Women in Sustainability, in association with Brown’s Hotel and Telegraph Women

Our speakers, all founders of businesses in the luxury sector, shared their journeys as well as insights into how entrepreneurs can incorporate sustainable practices into the ethos and DNA of their business.

Thought Leadership Breakfast: Women in Sustainability, in association with Brown’s Hotel, part of Rocco Forte Hotels, and Telegraph Women

Our speakers included:

Irene Forte, beauty entrepreneur and Founder of Irene Forte Skincare

Diana Verde Niento, Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury

Vanessa Jacobs, Founder of The Restory

The panel discussion was led by Claire Cohen, Telegraph Women Editor and Associated Features Editor.

The event was hosted in the beautiful Clarendon Room of the prestigious Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, starting with a light buffet breakfast, followed by a seated panel discussion.

Event Details:

Date: Monday, 18 November 2019

Time: 8.30-10.00am

Venue: Clarendon Room, Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP

Ticket: £44.90 including Eventbrite fees and VAT, light breakfast and a goody bag

10% of all profits from the event will be pledged to support The Women’s Chapter’s chosen charities.

Luxury travel redefined: Fireside chat with leading women in travel

An inspirational evening with two leading women in travel to explore what luxury travel means today.

The evening featured an insightful conversation with Kerry Golds, managing director for Abercrombie & Kent, and Michelle Jana Chan, award-winning journalist and travel editor of Vanity Fair — who blew us away with accounts of their career journeys peppered with anecdotes and travel stories.

They also gave us the insider view on the the must-visit destinations for next year as well as how we can travel and experience destinations in a more sustainable, yet immersive way.

Michelle Jana Chan also read an excerpt from her book “Song” and later signed copies for guests.

During the evening, we were treated to delicious gin cocktails from woman-led Elephant Gin and tasty canapes curated by the talented Devonshire Club team.

International Women’s Day Celebration: Panel and women-led brand showcase

The evening featured a discussion with inspirational women in business, including Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, Founder of luxury body care brand Malée, Meera Santoro, Founder of Santoro, and Pumela Salela, UK Country Head of Brand South Africa and Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship Alumni Association.

The event also played host to a showstopping showcase of female talent and women-led brands, all with links to South Africa, across wellness, fashion and lifestyle.

We had an opportunity to chat to the respective founders and business owners as well as indulge in some pampering

Brands that took part included organic African wellness brand Africology, which recently opened a flagship store in Covent Garden; urban sleepwear company Nightire; luxury African skincare Malee, sustainable leather goods brand Okapi and influencer brand collaborative Our Social Collective.

We feasted on African-inspired canapes crafted by the Devonshire Club chef and drank sparkling Miss Molly rose from the women-led Moreson wine estate in Franschoek, as well as gin cocktails made with South African Inveroche Gin and Barker & Quinn mixers — all made by women!

What a heart-warming, joyous evening in celebration of women and hopw truly phenomenal things happen when we come together to support one another.

Masterclass with celebrated entrepreneur Linzi Boyd

Serial Entrepreneur, International Speaker, Award-Winning Author and Founder of multiple corporations, Linzi Boyd is renowned for taking early-stage and established businesses and turning them into famous brands with a purpose.

At our intimate workshop, Linzi taught us how to build a business with a top-down strategy and how to drive sales, awareness and value for growth and scale. She also spoke about how to identify and grow the assets in your business, as well as the importance of personal brand. As always, this workshop with Linzi was mind blowing relevant for everyone in the room, regardless of their business stage. It’s not surprising that our workshops with Linzi are always a sell-out!

How to Start, Grow & Scale Your Business

We gathered for an exclusive evening to celebrate women in business, with insights on how to start, grow and scale your business, as well as a showcase of women-led brands. 

Our event featured a panel discussion with high-profile speakers Annoushka Ducas MBE, Founder of Links of London and Annoushka, and Inge Theron, Founder of FaceGym, the first ever gym studio for the face. The conversation was led by Claire Cohen, Telegraph Women’s Editor and Associate Features Editor.

With experience of scaling their businesses, Annoushka and Inge shared their business journeys, along with plenty of practical tips and advice for women at all stages of their entrepreneurial or professional career paths.

The event also featured a signature WomenLed showcase of select brands, which provided a fantastic opportunity to meet the respective founders as well as experience the innovation and creativity of these fashion, beauty, wellness, and accessories brands first hand. 

Brands taking part included Wild Celia, Brooks & Sharpe, Right to Bare, Sian Esther, Aruku and Beets Pulse & Thyme.

The unashamedly glamorous Devonshire Club provided the perfect setting for an indulgent evening of inspiration, meaningful connections, delicious canapés and flowing bubbles. 

We were very proud to support The Prince’s Trust Women Support Women with 15% of all proceeds from this event.

Festive Women-Led Food & Beverage Experience & Panel Discussion

What a way to end another phenomenal year! Our community gathered to eat, drink and celebrate incredible women-led food and beverage brands as well as listen to insights from our panel of influential food entrepreneurs.

Jenny Costa, CEO & Founder of award-winning, sustainable condiment range, Rubies in the Rubble, and Chantal Coady OBE, author, business woman and Founder of Rococo Chocolates, took part in a lively panel discussion facilitated by Claire Cohen, Telegraph Women‘s Editor, Associate Features Editor and Television Commentator.

The evening also featured a sumptuous showcase of female-founded food and beverage brands. Their founders were there to talk to guests, sell their wares and share their business experiences.

We feasting guiltlessly on festive salad rolls from Kaleido rolls, healthy snacks from Pep & Lekker and StopMyCraving, and feel-good desserts from Gato & Co. We were inspired by the Italian food finds showcased by Red Beetle Food Company and wowed by the innovation of vegan Kaakao and food-tech platform Feedr.

We sipped on delicious gin tipple from the dynamic female duo behind The Gin Kitchen and tasted gourmet condiments from Rubies in the Rubble. And as no festive event could be complete without chocolate, we indulged in divine handmade chocolates from Rococo.

It was also the ideal opportunity to tick gifts off our Christmas lists whilst supporting women-led, independent business in the process. Our event was in association with Telegraph Women and the Devonshire Club and 10% of all ticket sales went to our Pledge fund to support our chosen charities.

Meet the Founders

We gathered at The Kensington hotel in London for an inspirational evening to celebrate women in business and kick off the summer holidays in style, all in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Our special event, in partnership with Telegraph Women, featured business insights with travel industry pioneer Tamara Lohan MBE, the Co-Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith; and Deborah Sheridan-Taylor, a personal stylist with a diverse client base, from working women to celebrities, empowering women through fashion.  The talks were led by Telegraph Women editor Claire Cohen. The event also featured the ultimate holiday fashion edit, courtesy of Harvey Nichols and curated by Deborah.

Know & Assert Your Worth

In celebration of International Women’s Day, 100 of our members joined us for a panel discussion and showcase of women-led brands.

Our event was sponsored by Stevens & Bolton LLP, a leading full-service top 100 law firm, and was hosted in association with Telegraph Women and The Bloomsbury, a five-star hotel in London

Our speakers included:

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute  (CMI), Winner of the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body 2016 and Author of ‘Financial Times Guide to Management: How to Make a Difference and Get Results’.

Emma Sinclair MBE, a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of global software company EnterpriseAlumni. Emma is the youngest person to have floated a company on the London Stock Exchange, at 29. 

Hannah Ford, Partner at Stevens & Bolton LLP, specialising in employment law, including equality and diversity issues and Gender Pay Gap Reporting.

Our accomplished speakers discussed the theme of ‘Worth’, as well as practical tips around gender pay gap, female leadership, confidence and knowing your value.

Held at The Doyle Collection’s newly-renovated The Bloomsbury hotel in the beating heart of London’s West End, the event will also featured one of our signature showcases of select female-led brands. 

The fabulous brands that took part included included:

Belinda Robertson Cashmere, Distinctively Me, Lucy Anabella, Bozena Jankowska, Nui Ami, Emmy London and By Sarah London.

Canapes and Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco will be served throughout the evening and 

We were delighted to be serving Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco on the evening, founded by award-winning entrepreneur Amanda Thomson. Gorgeous gifts were be supplied by Scentered.

Fear As A Tool For Success

Our inspirational panelists Trinny Woodall, Founder of Trinny London; Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, Co-Founder of Flowerbx; and Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of Women for Women International spoke about Fear and how to utilise it as a tool for success. The conversation was driven by Claire Cohen, Telegraph Women Editor.

For the breakfast, Russell Ford, Executive Chef at The Marylebone curated a deliciously healthy spread for our guests, complete with The Juicery juices, hosted in The Marylebone Rooms, in the heart of London’s vibrant W1.

All profit from the ticket sales were donated to Women for Women International, which gave us the opportunity to sponsor three women through the charity’s 12 month programme, which equips women to earn money, regain their confidence and actively participate in communities.

Meet the Founders

What a wonderful evening celebrating Women In Business, with an inspirational panel discussion with Sarah Wood OBE, CEO and Co-Founder of Unruly and Tracey Woodward, CEO of Aromatherapy Associates. The conversation was led by the incredible Claire Cohen, Editor of Telegraph Women.

Our accomplished speakers spoke about  female leadership, successful startups and how we can all champion women in business.

The event also featured a showcase of select female-led brands across fashion, beauty, wellness, and accessories, which included Metier, Scentered, Latimer Living, Style Lyrical, Faber Novella and Milton & Hyde.

The unashamedly glamorous Devonshire Club provided the perfect setting for an evening of inspiration, meaningful connections, delicious canapés and flowing Veuve Clicquot.


Serial Entrepreneur, International Speaker, Award-Winning Author and Founder of multiple corporations, Linzi Boyd is renowned for taking early-stage and established businesses and turning them into famous brands with a purpose.

At our exclusive workshop, in association with Telegraph Women, Linzi taught us about the top-down model for growth and how to drive sales, awareness and value in order to scale. She gave us insights into how to grow your profile and ‘google-fame’ and align it with your business brand. Alongside this, we heard about the secrets she has uncovered from her various ventures and experiences as an entrepreneur. Linzi is a force and it was such an honour to have her run this masterclass for us!

Beauty Inside And Out

Our speakers, Claire Vero, Founder of award-winning Aurelia Probiotic Skincare; Jacqueline Hurst, a trailblazing life coach and Bernadine Tay, Founder of Quinteassential Fine Teas, shared their own business journeys as well as how to achieve true beauty — from the inside out. We also explored related topics around body image, confidence and self esteem.

We were treated to Quinteassential’s white elixir tea cocktails and fuelled with healthy plant-based treats from Nourish Kitchen, both women-led brands. And of course there were bubbles, plenty of Champagne bubbles!

This glamorous evening was an opportunity to engage with women at the forefront of their industries, network with fellow professionals and entrepreneurs, and be inspired. Special thanks to Space NK for hosting us in their private event space and spoiling us with gorgeous goodie bags.

Meet the Founders

To mark International Women’s Day 2017, members joined us for an exclusive panel discussion and luxury showcase of nine women-led brands, including The Fold, Flowerbx and Emmy London.

Our event featured a panel discussion with Nancy Cruickshank, serial entrepreneur,, and Vanessa Vallely, renowned speaker and Founder of WeAreTheCity. The conversation was led by Claire Cohen, Editor of Telegraph Women.

In addition to inspirational content and curated networking, we were treated to experiences and surprises offered by the participating brands and their founders, including tea tasting with Quinteassential; floral innovation by Flowerbx, beauty product indulgence with MyShowcase; expert makeup tips from Studio10; shoe inspiration by Emmy London; workwear updates from The Fold; designer insights by Kelly Simpkin; exciting interiors by Santorus and handbag restoration expertise from The Restory.The unashamedly glamorous Devonshire Club provided the perfect setting for this truly incredible evening.

Celebration of 35 Years of Fashion

In November, we gathered for a private event at Carolina Herrera’s Fulham Road store to celebrate the fashion icon’s anniversary year with a fashion talk and timeless style edit.

Women And Resilience

Our high profile panel, chaired by Telegraph Women Editor Claire Cohen, included:

Jude Kelly CBE, Founder of WOW Festivals

June Sarpong MBE, Media Phenomenon, Author and Social Entrepreneur

Lara Morgan, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Founder of Scentered

Cassandra Stavrou, Food innovator and Co-Founder of Proper 

Fabulous women-led brands came together to support our event and fill our goody bags with treats. Thank you to Mauli Rituals, Merumaya, Propercorn, Scentered, Studio10, The Restory and Malee.

Our five Advice Panelists were available for one-to-one chats and shared business insights during the networking on the night. Thank you to Emma Stroud; Katharine Hibbert, Founder of Dot Dot Dot; Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao, Founder of Malee; Nena Chaletzos, Founder of Luxtripper and Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder of StudioFibre.

Meet the Founders

We were very honoured to have three wellness innovators on our panel: Natasha Corrett, Founder of Honestly Healthy; Anita Kaushal, Co-Founder of Mauli Rituals and Stella Photi, Founder of Wellbeing Escapes.

A very inspirational evening with three female founders in the spheres of holistic skincare, healthy eating and wellness travel.

Celebration of Bespoke Design

Guests were invited to have a first hand experience of the process behind a bespoke jewellery piece. The evening was introduced by Heather Kerzner of Kerzner Calliva and guests were welcomed by 12 Hay Hill CEO Simon Robinson. Laura Fumagalli of Gismondi then talked the guests through the process behind an individually designed piece. Gismondi sketcher Anna Balzarini, who flew in from Genoa for the evening, was there to draw and paint designs for the guests. The women were also treated to canapés by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin and champagne by Laurent-Perrier.

In Conversation with Amanda Wakeley

Exclusive evening in conversation with British fashion icon Amanda Wakeley, in association with UK charity Smart Works. In celebration of her label’s 25th anniversary, Amanda Wakeley spoke to The Women’s Chapter founder Michelle de Klerk about the journey of 25 years in the business and what it takes to build a successful modern luxury lifestyle brand in today’s fast-paced fashion industry.

Inspirational Women Afternoon Tea at Cliveden House

Guests rendezvoused at The Draycott Hotel, near Sloane Square before being chauffeur driven to Cliveden House courtesy of Rolls-Royce. At Cliveden, we were hosted for a champagne Afternoon Tea in the private Lady Astor suite ands treated to a talk by Jessica Fellowes, author of A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey. Jessica’s talk referenced the inspirational women linked to Downton Abbey and Cliveden through history. 

Women Innovators and Disruptors

Co-hosted by The Telegraph and The Women’s Chapter, in association with Harvey Nichols London and in aid of The GREAT Initiative

Kelly Hoppen MBE, Founder of Kelly Hoppen London; Julie Meyer MBE, founder of Ariadne Capital; and Anita Barr, retail revolutionary and group buying director for Harvey Nichols, discussed the challenges and triumphs associated with effecting innovation and change at work.

The conversation was led by Telegraph Women’s Editor Claire Cohen and The Women’s Chapter founder Michelle de Klerk.

The venue, champagne and canapés were kindly sponsored by Harvey Nichols.