5 Minutes With.... Laura Edwards

Mon, March 8th, 2021
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Laura Edwards, Events Manager of the Liverpool Chamber

To celebrate International Women's Day we spent 5 minutes talking with our very own Laura Edwards.

Introduce yourself!

My name is Laura Edwards and I am the Events Manager at Liverpool Chamber.

What does a typical working day look like?

In a pre-covid world, there was no such thing as a typical working day in events! I could be viewing venues, meeting members, designing seating plans etc. These days it’s a cup of tea, answering emails and zoom! It also depends where you are in the cycle with your events; for instance if one of the bigger events is imminent, there is a very different energy, with lots of checklists and running around and reacting to the inevitable last minute changes and alterations. It’s never dull.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

To trust my instincts and take chances. We do tend to spend wasted energy on questioning our choices sometimes, and yet it always seems that the right answers are the simplest ones, staring us in the face. Some clichés just happen to be true: everything happens for a reason. So don’t overthink it.

Who is your role model in business?

Not really anyone specific but I always admire anyone who balances their busy professional and personal lives. For instance when you see a successful employer or employee who also happens to be a parent, or a business leader who has interests in charitable or community work. Work is tiring and stressful sometimes. When you see people who get up each day and take on so much, it puts things in perspective.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

I’m very proud to be from Liverpool and I am so passionate about my home city. Liverpool is such a unique place, with so many diverse cultures and traditions. We are home to multi-national organisations to small independent businesses and everything in between. Plus, you can feel the growth of the city these past few years and the goodwill to keep the city transforming and relevant on the world stage. The way the city responded last year to protect the hospitality industry for example, a cornerstone of our city, is testament to that. There are still some great years ahead for LCR.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s a chance to celebrate women as not only equal members of society in every aspect, but to remember the struggle women have had to reach this point. It is also a chance to raise awareness that although a huge positive change has happened, there is still room to improve. Women have always been pitted against each other, whether it be celebrities in the media, or in movies, however I have noticed a ‘Women Empowering Women’ campaign which has become a very popular topic on social media of late. Things like that which keep the narrative fresh and keep asking questions are important.

What’s your International Women’s Day message?

That there is no one way to be successful as a woman. Even with all the changes that have happened I think we still put too much pressure on ourselves to be a certain way or a certain someone. Technology and social media means everyone has an opinion on everything these days. Just be happy and be true to yourself. Everything else is semantics.

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