The Chambers Enterprising Women’s Lunch events are a great way for women in business of all levels to:
We will encourage our attendees to link with each other to help grow their business contacts and share referrals.
The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is very excited to announce this months speaker will be Sandy Hennis who is one of the six Ice Maidens, the British Army team who became the first women to cross the Antarctica.
Sandy is a Reservist officer with 37 Signal Regiment based in Redditch and works in an employer support role. The West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association are patrons of the GBCC.
The six “Ice Maidens” battled their way across icy plains in 60mph winds and temperatures as low as -40C, using only skis and their own muscle power to drag sledges of equipment weighing up to 176lb each.
They started their journey on the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf on the 20 November last year and then climbed the Transantarctic Mountains, via the Leverett Glacier, to reach the polar plateau.
After a re-supply at the South Pole, the team turned north-west towards Hercules Inlet, skiing 600km across uneven ground, and spending Christmas Day on the ice before reaching their final re-supply point at the base of the Thiel Mountains. From there, they descended to the Hercules Inlet and the finish line.
Sandy started her Army career as a radio technician before commissioning back into the Royal Signals. After completing tours of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan she left the Regular Army to join the Reserves in 2014.
She splits her time between leading overseas expeditions, outdoor instruction and team building/leadership development.
Sandy has participated in a number of military and civilian expeditions, climbing and mountaineering in the UK, Spain, the Alps, Nepal, USA, Norway and Peru.
She enjoys anything which takes her outdoors and can’t turn down a challenge, which has led to many adventures from traversing the Cuillin Ridge to completing the Devizes to Westminster kayak marathon, and more recently competing in the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM).
She is currently studying Spanish and can usually be found living out of her camper van, wandering in the hills with her dog Bracken or riding the local mountain bike trails.
Please note the event is open to both women and men.