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MARCH 2018 - ABBIE MOTIVATES WOMEN IN BUSINESS AT DELOITTE

Global accountancy firm, Deloitte, has a respected inclusion agenda with a sharp focus on culture change alongside gender balance, ethnicity and agile working. Deloitte is passionate about supporting talented women to re-enter the workplace after a career break. Contributing to this aim of helping women to transition back into work, 9-2-3 Jobs is delighted to help women returners at Deloitte - and has brought in Abbie Cooke as their guest speaker.

Abbie has been invited to inspire talented business women and get them ‘work ready’ following a career break to have children. Becoming a proud mum herself for the first time at almost 40, Abbie has learnt how to shift gear and step back into the world of work after having her daughter. Now firmly back in the saddle, she speaks about her life before motherhood and her previous work in financial services for Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte and Moore Stephens accountants as a marketing professional. She also describes her leadership role at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and her experience as an army reserve captain in the elite Media Operations Group.  An engaging speaker, Abbie empowers women to embrace change, re-ignite self-belief and transition into a new arena of work-life-balance.  

Abbie has founded a portfolio of business start-ups and holds an art history degree and an MSc in Entrepreneurship which led to her winning a British Female Innovator of the Year Award and UK Business School Student of the Year Award for CSR. Weaving together her professional services background, army authority, enterprise experience and creative talent, Abbie invites participation in her fun-fuelled Creativity Game Show.

Showcased at Deloitte, the Creativity Game Show is designed to get the creative juices flowing and to inspire confidence and a sense of purpose. It offers an excellent opportunity to re-connect with values and create a career vision. Abbie also encourages social responsibility in the community, exemplified by her determination to found the Gig-Arts Charity to help young people gain creative enterprise skills and give back to their local community. 

Helen Wright, founder of 9-2-3 Jobs said: “The event at Deloitte is a really fantastic opportunity for Returners to step back into the corporate world for a few hours and learn more about opportunities on offer for those who have had career breaks – And it is absolutely brilliant that Abbie is here to motivate the Returners.”

 Deloitte, London

Deloitte, London

 Motivational Speaker, Abbie Cooke

Motivational Speaker, Abbie Cooke

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NOVEMBER 2017 - Health and Wellbeing

I had the great pleasure of going to the Royal Society of Public health conference this month. It is always interesting to discover news ways in which the Arts can benefit health and well-being across society.

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APRIL 2017

The Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs in Oxford. Bono on stage with Michael Franti...Singing...Just Imagine.

 

 

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Honey Bee Buzz

It's always a good idea to plant colourful flowers to attract the bees and support pollination. On a creative level, the bold black and yellow stripes on bees are visually inspiring. This month I've enjoyed making honey bee sculptures with my Workshop groups - It's inspired a buzz of creativity. To get involved, look out for National Honey Bee Day and the British Beekeepers Association. 

 

 

 Honey bee sculptures

Honey bee sculptures

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Artist Sir Peter Blake helps a Hospice

Luxury car manufacturer Bentley and artist Sir Peter Blake have created an eye-catching car to be auctioned for hospice charity Care2Save.


When local hospice St Luke's, with which Bentley Motors has a long-established connection, launched a new trust to tackle the need for palliative care globally, Bentley Motors decided to help by doing what it does best - building cars.

Working with artist Sir Peter Blake, the godfather of British Pop Art, Bentley colleagues have produced an extremely eyecatching example of the company's Continental GT model.  The highly customised car will be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24.

The proceeds will go to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, set up by St Luke's to raise awareness and funding for end of life care in parts of the world where it is often neglected and underfunded, as well as in the UK.

Since St Luke's opened just up the road from the firm's Crewe headquarters, Bentley employees have volunteered countless hours of their time to raise money and give hands-on help with renovations and gardening. Over the years, St Luke's has helped the families of several Bentley colleagues when they have been ill.  When the hospice revealed their concerns about palliative care globally, Bentley saw this as a way to engage its staff and the wider world with a cause that resonates very strongly with the people at its Crewe HQ.

Sally Hepton, Director of CSR at Bentley Motors said: "Sir Peter Blake’s Bentley is a Bentley with a heart (quite literally, Sir Peter’s iconic heart motif is the standout feature of the car), for us it’s been the natural progression of a relationship between two organisations at the heart of the community. We hope this car will help Care2Save change lives in communities worldwide in the same way our colleagues’ fundraising and volunteering make such a difference locally."

 

 

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The Queen's 90th Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II is ninety years old today! Communities across the country have been celebrating with parties. I enjoyed working with Tall Trees Care Home to create a series of portraits of the queen to mark this special occasion. The elderly care home residents (some of whom were ninety themselves) enjoyed their creative art experience and toasted her majesty with a cup of tea! 

 Artwork to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday  

Artwork to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday  

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Ships' Figurehead On Tour

My latest ships' figurehead carving is a portrait of Charlotte Mason, founder of the PNEU Schools. She is going on tour throughout March and April and will be exhibited in Moreton-in-Marsh at the Warners Budgens store, Oaktree Mews Care Home and the North Cotswolds Hospital.

 

 

 

 Tour Launch at Warners Budgens

Tour Launch at Warners Budgens

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Creative Collections

I have a great passion for wood carving and was delighted to come across a magnificent totem pole carving in an Oxford museum. It made me think about collecting things. I try not to collect too much stuff. In fact, I'm often clearing things out of my home. But there's a difference between clutter and collections and the later can be very educational. The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford holds a magnificent collection of Native American wood carvings and is well worth a visit - It might inspire you to collect carvings too. 

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Set Free Your Creativity - Taster Videos

2016 is off to an exciting start! I'm launching a series of taster videos - '30 Days and 30 Ways to Set Free Your Creativity!' There's a collection of two minute tips on how to bring even more creativity into your life for enhanced health, wealth and happiness. Watch this space for the first taster! 

 

 

 Abbie Cooke's video tasters coming soon!  

Abbie Cooke's video tasters coming soon!  

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