Meet the ladies who are making City Women Speakers the most inclusive, diverse and friendly public speaking club for women.
President – Laura Kane
At City Women Speakers, we look forward to meeting guests and new members, whilst supporting all of our existing members. Whether you are looking for a place to network, fine tune your public speaking skills or practise your elevator pitch, we hope to see you at our next club meeting!
Vice President Mentorship – Carrie Gow
I joined City Women Speakers in October 2015, planning to be a member for just a year but here we are 6 years later and I’m still treasuring my membership; my club and my fellow members. Informal mentoring, by way of the constant support and encouragement we give each other, are “part & parcel” of our club however as VP Mentoring, I look after the formal mentoring programme.
The more I put into CWS, the more I get out of it. I am rewarded regularly as I watch the mentors and mentees experience the same thing – the joy of new friendships, the confidence each woman gains in their role (mentor/mentee) and how they go on to putting more into their membership, their career and their personal life with the skills they learn with us.
Secretary – Liza Navoschik
Sergeant At Arms – Martha Wurm
Vice President Education –Agnieska Rzesniowiecka
Hi, welcome to City Women Speakers – I’m glad you’re here! My goal as the VP Education is to support you with your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills goals as a member.
The things I enjoy most about being part of this club are lovely and inspiring club members, the quality of feedback you receive, and the diversity of backgrounds and speaking styles – I feel like I always learn a few tips or techniques at every meeting.
My personal journey of public speaking started 10 years ago – in that time, I progressed from not being able to speak in front of anyone to regular speaking engagements at top industry events. The City Women Speakers club has been instrumental to this progress – taking on roles, experimenting, safely failing, testing real-life work presentations, and getting lots of encouraging and constructive feedback were all things I took away from meetings and benefitted from in my personal and professional life.
I encourage you to take the first step and visit one of our meetings as a guest – we’d love to see you!
Vice President Membership – Kate McLachlan
Having been a member of City Women Speakers for a couple of years, as a VPM I am looking forward to meeting new members and introducing them to the amazing people in our Toastmasters group.
I joined Toastmasters to gain confidence in public speaking, as part of my role as an events manager I’m more behind the scenes so I didn’t have many opportunities to practice speaking in front of a group of people. It’s not just about getting up on a stage to speak – I’ve gained confidence with speaking up in meetings and dealing with virtual meetings and having a positive presence during those.
Vice President Public Relations – Veronica Bogdacenco
I’ve been a member of City Women Speakers for more than two years, and I am still impressed with the fantastic development opportunities it offers. City Women Speakers is not some silver bullet for public speaking phobia. It’s not about paying a lot of money and expecting quick results. Just like you cannot lose weight overnight, you need time and practice to become a confident and eloquent public speaker.
My primary role as a VP of Public Relations is to improve and promote the club’s online presence. I am the geek of the team, the one-person band that built and manages this website.
Treasurer – Armelle Cressent
Armelle joined the precursor to CWS in 2014 (WIBF Speakers City Club) and was appointed as VPM in her first year. After a break she decided to rejoin as she was missing the spirit of the club, a supportive environment with a good mix of professionalism and fun. She is a strong supporter of the club mentoring scheme. She became Treasurer in 2021.