This week our director is participating in the Trigger Your Blog blogging challenge. Today she is sharing about her recent visit to the House of Lords, representing Pennine Cycles.
Life is an interesting journey. Don’t you think? Last month I received an invitation from Microsoft to go to the House of Lords for a Women in Business event. I could not refuse as I love going to London.
I booked the train tickets and upgraded to first class. It didn’t cost much more and it included breakfast. I thought this was a good idea because the event was mid-afternoon so there wouldn’t be much time for food. This also meant I was able to go into the First Clas lounge at Leeds train station. I don’t like to be rushing and much prefer to enjoy what I am doing, living in the moment.
The House of Lords
Once I arrived in London I headed straight for Westminster on the tube. It was a red hot day in London so I sat outside of Westminster Abbey to watch the world go by. I admired Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. They are always impressive no matter how many times you see them. I had a wander to the Emily Pankhurst statue. What a lady she was. I had watched the film Suffragette on my flight to Beijing a few months earlier when I went to showcase our Bradford made Pennine bikes.
It was soon time to enter the House of Lords. I went through security which reminded me of an airport. The building is remarkable and when you first enter you walk through a huge room which has hosted Kings, Queens and Diplomats throughout the ages. I was directed upstairs and into the House of Lords.
The event was a panel focusing on women in business. It was a packed room and plenty of discussions took place. I shared how I was saddened that the equality for young women today didn’t seem much different to when I was a young woman starting my career. The issues raised seemed to be the same!
It was great to be part of the event and hear from other ladies (and a few men) in business.
Once the event was over I walked to Trafalgar Square, passing Downing Street along the way before meeting my cousin for a bite to eat. Then I made my way home on the train, not First Class this time and reflected on the day.
It was an interesting day and I’ll be heading back to London next week for another women in business event, which a few years ago I was a case study in. I feel very lucky to be invited and included in so many fantastic events.