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Women Who Lead Breakfast

  • W Hotel Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF United Kingdom United Kingdom (map)


Our monthly breakfast series to make you feel inspired.

Meet the ladies who live to make a difference over a light breakfast in a luxury London venue.

A monthly series where a lead speaker (or two!) shares honest life insights and walks us through her career journey.

An opportunity to connect with like-minded ladies early in the morning, get inspired and boost your energy levels for an extra productive day!

Breakfast and hot refreshments included.

About this event

We are excited to have Hilary Rowland, founder of boutique spinning studios Boom Cycle and Deepali Nangia, investor and advisor, as our keynote speakers at Merit’s monthly 'Women Who Lead' breakfast. Our theme for October is 'Wellness : Healthy Work- Life Balance'. How to find the balance between a successful career and a flourishing personal life? What is grit and can you develop it? The importance of self-motivation and productivity hacks to keep you focused while working on your own? How to set realistic goals and notice signs of burnout? Two incredible ladies from different industries, with a common love for wellness will share their stories and tips on achieving a working life that works.

Tzvete Doncheva, ex-journalist and Krisztina Tardos join the conversation to address the topic of grit, burnout and work/life balance.

  • What are the signs of burnout and how to develop healthy working habits?

  • How to find the right balance between a successful career, vibrant social life and quality ‘me’ time?

  • How Hilary started Boom Cycle and what are the business lessons learned along the way?

  • How Deepali changed from an executive finance role to a solo-entrepreneur, who now advises and invests exclusively female-led businesses?


Hilary Rowland

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In 2009 Hilary moved to London full time to be with her now business partner and husband Robert.  A firm believer in having multiple passions, Hilary remained a model but knew there was something else on the horizon. Keeping fit was one of her passions and she found that London lacked boutique fitness concepts that were proven to be dominating the market overseas. It was from this moment Hilary found her next calling - this is where Boom Cycle was born. In 2011 raising funds through investment and personal capital, Hilary and Robert opened their first Boom Cycle studio in Shoreditch, deemed the first-ever boutique spin studio in the UK.  Since then the power couple have opened a further studio in Holborn in 2014, 2 further locations in Hammersmith and Battersea in 2017, a location in Monument in 2018 and are set to open in Waterloo September 24th 2019.

Alongside being the face, co-founder and creative director of Boom Cycle Hilary still instructs across all of Boom Cycle’s sites. She enjoys life through a balanced lifestyle and is focused on building her Booming empire, personal ambitions and keeping fit, healthy and up to date with the latest fitness trends, London has to offer.



Deepali Nangia is an angel investor and an early stage advisor to both tech and non-tech startups with a focus on female enterprise. She is very well connected within the UK eco system and for the last five years, have built a portfolio of five female run companies. Currently running her own advisory business, advising female founders on investor readiness and fundraising guidance. Deepali is a mentor at Zinc.VC, Imperial Enterprise Lab , Imperial WeInovate(women in tech) and has been a frequent judge at Imperial MBA/MSc, London College of Fashion, Top 100 Asians in tech.



Originally from Bulgaria, Tzvete moved to London to pursue an International Relations degree at Queen Mary University of London. She started her career in media shortly after graduation (2016) and became the UK correspondent for Bulgaria’s largest media group BTV. She’s since continued onto PR and technology, working in the London start up scene – connecting the digital ecosystem (urban mobility focused) start-ups, investors, corporates and public sector actors as the innovation manager in residence at London Connectory. She is also an adviser to The Entrepreneurs Network, UK’s leading think tank for entrepreneurs.

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What to expect?

Doors will open at 7:45am for breakfast and coffees with the casual discussion starting at 8:00am. We are planning an interactive event for you around this topic at a beautiful location, followed by plenty of chats and networking of course :)

Please note this event is for ladies only, unless otherwise agreed by The Merit Club

Date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

Timings:  Doors open at 7:45am, chat starts sharply at 8:00am-9:00am, mingling can be continued afterwards.

Location: W Hotel, Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF United Kingdom

Investment: £10 for members, £20 for non-members, including complimentary teas, coffees and light breakfast.

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Earlier Event: October 21
Bao Class
Later Event: October 24