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Delyth Evans, Executive Director of Smart Works

On the 12th November, OxWIB members had the opportunity to attend a talk given by Delyth Evans, the Executive Director of Smart Works (formerly Dress for Success London), in the Old Library of Hertford College. Delyth spoke in great detail about the work of Smart Works, a charity helping women who have nothing to wear for a job interview. These women are referred to Smart Works by a job centre or other charity and often are lacking in confidence and in need of not only clothes but also advice on the interview itself. A team of stylists pick out an outfit, the clothes donated by City workers or retailers, and then the woman receives specific interview preparation for the job they are applyi

Skill Session with Barclays

On Monday 11th November, OxWIB members were invited to attend a Female Skills Session run by Barclays. The workshop was not specifically related to banking or even the finance industry, but instead aimed to empower young women and equip them with the skills required to further their careers. The first topic we considered was what we as females today can offer that women ten years ago could not. We were then shown a video created for International Women's Day (this can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaf_X9qSeVY) that provided some interesting statistics about developments that have impacted women in the workplace. This was a useful activity in making us realise just how far w

Wendy Hart, Corporate Finance Partner at Grant Thornton

Wendy Hart read History at St Anne's College, graduating in 1988. She joined Grant Thornton in the same year, and was quickly put forward for Partnership. Today, she works as a Corporate Finance and Strategic Advisory Specialist. Oxford Women in Business was delighted to host her on Tuesday 5th November. Wendy applied to Grant Thornton after graduating, when the accounting firm was one of the 'Big 7', and the largest in Oxford. Despite being offered jobs in London, she decided to stay in Oxford and work within the growing business community here. She first joined the Audit Practice section of the company first, which she explained was daunting for her as somebody who was not naturally nume