Influential Huddersfield women have got together to organise a celebration to mark International Women’s Day.

Organiser Corrine Bray will be collaborating on this event with Kirsty Watson, Michaela Dyer and sales and events manager from Revolution Bar Amber Rance.

The evening event to celebrate the achievements and empowerment of women from all walks of life will be on Friday, April 26, from 6pm to 9pm at Revolution on Cross Church Street in Huddersfield town centre.

It will feature speeches from inspirational women along with a three-course meal.

Corrine is a mum-of-two with a degree in Behavioural Sciences. She runs a digital marketing and social media agency called Fare & Fold Marketing which helps professionals and businesses from the hospitality, food and interior sectors to enhance their online presence.

After hosting many events and workshops that empowered the community, she organised one of Huddersfield’s biggest protests for Black Lives Matter in 2020 which saw over 1,500 people gather at Greenhead Park.

Michaela Dyer runs Michaela Assists in Huddersfield which helps small businesses with their social media, branding and administration.

She is passionate about women’s rights and feels International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate women and all they’ve had to endure and what women can achieve with the right support, drive and determination.

Amber Rance navigates the worlds of science and hospitality so International Women’s Day holds a special significance for her. She has a BSc in medical biochemistry and a Masters in haematology. She’s worked in cancer research and returned to Huddersfield to do a PhD in genetics.

Amber said: “International Women’s Day is a moment to honour the resilience and ingenuity of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations, as well as those in hospitality who continuously redefine the standards of service and guest experience. We need to empower more women to pursue careers in traditionally male-dominated fields.”

Three speakers are confirmed so far – Kirsty Watson, Mycil Muhammad and Jodie O.

Kirsty has an MBA, a BA and BSc (Hons) and is owner of Qualia Academy, a marketing and management training provider that delivers apprenticeships and commercial training. These degrees range across Interactive Multimedia from the University of Huddersfield and Social Psychology plus Philosophy from the Open University.

She is the current Chartered Management Institute Volunteer of the Year 2023 and will be talking about the importance of entrepreneurship.

Mycil Muhammad is an author, a mother of four grown-up children and a grandma who has lived in Huddersfield since coming to the UK in 1972. She has hosted several community events regarding International Women’s Day and Black History Month.

Her talk will be about her writing and some of the barriers she has had to overcome along the way.

Jodie O will be speaking on the importance of spirituality and self-exploration, talking about the importance of poetry and writing journals.

Corrine said: “Whether you’re a seasoned professional, an aspiring entrepreneur or an avid supporter of women’s rights, this event provides a platform to forge new friendships, exchange ideas and collaborate on future endeavours.

“Let’s celebrate the resilience, strength and accomplishments of women everywhere. Together, we can acknowledge the progress that has been made while rallying for continued efforts towards gender equality and inclusivity.”

Tickets cost £25 and are available via Eventbrite 

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.