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From 18-22 September 2018, Red Smart Women Week took over another beautiful venue in central London to bring you four days of live talks, interviews, workshops and masterclasses.

We’ve had everything covered, from body and mind, your career path and personal development, parenting, entertaining, beauty and everything else in between.

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6:30pm – 8:30pm: Red’s 20th Birthday Party

Join us at our exclusive 20th Birthday Party to celebrate 20 years of Red magazine and to open our fourth Smart Women Week.

This year, a few lucky Red readers will get the opportunity to celebrate 20 years of the magazine’s history alongside cover stars past and present, as well as the writers, photographers and editors that breathe life into the pages every month. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book your ticket now to the party of the year!

– Meet the team, including editor Sarah Tomczak

– Hang out with the celebs, VIPs and friends of Red

– Take advantage of the complimentary drinks and canapes

– Collect a luxury goodie bag

7:30am – 9:00am: Power Breakfast: How to make your next move

An unspoken truth among almost all women is that we invariably reach a tricky crossroads at some point in our careers. We tend to arrive somewhere at work, when we need to reassess what’s going on. And it can feel incredibly painful at the time. But old ways will not open new doors or deliver any of us to new career dawn. Join us for Breakfast as we talk to The Step Up Club and gain the advice we need to change career.

9:00am – 10:30am: Red Networking Breakfast: How to Build Your Interiors Brand

If you’ve got your own interiors business, or are thinking of setting one up then our networking breakfast at Smart Women Week is the perfect place to learn more. You’ll get the chance to meet and hear the wisdom of Kelly Hoppen, Soho House’s Design Director Linda Boronkay, TV presenter Sophie Robinson and Etsy’s Director of Global Insights Jemma Ahmed, whilst chatting to a room full of women in a similar position to you. Around an informal breakfast setting you’ll be encouraged to get to know each other, swap stories and ideas, and mingle with the powerhouse of experts. Come with questions, business cards and for the opportunity to find out how to grow your brand.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Why quitting could be your smartest career move with Anna Jones, Erica Davies and Tamara Rajah

Want to take a career leap, but not sure how and when to do it? Come and meet the women who have done exactly that: fashion editor turned influencer Erica Davies, former Hearst CEO turned The All Bright Founder, Anna Jones, and partner at McKinsey & Co turned founder and CEO of Live Better With, Tamara Rajah. The panel will be sharing everything they’ve learnt from quitting their jobs and starting over, from how to know when the time is right to the mistakes to avoid and more valuable lessons they’ve learned along the way. So whether you want to leave a big city job to do something more creative, are thinking about quitting your job to start your own business or simply want to find a way to work more flexibly, this is the event for you.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Channel your creativity and trust your instinct with Jo Malone CBE

How do you make money from a creative endeavour? How do you take the thing you enjoy doing most and turn it into a business? And how do you know if you’re any good? Jo Malone CBE shares her triumphs, failures and three decades of experience running her own company. She’ll answer your questions, give career advice and then take you on a fragrance journey, with an interactive workshop to reveal how she creates a unique scent. Attendees will also get their own signature Jo Loves gift to take home!

6:30pm – 7:30pm: How To Throw The Perfect Dinner Party with Melissa Hemsley, Skye McAlpine and Ravinder Bhogal

Amid demos, tips and probably quite a lot of laughter, Red’s Homes Content Director Pip McCormac will be hosting an evening with Melissa Hemsley, Skye McAlpine and Ravinder Bhogal at Smart Women Week. You’ll learn some brilliant foodie shortcuts, how to dress a table and how to set the tone for the perfect evening’s entertaining. You’ll learn some easy recipe ideas, be talked through how to put a table setting together in an informal, relaxed and beautiful way, and leave with some drinks ideas for what to serve too. Come and be inspired.

7:30pm – 8:30pm: NETWORKING DRINKS

Why not stay and socialise at our bar? Treat yourself to some drinks, hang-out with friends and make some new connections with other like-minded Smart women. Everybody is welcome!

(1 x free drink token for all event ticket holders attending an evening session)

7.30am – 9:00am: How to create better online content with Molly Gunn 

Want to grow an audience for your brilliant business idea? Or make your brand a success online?

Join Falmouth University and Selfish Mother founder Molly Gunn for a talk on how to create better online content. As part of the new Red Smart Academy, in association with Falmouth University, the panel will be discussing everything from social media photography to the SEO tools that will help you build and grow an online brand.

6:30pm – 8:30pm: Rewrite Your Skincare with Caroline Hirons

There’s skincare, there’s the internet and, where the two meet, there’s Caroline Hirons. If you’re one of her 154,000 YouTube subscribers, 208,000 Instagram followers or 7.2 million blog readers you’ll know the drill: a trained aesthetician and beauty brand consultant, 48-year-old Hirons breaks down the world of skincare like no one else online, offering up comprehensive (and very candid) product reviews, cheat sheets and industry news. Join us to hear her latest insights into the world of skincare.

6.30pm – 8.30pm: How to get featured in Red

Want to pitch a story to Red? Or get your business, brand or product featured on our pages?

Join the Red team for a special event on how to get featured in the magazine, whether you are a PR, writer or business owner.You’ll get the chance to meet and quiz Red editors and writers across features, books, fashion, beauty and interiors, who will be telling you how to pitch, how to stand out, and everything else you need to know in order to make it onto the pages of a glossy women’s magazine. Each member of the team will be giving a short talk on their area of expertise, before opening up questions to the room for an honest, practical Q&A.

7:30pm – 8:30pm: NETWORKING DRINKS

Why not stay and socialise at our bar? Treat yourself to some drinks, hang-out with friends, network and make some new connections. Everybody is welcome!

(1 x free drink token for all evening event ticket holders)

7.30am – 9:00am: Power Breakfast – How to build a beauty brand with Trinny Woodall, Alexia Inge and Susie Ma

Ever wondered what it takes to take the beauty world by storm, with a brilliant (and hopefully lucrative) idea? Come and listen to three very different (but equally inspiring) beauty entrepreneurs talk about how they built their businesses. You’ll get to meet Trinny Woodall, founder of Trinny London, Susie Ma, founder of Tropic Skincare and Alexia Inge, co-founder of Cult Beauty.

They’ll share secrets and answer questions on topics such as spotting a gap in the market, making ideas happen, harnessing the power of social media, and following your heart but always using your head. Bring your questions, enjoy breakfast on us, and maybe even leave with beauty’s next big idea.

10:00am – 11:30am: How to build and grow a kids brand – Networking session with Sarah Clark from Little Spree, and Head of Buying at Liberty, Sarah Coonan

How do you make your brand stand out from the crowd? What’s the most effective way to work with influencers? How do you get your products in front of buyers – and into the right stores? These are the questions we’ll be answering at our Kids Brand Breakfast. Whether you have an idea for a business, a fledgling brand or are more established and looking to grow your empire, this is your chance to connect with other women who have the same goals. We are stronger together, so sharing ideas and experiences is the most effective and rewarding way to achieve success. Alongside our favourite kids brands, we’ll be joined by Little Spree founder and stylist Sarah Clark, who will be giving advice on how to grow your brand on social media and collaborate with influencers and Sarah Coonan, the head buyer for Little Liberty, the new children’s department at London’s most stylish and iconic store, who will be revealing what she looks for in a product and be sharing insights into next season’s biggest trends.

Join us for coffee and conversation – and don’t forget your business cards!

9.30am – 1:30pm: Start Your Business (Morning)

Got a brilliant idea for a business or brand, but not sure how to get it off the ground? Join us for a morning of talks and workshops with some super smart women who will inspire you to take the next steps. From writing an effective business plan to how to pitch a product that really works, our speakers will be sharing everything a wannabe entrepreneur needs to know before getting started. Guest speakers will include Kristina Karlsson (founder of kikki.k), founder of friendship app Peanut, Michelle Kennedy and founder of Propercorn, Cassandra Stavrou.

After your session join us for lunch where Red’s fashion team will be teamed up with M&CO to give you trend talks on how to update your work wear wardrobe.

9.30am – 1:30pm: Love Your Body (Morning)

09:30am – CHECK IN

09:45am – Session 1, Eat more plants panel: Deliciously Ella, The Food Medic and Lucy Watson

Experts agree we need more veg! But how to do it so it’s easy and delicious? Three food innovators speak about what makes them excited about vegetarian food. Speakers are Ella Mills who created the Deliciously Ella brand and cafes, Dr Hazel Wallace aka The Food Medic, who’s all about finding balance in food and Lucy Watson, whose recipes make vegan food simple and achievable.

10:30am – Session 2, Heartcore Pilates with Sarah White 

A powerful, energetic mat-based workout experience built on the principles of the physical and mindful benefits of Yoga. Infused with toning and conditioning moves, designed to elevate your body past your (believed) limitations, expect to detox mind + body through challenging dynamic sequences and focused breath work. This unique class, with its warm juicy flow and upbeat music, has a 10/10 feel good factor that will truly have you glow and smile from the inside out!

11:30am – Session 3, Fall in Love with your Body with Laura Thomas and Bryony Gordon

Panel chat on ways you can start loving our body, starting from now. The speakers are registered Nutritionist and anti-diet campaigner Laura Thomas, plus inspirational runner and mental health warrior Bryony Gordon, who ran this year’s London marathon in her pants.

12:15pm – Session 4, Disco yoga with Sarah Hunt & DJ Darlo

What’s not to like about tunes + moves? This class is loved by both beginners and experienced yogis alike. Led by yoga teacher Sarah Hunt with sounds by DJ Darlo, Disco Yoga is a super fun session that sets simple yoga moves to big tunes. It’s time to glitter up, and get down(ward dog).

1.45pm – 6.00pm: Grow Your Business (Afternoon)

If you’ve started a business, but are not sure how to take it to the next level, then this is the event for you. Come along to an afternoon of inspiring talks for anyone looking to scale their business. From how to use PR to
grow your brand to how to plan and set business goals for the future, our speakers will be sharing their valuable lessons on growing a business. Guest speakers include founder of Flowerbx, Whitney Bromberg Hawkings and co-founders of Rixo London, Henrietta Rix and Orlagh Mccloskey.

After your session join us for networking drinks where Red’s fashion team will be teamed up with M&Co to give you trend talks on how to update your work wear wardrobe.

2.00pm – 5.30pm: Love Your Mind (Afternoon)

2:00pm – CHECK IN

2:15pm – Session 1, How to Fulfil your Potential with Fiona Murden

Occupational psychologist Fiona Murden works with entrepreneurs, business leaders and CEOs to help them achieve their purpose. In this workshop, she’ll tap into your curiosity to show you how to explore you and your world, how to map your narrative to help you better understand your values, passions, strengths, and blockers to success, and help you understand how to make better use of your unique values, passions and strengths. 

3:00pm – Session 2, How to have a Happy Head with Natasha Devon, Dr Tilean Gordon and Shahroo Izadi

Research shows there are practical ways you can take care of your mental health. On the panel are three thinkers with innovative and practical ideas of how to do this: Mental health campaigner, writer and researcher Natasha Devon, chartered psychologist and behaviour expert Dr Tilean Gordon, and behaviour change expert Shahroo Izadi, creator of The Kindness Method.

4:00pm – Session 3, How to resolve your anxiety in four weeks or less, with Sam Owen

Learn how to resolve your anxiety in a few minutes or a few weeks. Sam Owen, leading relationship and life coach, BBC contributor and published author of the popular ‘Resilient Me: How to worry less and achieve more; 4 weeks to inner strength’, shares secrets from her upcoming book ‘Anxiety Free: How to trust yourself and feel calm; 4 weeks to inner peace’, out Nov 2018. Sam will also share easy, fun, research-based strategies for soothing your anxiety symptoms in the meantime so that you can enjoy your life and thrive whilst you’re on your journey to becoming calm and anxiety free.

4:45pm – Session 4, How to have a Good Relationship with your Phone with Katherine Ormerod and Lucy Sheridan

Feel like you’re overdoing your own screen time? Feel bad after you’ve been scrolling for ages? Katherine Ormerod’s has spent time researching how to make social media work for you while Lucy Sheridan, aka The Comparison Coach, will share strategies aiming to leave you feeling good about your use of social media.

5:30pm – Networking Drinks 

Red’s fashion team will be teamed up with M&Co to give you trend talks on how to update your work wear wardrobe.

2.00pm – 4.45pm: Modern Parenting (Afternoon)

Packed with experts and advice, Smart Women Week’s Modern Parenting afternoon explores the key issues faced by all parents today. How can we promote good mental health and self-esteem in our kids? How can we create a calmer, happier household? And in a digital age, how much screen-time is too much? All these questions- and more – will be answered by our top experts to leave you feeling confident, inspired and in control of your parenting techniques.

2:00pm – CHECK IN

2:15pm – Session 1, Mindful Parenting with Dr Genevieve von Lob

Dr Genevieve von Lob is a Clinical psychologist who has worked with families from every type of background during a 10-year career spanning private practice, NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and work for local authorities. She has been widely quoted in the media, including in the Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Financial Times and Grazia, and featured as a consultant therapist in an episode of Channel Four’s Dispatches. She lives in southwest London and enjoys playing piano and singing in her spare time. Her new book “Five Deep Breaths: the power of mindful parenting,” was recently published by Transworld.

3:00pm – Session 2, Parenting in the Digital Age with Dr Elizabeth Kilbey

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey is a consultant clinical psychologist who has spent the last 12 years working with children both within the NHS and privately. She has a Masters in Child Development and during her career she has helped families to tackle everything from toddler tantrums to teenage meltdowns as well as more complex and challenging mental health difficulties. Her first book, Unplugged Parenting, will be published in September 2017. Elizabeth has three children of her own.

3:45pm – BREAK

4:00pm – Session 3, Your kids and their Mental Health with Holan Liang (author of Inside Out Parenting)

Dr Holan Liang came to the UK from Taiwan aged three. A mother of two, she blogs about her experiences of parenting and is a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street. She is the author of Inside Out Parenting: How to Build Strong Children from a Core of Self-Esteem.

4:45pm – Networking Drinks

4:45pm – 5:30pm: Ask us anything, with Clemmie and Simon Hooper

Join Clemmie and Simon Hooper, aka @Mother_of_Daughters and @Father_of_Daughters, for a frank and funny discussion about their parenting hacks and fails, how they make their relationship work, and what family means to them. At this intimate Q&A, they will be answering Red reader questions on everything family related, so come along for the chance to ask them anything.

5:00pm – 7:00pm: NETWORKING DRINKS

Why not stay and socialise at our bar? Treat yourself to some drinks, hang-out with friends and make some new connections with other like-minded Smart women. Everybody is welcome!

(1 x free drink token for all afternoon event ticket holders)

2018 SMART speakers

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