GOOD GIRLS lol | 19.09.19
The world was feeling like a pretty serious place (Brexit, Boris, Trump, rain during August…and to top it all off; Beyoncé trying to sell us a diet plan!). So, this Good Girls Eat Dinner was designed to put a big, fat smile on our faces. On Thursday 19th September, we served up three kick-ass, funny women between the courses of a delicious meal at Concrete, Shoreditch, beneath Pizza East.
Sajeela Kershi - Just back from performing her acclaimed show Fight Like a Girl at the Edinburgh Fringe, Sajeela is a multi award-winning comedian/activist and has been performing stand-up since 2006. No topic is too big for Sajeela, be it Trump, immigration or religion. | Miss Glory Pearl - London Cabaret Awards 2015 nominee (Best Alternative Performer) - is an ex-school teacher, advertising planner, and a trained pole dance and trapeze artist. She’s never short of an opinion, describing herself as a full-time feminist, something she believes is entirely compatible with taking your clothes off for a living. | Kate Bell - Fresh from a successful run at Brighton and Camden Fringe with her one-woman character comedy show ‘U Are What U Wear; The Fashionista Show’, character comic Kate Bell brought us the presenter of the mega-iconic Nafflix TV Show, global social media sensation, Pixii Malone...influencer, stylist, model, and life coach. It was inspiring, guys!!!
GOOD GIRLS EAT DINNER - 4TH BIRTHDAY! | 17.07.19
Celebrating four incredible years since Good Girls Eat Dinner first served up kick-ass speakers alongside delicious food and drink. In those four years we’ve put on a whole bunch of events and been inspired by a whole bunch of brilliant speakers. We’ve also had some breathtakingly lovely feedback so it was time for a party! This event took place at Concrete…a party venue if ever there was one. They’ve got an epic sound system and we used it. Well, a professional DJ used it - after the meal and speakers. Speakers:
Rachel Cooke - Observer / Guardian writer, New Statesman TV critic and author of Her Brilliant Career - 10 Extraordinary Women of the Fifties. | Sereena Abbassi - Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion for M&C Saatchi. | Leyya Sattar & Roshni Goyate - Founders of The Other Box, an award-winning platform, enlightening and empowering people to work and live more inclusively. | Cookie Tabinor - Queen of Take Fucking Risks and a recent guest on the BBC discussing ‘the state of advertising.’ | DJ Blonde Ambition (AKA Deanne Oliver-Pickard) - Yoga teacher & DJ, she tours the festival circuit each year, playing at the likes of Lovebox and Festival No 6.
Theme: Changing the narrative
GOOD GIRLS X D&AD FESTIVAL| 22.05.19
D&AD Festival is a three-day creative spectacular celebrating the world’s best in craft, creativity and culture. On the evening of the middle day of the festival, 2019, we hosted a special GGED at the fabulous Concrete. We served up wine, delicious Pizza East slices, from above, and 4 incredible speakers:
Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry, is an award-winning Spoken Word Artist and History teacher from East London focused on sharing her thoughts on gender issues, mental health stigma, historical topics and positive social change. Jaspreet actively works with national governments, corporations and charities alike, such as TED, the UN, Westminster Interfaith Council and women’s networks and charities across the UK, using her poetry to inspire and drive change. | Jessica Pan is a features writer whose bylines include the Guardian Weekend magazine, Stylist and Lenny Letter. Her book SORRY I’M LATE, I DIDN’T WANT TO COME: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously (GGED is mentioned in the book!) | Emily De Groot, producer in adland working with agencies like w+k London, VCCP Kin, We Are Social and social good companies like JustGiving and The Big Issue. Her passion is supporting equality. She's the founder of Dear Adland a new, positive platform supported by Good Girls Eat Dinner. | Stephanie Matthews, Senior Campaign Manager for Virgin, championing diversity and inclusion across the wider Virgin group. Her side hustle sees her juggle work alongside being the 2019 President of Bloom UK, the women’s network in media and marketing, where they use the real voices of women to push for equal opportunity in the industry.
Theme: Shaping the Future, the very same theme as the D&AD Festival.
GOOD GIRLS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY| 08.03.19
For International Women’s Day 2019 we hosted a special GGED event at the fabulous Design Museum where we’ll be serving up Searcys Cuvee, delicious finger food and 4 incredible speakers.
Dagmara Kodlubanski - a director and filmmaker - currently completing her exciting film project, WE STILL RISE, in collaboration with Passion Pictures. WE STILL RISE is a feature length documentary about the Women’s March that took place on January 21st 2017, the day after Trump was inaugurated. It's a film that captures the moment the torch for #MeToo was lit. (We’ll be screening a 4 minute trailer of the film on the night). | The Masons - Maruska & Donna-Marie Mason - are a London based photographer duo working across advertising, editorial and portraiture. Inspired by people who break boundaries and are not afraid to lead the change, they explore diversity and equality in a timeless style with an edge, always pushing and allowing for their subject's personality and story to shine through. | Lisa Redman founded her own namesake label in 2007 having previously worked alongside Betty Jackson, Elspeth Gibson and as a textile designer for Calvin Klein. She now creates bespoke, contemporary womenswear with an expert team from her West London atelier.
Theme: Luck, judgement or design
GOOD GIRLS EAT DINNER | 08.11.18
We served up 3 delicious courses and 5 incredible speakers, each giving their take on the theme ‘Giving Back’.
Caroline Whaley an entire career immersed in the power of human potential, including leadership roles at Nike and The Nike Foundation and now as co-founder of Shine For Women, a global coaching consultancy dedicated to seeing more women reach the top of organisations. Caroline also created Tiger for a Day to coach people to take risks and have a greater impact in the world. | Jess Latchford the director & founder of Waste Knot - on a mission to stop perfectly good food from going to waste. | Kat Poole the editor of Emerald Street, and co-author of Being An Adult (just published). | Elainea Emmott official photographer for, amongst others, Women’s March London, UK Black Pride and Women for Refugee Women. Elainea is currently working on a portraiture series of activists. | Emily Hilton founder of Holiday Romance - an environmentally conscious label, founded on principles of sustainability.
Theme: Giving Back
GOOD GIRLS x helen pankhurst | 24.09.18
When Helen Pankhurst, International Women’s Rights activist (and great granddaughter of Emeline Pankhurst) spoke at the April Good Girls Eat Dinner we were left wanting to hear more!
So we arranged another event at The Club at The Ivy where Jo Wallace, founder of Good Girls Eat Dinner interviewed Helen before inviting questions from the audience.
Naturally the focus was around Helen Pankhurst’s book Deeds Not Words, published earlier this year on the 100th anniversary of (some) women receiving the right to vote in the UK. Helen’s powerful and positive argument for the way forward, combined with her knowledge and genuine curiosity to hear the opinions, ideas and experiences of others made for a truly inspirational event.
Theme: Deeds Not Words
GOOD GIRLS & BOYS GO AL FRESCO | 22.08.18
For this summer special we thought it was time to head outside for Pimms o'clock, mixing both drinks and genders as we served up four incredibly inspiring speakers on a 50/50 panel.
Claire Beale, global editor-in-chief of Campaign. Claire has written extensively on advertising and marketing for the national press, including a column in The Independent, and is a regular media commentator on the industry. | Musa Okwonga, poet, journalist, author, musician (one half of @bbxoofficial) and co-host of @rabonamag podcast. Musa is based in Berlin and kindly flew in for this event! | Rachel Pashley, head strategist at advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and author of the recently published Female Tribes. | Dr Michael Petry, artist, author and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London. Michael's latest book, The Word Is Art will be published in October and explores the global use of language in contemporary art.
Theme: The Power of Words
GOOD GIRLS TURN 3 - at the top of the gherkin! | 10.07.18
Time definitely flies when you're having fun because suddenly GGED was turning THREE! This called for a celebration, Good Girls’ style.
It goes without saying that we firmly believe that the only way is up for us women, so where better to host our third anniversary than at the very top of the iconic Gherkin building in the newly refurbished Searcys Level 40 Bar? We not only served up stunning view of London, drinks and canapés - we also served up THREE incredible speakers:
Sophie Walker - Leader of the Women's Equality Party with a previous career in journalism. | Sherry Collins - Founder and editor of PITCH, the independent creative industry publication. Sherry's also launched two initiatives, Pitch 100 Superwomen - championing women working behind the scenes in the creative industries and Pitch Futures, her initiative to inspire and educate children from Primary School level about the opportunities available to them in the creative industries. | Angharad Lloyd-Jones - Business Development Director for TALK.GLOBAL and a member of the development board for the Young Women’s Trust, whose vision is of a society which respects and listens to young women, actively encourages their self-confidence and offers them the opportunity to be financially independent and able to participate fully.
Theme: The Only Way Is Up
GOOD GIRLS EAT DINNER 19 | 07.06.18
We served up four incredible women with much to say on the subject of how women are portrayed and judged in the media.
Lisa Smosarski the editor in chief at Stylist magazine which celebrates brilliant and empowered women. | Professor Phillippa Diedrichs known internationally for translating high-quality scientific research into innovative strategies and measurable health and social benefits for society, businesses, and government. Her research and consultancy focuses on championing body positivity, appearance diversity, girls, and women. | Nadia Craddock a PhD candidate at the Centre for Appearance Research exploring how big business can foster body confidence. Over the last year, she has spoken with over 40 leaders in fashion, beauty and advertising, using strategic science to identify opportunities, challenges, and levers for change to create more body positive environments. | Assa Ariyoshi an incredible illustrator with a focus on the female form. Assa grew up in Japan before moving to London to study and work.
GOOD GIRLS DRINK CHAMPAGNE (& EAT DINNER) 09.05.18
For this special GGED we went back to school. Champagne School. At St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys - because what they don’t know about bubbles isn’t worth knowing. An expert sommelier enlightened our palettes (and mind) during a Champagne and English sparkling wine tasting, in the private Glass Room. Followed by a delicious paired menu. Along with fine wines, exquisite dishes and an expert sommelier, we served up two incredible speakers:
Sonia Ben-Santamaria the first Royal Opera House female conductor associated to the Young Artists programme and founder of Glass Ceiling Opera. And Sarah Jane Moon an award-winning artist who specialises in figurative painting exploring identity, gender and sexuality. Sarah Jane teaches and exhibits internationally and recently collaborated with two other artists to create the show Threesome which explored queerness and the female gaze.
Theme: Making Magic
GOOD GIRLS EAT DINNER 17 | 05.04.18
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of (some) women winning the right to vote in the UK, thanks to a hard-fought battle led by Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British Suffragette Movement.
We were chuffed to have Emmeline's great granddaughter, Helen Pankhurst speak (and sign copies of her book) at GGED 17. Helen is herself an incredible International women's rights activist and writer and she captivated us with the story behind her recently published book, Deeds Not Words. Frances Para-Mallam & Lauren Brener also inspired with their story of how they turned their words into deeds: by taking the leap to found Duo Creative Media.
Theme: Deeds Not Words.
GOOD GIRLS X VIKKI ROSS WRITES | 07.02.18
Good Girls moved to the wonderful Coppa Club, St. Paul's for the first event of 2018 and kicked the year off in collaboration with Vikki Ross Writes.
Together we served up some kick-ass women who are particularly good with words: Vikki Ross Copywriter extraordinaire and co-author of Agency Quotes and co-founder of Copy Cabana. | Miranda Seymour Novelist, biographer, critic, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. and regular book reviewer for The Telegraph. | Deanna Rodger Writer and poet, named in Elle UK’s 30 Inspirational Women Under 30. Co-curator of two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me. | Hayley Redman Lead writer at Innocent having previously worked as a writer at Leo Burnett and Y&R advertising agencies.
Theme: Eat your words.
GOOD GIRLS EAT CHRISTMAS DINNER | 05.12.17
Christmas is all about food, glorious food, so for our 2017 Christmas special we collaborated with Eighty-Six List, experts and creators in hospitality, to bring you Good Girls Eat Christmas Dinner. (Sprouts not included).
Together we served up a feast of kick-ass women from the food and hospitality industry: Grace Dent Journalist, broadcaster, The Guardian restaurant critic (as seen on Masterchef) | Jennifer Yong Founder of Jenius Social | Gemma Bell Director of Gemma Bell & Company, specialists in PR across the hospitality industry | Hayley Try Carreira Operations Manager, Jose Pizarro Group. Hosted by Jo Wallace, creative director by day, founder of Good Girls Eat Dinner by night.
Theme: Is enough ever enough?
GGED 14 | 04.10.17
Featuring Polina Zabrodskaya Award-winning creative director at Publicis London | Miisa Mink Founder & Chief-Doer at Driven Women | Shola Aleje Audio producer specialising in producing Podcasts such as 'Letters To My Fanny' | Charlotte Harris Landscape designer who won GOLD at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2017. This GGED event was sponsored by Shrager Creative, an Independent Creative Search & Specialist Recruitment Company based in London.
Theme: Know your place.
GOOD GIRLS X MOON | 10.08.17
In collaboration with the fabulous MOON Magazine, founded by Verity Pemberton who, by day, works as a Fashion & Trends Creative for Mario Testino. Together we served up 4 kick-ass, creative Good Girls: Sam Roddick Founder of Coco de Mer & activist (daughter of the incredible Body Shop founder and activist, Anita Roddick) | Aldene Johnson Stylist for Florence & The Machine | Natalia Ribbe-Szrok Founder of Eighty Six List, a pop-up dining network | Verity Pemberton MOON Magazine.
Theme: Find your niche
GGED 12 | SHOREDITCH HOUSE SPECIAL | 06.07.17
Featuring Alison Jackson Infamous artist & filmmaker | Freddie Harrel Fashion blogger & founder of Big Hair, No Care | Kimmy Lawrence Beat boxer, recently appeared on BBC's Pitch Battle | Stephen Mead Award-winning director.
Theme: Kicking ass, girl style.
GGED 11 | 06.04.17
Featuring Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka Former journalist & editor, now a hugely successful parenting and fashion blogger | Lucia Whitehouse AKA Grandmother Pukka Mother of Mother Pukka, now forging her own path as a blogger | Katie Phillips Self-love and lifestyle coach, Daring & Mighty and author of The Self-Love Affair | Charney Magri International, award-winning ethical photographer, director and published author.
Theme: Being brand YOU.
GGED 10 | 09.02.17
The first Good Girls Eat Dinner of 2017, featuring Natalie Graeme Former MD, Grey London, Advertising Agency | Julia Feix Architect, Feix & Merlin | Erin Manns Director of Exhibitions, Victoria Miro Gallery |Chloe Fairweather Film maker: Dying To Divorce & I Do At 92 (which recently aired on Ch4.
Theme: The art of noticing.
GGED 9 | 06.12.16
The last Good Girls Eat Dinner of 2016, featuring not four but FIVE incredible speakers: Sara Pope Artist, best known for her stunning lip studies | Victoria Buchanan Executive creative director, Tribal London | Gemma Williams Ex TV producer, Mother Ad Agency, turned zen yoga teacher | Vianney Leigh Professional make-up artist & founder of iinyla womenswear | Simona Cristea Head of creative colour, Rushes, Post Production.
Theme: The best thing I did this year...
GGED 8 | 06.10.16
Featuring: Trinny Woodall Television presenter and author. Fashion & make-over advisor | Saskia Schijen Fashion designer, Stella McCartney | Eleanor Morgan Journalist & editor: Vice, Times, Indy, GQ. Best-selling author: Anxiety for Beginners | Hayley Sudbury CEO & Founder, Werkin.
Theme: If I could change anything.
GGED 7 | 04.08.16
Featuring Anna Carpen Executive Creative Director, 18 Feet & Rising | Chloé Watts Founder, Chloé Digital. Fashion and tech Queen featured in Teen Vogue | Hannah Rand Internationally-recognised Digital Editor & Content Strategist. Currently Editorial Director, Dazed Media | Ildikó Buckley Artist & Creator of the iconic and infamous YES sculpture.
Theme: Just say 'Yes'.
GGED 6 | 08.06.16
Featuring Line Rindvig Ex MTV, Founder, Line by Line Music Management representing Felix De Luca | Brooke Le Poer Trench International Magazine Writer & Editor: Conde Nast Traveller, Cosmopolitan, Vogue | Ali Hannan Founder, Creative Equals | Emma Sexton Founder, Make Your Word Work, Ex-director, She Says, Founder, We Are Flock.
Theme: Don't predict the future. Create It.
Film coming soon...