Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the women’s network has been working hard to support HR Wallingford’s women, many of whom are juggling family responsibilities and work. Women’s Network coordinator Belen Blanco elaborated: ”Since lockdown, we have run a couple of small meetings on Teams and have organised a casual catch-up – although we have realised it is now even harder than ever to try and find times that work for everyone.”
In January, the network started running a series of events hosted by inspirational women. Held in the Conference Centre at our beautiful Howbery Park site, the last talk before lockdown was led by our non-exec director, Janet Ogundele. She spoke insightfully about her career intertwined with thought-provoking remarks from her experiences in different companies and highlighted a range of successful female role models. Janet also facilitated a SWAT analysis on the role of women in higher positions at HR Wallingford, which sparked a very lively conversation.
The talks were kicked off in January with entrepreneur Anna Plaster, describing her experiences as an entrepreneur, mentor and mentee. Two weeks later, Davina Bannister who gave an interactive talk about sleep, based on the book by Matthew Walker “Why We Sleep”. She covered topics such as how do you know if your sleep is good enough and gave sleep tips, including how to deal with jet-lag.