New! The Enterprising Women’s Initiative

Natasha Courtenay-Smith who hosts IoD Enterprising Women's Initiative

The Enterprising Women’s Initiative is an exciting new drive that gives all women business leaders a fantastic opportunity to meet top female experts, learn new skills and network

It’s here: having spent the past three months quizzing women from all corners of the business world – from founders of tiny start-ups to board-level directors and NEDs – and listening closely to their needs, the IoD this month kicks off a new initiative for Britain’s female business leaders.

The Enterprising Women’s Initiative, which aims to celebrate, nurture and inspire, launches this year in the shape of a series of seminars, summits and salons. It promises to offer a tremendous opportunity for attendees to share experiences, develop leadership skills, network with like minds – and mentor the next generation of promising young businesswomen.

Events, which will last throughout the year, include the IoD’s enterprising women seminars, at which businesswomen can learn from female experts on everything from raising finance and mentoring, to writing business plans. Our first one is in April and will be Blogging for Growth, led by Natasha Courtenay-Smith (above), author of the Million Dollar Blog.

There will also be evening salons where inspirational businesswomen will be interviewed about their success; and the Enterprising Women Summit (now in its 10th year) on 16 June, in which top UK businesswomen, including entrepreneur and adventurer Penny Mallory (below), will share their success stories.

Enterprising Women’s Initiative

To register your interest email here

Join Natasha Courtenay-Smith at our IoD breakfast seminar

Natasha Courtenay-Smith will be speaking at How To Blog For Business Growth, the first in our new IoD Enterprising Women Seminar series, event on 5 April. Click here for more information and to book tickets

Penny Mallory who is speaking at Enterprising Women's Initiative

Further reading

Dame Stephanie Shirley: ‘First-generation immigrants are wealth creators’

Talita Ferreira discusses the key lessons in leadership

Ogilvy & Mather Group’s executive partners

ConnectJets founder Gabriella Somerville on why launching in a downturn works

Jo Malone discusses the lessons she’s learnt in business

Lady Barbara Judge is named the IoD’s first female chair

Become a member of the IoD

The IoD has a range of memberships for directors, founders and co-founders, providing all the resources and facilities needed to enhance your business. To find out more about membership offerings and to join today, visit

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Ali Catterall

Ali Catterall

Ali Catterall writes for a wide variety of publications, including the Guardian, Total Film and Director. He is co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties

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