East London Creative Women Business Network

East London Creative Business Women  Network  ran between October 2012 -September 2013. We worked with over 50 women with a wider network of over 100 women. The East London Creative Business Women  Network Facebook page still exists and grows to this day

Open To Create… had an amazing time creating with deep:black to co-design, promote, launch, run monthly and consciously close the #ELCBWN 

East London Creative Business Women's Network - an Open To Create... / deep:black partnership

East London Creative Business Women’s Network – an Open To Create… / deep:black partnership






Image by Anna B. Sexton

East London Creative Business Women Network – together growing sustainable creative businesses in East London


The network meet up monthly to openly discuss ideas and challenges peer to peer with other women creative business leaders in East London

It targeted female creative business leaders in East London who were running creative social enterprises or businesses.

We set up the network to support women with

  • lack head space to honestly address new ideas and challenges
  • limited access to support and resources
  • Beliefs of being held back by fears of taking your business to the next level
  • Feelings of uncertainty about your personal and professional leadership power
  • Feelings of isolation as a women business leader
  • Lack of clarity about what exactly doesn’t work in your business, why it doesn’t and what could work instead

The network successfully offered

  • The power of shared experience
  • A safe space to be authentic and honest about your vision and challenges
  • A place to share and reality-test your ideas and project plans
  • A space that will be nurturing and challenging, and will encourage you to grow your own enjoyment and effectiveness of leadership
  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, accountable and doing-business community: we get stuff done!
  • The opportunity to increase your abilities and access to resources to significantly grow your business i.e. the longer term an idea is to use the BNI model of in-group referrals to share business opportunities
  • A place to learn and try out creative tools and techniques to look at things from a different perspective
  • Guest speakers from a range of inspiring women creative business leaders including those who have won awards and are respected as leaders in their fields

We were featured by Prowess, Ideas Tap and sold our tickets via Eventbrite.

A typical evening was promoted via flyers, emails and tweeting – HERE

Find out more about the East London Creative Businesses Women’s Network and our successes – please drop either Anna or Petra a line;

Anna B. Sexton                         Petra Hilgers

Director                                            Founding Director

Open To Create…                          deep:black

07941 655 856                             07963 492 880

anna@opentocreate.com        petra@deepblack.org.uk



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