Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive of disabled children and young people’s charity Whizz-Kidz gave the key note address at an event hosted by international law firm Taylor Wessing, to mark International Women’s Day 2017.
The event is one of a series of activities taking place this week to celebrate International Women’s Day, and focuses on Taylor Wessing’s CSR commitments.
Ruth was joined for a panel discussion by Tina Weaver, CEO of Wellbeing of Women; Ela Mahsoori, Women’s Project Manager at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network; Liv Taylor, Outreach Manager at the Sophie Hayes Foundation; and Chloe Halpin, Director of Programmes at Future First.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change, and in her address Ruth – who has led Whizz-Kidz for more than ten years –described the challenges she’s experienced in her career, and the ways in which she has herself been bold to overcome them to improve the lives of disabled children and young people across the UK.
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
“International Women’s Day is such an important event, and I am honoured to be part of such an inspirational panel of women who, in their respective organisations, are responsible for such incredible, transformative work.
“The young women we represent at Whizz-Kidz inspire me every day to work harder, and do more to give disabled young people the best possible starts in life; I am confident our event will speak to this year’s theme of ‘Be Bold for Change’ and inspire women in the third sector and beyond to lead in changing the world for the better.”
Vikki Wiberg, Co-head of Taylor Wessing's Women in Business group, said:
“Taylor Wessing is delighted to partner with Whizz-Kidz in celebrating International Women's Day 2017 and collaborating with them on our panel discussion which considers the business case for our CSR initiatives.”