Susie set up Breakthrough Women, a biannual event for businesswomen with Deborah Turner in 2016.

Female role models play an integral part in inspiring other women and raising their visibility in the workplace. The events were not about positive discrimination or demonising men, but to show that real success in business is possible for working women no matter how many responsibilities they’re juggling.

The aim was to encourage more women to have the confidence to strive for business success.  

These events regularly attracted over 70 attendees and were often held in collaboration with the Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses. Susie sponsored each event allowing the ticket price to be heavily subsidised for small business owners.

Deborah continues to run these events with superstar business woman, Sue Hainsby. Alongside running her own business, Debroah is also the National Policy Champion for Women at the Federation of Small Businesses. Join their amazing networking events and masterclasses here.


  • Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Blacks
  • Jill Pay, the First Female Serjeant at Arms of the House of Commons
  • Kate McWilliams of EasyJet, and the world’s youngest female commercial airline captain
  • Dr Linda Yueh, broadcaster and fellow in economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University
  • Hari Ghotra, founder of the biggest Indian food digital platform in the UK
  • Rioch Edwards-Brown, founder of So You Wanna Be In TV? and Hero of the Year at the European Diversity Awards
  • Josephine Reynolds, the first female firefighter
  • Amy Williams, TV presenter, Olympic Gold Medallist and former skeleton racer
  • Susie Barrie, Master of Wine and Presenter on Saturday Kitchen
  • Dr Sue Black OBE, social entrepreneur and saviour of Bletchley Park
  • Jacquie Davis, the world’s top female bodyguard
  • Dr Meggie Semple OBE, ex-Civil Service Commissioner and thought leader on cultural inclusion
  • Penny Power OBE, Founder of Ecademy and The Business Cafe
  • Professor Patricia Lewis, Leverhulme Research Fellow in post-feminism
  • Kumud Gandhi, founder and CEO of The Cooking Academy
  • Sue Firth, business psychologist and regular guest on ITV's This Morning
  • Jayne Peyton, Britain's first Beer Sommelier of the Year and founder of The School of Booze
  • Valerie Owen, winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Construction.