Sponsored by Coutts & Co, the evening began with MT’s editor Matthew Gwyther - unperturbed by the fact that he was surrounded by the fanciful delights of the lingerie department - welcoming the guests to the third networking event MT has run in two years.
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The exclusive crowd included women who had appeared on the 2008 list, including cover stars Alex Holt of Tesco, Sophie Chandauka of Baker & McKenzie and Alix Pryde of the BBC. Also there were Laura Bates of Bombay Duck, our youngest ever list member inventor Tanya Budd, Tashi Lassalle of Heidrick & Struggles, Stacey Lax of Ernst & Young, Rose Grimond of Orkney Rose, and Deborah Millett of Accenture.
Gwyther introduced the keynote speaker of the evening, Baroness Valerie Amos, chair of the Royal African Society. Baroness Amos was chief executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission from 1989 to 1994 and in 1997, she became a Labour life peer. She became international development secretary in 2003 when she was the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet. She then became the third woman ever to lead the House of Lords.
Baroness Amos gave MT’s guests advice on how never to underestimate the talent and power that you have, and to always have the confidence to ask for what you want – including that pay rise. Drawing on her personal experience, she left her audience inspired.
The speeches were followed by a trunk show of Liberty’s autumn/winter collection, including designers Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Liberty of London, Twenty8Twelve and Jil Sander. Wonderful cocktails and canapés were enjoyed by everyone.
The last stragglers left past 10pm, clutching their goody bags and precious business cards. A great time was had by all.