Female Focus - fashionable fascinator event

18 October 2015

Minerva’s Female Focus network was delighted to invite a select group of successful, independent and influential businesswomen to its fashionable fascinator event at The Bentley London, on Tuesday 22 September 2015. Among the guests were Jersey College for Girls (‘JCG’) competition winners Rachel Hayden, 18, and Ella Waite, 17.

Prior to the event and inline with one of the business’ core values (to nurture and develop talent from within future generations), Minerva proudly became a Corporate Sponsor of the Jersey College for Girls (‘JCG’) Foundation. Following on from the JCG’s ‘Women of Substance’ event on 6 March 2015, which celebrates International Women’s Day, Minerva launched a competition for year 11 and 12 students entitled ‘Aspirations of a Woman in 21st Century Society’.

The participating students were then required to create and deliver a presentation on ‘Aspirations of a Woman in 21st Century Society’ to a panel of judges at Minerva’s offices. As the competition winners, Rachel and Ella earned themselves a place each at the ‘Fashionable Fascinator’ event, where they were given the opportunity to meet and network with a dynamic group of highly successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs at the top of their professions.

Vaishali Shah, Head of Female Focus, said: “Minerva’s corporate sponsorship of JCG is of personal significance to me as a former student of the College. Talented and ambitious young ladies like Rachel and Ella with their fresh perspective and mind-set can make an enormous contribution to the corporate world. I am sure both Rachel and Ella have a very bright future ahead of them, and I wish them the very best of luck in their endeavours.”

The event, which proved to be a huge success, was a combination of crafting and networking, and provided guests with the opportunity to delve into the world of millinery with expert milliner Katherine Elizabeth of Katherine Elizabeth Millinery.

After a talk on the etiquette of hat wearing, the techniques involved in creating a fascinator and felt hat were demonstrated. From a choice of sparkly fabrics, feathers, beads, flowers and felt, Katherine and her milliners helped the ladies create their very own fascinators.

Female Focus is Minerva’s exclusive network for successful and influential women around the world who have distinguished themselves in their careers, and who can mentor and be a force of inspiration for other women to succeed and make their own mark in the world. This event not only allowed the students to exhibit their artistic flair, but also enabled them to be inspired by, and even inspire some of the other guests.


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