We bring our skills, our ideas, our creativity, our mentoring and our history. Studies show that older women bring a sense of rational to a table - we know when to take calculated risks and when to sit back. We're calmer and we're smarter.
The term that best encapsulates the dots I am trying to join up here - spirituality and home design - is well being: that is our 'elephant'. Whether it's the thread count of the Egyptian cotton sheets you're sleeping on, your newfound yoga addiction, or unquenchable prayer/meditation habit that keeps you sane, we're all essentially doing the same thing when it comes to these lifestyle choices.
The dining table is one of my favourite things about Christmas - the smells of dinner, music around the table - putting the sounds of the Rat Pack on at Christmas encompasses the season for me.
When dressing for work every day, it's so easy to get consumed by the stresses of what to wear. The most important thing to keep in mind when balancing dressing for work and allowing your identity to show through your clothes is keeping your own personal touches at the forefront.
It is often said by successful business figures in the public eye that they couldn't have achieved what they did without the support of others. I am a firm believer in continually evolving and learning from people in your business community and your own team.
One really interesting point that was raised was today's reliance of technology in the design community. I'm all for networks like Instagram and Pinterest and I can see the value and convenience, but there's something to be said for seeing things with our own eyes.
I saw powerful speeches from international lawyer Miriam González Durántez, Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, Aldijana Sisic, chief of the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women and Professor Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, UAL.
As a GREAT campaign ambassador I feel that Great Britain and China have a phenomenal opportunity to create partnerships and business together. The festival has been a fantastic platform to build on new and existing relationships in a new economic climate. It was an honour to have the Duke of Cambridge there to be as part of this pioneering event and it makes me proud to be British!
In order to be a successful businesswomen in this male-dominated world, I believe confidence is key. Not only to success, but to happiness. I am much happier with myself today as I have confidence in what I do. Over my life, I have learned so much and I was lucky enough to have a fantastic mentor - my mother.
As autumn arrives, we're not only rethinking our wardrobes (out with the sandals, in with the boots), we're also wondering