We were absolutely delighted when Louise Stewart confirmed that she was able to speak at the Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull Woman Who…Awards last month.
Louise shared her business journey and a few personal challenges too. A truly inspiring and honest account of her career journey and taking up her recent post as Head of Communications at the Federation of Small Businesses.
Louise Stewart joined FSB in March 2016 as Head of Media and was promoted a few months later to Head of Communications. Prior to that Louise enjoyed a successful career in broadcasting – she was a graduate BBC News Trainee and went on to become a national news political correspondent – appearing on Breakfast News, the Today Programme, 5 Live and even Newsround. Before joining the FSB Louise was Political Editor for BBC South East – a role which saw her interviewing politicians from all parties including party leaders and Prime Ministers.
Last year Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer and in January helped launch Cancer Research UK’s Right Now campaign to highlight the importance of early diagnosis.
Louise is passionate about supporting women in enterprise and encouraging woman – and girls to reach their full potential. Louise is a mentor to several young female journalists and she is also an advocate for the Speakers for Schools programme which is a charity aimed at helping state schools inspire their students and broaden horizons through access to the insights, experiences and expertise of today’s leading figures through free talks.“I was delighted to speak at the Woman Who… Awards in Coventry. It really was an inspiring event – celebrating women in business – from those just starting out to those recognised for their contributions to the local community. It really was a fantastic celebration of women’s achievements.” (Louise Stewart)