As the Federation President for 2017-18 I intend to continue the “Vision 2021” message. We must all work together to fulfil the ideals of our Strategic Plan. The uncertainty we read about in the news and see on our television screens ensures that our work is more important than ever.

The theme of the Liverpool Conference 25-27 October 2018 is “Empower today- Enable tomorrow”

I chose this because too often we are so tied up in empowering and enabling women and girls that we often forget the need to look after ourselves as well.

We must learn to empower and enable ourselves to thrive. We have to allow ourselves to think differently about how we operate. We have to enable ourselves to pass the enjoyment of Soroptimism onto others.

There will be many opportunities during the year for me to see Vision 2021 in action as my travels take me to the four corners of the organisation.

I look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in October next year.

Susan Biggs