As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting professional women, Hopscotch hosts, partners with and presents events, talks, workshops and skills sessions across a variety of industries and topics on a regular basis. The events we attend and host range from personal sessions for mums wanting to return to work and masterclasses with brands like Mastercard and HSBC to our own Conference for 150 people, international festivals like Dubai Lynx, United Nations forums and live video streaming sessions.
Just have a check below for our latest ongoings and previous successes and here's what happened at our Hopscotch Women's Empowerment Conference at Dubai World Trade Centre:
Hopscotch Talent Round Tables, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, 10th October 8.30am to 1pm
In proud partnership with Jumeirah Group, Talent Round Tables is a little like speed dating for recruitment and a first for the region. Held between 8.30am and 1pm, Talent Teams from four of the region's lead players in gender diversity and women's empowerment - Mastercard, Growth Partners, Zurich and Nestle - will be on hand to meet with women from our Hopscotch community to help them learn what's its like to work at their companies. If you are from a Procurement, Financial, Marketing or Sales background, this is an opportunity for you to speak to the teams in a small group format about your individual backgrounds and ambitions, and hand over that all important CV! Registration for this event is now closed, for more information head here.
Hopscotch #CareerClinic No. 2 with PRCA, October 15th, Gaucho DIFC
The second Hopscotch Career Clinic will be hosted by one of the oldest and most well regarded PR associations in the world - the PRCA. With a welcome drink on us to start the evening in the right fashion, this session will be useful whether you're currently working or not and designed to demonstrate how we can all benefit from a bit of positive personal PR in our lives! Entitled 'Build Your Personal Brand in Nine Minutes a Day', it will be a no nonsense, practical and fun way to move onwards and upwards, whatever your situation. Registration for this event is open and you can find out more here.
19th Global WIL Economic Forum, October 25th & 26th, Ritz Carlton, DIFC
Last year, we both sponsored and spoke at this event and we're planning something even more special this year. As far as women's conferences go, this really is the creme de la creme and you can expect to find the likes of Dr Auma Obama (yes, Barrack's sister), CNN's Becky Anderson, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, HE Noura Al Kaabi and many others. We have discounts available for members of the Hopscotch community, which will be announced nearer the time. For more information and tickets, head here.
Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, November 1st - 4th, Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi
We're very excited to be a part of this event, celebrating 126 of the finest women golfers the world has to offer. Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak; President of the General Women’s Union, Chief Executive Officer of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the week long tournament will deliver something entirely new in Abu Dhabi Sport. In only its second year, we are currently hatching plans to bring a little bit of 'Hopscotch' to the occasion and would love to see you there! For more information and tickets, head here.
JustKidding x Hopscotch Workshop 24th November 2017
Keep a look out for the next in our series of JustKidding Workshops as we'll be announcing how you can gain a place and all details nearer the time. This one will be Dubai based and cover topics that are specific to the mums in our community in order to help them get back into the workplace.
Women SME Conference, October 3rd & 4th, Five Palm Jumeirah
We were one of the first organisations in the region to sign up to support and sponsor the first Women SME conference in Dubai. Aimed at women looking to start up their own businesses, or grow the ones they have, the event also had support from Dubai Business Women's Council amongst others. With hands on help and global speakers, the Hopscotch team was there hosting three round tables on 4th October for those who want to understand strategies to help market their business. For more information, head here.
Levelling The Playing Field, September 25th, Burj Al Arab with Dubai Eye
On September 25th, Dubai Eye's Brandy Scott brought together financial, legal and negotiation experts to talk about gender equality in the work place. This Levelling the Playing Field session equipped women with the skills and knowledge they needed to get themselves and their families the best deal going – and to make the work/life balance a reality, not just a catch phrase. Speakers included our very own Co-Founder, Helen, as well as people who commented on the legal side of things, recruitment, HR and negotiation experts.
For more details, follow this link - http://dubaieye1038.com/levellingtheplayingfield.
The first of our #CareerClinics across the autumn aimed at those looking for work or to change careers. Due to feedback from our community, it was also be our very first evening event. Hosted by LinkedIn at the beautiful BOCA in DIFC, you can find out what happened here.
UN Global Compact 2nd Anniversary Event, Emirates Towers, May 15th 8.30am - 2pm
Hopscotch is part of the UN Global Compact here in Dubai helping steer the private sector towards fairer gender diversity in our region. On May 15th, Helen McGuire will be spoke at their second anniversary event at Emirates Towers, Dubai.
Hosting names from the world of Government, Commerce and NGOs, the audience comprised of a diverse array of stakeholders including multinational companies, family-owned businesses, government entities, and small and medium enterprises and we discussed the UN Global Compact's seventeen aims as well as its Women's Empowerment Principles on the day.
Global Festival of Media, May 7th-9th, Rome, Italy:
As part of the Festival of Media, Hopscotch represented the MENA region on a panel to discuss diversity in the workplace and specifically across the media landscape hosted by Sam Phillips (CMO Omnicom & Founder, OMD Ethnic) and Chair of Stonewall, Jan Gooding.
Hopscotch x Lustre Parties - 'Turn Your Fear as Fuel!', 23rd April, 7 - 10pm, The Fridge, Dubai
Hopscotch participated in a Pearlescence #LustreAspire Party on 23rd April 2017. The party was free and super fun!
As part of a panel, our co-founder Helen McGuire, will shared her stories and lessons so far in life and business.
To attend future parties, head to: https://www.wastatickets.com/events/lustrelife-party---celebrate-life,-celebrate-the-here-&-now
Hopscotch x JustKidding Positivity Workshop - Abu Dhabi
Due to the popularity of our first Positivity Workshop, we hosted a second session at the JustKidding store in Abu Dhabi with our key skills coach, Archana, on April 27th from 3-5pm.
Hopscotch x Ellevate - OWN IT Annual Forum, 30th April @ Dubai Address Marina, 8.30am - 2pm:
On April 30th, Hopscotch partnered with this year's Ellevate Dubai Annual Forum. Entitled OWN It, the event was a half day forum to create lasting impact by building new skills, learning about evolving workplace norms, meeting change makers, getting inspired by peers and becoming part of a community that supports your journey as you “Own It”.
Hopscotch chaired a round table discussion at the event specifically about how to market yourself and your business, offering insight to building and maintaining an audience and using the various channels available here in the UAE. We'd love to see you there!
We were joined by 250 like-minded professional at the flagship event on 30 April, 8.30am – 2pm, The Address Dubai Marina.
Hopscotch Women's Empowerment Conference, April 10th, Careers UAE @ Dubai World Trade Centre:
Held at Dubai World Trade Centre, our first Conference was part of Careers UAE and promoted the theme of Women's Empowerment in this region. We partnered with PepsiCo, Naseba, Mastercard, good Magazine and Nestle to bring a day of engaging panel discussions, talk shows, coaching sessions, interviews and meet and greet opportunities with brands, bloggers, employers and entrepreneurs from our region to 120 women on the day. And all for free!
Hopscotch @ Digital Media Forum, Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai - March 22nd, 2017
On March 22nd, Hopscotch sponsored the Digital Media Forum in Dubai. One of the biggest conferences of its kind, it welcomed the great and good from the world of digital including Twitter, Zomato, Ipsos, DU, Facebook and Havas for a day of talks, discussions and presentations.
We know we have a huge community of digitally minded ladies who are looking for work in this industry, but conferences can come with a price tag to attend. We offered a 10% discount by quoting Promo Code dmfhopscotch when buying tickets from DMF.
Hopscotch @ Dubai Lynx with SheSaysDXB - March 6th, 2017
Hopscotch and SheSays DXB took part in a panel dicussion at Dubai Lynx on March 6th. With an overall topic of women in the media/advertising industry, we announced our Media Mums scheme to key players at Dubai Lynx. To apply for our Media Mums initiative, head here and we'll look forward to hearing from you. It is open until March 14th.
Hopscotch x JustKidding FREE Skills Session - 10th December 2016, 10am - 12pm @ JustKidding, Dubai.
In collaboration with JustKidding, this skills session was all about the Impact of Positivity – getting it, keeping it and using it for home, work and life in general. We welcomed 25 women to JustKidding’s Al Safa store on December 10th for a morning of hands on coaching from our expert trainers and a chance to chat with our Hopscotch consultants. Our ladies left with some new skills, valuable insights and even a few new friends! See you at the next one in Abu Dhabi!
Are you in the creative industries? Want to know how to get your portfolio noticed? At Hopscotch, we support all professional women whatever their goals and our specialist recruitment team was in attendance to answer your questions and help you pep up your credentials.
Are you a woman in agency life in this region? Feel you need a helping hand? SheSays ran its first event in Dubai on Saturday 26th offering mentorship to its members and Hopscotch's training team was there to help kick off the session, rumour has it one attendee was even offered a job on the spot!
Hopscotch @ Ellevate - Create Your Perfect Style with Bloomingdales, November 22nd 2016 @ Dubai Mall
At Hopscotch, we know that styling and grooming are an all important part of getting back into the workplace groove. We were at this event with the ever-impressive Ellevate ladies learning just how to to put together that perfect work wardrobe!
Hopscotch x MasterCard FREE Workshop, November 14th 2016, 8.30am - 1pm, Dubai :
Our recent free Workshop, this time in collaboration with MasterCard here in Dubai was around the topic of Personal Effectiveness: Building a Better You. We welcomed 35 ladies to the morning event in Al Quoz and according to our feedback, 100% left feeling they'd gained new skills and experience and they all gave our event a 5 out of 5* rating. Keep a check for more events like this in the coming months!
Social Media Week, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, November 15th - 16th 2016:
Hopscotch co-founder, Helen McGuire, spoke at the very first Social Media Week in Dubai at Alserkal Avenue on Tuesday 15th November and we are offered our ladies 40% off on their tickets using the code below.
Social Media week is the biggest global conference to bring together thought leaders and practitioners, exploring how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.
Hopscotch in partnership with WiSTEM, October 25th and 26th 2016 at The Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road:
Hopscotch was proud to be partner with the WiSTEM Conference. Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the conference focussed on women in the realms of science and tech and welcomed over 100 speakers across 15 nationalities throughout the two days.
Hopscotch in partnership with the Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum, 24th + 25th October 2016:
We were proud to partner with the 18th Global Women In Leadership Economic Forum that took place on October 24th and 25th at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC in Dubai, UAE.
Endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Economy for the past three years, the forum brings together up to 500 inspiring women leaders and male champions of change to discuss all aspects of women in the workplace and gender parity.
As part of our network, we offered a 20% discount to attend.
The forum featured over 60 international speakers, including our very own Co-Founder, Helen McGuire, delivering engaging workshops, panel discussions, think tanks and interactive networking activities.
Hopscotch as part of 'What's Your Story', Cocktail Kitchen JLT, October 4th 2016:
One of our favourite watering holes in Dubai, Cocktail Kitchen, is spearheading a change to the usual Ladies Night here in our city. As part of an ongoing series, the super sassy venue is hosting events to foster a creative network of females that focus on startups and growing businesses led, founded or invested in by women in the region.
Every other Tuesday of each month, guest speakers will share their journey. On Tuesday October 4th, our MD and Co-Founder, Helen McGuire, was one of the mumpreneurs sharing their secrets on how to balance work and family life, as well as behind the scenes insights into setting up your own business here in Dubai. Such a fun experience and great to meet some of you there!
Hopscotch + HSBC Workshops - May + June, 2016 - NOW CLOSED:
Our very first Workshop series was titled The Basics and as you'd expect, it was about brushing up on essentials skills and readying yourself for going back to the workplace.
Held in small groups in cool, relaxed locations in central Dubai, we hosted over 100 women across four mornings with industry professionals lined up to give hands on advice about CV's, presentation skills and interview tips and tricks.
After four hours with us our ladies went away with lifted confidence, newly found skills and having met some like-minded people. In fact, we asked them exactly what they thought after each Workshop and 9 out of 10 would recommend the Workshops to other women.
Registration for these Workshops sessions is now closed, but we have plenty in the pipeline from November 2016, so please keep checking back.