Women in IP’s first 2021 coffee dates
Thursday 14 January 2021
Our January theme
The theme this time was “bringing your whole self to work”. To explore it, we discussed the following questions:
- What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages to the individual of presenting their authentic self in the workplace? What aspects of themselves do you think people commonly hide and why?
- How do you think people can be encouraged and supported – by colleagues and employers – in presenting their authentic selves?
- How do you think lockdown has affected this issue? Is it easier or harder to present one’s whole self to colleagues, and is it more or less relevant when we are in our own homes?
Our regional hosts
As usual, there were a number of “venues” based around the country so that people could attend the get-together that worked best for them. Huge thanks to our hosts:
Cambridge – Parminder.Lally@appleyardlees.com
London – Isobel.Barry@carpmaels.com
Midlands – Kevin.Rich@potterclarkson.com
North of England – Catherine.Coombes@murgitroyd.com
Scotland – Laurence.Cheney@murgitroyd.com
South West – email@example.com
Wales – Nicola.Smith@ipo.gov.uk
Plus a special collaboration with our colleagues in Ireland – contact Marie Walsh at MWalsh@hmc-ip.com
Read about our previous Women in IP coffee dates
These informal meet-ups are a popular way to meet new friends, share your thoughts and feelings, and generally cheer yourself up. Taking account of their supporters’ feedback, Women in IP have been varying the time of day for the events, so that hopefully everyone will have the chance to attend at least one, whatever their personal and professional schedules. The next is scheduled for 2 pm on 9 March 2021, to mark International Women’s Day: see here.
And if you’d like to host one of these meetings in the future, we’d love to hear from you – please email Emily Teesdale.