Role seeks inspirational business women

An event aimed at inspiring the next generation of female college students is seeking successful business women to offer a day of mentoring.

The Oysters and Pearls event, held at Blackpool and The Fylde College on November 20, takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and will see 35 female students benefit from motivational talks, debates and discussion.

Activities will include communication skills and confidence building, with plenty of time built in for the students to talk to and learn from local business women, including presentations by Alison Malcolm, employability manager at Burnley FC and Katy Coulson, managing director of Anotherway Ltd

The event has been organised by Role UK and is supported by the North and West Lancs Chamber of Commerce.

Wendy Bowers, founder of Role, said: “We want the girls to believe in themselves and their future and realise that we have superb career opportunities on the doorstep, in addition to a whole world of opportunity they can reach with the right attitude and support.

"Many of the students selected by the college will never have met women who owns their own businesses or are in a senior role so being able to meet and chat to women from across a range of jobs and sectors is an amazing opportunity, especially when the setting is informal and the whole day is fun.

Wendy added: "Delegates at previous events have told us it was ‘life changing’, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Blackpool and Fylde college for our sixth Oysters and Pearls event.

"Approximately 70 per cent of the wonderful women who support the Oysters and Pearls events offer to mentor students following the day, so a lasting legacy is created.”

Role works with women across the country to build confidence, improve management skills, develop succession planning and ensure opportunity for all.

The next Oysters and Pearls event will run between 9am and 2pm on the 20th November and a hot buffet lunch will be served during the event. There is optional networking from 2pm until 3pm, which will include a glass of bubbly. Role and BFC are looking for 35 wonderful women who are prepared to spend an inspiring day working with the girls. If you are a business owner, manager or leader in Lancashire and you would like to get involved, contact Wendy Bowers on 07929 917701 or email at