Karen Gill Co-founder of everywoman, the UK's largest membership organisation for women in business

Karen Gill is the co-founder of everywoman, the renowned membership organisation for women in business. everywoman is an organisation that challenges and changes the mindsets of business to increase the number and raise the status of women in the economic community.

Founded in September 1999 by Karen Gill and Maxine Benson, it is the UK's largest female business community with 40,000 members and growing. Through its programme of events, projects such as Modern Muse, training and awards, everywoman offers members support, skills and recognition. Members are supported to clarify their goals; ensure they have the right mindsets to realise them; gain skills to generate long-term success and are recognised for their achievements.

Its ambition is to become the world’s largest and most influential female business network, inspiring generations of businesswomen and championing their cause, talents and prospects on a global scale.

Prior to founding everywoman, Karen had an international career working as a Vice President for InterContinental Hotels. This grounding in global business helped her in the transition to become an entrepreneur when she established everywoman with best friend Maxine Benson in 1999.

Over the past eleven years, Karen has been at the forefront of Government agenda setting for women in business, influencing policy and consulting on strategic frameworks and initiatives to advance women in business.

Karen and Maxine were both awarded the MBE in January 2009 for services to women’s enterprise.

www.everywoman.com