A global music and art festival for female artists is set to come to Preston.
The LadyFest will be in the city in October, and is a community-based, not for profit festival, featuring contributions from prominent North West business women.
One of the panellists, with particular expertise in the field of learning and development, is Dale Stafford, who set up her first business in 1980.
Dale, who recently published her book The Book of Job, offered advice to young people leaving school.
She said: “I’ve got two children, a son and a daughter, and I would like to think I haven’t given them any different advice. My advice to them has always been try – you’ve got to put effort in whether you work for yourself or you work for somebody else.
“The second bit of advice is find something you love to do.
“You have to go to work every day for about 40 or 50 years, so it’s a good idea to find something you like doing and not to grit your teeth from Monday to Friday.”
The festival takes place on October 11 and 12, focusing specifically on women.
Dale said: “The advice I would give to young women coming out of school is follow your dream.
“Find out what it is you would really like to do and go for it. And bear in mind you may have to take a few detours on the way.
“Go for the thing you would really like to do and put all your focus and efforts into it.
“My view is someone has to do everything.
“Someone has to read the news, someone has to fly the rocket, someone has to drive the train – someone has to do it so why not you?”