Hey fab friend,
How exciting! It’s not long now until we get together for our next big event… Our 25th event! It’s on Thursday 21 Sept at the Sallis Benney Theatre on the theme of SheSays: Save The World! 200 tickets have already gone so get your free ticket quick now. For the first time you can also give a donation.

A massive thank you to our generous Gold sponsor: Legal & General. Big love to Bronze sponsors: Rocket Mill, Cell Software, American Express, Brilliant Noise, Plus Accounting and Madgex. It’s also great to be part of Brighton Digital Festival for the 6th year running.

Don’t forget to follow @shesaysbrighton on Twitter and join us on Facebook, There’s also a Linkedin group you can join too – feel free to share anything you think is relevant to our members.

Where are they now? 
We’ve had some amazing, inspiring speakers at SheSays Brighton. In March, Imrie Morgan co-founder of podcast platform Shout Out Network dazzled us with her story of starting her first podcast Melanin Millennials. This month she ran her first all day podcast festival with live recordings and debates with American podcast stars, British podcast heroes and a very lively audience.

DOTS conference
Make sure you snap up your discounted ticket for this year’s DOTS conference from our friends at Brilliant Noise – use the code SHESAYSBTN to get your ticket for just £175 +VAT.

Tea with Sali Hughes
What are you doing on 14 September at 1pm? I’m having tea with Guardian journalist and make-up expert, Sali Hughes, at a fundraiser for Brighton Oasis Project. This local charity is a substance misuse service for women and their children. If you fancy afternoon tea (and prosecco) at Hotel Du Vin and hear Sali Hughes speak from her new book, get your ticket now. or get involved in the exciting online auction.

Inspiring Pioneers #1
Scholar Mary Beard OBE is an extraordinary academic, here she is speaking on the topic of the female voice and how women have been silenced throughout history.  Mary Beard has received huge amounts of online abuse recently for explaining that the UK has been racially diverse since Roman times, but thankfully she won’t be keeping quiet any time soon.

Inspiring Pioneers #2
Here’s a moving and inspiring video from a couple of years ago, of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie motivating US graduates - you’ll remember her from her lecture “We Should All Be Feminists”.

Sheryl Sandberg on Desert Island Discs
Don’t miss hearing the COO of Facebook and author of awesome women in biz book, Lean In, on the BBC. Not sure about her music taste but her story is definitely worth a listen. :)

Thank you for your continued support of SheSays Brighton and see you at the next event!
Love Rifa and the SheSays Brighton team
Charlottesville – how to help

Posted on: September 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Save The World

SheSays: Save the World! a Brighton Digital Festival event

Thursday 21 September 2017 – 6pm (6.30pm start)

at Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

Welcome to a massive SheSays Brighton evening of networking at the Sallis Benney with four fabulous speakers, talking about the impact they are making to change the world. We’re proud to be part of Brighton Digital Festival for the 6th year running. Please register to get your free place.

We’re very excited to hear from the co-founder of global women in tech group Ada’s List, Anjali Ramachandran. Anjali is also Editor/Partnerships for Brighton based content studio Storythings and writes the Other Valleys newsletter that focuses on creativity and tech from outside of the Western world. She is an RSA Fellow and on the advisory board of Angel Academe, a pro-women angel investment group. @anjali28

We are honored to hear from Laura Jordan Bambach, co-founder of global group SheSays. She’s the creative partner at agency Mr President and is a former president for D&AD. Laura JB is a winner of numerous awards including ranked number one on The Drum’s Digerati list of the top 100 most influential digital people in 2014. The Guardian calls her a “digital female icon”. @laurajaybee

We’re delighted to have Jamila Prowse, the editor of Brighton based alternative magazine Typical Girls, creating positive representations of women, showcasing the work of female creatives, born out of a frustration at the lack of diversity in mainstream media. @TypicalGirlsMag

Be inspired by Michelle Watson who’s online dating service “My Favorite Hello” is designed for people with aspergers, autism and learning disabilities. She’s also the founder of London digital agency Winston Wolf with a focus on experience design and behavioural economics. Michelle worked for 17 years within the industry holding senior roles at DBG and Digitas. @MyfavehelloUK

Many thanks to University of Brighton School of Media for their kind support and to our gold sponsor Legal & General, and our Bronze sponsors: MadgexCell SoftwareRocket MillPlus AccountingBrilliant Noise and American Express UK for their generous sponsorship.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Rifa and the SheSays Brighton team

Proud to be part of Brighton Digital Festival 2017. All genders, ages and backgrounds welcome.

 SheSays Brighton is an open group offering FREE networking events with high quality speakers. We’re part of ‘SheSays’ – a global organisation empowering women in the digital and creative industries.

Find us on Linkedin - SheSays Brighton chapter and on Facebook & Twitter 

@SheSaysBrighton #shesaysbtn 

Our Gold sponsors:

Our Bronze sponsors:



Posted on: August 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

Hey, how are you doing? It’s been an emotional month with lots to process in the news and on social media. Take at least an hour each day for your own self-care, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired or anxious about current events.

Save the Date: I’m organising the next SheSays Brighton event and looking for sponsors. Let me know if your company would like to support us. For just £350 you’ll get your logo on the eventbrite invitation, which goes out to our 1300 members. Plus you’ll appear on the global SheSays website and the Brighton Digital Festival website. We’ll tweet our heart felt thanks plus you’ll know your company has supported a grass roots event run by volunteers that is making a difference in Brighton’s tech and business community. It’s on Thursday 21 Sept at the Sallis Benney Theatre  on the theme of SheSays: Save The World! contact

Refigure: Effortless Success workshop

There are a few places left on Sunday 24 September for the one day ‘micro retreat’ in Brighton. If you’re at a crossroads and you need the space and time to work out your next move go to for more details.
Don’t forget to follow @shesaysbrighton on Twitter and join us on Facebook, There’s also a Linkedin group you can join too – feel free to share anything you think is relevant to our members.

Where are they now?
We’ve had some amazing inspiring speakers at SheSays Brighton. When Emily Scoggins spoke at our Brighton Digital Festival event in 2013, she was in a senior position at a global burger chain. Her inspiring story included her passion for live music. I’m delighted she’s now the Head of Marketing at the world’s most successful venue, the O2 in London and loving every minute of it.

Inspiring Pioneers
The snap Election reminded me of when Brighton MP Caroline Lucas spoke at SheSays Brighton in 2014, talking about the radical notion of sustaining what you have, rather than chasing unlimited growth. I’m delighted she was not only re-elected MP for Brighton Pavillion but Caroline doubled her majority. A record number of female MPs were elected so there’ll be more than 200 women in this Parliament. Diane Abbott MP for Hackney, London, was re-elected with a record 44,000 votes, despite a barrage of abuse online and in the media. She was the first black woman in Parliament in 1987, comes from a working class background and went to Cambridge University. Read more about her 30 year career in politics here. The quote above came from an email reply she sent to me this month after I expressed my support for her.

Representation matters
A woman moved 5 NASA t-shirts from the boys section of her local store to the girls section. Read what happened next.

The Guilty Feminist podcast 
This particular episode is awesome, it’s about teaching your sons about feminism and how to be a good ally. Listen here.

Wonder Woman
There are so many great things about the new super hero movie Wonder Woman, go see it for yourself. Here’s what the rest of the world had to say about it  and why women are crying during the fight scenes. You’ll want to get that outfit for work.

Thank you for your continued support of SheSays Brighton and see you at the next event!
Love Rifa and the SheSays Brighton team
Choose Love


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