Business Women of Waltham Forest are in the House Posted on July 5, 2011 | Leave a comment The 4 July is of course synonymous with freedom and independence and Jo Sealy of To Market, brilliantly planned and organised the Waltham Forest Business Women’s Networking Event on this auspicious date. The event took place in the House of Commons‘ elegant Jubilee room, filled to the brim with business women from Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs.
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Stella Creasy, MP for Labour and Co-operative and Oona King, broadcaster, writer, and political campaigner, were all special guest speakers during the evening and spoke with real acknowledgement and insight about the vitality and determination of women in business, our collective pride for Waltham Forest rippled across the room.
I felt a sense of deep pride as I moved through the room introducing myself to fellow business women and entrepreneurs. As I delivered an unscripted account of myself, I realised that I did feel a deep pride for the place I was born and raised in and now some thirty years later, do business in.
Talking about my business to some very engaging business women, (thank you for your genuine enthusiasm for my limes!) I was asked where I took the photograph that I use for my marketing materials and when I said it was taken in Walthamstow market, there were squeals of delight all round. I thought that was lovely synchronicity, considering the context of this networking event.
Born and raised in the London borough of Waltham Forest, I left home aged just 17, worked in all kinds of jobs, studied contemporary dance at both the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School, taught, choreographed, traveled to the other side of the world, raised a family single-handedly, and yes, came back home again, well almost, I now live and run my own small marketing communications business in Chingford, which is about four miles away from Walthamstow, the very place it all began..