Arlene strictly speaking at conference

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Arlene Phillips, the judge booted off Strictly Come Dancing because she was deemed too old, is to give an inspirational talk to women in Sheffield.

Arlene is the keynote speaker at an International Women’s Day conference next Monday, March 7, being organised by women’s business group Forward Ladies.

Famously dropped by the BBC, allegedly in favour of Alesha Dixon, Arlene has since become the poster girl for mature working women who have the experience and energy to carry on a successful career into mid-life.

She will be joined on stage at Sheffield’s Copthorne Hotel by Lady Catherine Meyer, rally driver Penny Mallory and Katie Piper, whose modelling career ended when acid was thrown into her face. She has since set up a charity to help people live with scars.

Lady Catherine set up the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) after her two boys were abducted to Germany by her estranged husband. She fought for ten years to see them again, during which time she had an audience with the then British Ambassador in Berlin, Sir Christopher Meyer, whom she subsequently married.

Penny Mallory was the first woman in the world to drive a World Rally Car, and became National Ladies Champion.

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