Women in Furniture Network confirm three speakers for upcoming event

The Women in Furniture Network (WIFN) will be taking their second event to the Iron House Gallery in Birmingham on the 25 October.

The event is based around the theme of Mentorship and how it can positively benefit a woman’s career in the furniture industry. It will feature three speakers at the event, which include:

Emma Botham, eBay, Senior Category Manager (Furniture)

Emma is a Senior Category Manager at eBay specialising in the furniture category. She’s worked at eBay for 2 and a half years following 10 years of experience buying home textiles.

At eBay she’s responsible for managing bedroom furniture, working with companies to grow their furniture business on eBay. Emma is passionate about sustainability which is why eBay is the perfect fit, being able to work with companies and brands who sell more sustainably through eBay.

Heather Agan de Visser, Fierce Coaching, Coach, Consultant & Speaker

Heather is a speaker, coach and ‘creator of space’. She helps people to connect to their unique inner power, and live life feeling more energised, connected and confident. Working with organisations and individuals, Heather offers workshops, keynote talks and group programmes in person, online & hybrid. She creates space for people to explore their inner wisdom, teaching simple, effective tools that have life-long impact. She has a talent for getting to the heart of a subject, taking on big topics & making them easy to understand.

Heather combines leadership & listening, philosophy, behavioural science & deep wisdom to inspire, support & lead her clients as they step into their power and live from connection and confidence. Working with Heather, you learn how to connect with their inner power, learn to trust it, and confidently follow it to create the life you really want.

Zoe Bonser, Portfolio Director, Retail Division, Clarion Events

Zoë has worked in the Events and Exhibition industry for over 20 years for leading publication and events companies such as; Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, Haymarket Media Group, i2i Events, Ascential, ITE Group and most recently Clarion Events where she held roles as Show Director for the consumer Baby Shows and now Portfolio Director for the trade Retail division.

As Portfolio Director, Zoë currently oversees 7 live events in the retail sector including January Furniture Show and Manchester Furniture Show, Home & Gift, Top Drawer Spring and Autumn, Scotland Trade Fair Spring and Autumn, as well as the digital platform REVEAL.  Zoë is passionate about supporting young talent, coaching and mentoring and in particular empowering women within the work place to fulfil their potential. Zoë has successfully launched 3 networks dedicated to women, latterly the Women in Furniture Network, which aims to improve the visibility of women in the furniture sector as well as providing much needed networking opportunities and access to a new mentoring platform.

Event Information:

For more than 30 years, Clarion Retail has been dedicated to curating best-in-industry furniture shows that connect businesses worldwide. During that time, the team have seen countless women push the boundaries and drive the industry in ground-breaking ways.   

The Women in Furniture Network was born out of Clarion Retail’s belief in the power of connection, collaboration, and celebration of women’s achievements. No matter the role or position in the furniture industry, the Women in Furniture Network offers a supportive space where attendees can grow and thrive professionally. Clarion Retail have created a platform and network where women can share their perspectives to learn and connect with other like-minded women in the industry through specialized networking events to support professional growth in a male-dominated industry.

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