We need to applaud high-fliers
There's no doubt that Victoria Quinn is an inspirational career woman but she's far more interested in finding other passionate and inspirational females in the region who are excelling in business.
Women in Business is an organisation which aims to encourage and inspire women across Hull, East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire to realise their full potential.
Victoria was elected vice-chairwoman last year and has now become chairwoman for 2012.
"I'm really quite proud of having this role in the organisation," said the 34-year-old, whose full-time job is as partner at Gosschalks in Hull where she specialises in property litigation.
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"Women in Business is about getting women recognised and offering a support network."
The organisation holds social events, as well as informative training sessions but Victoria says these are far from boring.
"The training is very current and aims to help women in their profession," she said. "This year we've had a very empowering talk from Rachael Alexander, the director of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway UK Training, and one from Sarah Longthorn, founder of WedgeWelly.
"Our events are a great chance for women to bounce ideas off each other. It's an opportunity to network and be involved in a supportive playing field."
Victoria fits in her chairwoman responsibilities alongside her law career and being mum to three-year-old son Oisin and marriage to husband Pete – there's not a dull moment in her somewhat frantic schedule.
"Pete and I have been together a long time. He knows I'm a person who never sits still," said Victoria who, when she is not busy working, spends her time with her family doing up their new home – an old Victorian terrace in Hornsea.
"Oisin will be four in July, so he's lots of fun and really coming into his own," she said.
It's clear Victoria has a passion for her role in Women in Business, so it is no surprise that she's working hard to fit in her extra responsibilities at the organisation, which she said is "vibrant and young".
"It's a lot more vibrant now, which is reflective of the workplace," said Victoria.
"There are far more women who have senior roles in business and those who have created their own roles while having a family. It's definitely a young and vibrant organisation."
Speaking about women with successful careers, Victoria is confident that females are making the progressions and steps in the right direction to achieve their potential but thinks there's still a challenge awaiting those who choose to start a family.
"I think the biggest challenge for women is trying to be a career woman and be established in the workplace while trying to be a good parent," she said.
"Women often take it upon themselves to take on a lot. They often try to do everything and be supermum but it's about striking the right balance."
Recognising the achievements of women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to achieve their goals, while at the same time inspiring others to realise their potential, this November will see the annual Women of Achievement Awards (organised by Women in Business) with the prestigious host Moira Stuart – the first African-Caribbean female newsreader on British television.
"A lot of women take for granted what they do and don't necessary see it as an achievement," said Victoria.
"We've got to applaud what these women achieve and give them the recognition they deserve."
Being on the judging panel alongside Judy Ward, Karen Newton, Dudley Moore, Kate Lilley and Dr Malcolm Joslin, Victoria said she's looking forward to judging this year's event at the Village Hotel in Hessle.
"I am sure the entries will be from a diverse range of women who will all have different stories," said Victoria.
"These women can inspire others to go out and get what they want.
"This year, we will be looking for women who have achieved what they wanted to and will look at the story of how these women got to where they are now. But we are not just looking at academics – we will look for those who have got inspiring stories."
The judging panel will also consider factors including marketing and development, growth and sustainability, future plans and career highs and lows.
She may be on the look-out for other women's fantastic achievements right now, but Victoria's own career has also been something to be excited about.
Originally from Leeds, Victoria moved to East Yorkshire in 2001 and was made a partner at Gosschalks solicitors last year – something she is very proud of.
"This was a career goal for me and now I want to make sure I do a really good job for my clients, raise the profile and attract more clients," Victoria said. "Working at Gosschalks is very different to my work in Women In Business, so it's nice to have the contrast."
And Victoria has her own advice to women: "Make your own opportunities and go and get them," she said. "You've got to be determined to go out and do what you want to do. It's important to have the end goal in sight and take all of the right steps to achieve that goal. You've got to have confidence in yourself."
The closing date for nominations and ticket bookings for the Women of Achievement Awards 2012 is Friday, September 21.
Born: Leeds, 1977
Education: University of Birmingham, Leeds Met, York College of Law.
2001: Trainee solicitor, Gosschalks.
2003: Solicitor, Gosschalks.
2006: Associate, Gosschalks.
2011: Partner (litigation), Gosschalks.
2012: Chairwoman, Women in Business.