Hear speakers: Jo Stroud, Michelle Mills-Porter and Ian O’Donnell on #IWD2018 @CoombeAbbey

We are delighted that Jo Stroud (Founder & MD of Fabulous and Mantra), Michelle Mills-Porter and Ian O’Donnell  MBE (MD of Real Point Design) will be sharing their business stories at the Woman Who…Achieves Network on International Women’s Day on 8th March at Coombe Abbey hosted by Dave Sharpe (MC & BBC Broadcaster).

Join us at this special event where we will also be announcing the Finalists of the Woman Who…Achieves Awards 2018.

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Jo Stroud established designer jewellery retailer, Fabulous, 12 years ago, after a career in marketing and book retailing.

With a successful commerce site, http://www.fabulouscollections.co.uk, and three Fabulous shops in the affluent towns of Leamington Spa, Bath and Solihull, Fabulous went from strength-to-strength over the years, often being the first in the UK to stock certain brands. Carrying over 30 up-and-coming and well-known names, Jo’s role was to seek out new and exciting designers and brands, curating an ever-changing selection for her customers.

Over time, as these brands became bigger and started opening their own stores, Jo’s suppliers became her competitors. To ensure the business continued to evolve, Jo decided the time was right to launch her own jewellery collections, alongside the brands she already stocked.

In 2015, she launched three of her own brands: ‘Mantra’, a collection of meaningful jewellery, designed to inspire and uplift; ‘Life’s Journey’, based on a woman’s path through life; and ‘Tokens of Love’, inspired by a Victorian tradition.

Mantra won ‘Brand to Watch’ at the UK Jewellery Awards in 2016, and Jo went on to win the Nat West Everywoman Award in 2017, for an inspirational woman running a business for more than 10 years.

Jo has twice been voted into the ‘Hot 100’ in the jewellery industry; is on the end-of-year panel at the Birmingham School of Jewellery, helping graduates gain a foothold in the commercial world; and has raised thousands for charity with her team over the years, running in two London Marathons and creating the ‘Mantra Changes Lives’ initiative with her own brand.

Michelle Mills-Porter owned an award winning marketing company when she was involved in a life changing experience that taught her what was at the core of humanity.

It took her life and career in a completely different tangent.

Following her recovery, Michelle immersed herself in the subject of human behaviour and worked her way up to become a Master Practitioner before launching her own People Development Company. She now helps to unleash people potential and to grow engaged, empowered workforces that excel.

Michelle is also a speaker, a celebrated author and one of the Top Recommended People on LinkedIn worldwide.

Ian O’Donnell MBE is completely dedicated to giving back to his local community both through his personal and professional activities. He started his business in 1994 and now employs 7 people at his office in Hampton-in-Arden, and alongside his commitment to his family and business, Ian is also involved with National Policy for the Federation of Small Businesses, Chairman of Birmingham Business Club, on the board of the Solihull Safer Partnerships, an active member and trustee of the local church where he leads a weekly youth group and also finds time to be a member of Massey Ferguson running club and Parkrun!

During his time with the FSB, Ian has been invited on a number of occasions to the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street to represent small business in the region, which included a meeting with all Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull MPs and the transport Minister Norman Baker to raise issues of transport in the region. He also was invited to meet the newly appointed Small Business Ambassadors.

Ian is passionate about skills and engaging with the education sector to ensure that future generations are equipped with basic skills to achieve in business, whether as an employee or a business owner. He has spoken at many Young Enterprise finals as entrepreneurial speaker and is often speaking on the issue of skills at a local and national level. Within his own business he has given opportunities to apprentices and graduates.

Ian has also been an advocate in the region in lobbying for increased broadband and mobile speeds in rural areas. Through his roles within the FSB he has responded to a number of consultations on rural broadband, provided evidence to support the CSW Broadband project and attended meetings with Coventry City Council reference Super connected Cities and involved in the development of the West Midlands Combined Authority and the broader Midlands Engine.

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