International cyclist Hannah Barnes joins guests to celebrate International Women’s Day

Published - Wednesday, 11 March, 2015


All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Hosting an event to celebrate International Women’s Day, Northamptonshire Community Foundation welcomed over sixty women from across the county to Highgate House where they heard how guest speakers Hannah Barnes, Lucy McGibbon and Yemisi Olowoyo, achieved success and some of the challenges they faced.

Professional racing cyclist, Hannah Barnes came 3rd in the first stage of the 2014 inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain, where she was named as the Best Young Rider and Best British Rider. Hannah said: "It was amazing to have so many inspirational women come together today and share their own stories and experiences. Thank you to Northamptonshire Community Foundation for helping so many groups and charities."

Lucy McGibbon ,Co-owner of Sundial Group and Learning and Development Director, of Teamscapes shared some of the challenges and achievements of being an integral part of a family business. Lucy said: "We are thrilled to host this event for International Women's Day at Highgate House and I am honoured to be a speaker amongst so many inspirational women."

In 2014 at the National Family Hero Awards, Yemisi Olowoyo, CEO of the New Ark Foundation won the East Midlands Family Hero Award for her work with young people and families. Yemisi said: “The New Ark Foundation is focused on delivering high-quality services for health, education and social welfare of individuals and families who are black, dual heritage or migrant communities.


"My mission is to inspire generations to aspire to the best they can achieve. A huge thanks to Northamptonshire Community Foundation for organising this event. It was an opportunity to share success stories which will motivate more innovation within the county."


Northamptonshire Community Foundation Chief Executive, Victoria Miles said “We are delighted to host this event giving local women a platform to network, share their experiences and listen to empowering talks from our three speakers. Northamptonshire Community Foundation continues to put its head above the parapet to make the county aware of the real issues of need within Northamptonshire, including women’s issues.”


Guest speakers (L to R) Yemisi Olowoyo, Victoria Miles,Hannah Barnes, Lucy McGibbon



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