“We will make the rest of the world sit up and take notice of what women can, should and will achieve” said Councillor Flo Clucas OBE as she was inaugurated as the first President of WICED (the Women’s International Centre for Economic Development in Liverpool).

The presentation of the presidential broach and offical inauguration took place on International women’s day in conjunction with WICED’s annual lecture – “Developing Women’s Entrepreneurial Talent” presented by Professor Colette Henry.

Chair of the board for WICED Alison Price commented that she was “proud and delighted” to inaugurate Councillor Flo Clucas and praised her for her continued support and hard work on women’s enterprise.

Held at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre the lecture was attended by local council members, leading local enterprise initiatives, representatives from the Universities, and female entrepreneurs.

Following on from Councillor Clucas’ moving speech where she told the attendees
“As women we are making a statement about what we want other women to be able to do”
Professor Henry gave an insight into ways to help women to overcome the barriers that prevent them from making their dreams a reality.

Making it clear that she believes in empowering women to believe in their own ability, Professor Henry also added that it is essential to
“give women a realistic picture of their journey to where they want to be. It won’t be easy, but with the right support they CAN do it”.

To keep informed of the developments with WICED follow this link. And to see more photographs from the event check out our flickr album.