in the Rubble‘, a social enterprise which counteracts waste and provides employment to disadvantaged individuals by making tasty chutneys and jams to sell.

Talk: Laughter, the Best Medicine Thursday 6th March, 10.05

Lynne Parker will be sharing the story about how she created Funny Women. She started it as a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to a misogynistic comedy promoter she worked with who claimed that ‘women aren’t funny.’ At the heart of Funny Women’s philosophy is a desire to help women find their voice, whether that be through performing, writing or using humour in business and every-day life.

Panel: Are Feminism and Faith Compatible? Thursday 6th March, 10.30

This panel will explore the compatibility of women’s rights and traditional religion. Our panellists come from a range of perspectives to discuss this contentious issue. Key to the debate are questions about tradition, the role of individual choices and the impact of culture on religious choices. Attend this debate to be challenged by new perspectives.

Our panellists: o Humera Khan, Freelance consultant and researcher and founder member of An-Nisa Society, an organisation managed by women working for the welfare of Muslim families o Maureen Kendler, Head of Educational Programming, London School of Jewish Studies o Saba Khan, Saba manages the 3FF fundraising programme. She has spent 17 years working in the social justice sector.

Workshop: Creative Problem Solving Thursday 6th March, 11.30

This workshop, run by Servane Mouazan, will explore ways of using creativity and entrepreneurial fervour to solve problems, large and small. Servane is the founder of Ogunte, an organisation which aims to help women make their mark on our economy through a broad network of exciting female entrepreneurs.

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