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Women in Wholesale

WiW is an educational networking programme designed to inspire, support and develop women of all levels working in UK grocery and foodservice wholesale.

Every year we run a popular WiW Speed Mentoring day in Spring and a WiW Annual Conference in Autumn, with plenty going on in between to keep our members inspired and connected! 

Due to the ongoing COVID19 situation, we are inspiring and supporting via vlogs and webinars.

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Online Conference October 7 11.00am-4.30pm

ONWARDS! Building Better People and Teams 

Register now – it’s free

Session One
INSPIRE: Personal Success Stories 

Stepping Up to the Challenge (Q&A) – Chloe Ball, Operations Manager, Blakemore 

Overcoming Anxiety – Amanda Coverdale, Country Lead, Ireland, Budweiser  

How to Gain respect – Queenie Porter, Head of  Commercial at WOW Hydrate 


Session Two
SUPPORT: Self-Development 

How to Be a Leader of Tomorrow – Abby from Facebook 

Leading with Confidence – Steve Smith, Business Doctor 

Coping Techniques for Pressure – Melanie Tucker,
Head of Sales, Out of Home, Graze 

Session Three
SUPPORT: Recruitment 

Hiring for Success – Dominic Flanagan, Costco
Wholesale, UK HR & Training Manager, Costco 

Gender Bias in Algorithms (and What to Do About It) – Marie Hense, Data & Product Strategy Director, Lumina Intelligence 

Attracting Diverse Teams – Tracey Fox, Business
Development Director, Pricecheck  

Session Four
PROGRESS: Retention  

Changing Attitudes to Learning – Sue Carlton, Senior Learning & Development Manager, AG Barr 

How to Build Diversity into Your Business – Caroline Lesure, Head of Jack Daniel’s and Chris Tarquini, Senior Category Manager, Brown Forman 

Fostering a Culture Where Everyone Can be Brilliant – Eleanor Gooding, People Development Director, Boost Drinks  


Getting the Best out of Your Team – Jenny Coady, High Performance Coach for West Ham United Football Club 

Register now – it’s free

Breakfast Briefings

Women in Wholesale has launched one-hour long morning briefing sessions on specialist topics to help members to stay mentally motivated and connected.




Supporting Your Employees Though the Menopause on August 5 2021 was led by Sam Simister, Future Development Director at Innocent Drinks and hosted by Elit Rowland, Women in Wholesale.

April 29 2021
Speed Mentoring

A fantastic day of learning and sharing

Seventy participants took advantage of the skills and experience of seven fantastic mentors at our Speed Mentoring session in April. Working in small groups, they explored issues of career progression and mental wellness in the workplace.

The mentors have kindly agreed to share their presentations – thanks to them and our sponsors for their commitment to Women in Wholesale.


Positivity in Leadership: A Research Cheat Sheet
Blonnie Whist, Lumina Intelligence

Building your Personal Brand
Aoife Kenny, Blakemore

Wellbeing in the Workplace
Simon Hannah and Amanda Casey, JW Filshill

Setting Goals for Mental Health
Clare Bocking, DCS Group

Public Speaking with Confidence
Tabitha Hunter-Smale, Sugro UK



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