LONDON, November 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Michelle Feeney centre with joint WPR Presidents Susan Hardwick (left) and Angela Oakes (right)
Honouring its 50th anniversary, networking organisation WPR (Women in Public Relations) welcomed industry expert and revolutionary businesswoman, Michelle Feeney, as a guest speaker at a dinner on the theme of "Women in the Boardroom" at 5 Cavendish Square, London.
"The theme of the event is very relevant to WPR as statistics show that whilst PR as an industry is very female focused (with 66% of the workforce being women) when it comes to the boardroom only 22% of directors are women. The need to have more women going onto the boards of leading businesses has been a major focus in the media these past few months and Michelle's experiences are incredibly helpful to our members to assist them in focusing on their next career moves" commented Joint WPR President Sue Hardwick.
An engaged audience of senior women PR practitioners were treated to a motivational and thought-provoking talk from Michelle, who is the CEO of PZ Cussons Beauty, as she enlightened all guests with key tips to follow in her footsteps.
Since beginning her career in the early 1980's, Michelle's phenomenal work-ethic and determination to succeed has ensured her swift progress, following her beginnings with PR guru Lynne Franks.
After revealing that she refers to herself as an 'accidental CEO', due to never originally foreseeing her current boardroom success, Michelle spoke of her persistent nature and her tendency of 'occasionally biting off more than I can chew'. Regarding her earlier move to America as a truly life-changing event, Michelle then reasoned that she has never faced any restrictions or major sacrifices during her career, for she considers her position an all-hours role. Still, she balances this with her family life.
Today, with 30 years of success and expertise to her name, Michelle highlighted the value of mentoring via boards of advisors and empowering influencers. The audience were fed motivational tales and encouraged to regard any role not just as a 'job', but as a 'career'.
Regarding her own PR background she added: "PR can and should influence business success at the very highest level and I can only encourage the PR women here this evening to be ambitious and confident to make it to the boardroom. You have it within your own power to do this and you can succeed."
Michelle concluded by congratulating WPR on being such a great organisation.
For information on WPR please go to http://www.womeninpr.org.uk
WPR is a sector group of the PRCA and a networking organisation for senior women working in the PR industry. It provides an important platform to enable members to share their experiences, assist one another in business and exchange ideas. WPR offers support for its members and during its 50 year history has helped to shape the development of the PR profession as a whole. WPR works to encourage and promote the highest standards of professionalism and to assist and support younger members within the profession.
For further press information please contact WPR Joint-Presidents Sue Hardwick on +44-(0)7710-260743 or Angela Oakes on +44-(0)7860-492914.