The NextWomen Invite Female Entrepreneurs to Dine with Michelle Dewberry and Chiconomise
Continuing with their ever popular series of Kitchen Dinners, The NextWomen are excited to announce their newest feast - Dine with Chiconmise on Wednesday March 24th, 2010 in London. Join Michelle Dewberry in The NextWomen's very own kitchen for an intimate dinner and learn more about the 'act of living stylishly for less' from the founding Chiconomist herself. Enjoy peer-to-peer networking with successful online female entrepreneurs, a three course meal, speed mentoring and a fascinating keynote.
Head Hunted by a Major Internet Service Provider
After leaving school in Hull aged 16 with no qualifications, Michelle Dewberry started her career with a modern apprenticeship in business. Alongside this, she studied IT in her spare time and quickly moved up the corporate ladder. Aged just 22, Michelle was head-hunted by a major Internet Service Provider to manage one of their biggest international projects. Following the successful delivery of this project, Dewberry established herself as a self employed consultant, managing multi-million pound projects spanning across Europe and Asia. She was just 23 years old.
Winner of The Apprentice
Aged 24, Michelle seized the opportunity to apply for the second series of BBC's The Apprentice and beat over 15,000 people to become the first female and youngest winner of the show.
Founder of Michelle Dewberry ltd and Chiconomise
After a year working closely alongside the ‘notoriously belligerent’ Sir Alan Sugar, her entrepreneurial instincts were awakened and she left to establish her own successful ventures: Michelle Dewberry Limited (MDL), a consultancy that helps transform and troubleshoot companies and Chiconomise.com, the money saving site for women, launched in the height of the recession. With MDL, Michelle has worked with some of the UK's largest firms including The Royal Mail, The Chamber of Commerce and The Mayor’s Office. Many companies are now queuing up to benefit from her consultancy skills thanks to a stream of glowing testimonials. The Financial Times recently told the story of an adventure holiday company that had reported their best day’s trading in five years following Dewberry’s intervention.
Anything is Possible
Dewberry has a passion for inspiring others and runs countless workshops aimed at helping people define and achieve their goals. Her autobiography, ‘Anything is Possible’ charts her rise from a council estate in Hull through to the business success she enjoys today. She also runs workshops for organisations wishing to motivate their staff and has delivered countless seminars for high profile businesses.
Since overcoming adversity in her childhood, Dewberry feels strongly that “life is for living” and has a desire to continually challenge herself both physically and mentally. A twice London Marathon runner, competitor in the ‘Microsoft Challenge’ corporate adventure race and recently crowned the winner of a global recession shopping challenge, Dewberry thrives on pushing herself to the limit and enjoying herself while doing so.
A Potential Lost Generation
Dewberry has strong opinions on current business and economic matters and consequently is frequently asked to comment on matters in a variety of national media outlets. She fears for young people in the current economic climate and feels passionate about helping to avoid a potential ‘lost generation’.
As a recent judge on Bebo Big Think Campaign, Dewberry helped mentor the 3 lucky young finalists chosen to present their ideas to the Cabinet Office, prior to their presentations. This was the first time that any such project has taken place at Number 10 Downing Street. Since the presentations Dewberry has been asked by Tessa Jowell to take a more permanent role in moving these three projects forward, and has also been asked to chair a business podcast in January in collaboration with the Cabinet Office.
In her personal campaign to assist members of society that are swiftly being dubbed ‘the lost generation,’ Dewberry has designed, developed and delivered a programme entitled “Self Employment = Self Empowerment”, for the government scheme ‘Make Your Mark’. This programme was aimed at 14-15 year old school pupils as an alternative careers advice session focusing on looking at self employment as a viable career option and worked on barriers, confidence, risk and practicalities. This was a pilot scheme that Dewberry personally delivered to eight schools across the UK. Early indications have shown that the campaign has proven to be a huge success, and hopes are that the government will be encouraged to roll this out nationwide.
Columnist for Business Matters
To add to the list of ventures and programmes Dewberry is currently working on, she is now the new resident columnist for the biggest monthly business magazine, Business Matters, where fellow columnists include Duncan Bannatyne.
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