Durham Business School launches its first ‘Durham Convention’
(8 June 2009)
Durham Business School has launched its first ‘Durham Convention’ with a trio of high profile speakers. Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic, Alan Wilkinson Chambers MBE and Lesley Everett, international authority on ‘Personal Branding’ visited Durham last week to speak at the ‘Durham Convention’, the first event of its kind to be organised by Durham Business School.
Attended by an audience of over 90 people, the event had been planned with several key groups in mind, including regional businesses and the Business School’s alumni. In addition it provided the Business School’s postgraduate students with a valuable networking opportunity and formed part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. Workshops focussing on career development and recruitment were led by Mark Simpson, Director (UK Operations) Nigel Wright Recruitment and Christopher Lyons, a former senior executive with Abbey National and Minster Trust Ltd. The first of the high profile speakers, entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi commented: “The main message I’d like today’s audience to take away is that anyone can do it… sometimes life has a tendency to beat us down, but we should find our dream and follow it.” Personal branding guru, Lesley Everett followed; sharing her ‘seven points on how to maximise your personal brand’. Alan Wilkinson Chambers rounded off the event with an awe-inspiring account of the leadership, commitment and teamwork, explaining how he led the first successful British Team to walk unsupported from Canada to the Geographical North Pole. Timothy Clark, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the School commented: “We are delighted to welcome these remarkable speakers to Durham. I am sure that, like me, everyone at the Convention has been inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership qualities and ‘can-do’ attitude.”