Women in Flex Come Together

The Flexible Space Association brought together women working in the flexible workspace industry at an event to inspire, inform and build connections.

It was held in partnership with FlexSA member technologywithin, and took place at XCHG in the City of London, run by FlexSA member Newflex.

The event included two panel discussions.  The first, hosted by Zoe Ellis-Moore of Spaces to Places, saw three women in senior roles talk about their career paths to-date.

Lisa Richardson, People, Policy and Productivity Director at Newflex, Polly Bryan, Head of Operations at Orega, and Gemma Meale, Director of People and Culture at Huckletree, shared how they had reached their current roles.

Polly talked about looking for and seizing opportunities that might be outside of your every-day role, but offered opportunities for development and to be proactive.  She had joined flexible workspace from the hospitality sector, which was a route a number of the event participants shared.  Panellists advised the audience to identify people who could support your career ambitions, as well as challenge you to question things and strive to perform well.

The second panel was hosted by Lucy Watts of The Instant Group.  The three panellists, Alexandra Livesey, COO at Clockwise, Jane Erasmus, Sales & Marketing Director at UBC and Sam Mardon, Director of The Space & Head of Client Experience at Landmark, discussed operational aspects of running flexible workspace.

Panellists noted changing customer needs, with an increased focus on personalisation of services and space.  This fed through to the importance of getting to know your customers well.  The benefits of evolving services to meet changing needs was also discussed.

The event culminated with a networking reception, with attendees encouraged to speak with people they didn’t know, and make new connections.

We’ve been very encouraged by the positive feedback on the event, and the Flexible Space Association will be looking at future opportunities to further inspire women to develop their careers in the flexible workspace sector.

You can view a gallery of images from the event here.

3 November 2022

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