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Episode 18: Women are more up for it!

A big thank you to the Northern Health Science Alliance for sponsoring this episode and thanks also to our hosts at the Business School at the University of Newcastle. This month we talked about a shockingly under-discussed aspect of the North South Divide, why women traditionally don't thrive in the upper echelons of academia and the joys and pitfalls of hugging! We spoke to the Managing Director of Dukes Hotels Debrah Dhugga about her passion for hotels, getting to the top in a mans'...


Episode 17: Do women really want to be given a seat at the table?

A big thank you to our hosts in Manchester Clarke Willmott and extra thanks to Women In The Law UK. This month we talked about transport connectivity across the North, the responsibility employers must take for the mental health of their staff and why there are so few women at the top in law. We spoke to top barrister and founder of Women in the law UK, Sally Penni about what drives her and which surprising figure inspired her career. In Ask The Hive: How men can enable the next...


Episode 16: Invent your own knickers.

We're in Halifax this month, discussing knicker inventing, men rallying and whether women just need to look in the mirror to be successful. Nicky Chance-Thompson CEO of The Piece Hall talks about taking risks, learning lessons and why the North is where her heart is. In Ask The Hive: Should you choose a new job based on your heart or your head? Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you need.


Episode 15: It's the people who make a powerhouse.

The beautiful Tees Valley plays host to episode 15, as we discuss taking career breaks, whether business needs to get better at dealing with sexual harrassment and if the North East feels left out of the Northern Powerhouse. Professor Jane Turner OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Teesside talks candidly about the professional and personal challenges she has faced and in Ask The Hive: How to switch off from the dreaded work email! Plus, all the Northern Power Women news you...


Episode 14: Is your career a ladder or a labyrinth?

In Episode 14 we are in Manchester, guests of BNY Mellon and we discuss career pathways, whether the North needs to stop apologising and if awards mean anything anymore... You hear from the brilliant Allison Page, from DLA Piper in Leeds on why having no female role models didn't stop her from achieving her career dreams... And in Ask The Hive you ask about whether you need industry-specific skills to apply for a job. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news.


Episode 13: Let's all be more like Swedish men.

In Episode 13 we head to Liverpool for our live panel to talk about skills, cash and how not to lose your job when you start a family. We meet the inimitable Marnie Millard OBE, CEO of Nicols and hear about her career which takes her all over the world and also learn about her great attitude to business and life. And in Ask The Hive there is brilliant advice about the dreaded imposter syndrome. Plus, all the Northern Power Women news.


**Special Celebration Epsiode**

In this special edition you will get the chance to be a fly on the wall at the second Northern Power Women celebration event, held in Manchester at KPMG. You’ll hear some fascinating discussions on negotiating and confidence and also find out more about Northern Power Women's plans for this year. Plus a chance to catch up wth THE Northern Power Woman, founder and CEO Simone Roche, as she discusses some incredible achievements this month, including that MBE...


Episode 12: Don't be afraid to be annoying! (It might just get you what you want)

In episode twelve, we're at Leeds Digital Festival where our panel discuss the rise of automation, wellness at work and the Dana Scully Effect; who inspired you to take up your career?! Radio legend Stephanie Hirst shares stories of her extraordinary focus and tenacity and discusses why your career should never dictate who you are, however much you love it. And in Ask The Hive, one young graduate can't get a break and you provide some brilliant tips. Plus all the Northern Power Women...


Episode 11: This one's for the parents

In episode eleven, we're in Newcastle, hosted by NatWest where we asked our panel "Do businesses need to work harder to get disabled people into work?" and discussed why Peppa Pig needs to up her game. Global CEO Elizabeth Vega talks about tech's problem with women and taking risks in business. And in Ask The Hive, we get great advice on the tricky business of how to sell yourself Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.


Episode 10: The "M" Word.

In episode ten, we're in Wythenshawe, hosted by Vodafone where we asked our panel "How do you change your career?" We also talked about when you should stop working for free when trying to build your career and discussed whether men should always be included in conversations around empowering women. Buisiness powerhouse Julie Kenny talked to us about taking risks, being yourself and understanding how to deal with different people. And in Ask The Hive, Olivia asks: What do I need to do...


Episode 9: It's time to set the thermostat

In episode nine, we're in Manchester at All Work & Social in Spinningfields where we asked our panel "Has feminism gone too far?" We also talked about managing bad behaviour at work and discussed whether women really don't like listening to women. Sandy Lindsay founder of Tangerine talks about being called a 'Pollyanna" and "Too moral" to succeed in business in our big interview. And in Ask The Hive, Charlotte asks: Have I missed the chance to be truly successful in my career if I plan to...


Episode 8: You're better than you think you are

In episode eight, we're in Liverpool at the SAE Institute for a very honest discussion about Equal Pay, nepotism and why acting "like one of the boys" can be a disaster for women in business. The big interview comes from Cherie Blair who talks candidly about being the only female barrister in her chambers and how she juggled her own career with her supporting role in Downling Street. And in Ask The Hive, Sue asks: Do I tell my current boss that I'm looking for a new job? Plus all the...


Episode 7: The times, they are a-changin'

In episode seven, we head to Leeds for a truly through-provoking discussion on diversity, inclusion and how business now NEEDS to change in order to thrive. The big interview comes from Helen Baker, Quality Assurance Director at Sage, who shares her experiences on team-building and her inspiring attitude to staff returning to work after parental leave. And in Ask The Hive, Collay asks: I deserve a pay rise. What are the best strategies for getting one? Plus all the Northern Power Women...


Episode 6: You make WHAT in your spare time?

In episode six, we're in Newcastle discussing women-only work spaces. Asking: Are you a feminist? And finding out what on earth is a Side Hustle. Vodafone's Rob Mukherjee talks to us about how football inspired him to mentor women and why he wants you to take more time off work. And in Ask The Hive, Sharon asks: Can both partners in a relationship ever hope to have equally successful careers if they also have children? Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.


Episode 5: What does an entrepreneur look like?

In episode five, we talk to individuals who set up their own business about where and when they got inspired and ask: What does an entrepreneur look like? We also discuss whether it's time to stop calling women "girls" in the workplace and tackle the subject of sexual harrassment in business. Vanda Murray OBE, one of the NPW Power List talks honestly about her rise and rise and what she really does for a living. And in Ask The Hive, can a single gender represent an entire community? Plus...


Episode 4: Don't make me make apple crumble!

In episode four, find out from Karen Mattison of Timewise what men want just as much as women in business but are often too afraid to ask. Discover whether our panellists in Liverpool think one Silicon Valley CEO was right or wrong to dye her blonde hair brown to be, in her words "taken more seriously". And in Ask The Hive, it's all a question of business confidence: Do men really have more of it? Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.


Episode 3: Pinch me on the cheek at your peril!

In episode three, find out what our panelists in Salford think of the suggestion that women need to take responsibility for the gender pay gap. Julia Fawcett, the Chief Executive of The Lowry discusses some of the toughest choices she had to make in her career and why she *knew* the day she was going to be sacked. And in Ask The Hive, Kirsty asks why tech has a class problem. Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.


Episode 2. Don't say the S-Word!

In episode two, hear which word one of our panel members in Leeds hates with a passion. Head of News at BBC Radio 5 Live Rozina Breen reveals events in her career that she couldn't believe were actually happening - for all the wrong reasons. And in Ask The Hive, Kate asks if two businesses mean double the profit, or half the success. Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.


The Launch Episode!

In the very first episode hear what happened when we went live with our dicussion panel, much to the surprise of our accidental audience. Manchester MP Lucy Powell reveals the highs and crushing lows of her career and why she can't shout at her children in the supermarket, And in Ask The Hive, one young woman's question leaves another "shocked and upset" in her reply... Plus all the Northern Power Women news you need.


Northern Power Women Podcast Teaser

Welcome to the Northern Power Women Podcast Each month, we’ll bring you no holds barred discussion on the biggest issues that affect our careers and lives. You'll hear from an individual at the top of their game on the challenges they faced and the mistakes they made along the way. And in Ask The Hive, if you're facing an obstacle or a problem in your career, you'll have a chance to get some superb advice from people who've been there and come out the other side. The first episode...