Blind Summits with Catherine Paynter at Cheltenham Tribe Night Launch


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Join us the night before our annual Women's Business Conference for a TRIBE NIGHT SPECIAL - free for all conference delegates, £10 for Tribe Night only.  Pre-booking essential here.

Catherine is the former England Women's Rugby Captain, Founder of Inspiring Women, speaker and author.

On 3rd Dec Catherine will be sharing her talk entitled "Blind Summits".

Catherine describes her rugby and business career as a series of ‘blind summits’. Always looking up, always moving forward and gaining confidence along the way in spite of setback. Catherine shares her stories and some of her most personal emotions in a very honest and refreshing delivery. She will lead her audience through her journey of incredible highs and heart-breaking lows whilst delivering her key messages that are fundamental to becoming and being a leader.

About Catherine Paynter

Catherine Spencer is a former England International Rugby player and captain who won 63 caps for her country. She played in two World Cup finals, eight 6 Nations championships, as well as a number of Nations Cup competitions and European Cup tournaments. Catherine won England player of the year in 2006 and picked up the Rugby Union Writers Club Award in 2010 recognising outstanding achievements within the sport both on and off the pitch; in 2011 she won the Linda Utley Award marking outstanding contribution to sport away from the pitch.

In April 2014, Catherine left full time employment with the RFU to set up and establish her own company called Inspiring Women. Inspiring Women is a platform ‘putting female voices first’ by encouraging and providing female public speakers for schools, business and other organisations.

Catherine is a regular in sports media including regular studio pundit work with a number of outlets including Sky Sports and the BBC; In 2017 she commentated on the Women’s Rugby World Cup with ITV which attracted record breaking viewer figures. Catherine has written published articles for the Independent on Sunday, the Sunday Times and Guardian Online and writes her own regular column for the popular weekly Rugby Paper.

Catherine is also Patron of Tag Rugby Trust; a charity that she has been involved with since 2007 which works across a number of developing countries with the aim to “Build futures through rugby”. She feels passionately about helping to develop communities around the world using rugby as tool. Most recently Catherine and TRT are building their Female Inspiration through Rugby or FITR programme in Zimbabwe.

The award of an Honorary Doctorate in September 2018 by Canterbury Christchurch University is recognition of a life time of dedication to her own sporting career and more recently her passion to help others.

Catherine has also written her memoir “Mud, Maul, Mascara” with publication due in February 2020.

About Tribe Nights

CONNECT OVER DRINKS AND NIBBLES with women who totally ‘get’ what it feels like to be you at the Cheltenham Women's Business Club. Let your hair down and enjoy relaxed and social business networking with a speaker. Our Tribe Nights are mini-eco systems of encouragement and empowerment for women who have or would like to start a business or would like to meetup with other women after work in a relaxed by business focused event. We’ve partnered up with stylish venues, in the very heart of your community, to host our meetups, where you buy your own drinks and nibbles.

About Women's Business Conference

Entrepreneurs, executives, and employees from across the UK are flocking to Cheltenham this December to be inspired with a day of connection opportunities with high calibre businesswomen, quality business networking as well as: Awards | Dragoness' Den | Exhibitors | Fashion Show | Speakers This year we are proud to welcome special guest, Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black's Chocolate.

Women's Business Conference is proudly sponsored by QuickBooks

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