Forthcoming Event

International Women's Day Lunch

Tuesday 08/03/2022

Event Time: 12:00 - 15:00

Event Theme: Business Women In Surrey

Price: Member Rate: £40.00 +VAT | Non Member Rate: £50.00 +VAT |

Event Location:

The Guildford Harbour Hotel
3 Alexandra Terrace
High Street

Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the Business Women In Surrey (BWIS) Steering Group present our International Women’s Day Lunch 2022.

International Women's Day is this year celebrating #BreakTheBias.

Imagine a gender equal world. a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Individually, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can break the bias in our communities, we can break the bias in our workplaces, and we can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities. Together, we can all break the bias - on International Women's Day (IWD) and beyond.

Surrey Chambers celebrate IWD every year, and we engage in provoking discussion over a delightful two-course lunch. With our Women in Business initiative, we are proud to host events that continuously question and discuss issues such as gender equality, which are sadly still prevalent in the corporate world.

Join us as we #BreakTheBias.

12:00                Drinks Reception & Networking
12:20                Guests to be seated
12:25                Introduction & Welcome  
12:30                Entrée Served  
13:00                Dessert Served
13:30                Panel discussion
14:45                Closing statment from BWIS Chair
15:00                Networking
15:30                Close

This Year's Venue: The Guildford Harbour Hotel
The Guildford Harbour Hotel is a 4-star, 183-room hotel in the centre of cosmopolitan Guildford, renowned for first-class facilities, for both business and leisure travellers. 

 Our fabulous IWD panel

Leigh Lafever-Ayer
Enterprise Holdings/Enterprise Rent-A-Car
VP/Human Resource Director, UK and Ireland

As HR Director/VP Human Resources, Leigh Lafever-Ayer oversees human resources (HR) for all operating groups and corporate headquarters in the UK and Ireland. Leigh champions, advises and sponsors diversity initiatives at Enterprise, who have been recognised by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women each year since the award’s inception.  Leigh created and is editor of DRIVE magazine, an internal Enterprise publication, that was created to focus on diversity with a lens on gender equality. 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has been recognised for their work in the UK for skills employability, LGBTQ+ commitment, race equality and social mobility.  Most recently, Enterprise sponsored the Race At Work survey with Business In The Community (BITC). Leigh often speaks professionally on human resource best practice and DEI.  She is on the BITC Gender Leadership Board.  Leigh was recognised by the Institute of Directors for the Equality and Diversity Director of the Year 2021 - Southeast.

In August 2020, Leigh received the inaugural Top Achiever Award-Department Head MVP for her team’s governance of a successful new business integration whilst steering leadership through the pandemic.  In 2018, she received the Louis Johnson Outstanding Alumnus Award from the TTU College of Business.  Leigh is originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, and now lives outside of London with her husband and daughter. She is an advisory board member for Global Diversity Practice and for Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme.

Anne Edward
Managing Director of SATRO
Anne is Managing Director of SATRO, a Surrey based educational charity, working in schools and colleges across the region to inspire young people in STEM education, vocational construction and employability skills.  She is a STEM graduate herself and worked for 25 years in the European space and research business. 

She started her career in Farnborough after studying her MSc in Remote Sensing and worked on the ground segment of the first European environmental remote sensing satellite (ERS-1).  She moved to Italy in 1990 to work at the European Space Agency site in Frascati, Italy as a Geophysical Scientist.  She was involved in the calibration and applications of ERS-1 data with researchers from across the world.   

Anne then developed her career with Serco in management, business development and contract management in science and research organisations across Europe whilst based in Rome.  Since returning to the UK in 2010 she has used her skills and experience working in the education and charity sector.  She has been a school governor and charity trustee for over 25 years both in Italy and the UK with a particular interest in disability and special needs.   

SATRO brings together many of the skills that Anne has developed across her career.  She took on the leadership of the charity in the autumn of 2019 and has guided it through the pandemic continuing to deliver to students in school throughout.  The charity delivered to over 14,300 young people in the last academic year.


More panellists TBC

Our Headline Sponsor: Surrey Business School