Overcoming Obstacles with Steve Judge: We Are Wakefield and Wakefield First Collaboration

In an inspiring collaboration aimed at fostering a culture of equality and diversity within the Wakefield District’s business community, We Are Wakefield and Wakefield First joined hands to host a groundbreaking event. The gathering, held today at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, welcomed business owners and decision-makers from various sectors, all looking to overcome obstacles and achieve their GOLD!

At the heart of today’s event was a transformative workshop led by none other than Steve Judge, acclaimed author of “GOLD” and a renowned motivational speaker. With three accolades as the Professional Speaking Associations speaker of the Year, Steve Judge brought unparalleled expertise and insight to the table.

Steve’s journey from wheelchair to world champion serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. Through his experiences, he has gleaned invaluable lessons, firmly believing that every obstacle presents an opportunity for growth and empowerment. His message resonates deeply with individuals at every level of the business sector.

The workshop, aptly titled “Overcoming Obstacles,” delved into the five winning ways to unlock the power of one’s potential and achieve personal and professional goals. Drawing from his own journey of championing equality, diversity, and inclusion, Steve provided attendees with practical tools, inspiration, and motivation to navigate their own paths toward success.

Steve’s session was not merely a theoretical discourse but a practical guide rooted in real-life experiences. Attendees left the workshop armed with actionable strategies and a newfound sense of empowerment, ready to implement positive change within their organisations.

In a world where diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognised as essential drivers of innovation and success, events like this serve as catalysts for change. By coming together to learn, share, and collaborate, the Wakefield business community reaffirmed its commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

As we reflect on the insights gained and the connections forged at today’s event, let us carry forward the spirit of empowerment and inclusivity into our workplaces and beyond. Together, we can create a brighter, more prosperous future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, irrespective of background or circumstance.

We Are Wakefield’s & The Mayor of Wakefield’s International Women’s Day Extravaganza: A Celebration of Inspiration and Inclusion

On 8th March2024, We Are Wakefield, in collaboration with the Mayor of Wakefield and Wakefield Council, orchestrated a spectacular celebration at the iconic Wakefield Town Hall to mark International Women’s Day. The Kingswood Suite, adorned with history and elegance, set the stage for an event that brought together influential women leaders and a community eager to celebrate and discuss the strides made towards gender equality.

The morning kicked off with a lineup of exceptional key speakers, each leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of the audience. The Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Josie Pritchard, and Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, graced the stage with powerful messages of empowerment and progress. Tracy Carpenter from Mint HR and Lucy Ndlovu of Progressive Talent CIC shared their personal and professional journeys, inspiring everyone present.

Guiding the morning’s proceedings with finesse and enthusiasm was the Managing Director of We Are Wakefield, Claire Sutherley DL.

After the enlightening speeches, the audience participated in a lively quiz focused on inspirational women. Laughter and excitement filled the room as participants tested their knowledge about women who have left an indelible mark on history. The event also featured a raffle and tombola, generating enthusiasm and providing an opportunity for attendees to contribute to a noble cause.

The funds raised during the event will be directed towards the Mayor’s Charity: Andy’s Man Club and Community Foundation Wakefield District‘s Women’s Fund. In a commendable show of community support, Prosper Wakefield District pledged to generously match the funds raised, amplifying the impact on these vital initiatives.

The morning concluded with a delightful lunch and networking session, allowing attendees to connect, share experiences, and forge new connections. The historic venue provided a stunning backdrop, with access to The Mayor’s Parlour and The Old Courtroom, offering a glimpse into the rich history of Wakefield.

Chris Whittam Photography skilfully captured the essence of the event, freezing in time the moments of elation, excitement, and sheer joy that permeated the venue.

The International Women’s Day event at Wakefield Town Hall was not just a celebration; it was a declaration of commitment to inspire inclusion. The theme #InspireInclusion resonated throughout the morning, leaving attendees invigorated and empowered to continue the journey towards a more inclusive and equal society. As the event came to a close, the echoes of inspirational stories and shared joy lingered, serving as a testament to the collective strength and unity of Wakefield’s women.





Fanfare Music’s Winning Collaboration!

Fanfare Music hosted a corporate songwriting evening on 16th January at their studio in Ossett for the WAW team and We Are Wakefield members:
Diana Holden Bid Writing Service Ltd
Solupak Ltd
Wordsmiths UnLimited
Chris Whittam Photography
Blossom CIC

Participants came with a variety of levels of musical confidence but over the course of the evening learnt chords on the piano and about the chord structure of pop songs.
After a vocal warm up, Jenna taught participants to play the chords to two pop songs on the piano and we took it in turns to play and sing. However, the main business of the evening was creating our very own We Are Wakefield song and in teams participants wrote chord progressions and lyrics for the verses, chorus and a bridge.
When it came to recording the song, those who wanted to, sang a solo line and everyone else was involved with the chorus and the rap! It was a great evening, and we can offer something similar, or something totally different, to you and your team – musical theatre, burlesque, songwriting, rock band, learning instruments, singing, drama, improvisation, even visual art – use your imagination.

Creativity is the key to productivity in any workplace and we’d love to help unleash your team’s creative superpowers.
Drop Jenna an email: hello@fanfaremusic.com to book some creative time in the diary for your team.

“We’re delighted to award Jenna the winning tickets for all her hard work on this collaborative event!” Jenna wins tickets to see how team work makes the dream work at Castleford Tigers!

Listen to the song here: