International Women's Day at Badoo HQ!
Healthy Chelsea & Wise was invited to the headquarters of the world's largest dating app 'Badoo' in Soho to celebrate International Women's Day in style, with a women's-only healthy lunch prepared by none other than Tess Ward, and a Q & A panel of prominent successful women.
Influential chef Tess Ward was on hand to prepare a deliciously healthy buffet lunch which was heartily enjoyed by all guests including Ashley James (Hoxton Radio), Nadia Essex (Celebs Go Dating) and Valerie Stark (founder of Huggle app)
The panel was hosted by television and radio presenter, Gemma Cairney and brought Daisy Lowe, Tess Ward, Tracy Edwards MBE, Karren Brady CBE together to discuss topics important to them including gender equality, the power of saying no and how to succeed in traditionally male-dominated industries from football to rowing to catering.
'It’s about women supporting other women and encouraging men to join us, come in, stand with us -don’t be the idiot on the outside! Women are the future!' said Tracy Edwards who struggled her entire life to be recognised as a female yachtsman in a male-dominated sport, leading the first all-female crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World race.
Karren Brady CBE, a successful business woman working in everything from football to The Apprentice, commented that the title that suits her best is that of a 'working mother', explaining that 'It's not important if you're not there for every sport's day and parent meeting. Teaching your kids independence and the importance of valuing themselves is the best thing you can do, and do you know what, they turn out alright in the end!'
Models Daisy Lowe and Tess Ward both explained that, despite their success and notoriety, they are plagued with anxiety and low self-esteem, with Lowe proclaiming women should 'Follow your bliss!' rather than listen to internal fears.
All attendees were gifted The Sunday Times Bestseller Otegha Uwagba's Little Black Book - A Toolkit for Working Women to help inspire them to be female-bosses just like the panellists.
Badoo prides itself on its ambition to address the gender-balance within the tech industry, which has been a traditionally male-dominated arena. Over a third (36 per cent) of Badoo’s workforce is made up of women – over double the industry average of 17 per cent* - a figure which the brand is continually looking to increase by encouraging new female entrants into the industry.