Well, what a wonderful time we’re having so far with our first ever virtual festival. Last week was just as successful as the first; we saw some amazing collaboration and challenging conversation from our morning panel between our founder Jo Whitfield and a selection of early-career women in grocery. Then, we had a whale of a time with Emma Heal, MD at Lucky Saint and Helen Hepworth, Founder and MD at Collective Stories, learning about how – as well as how not – to network.

We want to say a huge thanks to everyone whose been involved so far, from our speakers to our event attendees. It feels great to bring our community back together.

We can’t believe how quickly our sessions are rolling around (or the fact that it’s almost October), but we’re really excited for everything week 3 of #GGFest has in store. Here’s the lowdown:

Friday 2 October

10-11am: Workshop – Seeking New Opportunities in an Uncertain World

We’ll be welcoming a real industry expert to the screen on this one. Sam Allen is Managing Director at Sam Allen Global Executive Search, and has years of experience understanding our industry, finding the best candidates for the best roles and coaching them on how to present the best version of themselves at interview. She’ll be joined by one of our founding members, Ros Collins, who’ll be asking her about the current job market and how we can find ways to see opportunity even through great uncertainty.

1.30-2.30pm: Workshop – Breathing and Balance: An Introduction to Wholebeing

Rachel Cruickshank is well-known across Manchester as for her women’s health coaching and yoga teaching. We’ve long been a fan of her work, and her regular blogs are a constant source of inspiration and calm for us. We’ve invited her to speak to our audience about one of her central ideas – wholebeing. She’ll be introducing us to the concept and helping us explore how we can find balance between professional and personal, to the benefit of both. There’ll be plenty of time for questions in this one, so please come along with any work/life balance or wellbeing thoughts you might have.

We can’t wait to see you there!

We’re almost sold out on all sessions, so get yours while you can. 50% of all ticket sales are being donated to GroceryAid, supporting those in our industry who may have struggled during this time.

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