Message from President Isobel

I am delighted to invite you to attend the 86th Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland Conference. The venue for this conference is the ICC (Waterfront Hall), Belfast on 29th – 31st October 2020.

In our busy social media crazy world we often forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with other like-minded, inspiring members.  There is power in being connected to other people who are active in areas that interest you, giving the opportunity to share ideas, learn something new and gain a new insight or perspective.

My theme is “We stand up for Women”.  The Belfast Conference committee have built the programme for this event to ensure this theme is brought to life.  They have carefully chosen the speakers who will inspire us and the entertainment which will reflect the fact that we are in beautiful Northern Ireland.  They are working in partnership with the ICC, Belfast, a wonderful conference venue, to ensure our conference is professional, impactful and runs as smoothly as possible.

I have been to Northern Ireland many times in the lead up to my year in office.  I can tell you that Belfast is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities that I have ever visited.  I encourage you to go to the visitbelfast.com website to understand more.

Here are a few reasons to attend our Federation conference:

  1. Educational opportunities.  No matter how experienced you are, everyone can learn.  We can miss new ideas and trends that can impact future results.  The educational aspect of a conference can never be undervalued.  You will hear women speakers talk to you about how ‘they stand up for women’ and the opportunities that are there for us to do more.
  2. Networking with members.  Federation conferences provide a great opportunity to network.  Often members from other Regions, National Associations and Countries can become valuable resources for joint working and best-practices.
  3. Have fun.  Taking an extra day at the beginning or end of the trip to explore or visit friends in the area is a great way to maximise the investment in travel.  Never underestimate the power of a little fun mixed with some interesting people!
  4. Visiting a new place. Attending conference allows you to discover a new place or city where the conference is being held and learn about its people and culture.

There are many advantages to attending conference.

I hope to see you there.

Isobel Smith
SIGBI President 2019-2020