'35 Women Under 35' party the night away

Last night's '35 Women Under 35' party was a roaring success - and we've got the photos to prove it...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Photos from last night's exclusive '35 Women Under 35' event

Celebrations went on past midnight at last night’s launch party for our 2008 '35 Under 35' list, as this year's selection of female high-fliers got down to some serious networking. Looking glamorous and oozing confidence, the women were quickly engrossed in conversation, as the noise levels in Gallery Soho threatened to provoke a few complaints from the neighbours.

Debbie Moore, founder of Pineapple Studios (and the first woman ever to float a company on the London Stock Exchange, way back in 1982) was the keynote speaker for the evening. Moore's had her fair share of business ups and downs, not least weathering the last major recession, taking her company private, and most recently, fighting to keep her premises. The admission that she regarded Margaret Thatcher as a role model prompted a collective intake of breath from the audience - but it was Moore’s reminder to a younger generation of what a confidence boost it was in the 1980s to have a female prime minister.

Matthew Gwyther, MT’s editor and host for the evening, talked about the amount of publicity surrounding the publication of this year’s list. Microsoft’s Philippa Snare, one of this year’s 35s, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday. She was asked the predictable questions about why young businesswomen are always made to look glamorous – after all, said the Today programme crew, you wouldn’t photograph business men in something less formal or revealing than a suit, would you? But we enjoyed Snare's retort - that perhaps we should have more business men wearing less in magazines. There were laughs all round at the (slightly disturbing) idea of the likes of Philip Green or Michael O’Leary posing in MT without their shirts on...

Snare was joined by Lamorna Trahair, founder of The League of Adventurists, and at 23, the second-youngest woman on our 2008 list. Fresh from helping to organise the crazy Mongol Rally, Trahair kept company with the other Generation Y women there, including cover star Emma Reynolds of e3unlimited. The corporate women were out in force too: Deborah Millet from Accenture, Sonja Schemmann from Schroders, Stacey Lax from Ernst & Young and Alex Holt from Tesco were all busy schmoozing.

Every one left bearing smiles, a clutch of business cards and a fabulous goody bag - the sign of an excellent evening had by all...

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