Deaf Women in Business Rise to the Challenge
On 7th June 2017, Love Language organised the networking “Deaf Women in Business” networking event, hosted by Apple Bromley, London. The event was aimed at D/deaf women who have their own businesses or freelance careers, or who have aspirations to set up a business in the future.
Recognising the lack of support available for entrepreneurial D/deaf women compared to their hearing counterparts, Love Language and Apple Bromley created a unique opportunity to bring these women together to inspire each other and share knowledge. We believe this is the first event of its kind to be held in the UK.
The event featured presentations by Linda Day from Signworld and the twins Hermon and Heroda Berhane from the lifestyle blog BeingHer. They discussed their experiences setting up businesses as D/deaf women including the challenges and opportunities they have encountered, and how doing business in the age of technology has given them advantages they would not have had several years ago.
Love Language offers a range of services and is Deaf and hearing led. The directors are and Rezene Woldyseus, a Deaf refugee from Eritrea who has worked as a BSL presenter and actor and Naomi Bottrill, a BSL interpreter with over 15 years’ experience.
Love Language has been working with Apple Retail UK since 2013, providing British Sign Language Interpreting Services to support relationships between U.K. Apple Stores and local D/deaf customers and to welcome them into the wider vibrant Apple Community. Their partnership has opened Apple’s extensive service range comprising of Today at Apple (training sessions to learn how to use Apple’s software), business support, Genius Bar appointments and Children’s Educational Programmes and sales appointments.
We hope this is the first of many events and Love Language has set up a Facebook group for D/deaf women and their allies to continue supporting each other by sharing opportunities, news articles, networking events and by providing a virtual community to combat the isolating nature of running your own business. The group is open to all, and Love Language would like it to eventually be managed collectively by its members.
Deaf Business Academy would like to congratulate Love Language for their innovative and successful event and wish them the very best in their future pursuits.