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Rob, Matt and myself love getting the chance to meet you in person at events. It’s very special to be able to put names to faces and to meet people in person instead of simply interacting over email and social media… there’s something nice about stepping away from the screen and talking to another human being, in a world where the definition of community is increasingly dominated by Facebook, screens, and smartphones.

While it’s an online platform, Escape the City has always been rooted in community, and that sense of community has largely been built through our offline events.

Communities gather when there is a common interest. Our common interest is ‘doing something different’ – our events are where we learn about and celebrate cool people doing cool things. We explore the interesting careers and lives and adventures that can be created when we start questioning the 9-to-5 drudgery and the old ways of work.

We always invite inspiring speakers but a huge reason why we run events is because it gives you guys the opportunity to meet one another. This was one of the main reasons that I started going to Escape events myself, back when I first moved to London and hardly knew anyone here. At Escape events, I would always meet interesting people, some of whom became new friends and professional contacts who I still keep in touch with.

If you’re a little bit shy, don’t forget that all the good stuff happens when you leave your comfort zone. We’ve got some great events coming up over the next two weeks (full July list here) – hope to see you there!

How to Start & Sell a $15 Million Company – June 30th

We’re thrilled to host Penny Wing and Ollie Codrington. Penny is an experienced entrepreneur who has started and sold multiple companies in the travel industry for tens of millions of dollars. Her companies worked with Fortune 500 clients such as IBM and CBS Television. Ollie is a former lawyer and now an entrepreneur as well. Penny and Ollie are both alumni of our Startup MBA program and will be speaking about their new company Brojure.
Book your spot here.

How to Use Finance to Change the World:

An Evening with Karl H Richter – July 2

Karl Richter is the CEO and co-founder of EngagedX, whose mission is to unlock socially motivated capital by developing market infrastructure for data services and products. He has also been asked by the UK Cabinet Office to represent the UK on social investment at EU level; was asked by Sec Hillary Clinton to speak on a plenary panel at US State Department’s Global Impact Economy Forum 2012; and invited by the OECD to join a G7 working group on improving market data for social impact investing.
Book your spot here.

What I Learnt From Building Bailey’s, Malibu, and Other Leading Brands -July 3

James Espey retired as Chairman of Seagram Distillers plc and President of the Chivas and Glenlivet Group in 1998. He was personally responsible for the launch of Bailey’s, Malibu, The Classic Malts, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Chivas Regal 18 (amongst others). In June 2013 he received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List – for services to the Whisky Industry.
Book your spot here.

How to Live a More Passionate Life: An Evening with Lucia Labouchere – July 7

Lucia Labouchere is a performance coach and career consultant who previously worked in the City, now she is coming to us from Malawi where she is based. She is able to help you identify what it is you really want and make a plan to get there. Happiness without compensating lifestyle is her speciality. She offers courses of one-one Skype sessions to people who have big ideas but are currently confined to a desk job.
Book your spot here.

How to Start Your Own Business: An Evening with Female Entrepreneurs – July 8

Join us to learn from a diverse panel of young female entrepreneurs – one escaped corporate advertising to start Good & Proper Tea; one was challenged to start a marshmallow business on a dare (their products are now carried by Sainsbury’s); one runs an award-winning premium quality homeware and gifts company whose products are all handmade in the UK; and another started a website that became the UK’s biggest network of students who study or work abroad. We are running this event with Broad Minded, which was set up in 2013 to inspire, educate and motivate young women.
Book your spot here.

How to Stay in Finance & Change the World: An Evening with Finance Matters – July 10

Finance Matters is a cross-corporate community of finance professionals in London with a strong interest in helping the financial industry drive social change. It is a community and project platform open to all current and ex professionals from the financial services & investment community who want to use their talent & capital for deliberate, positive, social or environmental impact – either by operating outside or inside the finance community.

Book your spot here.

How to Live a More Passionate Life: An Evening with Charly Cox – July 14

Back by popular demand, we’re hosting coach Charly Cox. What does it take to believe in taking the leap enough to actually do it? You know this job, this life, maybe even this way of being isn’t ‘you’, but stepping into the unknown can feel even scarier than staying put. The good news is, by thinking “I want more” you’ve taken a step closer to getting it. The bad news is, you can’t now go back to “this is enough”. In her funny and thought-provoking talk, Charly will share her own journey from feeling lost in London, to building her own company from scratch in West Africa, and several things in between.
Book your spot here.

What is Escape the City all about then?

Frustrated by climbing the corporate ladder, we decided to build a community to help people build meaningful careers doing work that matters – to them and to the world. We help talented people find fulfilling work by making big career changes, building businesses, & going on big adventures. We’d love you to come with us on this journey.

How do you get involved?

1. Job Seeker? Create an Escape Profile to get matched to exciting jobs.

2. Aspiring Career Changer / Entrepreneur? If you’re in London, come and see us at The Escape School.

3. Want to stay in touch? Subscribe to one of our newsletters. Find us on Facebook or @escthecity.

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