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Liverpool Women Overcoming Obstacles and Blazing Trails

International Women's Day is a global day of celebration, advocacy, and action for gender equality. This year, Liverpool is getting in on the action with a special event hosted by Fierce Futures CIC.

On March 8th, the iconic, city centre, Liverpool Athenaeum will be the backdrop for a night of inspiration, networking, and entertainment as we celebrate the incredible women of Liverpool and beyond.

From women who have broken down barriers in traditionally male-dominated industries to those who have triumphed over personal adversity, the event will showcase the strength, resilience, and creativity of Liverpool's fierce females. Talking of fierce, the celebration also serves as an official launch party for Fierce Futures CIC - an organisation that supports women who have experiences trauma - with a focus on victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse in 2023.


5:30pm - 7pm (Welcome fizz, tour, networking: FREE)

The event offers a FREE tarting at 5:30p, join organisers in the iconic library of this historic former gentleman's club for a welcome glass of fizz, a tour, and a chance to network with a diverse group of women from around the city.

7:30pm - 11pm (Food, wine, entertainment and Q&A: Only £30)

Guests can expect to be entertained and inspired on the night, by live music and inspiring stories from a line-up of brilliant local women.


Our special guests and panellists will share their incredible stories of overcoming obstacles and becoming trailblazers in their fields,.

Host, and founder of Fierce Futures CIC. Anna is passionate about harnessing the power of creativity and self-expression, supporting women to reach their potential and lead fulfilling lives, no matter where their journey began.

Anna's journey to success has been filled with obstacles. She was a victim of multiple horrific traumatic experiences, including child abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence, and the traumatic deaths of both of her parents - all by the age of 30. Now, aged 36, she is a successful PR agency owner, vintage fashison stylist, public speaker, author, musician, and mentor - and she is happy. She is passionate about using her experiences to help other women find their inner fierce, and forge their own paths towards happiness and fulfilment, in spite of their pasts.

Natalie Reeves Billing is an award-winning children's book author, radio presenter, and columnist for the Liverpool Echo News. She is also the director of Split Perspectivz, a local CIC that uses creativity to tackle tough topics with young children. Natalie is the primary ambassador for the Boat of Hope campaign, a BBC contributor for the recent BBC Centenary tour, secretary of Liverpool Heartbeat charity, and co-presenter of Liverpool Speaks, a radio segment on Liverpool Live that celebrates amazing people across the City. Through her unique fashion, she channels the light-hearted, authentic energy she hopes to help others find and wield on the road to success.

Kaya Herstad-Carney

a senior lecturer and producer with a passion for vocal habilitation, Kaya has worked with a wide range of artists across the music industry.

Cath Holland

a writer of fiction and fact based on Merseyside, Cath's work explores the lives of working-class women and the challenges they face.

Genevieve Lamb

an accomplished saxophonist who has performed across the UK and Europe, Genevieve is passionate about inspiring young musicians.

Ije McDougall

the Founder of The Kairos Initiative, Ije is a legal expert who has worked with a range of organisations to promote diversity and inclusion.

Yvonne Ellis

Yvonne Ellis is a renowned music producer and engineer who has spent over 40 years in the music business. Despite the industry's challenges for women, Yvonne has managed to flourish and earn respect and admiration from clients she has worked with. She has a broad spectrum of experience, having worked with artists and musicians from high profile pop stars to local up-and-comers. Yvonne's expertise in music technology and knowledge of various music genres makes her versatile and adaptable. Her dedication to producing and engineering music with great musicality has earned her a reputation as a producer and engineer of the highest quality. Beyond her musical skills, Yvonne has also become a great psychologist and musical social worker. Yvonne's humanity and talent shine through her work, which has helped her to become a mentor to many in the industry. Clients describe Yvonne as having a calming presence and bringing out the best in artists. She is a true inspiration for women in the music industry and has earned the respect of her colleagues and clients alike.

Alongside our inspiring speakers, guests will also be treated to music from two incredible local artists, Liz Owen and Nicola Hardman


Liz Owen

a contemporary blues/folk singer-songwriter who has toured with the likes of Joan Armatrading and Midge Ure.

Nicola Hardman

A multifaceted performer with a unique blend of theatrical alt-pop music, poetry, and activism.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network, celebrate the incredible women of Liverpool, and contribute to an important cause.

The International Women's Day celebration is not just a night of inspiration and entertainment; it's a call to action. It's a reminder that we still have a long way to go in the fight for gender equality, but that we are stronger when we stand together. S

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