Inspiring Women in the Events Industry Panel Discussion at The Curtain (March 2019)

We’ve been going for almost four years now and whilst over the years we have recognised how valuable a panel would be to our members, we could never find the perfect topic that would engage everyone and ensure we delivered valuable content and insights from whom we deemed, inspiring people. With International Women’s Day earlier this month we thought what a better time to launch our panel series and last Monday we held our first educational event!


The topic was “Inspiring Women in the Events Industry”, the venue was the super cool The Curtain and the speakers were Annette Morgan, Senior Events Executive in the Major Events team at EY;  Holly Moore, Founder and Managing Director of Make Events and Chriscelle Capito, Head of Sales of The Curtain.  The turnout was amazing!  The tickets for our event were free to our members and sold via Eventbrite for non-members and had sold out within a few weeks of going on sale.  We were overwhelmed with the response!

The Curtain was our amazing host for the event and provided probably the BEST set-up for a panel discussion I have ever seen. We held the event in the Design Studio which fits up to 50 people comfortably and provides for a lovely informal setting with its own private bar and cloakroom. Prior to the panel start, guests met and mingled over bubbles and nibbles in the Hatch which is stunning. Split over two floors, the Hatch is a split-level space with booth seating, private bar and retractable roof! This space would be fab for a drinks reception.

You are spoilt for choice for meeting and events spaces, the largest space (the ballroom) can fit up to 150 for dinner and dancing and 350 standing, you also have a private screening room which can take up to 35 seated, a boardroom for up to 20 and many more. You can see a full list of all the meeting and events spaces here.

Who Run the World?! Girls…

Our panel discussion kicked off with an introduction on our speakers and a bit about their background before we kicked off with the topics.  Our Speakers:

Holly Moore
Holly Moore is the Founder and Managing Director of Make Events, a corporate events agency based in Manchester. Make Events was set up in 2012 to design creative, exciting and unique events for the corporate client. Over the last 6 years, the business has grown significantly in terms of turnover and staff.

Holly also sits on the board of the Manchester PA Network; Events Director of the Manchester PA Awards; Director of Holly Moore Events which services her exclusive personal clients and is developing her own brand of I am Holly Moore for coaching, speaking and mentoring.

In August 2018, we held our first event with Make Events where we explored Manchester, you can read all about the amazing 48 hours we had here.


Annette Morgan
Annette Morgan is a Senior Events Executive in the Major Events team at EY. Annette has extensive experience organizsing B2B events within the professional services sector.

Starting at legal firm Slaughter and May, and then Ashurst, Annette joined EY in 2015, and now delivers a range of events including The EY Art Sponsorship Events Programme and the UK&I Partners Conference.

Annette is currently part of the Fast Forward 2018-2019 programme, chairs EY’s Brand Marketing and Comms Innovation Team and is a keen member of the Eventprofslive Networking Group.

Chriscelle Capito 
Chriscelle Capito is Head of Sales at The Curtain.   Chriscelle has extensive experience within the hotel industry from the Langham in Sydney, the Lancaster London and now is at the amazing Curtain Hotel.


The Topics

The topics we wanted to discuss were mentoring and coaching, well-being and agile working, challenges in the events industry and our favourite topic… tips on creating your own events business/the side hustle and discuss we did. You can see all the clips and insights from the panel on our YouTube channel here.

We loved our very educational event and are currently planning the next one!  Watch this space for more details soon…..


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