That was 2016… and here is what to expect from 2017…

Authored by Emma Blaney, Founding Member and Founder and Director of Productive Property People.

Happy 2017 Doyennes! Hope you are having a marvellous year so far and looking forward to an incredible year ahead… we certainly are!

Following the launch of Doyenne in 2016,the leasehold industries first women’s only group, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making it such a wonderful success. When we put our heads together and came up with the idea of a forum to connect and inspire women in the leasehold sector we never imagined how quickly it would grow or the amazing feedback we would receive. Yes, we know, the men want to come but they have had their opportunity, this time is ours!

So, what is in store for 2017? We had two successful events in 2016 and we are pleased to announce that we will be holding further events this year. The first event date is the 23rd March 2017- put it in your diaries- more information to follow!

In addition to the events we will also be publishing regular content across our media platforms. We will be authoring a monthly ‘Doyennes Discuss’ article where will be discussing issues affecting our industry and women in business. This won’t just be us though, we are looking for you to take part and we are aiming to have different women from different sectors discussing different issues each month. Please email us at if you want to take part of you have a suggestion for a discussion piece.

We have also launched our ‘Doyenne of the Quarter’. This is an opportunity for you to nominate a woman from the industry that has inspired you. It is easy… please just email us with their name, contact details and of course the reason for your nomination. We will then use our media platforms to announce the successful nominee, a bit about them and, of course, the reason why we believed they were worthy of this accolade.

So, on that note we need our first ever ‘Doyenne of the Quarter’ and I cannot think of anyone more worthy then our very own Alice Cadfan-Lewis. Alice is an inspiration to all women in the industry, having set up and managed some of the most successful recruitment companies in the industry, built an amazing client base because of her authenticity and dedication and she still has time to support and encourage everyone she meets to be their best self. I know I had the only nomination for this quarter but I know that for all of you that have had the pleasure of meeting Alice you won’t disagree.

Finally, your feedback is of the up most importance to us. We want to make sure that you continue to enjoy our events and make use of the content we publish and share. On this basis, we will be issuing a short survey in the coming weeks to get your feedback. I know you are all busy but if you could please take 5 minutes to respond to ensure that we continue to provide what you want to see we would be most grateful.

Wishing you all a fantastic 2017!

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