Industry legend Jacqueline Gold will be sharing the secrets behind her rise to the top tomorrow night when she speaks at a special event arranged by the University of Derby.
It is hosting an ‘An Evening With Jacqueline Gold CBE’ as part of a series of talks from inspirational figures.
Gold, who is chief executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, will talk about her journey to the top, before rounding the evening off with an audience Q&A and ‘meet and greet’.
The session will be the concluding part of the ‘Women in Business’ event hosted by the University, which aims to address some of the issues affecting women in work.
Gold began her career at the age of 21 when she started working for her father’s company, Ann Summers.
She has taken the company from strength to strength, implementing the Ann Summers Party Plan, launching the first Ann Summers high street store in 1993 and an ecommerce site in 1999. She is widely credited for creating a female institution through the Ann Summers brand.
Ann Summers is now a multi-channel retailer with a gross annual sales turnover of over £150m, 140 UK and Ireland stores, 7,000 party planners, a thriving online business and partnerships with brands including ASOS, House of Fraser and Shop Direct.
She said: “I am delighted to be taking part in the Women in Business event at the University of Derby, and in particular to meet the attendees who I am certain will be as passionate about business as I am.
“I have championed women in business for many years, and believe it’s vital that women are given an equal opportunity to succeed in business. I am in the privileged position to regularly work with many inspirational business women and I am excited to at this event meet the next generation of female business leaders.”
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, vice-chancellor at the University of Derby, will open the event by chairing a panel debate exploring what UK businesses are doing to create opportunities for women.
The panel will be made up of Petra Wilton, director of strategy and external affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, Lisa Biesty, commercial director at Derby County Football Club, Glen Wilson, head of property for SME at Lloyds Banking Group, and Valerie Todd, talent and resources director at Crossrail.