New Networking Group for Women in aid of Chiltern Centre

A brand-new networking group is launching this month in Henley. The Henley Female Networking Group has been established to bring together women for conversation, connection, community, growth, inspiration, learning and support.

Each month the networking, hosted by Life and Mindset Coach, Harriet Barcella will welcome a guest speaker to inspire, challenge and provoke conversation. There will be plenty of time for individual and group conversations around the topics with an emphasis on making connections both professionally and personally.

The first event, taking place from 9am–10.30am on Friday 27 January at Leander Club includes guest speaker Jacki Hill-Murphy. Jacki is an explorer, teacher, author and speaker and has spent the past few years exploring and filming some of the most inhospitable and remote places on earth. In 2007 Jacki left her job as an English and Drama teacher to pursue a life of adventure, and now lives with the aim to inspire people by the lives of great women and to promote adventure and the outdoors. With three published books, Jacki’s most recent project has been to recreate the journeys of the early female explorers; spurred on by the fusion of amazing, unsung women from history and her love of travel.

Future guest speakers include local businesswoman and chair of the Henley Business Partnership, Niki Shafer and ex GB rower and current manager of Boats not Bars – an initiative to use rowing in rehabilitation of prisoners – Imogen Walsh.

Tickets are £20 including a continental breakfast and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Chiltern Centre – a local charity dedicated to empowering young people with disabilities to live life to the full.

Host and founder of the event, Harriet Barcella says, “This is an event that brings together all the things that I love the most – supporting women, connection and community, the opportunity to keep learning and growing and the chance to raise money for a cause that I’m passionate about. We are so excited to have Jacki as our first speaker – she is a truly extraordinary woman and such a fitting guest for our first event. I for one can’t wait to hear her talk.”

Tickets for the event and more information can be found at


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