RBS 100 Women event series comes to a close

Last night (6 September) the RBS 100 Women event series came to a close.

Celebrating 100 years of women first getting the vote, the series brought together women from around the country to encourage connecting, networking and supporting each other in the business industry.

After touring Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh, the final night of the series took place at the Barras Art and Design Centre (BAaD) in Glasgow’s east end.

The evening, chaired by journalist and blogger Susie Cormack Bruce, featured a panel of Glasgow’s most inspiring and unique businesswomen.

BUSINESSWOMEN

Speaking was Yvonne Greeves, head of women in business at Royal Bank of Scotland; Chloe Milligan, owner and creator of Mud Urban Flowers; and Louise Rusk, co-founder of Rusk & Rusk. The panel was joined by author and broadcaster Emma Gannon, who has toured the whole series, giving advice to women either looking to start their own business, or enhance their existing businesses.

“I decided a while ago that I was going to stop saying ‘no’ and start saying ‘yes’ to everything instead,” Yvonne said. “When I was offered my current position, I was terrified and I didn’t know if I could do it, but I realised it was too good an opportunity to pass up.”

CONFIDENCE

Focusing on the idea of imposter syndrome – the feeling that you don’t belong in the category of ‘businessperson’, doubting your own achievements and believing you’ll be exposed as a fraud. One in three of the women surveyed as part of the event series said that they have experienced imposter syndrome, and every woman on the panel agreed that they have felt it at some point throughout their career.

“We need to stop feeling this way,” said Emma. “Stop saying ‘sorry’ and start looking at things differently: being confident is really just having self-trust, being ‘uncommitted’ is really just being adaptable.”

Madara Andersone attended the evening, in the hope of finding inspiration to start her own business.

“Events like this are a great chance to encourage women, and I’m feeling really motivated to get my business started,” Madara said. “There should really be similar events to this happening way more often.”

*Cover image credit to RBS*

For more information on the event series, visit the RBS 100 Women Series website here.

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