Step Up, Lead the Way – Brilliant Soroptimist Conference Cardiff October 2017

Over 1,200 women from around the world gathered at the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre on Cardiff Bay to listen to inspiring speakers and to share ideas and energise each other through networking and friendship.
Olympian Katherine Grainger DBE, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian  and Tornado Jet Pilot Mandy Hickson – only the second female pilot flying RAF fighter planes. These motivational speakers supported the conference theme of “Step Up, Lead the Way”.
Two major threads of the Conference were around Violence Against Women and Modern Day Slavery. Michael Kaufman, founder of the White Ribbon Campaign  challenged men to break their silence about violence against women. Kevin Hyland OBE and a panel gave a presentation with others inspiring us to take action to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Clubs throughout our organisation also presented their inspirational projects and won awards
You can read more about it in detail on the Cardiff Conference website


11 Members of SI St Albans and District attended plus the Club’s mascot Sally Bear – you can get a taste of how amazing it was to be there by scrolling through the pictures in the slideshow below:

04-Opening Ceremony
06-Sally day 1
07-inside the Conference centre
08-Day 2
10-Becca Denise Official
11-Michael Kaufman
13-Linda Shall GM
17-Sally day 2
18-President with Sally
19-Club with Sally
20-Rita and Jane with Sally
22-Mandy Hickson
23-Mandy Hickson with Sally day 3
25-Sally met another bear
26-Young Members
30-Katherine Grainger
32-Team St Albans
38-last night
39-the end

The next Soroptimist Conference will be Liverpool 25-27 Oct 2018 – put the date in your diaries now!