#SheInspiresMe Lunch 2017
Celebrating the inspiring power of women
About the event
The #SheInspiresMe Lunch, this year sponsored by VANLELES, is an annual gathering celebrating the inspirational power of women. Focusing on the successes and challenges facing women both in the UK and internationally, the Lunch is a unique opportunity to debate and consider the current global position of women.
The event was hosted by Women for Women International Ambassador MyAnna Buring. Keynote speaker Clarissa Ward, multi award-winning Senior International Correspondent for CNN, then joined MyAnna in conversation. She spoke movingly about her experiences in Syria and Bangladesh meeting women survivors of conflict and sexual violence, and the importance of creating a sense of sisterhood between women around the world. The event was a great success and over £93,000 was raised to support our work. A huge thank you to our Ambassador Charlotte Olympia for creating a bespoke #SheInspiresMe clutch to celebrate the day.
Meet Our speaker
For more than a decade, Clarissa Ward has reported from front lines across the world including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Georgia. She has distinguished herself with in-depth, high-risk reporting often focusing on the untold stories of what life is really like for those caught in the crossfire.
Meet our host
MyAnna has been an Ambassador for Women for Women International for several years. She has represented us at several events, including our She Inspires Art Gala in 2015. MyAnna is best known for her roles in The Descent, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2, Ripper Street, Downton Abbey and In The Dark.
With thanks to our sponsor
At the helm of VANLELES Diamonds is the founder Vania Leles; a modern day fine jeweller and devoted humanitarian. Her passion for precious metals and gems took her to the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America where she honed her skills alongside industry leaders and, following graduation held positions at a number of leading institutions.
Having witnessed first-hand the harsh illegal diamond trade in Africa, Vania remains personally involved in sourcing all diamonds and gemstones. Constantly travelling the world, Vania strives to source the most beautiful stones always from ethical and sustainable sources, collaborating with renowned artisans and delivering the most exceptional product and service.