Creative Women’s Network at The Distillery London

It was time for our second fantastic Creative Women’s Network event this weekend. On a glorious Sunday morning, a collection of creative Women got up early to meet at the wonderful Distillery London, to talk, support and exchange skills and ideas. What a great way to start the day – with engaging women, strong coffee and freshly baked croissants.

The Creative Women’s Network is an event created by Vicki from Honest Mum and myself (aka Red Ted Art) to bring together women in the creative space keen to find a supportive, flourishing and above all **Kick Ass** environment to network and progress in. It is a very informal event, hosted around some of London’s loveliest and relaxed venues with inspirational speakers and skills sharing.

The day started with informal conversations and greetings. Once we settle in the gorgoeus dining area upstairs of The Distillery, every member attending had the opportunity to introduce themselves and give a brief overview of what they do, as well as (UNshambfully) plugging any project that they may be working on. Afterall this is a networking event and we are here to understand how we can help and support each other. From new book launches about self care (Project Me, by Kelly Pietrangeli (affiliate link)) to Fair Trade pop up shows happening soon.

Next an introduction to our pannel and Q&A to our panel of member speakers.

Angelique Panagos (The Power of Nutrition)

Angelique Panagos is a mum, nutritionist, author, speaker, total foodie, and health crusader with an immense passion for the healing power of food. She runs her own successful West End London nutrition practice specialising in fertility, female health, stress, weight and digestion. Her debut book, The Balance Plan (affiliate link), is a diet and lifestyle approach to balancing hormones. Something Angelique is extremely passionate about as she has a host of hormonal conditions and had two miscarriages before having her daughter Isabella last year.  Her philosophy is that food is healing and nourishing, affecting each cell in our body – impacting our lives, bodies, emotions, and even our thoughts. Her approach works to make people feel their best in a  supportive yet inspiring way. Angelique features in ITV’s Sugar Free Farm series one and has contributed to  publications such as Women’s Health, Tatler, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Haper’s Bazaar and The  Telegraph. Discover more about Angelique on Twitter @apnutrition, Instagram @angeliquepanagos and at www.angeliquepanagos.com

I am not a big “cook book” buyer (give me a craft or fictional book any day), but after hearing Angelique speak in her calm and clear manner about the female body – she has me hooked on understanding myself better. Making the most of my “peak” days in the month (high testerone levels) and being kind to myself and eating well in my “low” days. Self awareness all the way.

Kate Thompson (Getting a foot in the Publishing World)

An award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and novelist who has spent the past two decades in the UK mass market and book publishing industry.  For six years, Kate worked as Deputy then Acting Editor of IPC’s weekly Pick Me Up magazine, helping to launch it into the market in 2005 with a debut readership of half a million. It was the most successful magazine launch in a decade and secured the BSME launch of the year in the process. Kate was named as IPC’s ‘True Life Writer of the Year’ the following year. Over the past six years, she have concentrated on publishing, writing ten fiction and non-fiction titles. Her debut novel, Secrets of the Singer Girls (affiliate link), became a Sunday Times bestseller when it launched in 2015, with first week sales of over 10,000. My fourth title for Pan Macmillan, The Allotment Girls,  published March 2018. Kate is currently working on a non-fiction book uncovering the lives of extraordinary women of wartime East End, whose stories have remained hidden from history for Penguin.

Most certainly **the** expert in publishing, with 10 books under her belt (I have her first fictional novel now on order), Kate really understands the world of publishing. But is also passionate about the history of women, especially during the wartime – strong women but often forgotten women – who played vital roles in keeping the country going. I can’t wait to for her new book to come out!

Natasha Courtenay-Smith (Working with PRs)

Natasha Courtenay-Smith is one of Europe’s leading experts on integrated digital marketing, social media and PR. She is also a best-selling published author, inspirational keynote speaker, accredited Facebook trainer, CEO of Bolt Digital and mum of two. Natasha has an extensive media and journalism background, having worked for national newspapers in a variety of roles, before striking out on her own in 2007. Over the next seven years, she created and built the UK’s leading digital press agency, before selling her company to the UK’s largest press agency group. Tash quickly concluded that she was not suited to early retirement and started two new businesses, alongside carrying out some major property renovations. Her main business focus today is as CEO of Bolt Digital, which helps celebrities, thought-leaders and successful businesses with a range of services in the digital marketing, social media and PR sectors. Unlike many marketing companies that make pretty pictures, Bolt is relentlessly focussed on delivering commercial value and a measurable financial return on investment to its partners and clients.

A most inspirational women in terms of teaching you to go out there and “get what you want”. Have a plan and do it. Comfort zones are boring and we have to stretch ourselves constantly in order to make that leap and progress.

The session then came to our favourite part of the day – our skills exchange. Members are encourage to propose a “problem” or something the need help with, in exchange of giving something back themselves to the community. Life Coaching was traded with book exposures at local schools. Proof reading and article writing exchanged with magazine book reviews. I believe someone even needed a place to stay for 2-3 nights and the Creative Women’s Event may have “just made it happen”.

A big thank you our wonderful venue hosts The Distillery London! A gorgeous setting, with creative flair that made us all feel welcome and relaxed. And did I mention they make the most AMAZING gin? And do the best Sunday lunches?

The next Creative Women’s Event will be in Summer. Invites are via Eventbrite events and word of mouth.. if you are a London venue interested in hosting us, please do leave your contact details below!

 

 

 

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