YOLO in Heels networking kicks off
A NEW networking event designed to empower North-East women launches next week combining inspirational speakers, health and shopping.
YOLO (You Only Live Once) in Heels is a joint venture between Lucy Patterson of LPH Associates – Coaching Your Success and Sue McKenna of The Body Renewal Centre who want to offer a relaxed, nurturing alternative to the traditional afternoon teas they were often invited to.
“We appreciate how intimidating and expensive such events can be if you have been out of the ‘work’ environment after raising children or if you are just setting out on your own business journey and lack confidence to interact.
“Our aim is to offer support, empowerment, networking, friendship and opportunities for women across Teesside and County Durham. We want to make YOLO in Heels as accessible and inclusive as possible. After all, you only live once and doing it in heels can be tricky!
“Networking should be about peer-to-peer support and that’s what we’ve really tried to address – we want everyone to feel positive about themselves inside and out.”
The first expo is taking place on Thursday, April 21, from 11am to 7pm at Seven Entertainment, The Causeway, Billingham, tickets costs £2.50, children go free and there will be a crèche provided to keep them entertained. The aim is that big events held twice a year will be supported by smaller workshops held around Teesside and County Durham.
Speakers include tv presenter Lorraine Kelly’s fitness guru, Maxine Jones, Detective Sergeant Leadership Manager at Durham Constabulary and life coach, Hannah Bell, radio broadcaster Julie Donaldson (pictured above) and former bomb disposal expert, Gemma Moore.
There will also be a range of demonstrations from children’s health, chemical free cleaning, healthy cooking, adult fitness and make-up along with retail therapy from local businesses including Eden Boutique, Simply Yummy, Sugar Free Solutions and Evelyn’s Boutique and stalls offering help with confidence and anxiety issues.
YOLO in Heels has also joined forces for its inaugural event with Walk for Women, the new female arm of the well-known local charity, Miles for Men.
Lucy, from Hartlepool, added: “When women chose to support women amazing things can happen but it upsets me that in the corporate sector they often see each other as competition. We want to garner a mentality and encourage women to stop competing and do their own thing.”