WomenUP Radio

The Interviews

Listen to our many inspiring guests including well-known women’s empowerment leaders, special guests, career, personal and business development experts.

Facilitating and developing women’s empowerment… Our dynamic and motivating guests share their experience, strategies and tips to help you improve your career, expand your entrepreneurial talents, incorporate your passions and achieve overall fulfilment and success!

Guests and topics are:

Chiara Condi - Changing Your Life with Women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Chiara Condi, founder of Led By Her, an organization that works on women’s entrepreneurship, innovation and gender-based violence.

We will be discussing:

  • Changing your life. Moving on from gender based violence which occurs in all levels of society and at all levels of education, to a free and independent future.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Women Entrepreneurs – How the different choices and priorities,creation of projects and implementing them takes place
  • Networking and Support. The Led By Her programme and what it does for women. What business support is available
  • Why entrepreneurship is such a powerful tool. How this realistically supports and improves your opportunities.

Chiara Condi founded Led By HER (www.ledbyher.org), an organization that works on women’s entrepreneurship, innovation and gender-based violence. In partnership with two business schools, IESEG and ESCP as well as the support of various companies Led By HER helps women who have suffered from violence rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship. Led By HER offers a yearlong program of courses, individual mentoring, and events with the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Chiara previously worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where she worked to maximize the gender impact of investments. She graduated from Harvard and from Sciences Po/LSE.

Dr Jane Roberts - Women in Public Leadership and the Evolution of Local Government

Dame Jane Roberts has an extensive background in local government and in health. Councillor for the London Borough of Camden for 16 years, council leader from 2000 until 2005, Jane was appointed DBE in 2004 for services to local government. Chair of the thinktank NLGN (New Local Government Network). Jane started her career as a medical doctor and worked for many years as a hospital consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

We will be discussing :

  • Women in Public Leadership – The place of women here, the progress that has been made and the benefits we can bring to our community by taking an active role
  • Evolution of Local Government – The changing face of local government and its role in democracy
  • Losing Public Office and Executive Leadership? – What actually happens when people leave political office? What similarities in impact between public and corporate?
  • Place and progress of women in local government? – What can local government do for the betterment of it’s place, and what does it do already, and particularly women’s roles within this?

Jane Roberts DBE is Research Fellow in Public Leadership at The Open University Business School. A councillor for 16 years at the London Borough of Camden, she was Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2005. Jane has served in a range of non-executive roles including as Chair of the Councillors Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government, a member of the Remuneration Board at the Welsh Assembly and Chair of New Local Government Network. Appointed DBE 2004. Professionally, she is a medical doctor and is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with experience of senior healthcare management in the NHS. Jane has published a number of academic articles in paediatrics, psychiatry and politics. She co-edited ‘The Politics of Attachment’ (1996) with Sebastian Kraemer and is the author of ‘Losing Political Office’ (2017).

Lesley Clarke OBE - The Active Role of Women Working in Local Government - How You Can Make a Difference

Lesley Clarke OBE, District Councillor, Charter Trustee, Mayor, County Councillor, Council Leader and Chairman of WLGS, the society which has created the Suffrage Pioneers Project to celebrate 100 years of universal suffrage.

We will be discussing:

  • Women in Local Government – The place of women here and the benefits we can bring to our community by taking an active role
  • How local government works and what you can do – If we would like to become involved how do we go about it? What do we need to do?
  • What are the range of roles or positions that can we aspire to? Do we need any special training or a particular background to enter into this field?
  • The practicalities – volunteer, employee or what?Is the work we would do in local government normally on a volunteer basis, as a part time job, full time job or what type of commitment do we need to give to achieve something positive?

Lesley Clarke OBE – First elected to Wycombe District Council in 1991, a Charter Trustee for the town, Mayor in 1994/95 and County Councillor since 2001. Leader of Wycombe District Council in 2003 for 8 years, Lesley became Chairman in 2014 (Wycombe is the 4th largest Disctrict Council in England). Chairman of the Women’s Local Government Society in 2007 which started the project Suffrage Pioneers in 2015 to find 100 Suffragists to celebrate the 100 years of universal suffrage – In 2018 WLGS achieved their gaol! Awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013.

Gina Kirkham - Women's Courage and Adaptability - Challenge and Change! From Policewoman to Author...

Gina Kirkham, a former police officer of the year, awarded several commendations for bravery, courage and compassion, who has totally changed direction in her career to become a successful and very amusing author.

We will be discussing :

  • What is means to be a police officer, particularly for a woman – The courage and the challenges, and the differences for male and female officers in the front line
  • The real life experience of front line policing – Adventures and awards. How to manage and support others
  • Women’s courage and adaptability – Our ability to face challenges and change either from necessity or desire
  • Career transition and following your heart – The difficulties (or not) of major career changes, what to take into account, attitude and way of thinking.

Gina Kirkham began her career in front-line policing as a single parent in her thirties. Her first posting was to Wallasey Police Station, Wirral. During her time with Merseyside Police she was awarded several commendations for bravery, courage and compassion, and in 2000 she became Police Officer of the Year for her services to the people of Merseyside. Her debut novel, the humorous HANDCUFFS, TRUNCHEON AND A POLYESTER THONG, was published in May 2017 by Urbane Publications. In July 2018 her second book in the series, WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT The Further Adventures of Constable Mavis Upton was launched at Waterstones in Liverpool.

Amy Applebaum - Meditation and the Modern Businesswoman

Amy Applebaum, entrepreneur, business coach, author, hypnotherapist, meditation expert and media personality featured on CNN, ABC, Shape, Cosmo and the New York Times among others.

We will be discussing:

  • Meditation and how we view it – Why some people think it is a crazy, hippy activity and why often we need high-flying business influencers to motivate us to start
  • The beneficial effects meditation can have on us, particularly in a professional context – The impact seen and felt in different types of meditation
  • What should our aims be with meditation. How we start making this positive practice into a rejuvenating and pleasurable daily habit.
  • The impact on physical health as well as mental health – How it can help us feel fit physically and therefore has a greatly beneficial effect on our mindset and emotions.
  • From meditation we often gain inspiration, enlightenment and awareness which are also essential to flourishing – How these change our life and what impact can they have on our work and career?

Amy Applebaum – Over the past decade, Amy has helped tens of thousands of women, across the globe, break through barriers inhibiting their success and happiness. By providing strategy, direction, accountability and mindset training, she helps her clients explode their businesses and transform their lives. She has been featured on ABC, CNN, TLC, Martha Stewart Radio and in Teen, Shape, Cosmo, Woman’s World, and The New York Times. Amy became a certified hypnotherapist because she believes that success is just as much about “how you think” as it is “what you do.” To help her clients develop empowered thinking, she created a library of guided meditations that have been met with 5-star reviews and best seller status.

Harbeen Arora - Women's Economic Progress and Development

Harbeen Arora, founder of ALL All Ladies League and Women’s Economic Forum, Speaker, Educationist, Philanthropist, Spiritualist, Author, Entrepreneur and Businesswoman.

We will be discussing:

  • Women’s Economic Development. Including regions that particularly stand out as being progressive.
  • Progress linked to suffrage and the vote – Last 50-100 years and how the vote has helped women’s development
  • Restriction to women’s economic development and how to overcome them. The work done by the Women’s Economic Forum and impact it has worldwide on all levels personal, professional; business and organisations.
  • Constructive change and successful integration. How we can foster this.

Harbeen Arora – Global Leader, Speaker, Educationist, Philanthropist, Spiritualist,Author, Entrepreneur and Businesswoman, Dr. Arora is the Global Chairperson of the ALL LADIES LEAGUE, a global chamber of women with 500+ chapters worldwide across 150 countries with over 50,000 members, and growing; and also of Women Economic Forum that holds major conferences in India and other countries with the aim of economic progress for women. Chancellor of Rai University in Ahmedabad, Rai Technology University in Bangalore and Jharkhand Rai University in Ranchi in India. Author of three books: on creative living, on values and on education.

Julie Schladitz - Transition, Change and Career Reorientation (even for Sports Stars)

Julie Schladitz, specialist in professional development, career coach for athletes as well as senior executives in international companies. She has worked at the intersection of the sports and business world for 3 decades including the International Olympic Committee.

We will be discussing :

  • Changing, transitioning and reorienting careers – The options, and expectations both in sports and in business
  • The biggest challenges that are faced for athletes to reach the peak – The similarities and differences in these for professionals who want to become senior executives, particularly internationally.
  • What lessons we can learn in business by looking at the discipline and dedication seen in sport. Issues and challenges, the importance of perseverance.

Julie Schladitz was born and educated in England (Solihull) and currently lives and works in Switzerland, specializing in professional development. She is a regular visitor to the UK for work, further career development and seeing her family. In addition to helping struggling athletes move on after their sporting careers, she has been a career coach for senior executives at companies around the world. She has worked in a variety of positions in the intersecting worlds of sports and business for over three decades, including time at the International Olympic Committee along with jobs at a variety of international corporations.

Dr Patrice Baptiste - Diversity in Medicine and Opening the Doors for the Next Generation

Dr Patrice Baptiste, doctor, writer, STEMNET ambassador and founder of DreamSmartTutors an organization that aims to help prospective medical students; especially (but not exclusively) students from less privileged and BME backgrounds

We will be discussing:

  • Diversity in Medicine – The main obstacles for women entering medicine today
  • Opening the doors for the next generation – approaches to diversity, difference of opportunities depending on field and whether public or private practice.
  • Medical training organisations, hospitals, clinics and research organisations. Issues and challenges, the importance of perseverance
  • The last 10-15 years. The progress already made and the possibilities for the future.

Dr. Baptiste has always been passionate about medicine; from a young age she aspired to become a doctor. After qualifying in 2013 she began working as a medical doctor in London. Currently Patrice is training to become a General Practitioner (GP). Dr. Baptiste is also a freelance writer and has written for the British Medical Association (BMA), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Medical Protection Society (MPS), to name but a few. Patrice works closely with students who wish to enter top universities such as University College London (UCL) and study highly competitive courses like Medicine.

Sara Isbell - Women's Success in STEM + Innovation in the World of Neuroscience

Sara Isbell, CEO, President and Cofounder of California based Mercaptor Discoveries, searching for a cure for neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injury. Her startup is working on medication to prevent brain trauma and arrest the progression of conditions like Alzheimers, epilepsy and strokes.

We will be discussing:

  • Careers in STEM and Medical Research – Specialist fields, including researching and developing medication in the field of neuroscience
  • Chemistry, neurochemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology – Additional challenges when entering these fields and potential advantages
  • Supporting innovation. Issues and challenges, the importance of perseverance. Direction research needs to take to facilitate more breakthroughs.
  • What women can do to have a profound and meaningful impact in this area.

Neuroscientist Sara Isbell is an innovator in the world of neuroscience. As CEO, President and Cofounder of Novato, CA based Mercaptor Discoveries, she is on the cutting edge of the search for a cure for neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injury. Isbell is leading her newly founded biopharmaceutical startup through the development stages with the goal of creating an oral medication that will prevent the effects of brain trauma in people who are most at risk – athletes, military personnel – and arrest the progression of chronic neurodegeneration in conditions like Alzheimer’s, ALS, Epilepsy, Alcohol Withdrawal, Stroke and more.

Joan Michelson - Advancing Women in the World of Sustainability and Energy not just for Women but also for the Planet

Joan Michelson, award-winning marketing communications leader, journalist and public speaker who specializes in advancing women, and in sustainability-energy.

We will be discussing:

  • Advancing Women in the C-Suite. Women in the Boardroom, gender balance at the top, leadership development and diversity .
  • The impact of having women at the top in sustainability and energy vs financial and corporate risk – What changes we see, positive or negative. the status and evolution of gender balance as a whole.
  • The advantages and opportunities available for women in green and clean energy. Whether this is due to the innovative nature of this sector or a change of mindset as a whole
  • Ecology and Sustainable Goals. Today’s issues: gender equality, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, climate change. The differences depending on economic, geographic and political factors. The progress already made and the possibilities for the future.

Joan Bryna Michelson, MBA is an award-winning marketing communications leader, journalist and public speaker who specializes in advancing women, and in sustainability-energy. She is Executive Producer and Host of the acclaimed podcast Green Connections Radio, which was chosen by USA Today as one of the top six podcasts for business travelers, has a blog in the Huffington Post, and served as a reporter-producer with top media organization. She also does strategic consulting and spent many years as a communications and marketing leader with Fortune 100 companies, including Chrysler, American Express and Deloitte.

Felicity Aston MBE - Women's Leadership, Courage, Endurance and Achievement - The Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition

Felicity Aston MBE, Explorer, Scientist, Speaker and Author and the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. Felicity has just led the successful Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition and is a wonderful example of leadership and inspiration for all women…

We will be discussing:

  • Women’s Leadership and Courage – How we can act, react and empower not only ourselves but those around us.
  • Endurance and Achievement, Being an Explorer – What attributes do we need to do this, both physically and mentally and what steps did you take to start exploring
  • The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition – It’s creation, objectives, challenges and successes. How you can do so much more than you think you can!
  • Leading an expedition and leadership issues and strategies in all situations – What you have to consider and what strategies you have to put in place.

Felicity Aston MBE – Explorer, Scientist, Speaker and Author – is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person in the world to traverse the continent purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines. In 2015 she was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for services in Antarctica and was appointed MBE for services to Polar Exploration. This year she is leading the women only Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition. In 2009 she led the 38-day, 911km Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, the largest and most international women’s team ever to ski to the South Pole. Previously, Felicity has led several other notable expeditions including the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, she was also part of the first, ever, all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole, and has completed the notorious Marathon Des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara…

Jeff Barth - The Importance of Men in Women's Empowerment

Jeff Barth, Senior Director of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), Catalysts’ learning community for professional men, with a background in political campaign management for federal and local candidates.

We will be discussing:

  • The importance of men in Women’s Empowerment. How this helps empower women.
  • Progress linked to freedom of speech and women’s empowerment – Last 10-15 years and how progress can be unexpected and not in the regions you would think
  • How business leaders can bring more sustainable goals into their corporations. The impact on women’s empowerment, what we can learn from each other, values, opportunities and support
  • Understanding the challenges face by inclusive leadership. What companies and organisations do to facilitate this and to encourage their employees to think more about ways of helping each other to a more inclusive future.

Jeff Barth is the Senior Director of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), a learning community for professional men who are committed to building inclusive workplaces. He’s responsible for the development, implementation, and marketing of MARC’s strategy and initiatives aimed at empowering individuals to become inclusive leaders and powerful forces for change in the workplace. As an expert on engaging men, Jeff also provides external training, does speaking engagements, and takes part in creating and expanding Catalyst’s engaging men programs. Before joining Catalyst, Jeff managed political campaigns for federal and local candidates.

Lesley Clarke OBE - Women in Government, Suffragette Movement + SuffragePioneers

Lesley Clarke OBE, District Councillor, Charter Trustee, Mayor, County Councillor, Council Leader and Chairman of WLGS, the society which has created the Suffrage Pioneers Project to celebrate 100 years of universal suffrage.

We will be discussing:

  • Women’s Strengths, Values and Beliefs – How we can act, react and empower not only ourselves but those around us.
  • Women in Local Government – The place of women here and the benefits we can bring to our community by taking an active role
  • The progress made in women’s empowerment and independence over the years – How this has changed and what we can hope for the future.
  • The Suffrage Pioneers Project – Honouring and celebrating these amazing trailblazing women who changed our history and how we can follow on from what they started by bringing the feminist outlook to all aspects of our lives.

Lesley Clarke OBE – First elected to Wycombe District Council in 1991, a Charter Trustee for the town, Mayor in 1994/95 and County Councillor since 2001. Leader of Wycombe District Council in 2003 for 8 years, Lesley became Chairman in 2014 (Wycombe is the 4th largest Disctrict Council in England). Chairman of the Women’s Local Government Society in 2007 which started the project Suffrage Pioneers in 2015 to find 100 Suffragists to celebrate the 100 years of universal suffrage – In 2018 WLGS achieved their gaol! Awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013.

Susan Gallon - Women's Strengths - From Marine Biology to Polar Exhibition - Challenges, Values and Beliefs

Susan Gallon, an adventurous marine biologist, specialising in seals, acutely aware of the struggles with climate change and the arctic and member of the all woman Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition.

We will be discussing:

  • Women’s Strengths, Challenges, Values and Beliefs. How we dream, act, react and empower ourselves
  • Marine Biology and STEM careers – How we enter and progress in these careers and the opportunities we can make for ourselves
  • Conservation and Ecology today and for the future – How this has changed and what we can hope for the future. What we can do as individuals to start a grass roots movement to protect our world
  • The all woman Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition’ – The aims, the support, the dangers and the personal challenge – how by coming together and supporting each other we can create something exceptional.

Susan Gallon, 36, was born and raised in France. As an adventurous marine biologist she carried out a PhD in Scotland on the foraging ecology of grey seals before studying southern elephant seals from the Antarctic Peninsula in Tasmania. She has since been continuously involved in collaborative work with groups in Australia, Brazil, Scotland and France working in the field to tag elephant seals. As a marine biologist she is acutely aware of the current struggles with climate change and that the Arctic has warmed more than any other region on Earth. Susan wants to be part of the expedition not only for the personal challenge but to contribute in raising awareness of this wild and fragile part of the world.

Misba Khan - Courage, Integration, Culture and Drive - The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition

Misba Khan, who, at age 49 and mum of 2, is one of the members of The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition as well as her day job working in the NHS Finance team.

We will be discussing:

  • Courage, Integration, Culture and Drive – How we can form bridges between different cultures and how this helps empower women.
  • The Women’s Euro Arabian North Pole Expedition – The aims, the challenges, the extreme situations
  • Women’s determination and resilience – Vision, learning from one another, support and commitment
  • Background needed for great challenges and to step out of your comfort zone.

Misba Khan, 49, from Manchester, works part of a finance team in the NHS. A mum of two who’s now showing her kids it’s time for her to have some fun. She describes it as an exciting and transformational stage in her life. A member of The Women’s Euro Arabian North pole Expedition by joining the team she hopes that she would be able to form bridges between different cultures by encouraging women within and out of her community to gain new skills. She would “like to show people that those from all abilities and backgrounds can get involved in activities that may push themselves for their own self-development.

Pamela Newenham - How Women Only Social Platforms Can Advance Your Career As Well As Enhance Your Social Life

Pamela Newenham, co-founder and co-CEO of GirlCrew, the social networking app for women to make new friends and advance their career. Previously, a business journalist with The Irish Times, specialising in technology, start-ups, entrepreneurship and business.

We will be discussing:

  • Women only social platforms – What they are and how they can have a fun and positive impact on life and career
  • Networking – What it is, what it can do for you and the different types
  • Female Founders’ Supper Club. The impact this has, the advantages for you and how to set one up in your area.

Pamela Newenham is the co-founder and co-CEO of GirlCrew, a social networking app for women to make new friends. GirlCrew has more than 100,000 members across 50+ cities worldwide. Prior to GirlCrew, she was a business journalist with The Irish Times, specialising in the areas of technology, start-ups, entrepreneurship and business. She was editor of Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub, which was published in 2015.

Ruth Sacks - Women on FTSE Boards and in Leadership (Hampton Alexander + CMI Women's Blueprint Reports)

Dr Ruth Sacks, Principal Consultant at Boardroom Focus, Director at GreenSpring Educational Trust and Chair of the Performance & General Purposes Committee.

We will be discussing:

  • Championing More Women on FTSE Boards and in Leadership. Women in the Boardroom, gender balance at the top, leadership development and diversity .
  • The latest Hampton Alexander Report and The CMI Women’s Blueprint for Balance Report – What changes we see, positive or negative. the status and evolution of gender balance as a whole.
  • Concrete advantages corporations have when they do bring more active, decision making women onto their boards. Whether the impact of having women on the board is different for smaller companies
  • Recommendations for championing more women on to boards and into leadership roles. What companies and corporation can do to facilitate this, an how dynamic, ambitious women can help themselves stand out and be seen.

Ruth Sacks – Principal Consultant at Boardroom Focus, Ruth works on strategic change assignments, leadership development, one to one support and diversity related projects. Ruth is also exploring the challenges of the multi-generational organisation. Ruth is a Director at GreenSpring Educational Trust and Chair of the Performance & General Purposes Committee. She volunteers through the “Inspiring the Future’ programme in schools. She acts as a coach and mentor for enterprise activities. Ruth has worked in Europe, Lebanon, Morocco, the USA, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Vivien Hoexter - Non Profits - Insights, performance and lasting social impact for a more enlightened world

Vivien Hoexter, principal of H2Growth Strategies who advises non-profits, foundations and corporations.

We will be discussing:

  • Non-profits. What a non-profit really is in different parts of the world, particularly when some seem to be very ‘business’ like.
  • Challenges for Non-Profits – The rules of good business and performance are equally sound and necessary for their successful development
  • Social impact that a non-profit has on our society- How this has changed and what we can hope for the future. What we can learn from each other, values, opportunities and support.

Vivien Hoexter, a principal of H2Growth Strategies LLC, provides counsel on planning, development and governance to nonprofits, foundations and corporations for improved performance, increased revenues, and lasting social impact for a more enlightened world. H2Growth has partnered with 100 organizations to raise over $1.5 billion. Previously, Hoexter was: CEO, Gilda’s Club Worldwide; VP-Marketing and Development, John Jay College; VP, AFS-USA; DOD, The Hunger Project. Member, Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance.

John Levine - How music can assist women in their life and careers

John Levine, musician and composer, and the creator of Alphamusic which is a natural music remedy to improve our mindset, reduce stress, help insomnia and to treat ill health.

We will be discussing:

  • What Alphamusic is and how it works. What the benefits are to health, both physical and mental.
  • Brainwaves and the alpha state – What the differences are and how they affect us, how it can improve our performance.
  • Impact of music on us and particularly Alphamusic- How it has a significant positive impact on reducing stress, improving sleep problems and even managing challenges in our careers
  • Using Alphamusic in business situations – How it can produce better results, improved performance and positive cooperation in what can be challenging environments.

John Levine studied music composition at Sydney University, graduating with the prestigious Bachelors of Music (Composition) degree. He won the Pepsi Cola Rock contest at the Sydney Opera House. He co-owned a recording studio where they recorded ‘INXS’ and ‘Midnight Oil’. Eager to explore the relationship between music and the mind to aid mental and physical health, John continued his academic career whilst studying unconventional mind techniques such as transcendental meditation. Developing his scientific understanding of meditation and its impact on the mind, he founded Alphamusic, a natural music remedy to treat ill health.

Miranda Brawn - Personal Branding and Its impact on Women's Empowerment

Miranda Brawn, investment banker, barrister, international public speaker and multi-award winning senior business, legal and diversity executive. A social entrepreneur, Miranda also founded The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation

We will be discussing:

  • Personal Branding and its Impact on Women’s Empowerment. What is this? How does it affect us?
  • What should we do to improve our branding – approaches to personal branding, and re-branding.
  • Law and Investment banking for women. Issues and challenges, the importance of perseverance
  • Creating a foundation. The impact and support this has. The progress already made and the possibilities for the future.

With a background as an investment banker and barrister, Miranda Brawn is a high profile multi-award winning senior business, legal and diversity executive. Founder of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation which won an award from Prime Minister Theresa May and personal praise by HRH Prince Charles of Wales for her UK history making diversity work. Advisor & patron to a number of companies, charities, individuals & governments. Miranda demonstrates how to navigate the world of professional social media to maximum effect and effectively build a personal brand.

Clare Baker - World Values Day - How (and why) We Can Bring Our Values into Life, Business and the Community

Clare Baker, leadership coach and trainer who is a fervent supporter of the UK Values Alliance in helping people, organisations and communities live their values and founding member and coach for Know You More.

We will be discussing:

  • Values, what they are and how they impact us – Why do they matter? What difference does it make to us personally and professionally to be true to our values
  • How do we know what our values are – Ways we can discover and live by our values
  • Values for Women in Leadership – Such as the need to support each other, balance, define success on own terms, diversity etc
  • World Values Day – Why does it take place? What are its objectives? How we can get involved in world values day, personally, in our community or as a business.

Clare Baker is a leadership coach and trainer with experience of helping people create lasting impact for their business, community and society. She believes that when leaders live positive values it’s not just the business that benefits but society as a whole. Clare loves hiking in the world’s wild places. Her adventures strengthen her courage and resilience. She brings her experiences to bear in helping others build their own foundations for exceptional leadership. Alongside working with leaders 1:1, Clare supports the UK Values Alliance in putting values at the heart of UK society. She is also a founding member of Know You More. This social enterprise delivers coaching at scale across an organisation, then reinvests its profits into youth development causes.

Alexandra Levit - Empowering Business Women Through The Generations

Alexandra Levit, Business/Workplace Author, Speaker, and Consultant with a background as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes.

We will be discussing:

  • Transmitting knowledge and expertise from generation to generation . How we can use communication and collaboration to become better leaders.
  • Challenges faced by ambitious women, how to work successfully and stay nice. Choices and priorities, how these can help define our careers
  • Leadership lessons. How we can transition these and help others as well as ourselves
  • Differences in mindset across the generations. Attitude and different challenges and ways of progressing.

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organizations and their employees for meaningful careers in the future workplace. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has co-authored the new book Mom.B.A.: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next with NPD Group CEO Karyn Schoenbart.

Zerbanoo Gifford - Young Women as Changemakers + How They Shape Our Future

Zerbanoo Gifford, Author, human rights campaigner and founder of the ASHA Foundation and Centre.

We will be discussing :

  • Young Women as Changemakers + How We Can Shape Our Future by Advocating and Sharing the Best of our Cultures, Values and Beliefs
  • Reform, progress and change, particularly for women and what areas concerning women and discrimination have progressed over the last 40 years
  • Human Rights, anti-slavery and humanitarian work, championing the rights of women, children and minorities – global advances
  • How women can change the way of the world – the reality of equality, diversity and positive balance not only in the workplace, but also in organisations, governments and intercultural alliances.

Zerbanoo Gifford – Author, human rights campaigner and founder of the ASHA Foundation and Centre, Zerbanoo Gifford holds the International Woman of the Year Award 2006 for her humanitarian work, which spans over forty five years of grassroots and global activism. Presented with the Nehru Centenary Award in 1989 for her work championing the rights of women, children and minorities. Pioneer for BAME women in British politics, elected as a councillor in Harrow in 1982 and the first BAME women to stand for parliament. She chaired the Commission ‘Looking into ethnic minority involvement in British Life’ and was a member of the advisory group on Race Relations to the former British Home Secretary. Director of Anti-Slavery International, awarded the Freedom of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska for her work combating modern slavery and racism. Zerbanoo has authored seven books. For her latest ‘Confessions to a Serial Womaniser – Secrets of the worlds Inspirational women’ she was awarded a ‘NESTA (National Endowment of Science Technology and Arts) Fellowship’.

Pamela Meekings-Stewart - Women in TV and Film, Career Choices, Independence +Change Management

Pamela Meekings-Stewart, award-winning film and television producer and director for documentaries and drama, a trained facilitator for HR and specialist in change management.

We will be discussing:

  • Groundbreaking work in film and tv. Docmentaries, Docu-dramas and Women in the idustry.
  • Pioneer attitude and character strengths. Choices and priorities, inter-generational actions – how these can help define our careers
  • Attitude towards women and the opportunities for them in film and tv. How has this changed? What is different today?
  • Change Management in Organisations and in Careers. The Wheel of Natural Change, transitions, facilitating work life, projects, career development

Pamela Meekings-Stewart, a New Zealander, was, for over 25 years, a film and television producer/director (documentaries and drama) at two major media organisations – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto, and Television New Zealand, Wellington. She has won a number of awards for her dramatized documentary series, Pioneer Women. A trained facilitator, she designs and delivers seminars on human resources management, change management, staff motivation, development, careers, professional (and life) skills for both the public and private sectors. Since 1990 she has run her own company – The Woolshed Retreats – on her farm just outside Wellington, New Zealand where she offers spiritual retreats and Total Pampering Days.

Bernadette Phillips - The Need for Transformational/Conscious Leadership to Support Women's Empowerment

Bernadette Phillips, sociologist, social activist, broadcaster, radio presenter, poet and motivational speaker.

We will be discussing:

  • Transformational and Conscious Leadership. How we can use communication and collaboration to become better leaders.
  • Impact of Transformational/Conscious Leadership on Women roles in corporate business or as entrepreneurs. Choices and priorities, creativity and change – how these can help define our careers
  • Leadership lessons. How we can transition these and help others as well as ourselves – Women influencing greater Transformational/Conscious Leadership in the World
  • Changes to Women’s Leadership roles over the past 20/30years. Attitude and different challenges and ways of progressing

Bernadette Phillips is founder of ‘New Insights For Change’. Her experience spans over 35 years providing Conscious Wellbeing Programmes and Training For Transformation Facilitation with a focus on Global Citizenship, Gender Equality, Social Enterprise and Conscious Leadership, in and with Community, Business and Education sectors. Bernadette is a qualified Social Scientist/Sociologist and also holds an MA in Women’s Studies (sociology, gender, equality and literature). She is also a Social Activist with a focus on human rights and civil rights and a Broadcaster, Radio Presenter, Poet, Motivational Speaker and Intuitive Personal Development Mentor for Life and Business with a focus on Health, Wellbeing and Conscious Living.

Mathilde Mirouze - Young Entrepreneur’s Innovation - Career Change, Start Up and Crowdfunding

Mathilde Mirouze, co-founder of 9H Vintage, a brand-new watch company being launched by crowdfunding, a major career change for Mathilde who was previously an intensive care nurse…

We will be discussing:

  • Career changes and the choices involved – Why and what – and how they can have a fun and positive impact on life and career
  • Creating a start up – What are the main steps to think about when creating a start-up, the challenges and the advantages.
  • Crowdfunding – Ways of getting financing for your project. Choice of traditional or modern.

Mathilde Mirouze is co-founder of 9H Vintage, a brand-new watch company. A Frenchwoman, former nurse (4 years in the intensive care unit), she is 26 years old and currently living in Bangkok. Foreign medical practitioners aren’t allowed to work in Thailand, so being resourceful Mathilde decided to completely change direction: create her own watch and launch her start-up. As young entrepreneurs rarely have much capital, once the design and protype were completed she decided to take yet another innovative step – launch her brand on a Crowdfunding platform to finance her first mass production.

Philip Carr-Gomm - Creativity, Respect and Open-Mindedness - Values of Other Cultures, such as Druidry

Philip Carr-Gomm, psychologist, psychotherapist, sophrologist and Druid leader who, as well as all that, spends a lot of time writing, speaking and giving workshops. We will be discussing:

  • Creativity, respect and openmindedness – the importance of this for women, surrounding women and for a better professional (and personal) environment.
  • Other cultures and how their values can help us so much in today’s world. What other cultures and philosophies give us. Druidry and its ancient, yet incredibly progressive thinking regarding women, values, beliefs, and self.
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy. The importance of peace of mind, nature and your inner responses to situations for positivity and confidence
  • Destressing, energising, meditation and peace of mind.

Philip Carr-Gomm: Philip lives in the wide open landscape of the South Downs in Sussex, England, with his wife Stephanie. In his teens, he began studying Druidry, a culture that strongly believes in women as equals and leaders, as a spiritual path with Ross Nichols, the founder of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. With a degree in psychology from University College London, psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney, and in Sophrology – a wonderful system of mind-body training for deep relaxation and personal development, Philip also trained in Montessori education and founded the Lewes Montessori School. In 1988 he was asked to lead The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, and he combines this role with writing, and giving talks and workshops.

Sarah Daninthe - Women in Sport, Sport Disciplines for Business, Career Changes, Start Ups, Tech and Big Data

Sarah Daninthe, twice world champion and Olympic medallist in Fencing, who has transformed into a digital native, passionate about the world of start-ups and innovation.

We will be discussing:

  • Women in Sport Keeping focused and remaining at the top. The phenomenal discipline and the challenges to overcome. How to be a champion!
  • Benefits of Sport Disciplines for Business The lessons we can learn in business by looking at the discipline and dedication seen in sport
  • Career Changes How we can transition these, the options open and what people expect you to do
  • Start Ups, Tech + Big Data The development and innovation, the possibilities for the future. What options are open to women in this field and how to make it!
  • Sarah’s support for Premier des Cordées – Wonderful association for seriously ill and hospitalised children to bring sport into their lives

Sarah Daninthe: A two-times world champion and Olympic medalist, transformed into a digital native, passionate about the world of start-ups and innovation. Mentor for startups week end and jury at events related to innovation, especially alongside Axel Lemaire, in charge of innovation and digital in France and Thierry Braillard, in charge of sport at the Ministry of Sports. Sarah is a strong supporter and actively involved in diverse topics such as: Representation of Women in Sport; Women in Digital Arena; Health and Sport in Our Lives; Reaching Your Goals

Stephanie Green - Women in STEM + Inspiring the Next Generation

Stephanie Green, artist, Activist, Entrepreneur and Businesswoman.

We will be discussing:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and raising awareness and inspiring the next generation – the importance of role models and the attitude surrounding these sectors right from childhood.
  • The essentials regarding education to follow a career in or these sectors. How education and/or background in STEM can be a good lead in to other different sectors and industries in today’s market
  • From a social point of view, why STEM can help grow the market and economy of a country. How can this help gender balance and women’s opportunities in the workplace or as entrepreneurs
  • What schools and the community can do to inspire children and teenagers to enjoy and consider choices that aren’t typical to gender stereotypes.

Stephanie Green – Artist, Activist, Entrepreneur and Businesswoman, Stephanie Green is passionate about building lasting gender equality. At 21 she became the country’s youngest councillor in her home town of Taunton. By 25 she was Circulation Director at an international publishing house. Following her love of graphic design she opened her own successful studio seven years ago. In 2016 she founded Dauntless Daughters to create bold, diverse illustrations, stories, games, goods and services that empower girls and young women. For children seeing is believing so it is critical to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) success to provide diverse learning resources, story books and images staring female and minority characters.

Mariela Dabbah - Next Generation of Women Leaders

Mariela Dabbah, Founder of the Red Shoe Movement.

We will be discussing:

  • What is pivotal to the development of the next generation of women leaders? Where will they come from? What progress has there been? What changes in attitudes?
  • Is there a risk of losing our true selves as we develop into leaders? How can women remain authentic and at the same time climbe the career ladder?
  • Does the effect and results differ depending on the generation. Is the Y generation lost and what about ageism…
  • Is the discrimination that exists for woman even more pronounced if our ethnic origin isn’t the ‘accepted stereotype’ of whatever country we are in?

Mariela Dabbah – Founder of the Red Shoe Movement. Professional success instigator. Consultant. International Speaker for Fortune 500’s, Harvard, Princeton and large non-profits. Facilitator. One of People en Español’s ’25 Most Powerful Women.’ 7 award winning, best-selling books on education, career development & success. Media contributor CNN, Univision, Telemundo, Yahoo, & many others.

Dorie Clark - Business Strategy and Generating Multiple Revenue Streams for Greater Success

Dorie Clark, #1 best-selling author for leadership and business books, writer for Harvard Business News, Time and Entrepreneur, branding expert, and marketing strategy consultant and speaker for businesses such as Google, Microsoft, Yale the US State Dept and the World Bank…

We will be discussing:

  • Entrepreneurship, leadership and reinvention. The focus and how to develop strengths that naturally encompass these
  • Business Strategy and entrepreneurship. Why it is so hard for many entrepreneurs to monetize their ideas and the kind of mindset is necessary for entrepreneurs to succeed financially
  • Generating Multiple Revenue Streams for Greater Success. Why it is critical to have multiple revenue streams. Identifying your value and positioning in multiple areas.

Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes, and was a Washington Post bestseller. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Inc., and Fortune, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank. She is also a producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album.

Emeric Bastid - What CEOs Expect + Women's Careers in the Transport Industry

Emeric Bastid, CEO of GLS France, (Royal Mail Group) experience International Director for Europe, Africa with previous experience in LatAm, and a strong supporter of equal opportunites for women.

We will be discussing :

  • What a CEO expects from his team – the qualities and strengths fo make an impression and manage successfully.
  • Working internationally. The challenges and need to adapt when working across several different cultures all with different mindsets and ways of working
  • Women’s strengths and qualities in business. How can this help gender balance and women’s opportunities in the workplace
  • The Transport Industry and what it offers to women Promotion, flexibility, responsibility and opportunity

Emeric Bastid: CEO / Managing Director GLS France (Royal Mail Group). Experienced international Director for Europe and Africa, previous business experience LatAm. Main fields logistics and previously food industry. Specialist in areas – New product and national brand communication; Supply chain and flow just in time; strategic action through relevant segmentation; participative objective-based management of functional and operational teams, based on principles of action; careful resource management and optimisation. Strong supporter of gender balance and equal opportunities.

Elaine Slatter - Developing Entrepreneurial Skills + Women's Strengths in Business

Elaine Slatter, founder of Fabulous Fempreneurship and Principal of XL Consulting. We will be discussing:

  • How can we expand and develop our entrepreneurial skills? Are there any sectors that are particularly strong or especially adapted for entrepreneurship?
  • What is the main attraction for women in creating their own business?
  • What are women’s main strengths in business? Are there differences in sectors and how has this evolved?
  • Does peer pressure at work and the different industries we end up working in shape our strengths and how we develop them?

Elaine Slatter – Founder of Fabulous Fempreneurship and author of the book by the same name. Founder and Principal of XL Consulting Group, a small business advisory company helping businesses with business and marketing strategy, web design and branding. Previously Country Manager/Director Marketing Administration of Victor Technologies International for Canada.

Pat Duckworth - Empowering Older Women Entrepreneurs + Mind-Body Techniques for Wellness

Pat Duckworth, best-selling author, therapist and international public speaker.

We will be discussing:

  • Why and how cognitive therapy and NLP can benefit us? What solutions do they give, how can they be used to overcome obstacles and achieve our objectives.
  • Empowering older women entrepreneurs and the additional challenges surrounding the menopause. Mind/body techniques that help support our wellness.
  • Does the corporate world take any of this into account and if so, how?
  • The pros and cons of becoming an entrepreneur at 50+. Different ways one can transition from working for someone to starting our own business.

Pat Duckworth is a best-selling author, therapist and international public speaker. She specializes in helping women at midlife particularly those who are experiencing menopause symptoms. She is sought-after as a speaker for organisations and groups on a wide range of subjects including how to become a midlife entrepreneur, and using mind/body techniques to overcome obstacles to wellbeing. Pat has published four books including the award-winning, ‘Hot Women, Cool Solutions; How to control menopause symptoms using mind/body techniques’ and the #1 International Bestseller, ‘Hot Women Rock: How to discover your midlife entrepreneurial mojo.’

Dr Rebecca Moore - How to Support Good Emotional Health - Managing Pre + Post-Natal - Practical tips

Dr Rebecca Moore, perinatal psychiatrist who is an expert in Women’s emotional health especially with pregnancy and the early postnatal period as well as strongly supporting holistic choices including diet, exercise and avoiding drugs as a be all to end all.

We will be discussing :

  • How to support good emotional health, including reducing anxiety and stress. Is there more stress today than a few decades ago or is it just more talked about? What can we do about it?
  • The signs to watch out for… When is it all getting too much and you need to do something? Do we even recognise that we are starting to struggle with these issues, or do we overlook them simply because we don’t have time to think about ourselves
  • The higher up the ladder we go the more we are put under pressure. In what way can we make it easier on ourselves? Holistically what has great beneficial effects?
  • – What extra issues and challenges need to be taken into account during the pre-and-postnatal period? How can we look after ourselves better during this time?

Dr Rebecca Moore is an expert in Women’s emotional health especially with pregnancy and the early postnatal period. She is a mother which continually informs her care and gives her a personal understanding of how women juggle demanding careers and being a parent all at once! Dr Moore is passionate about providing women with high quality informed care that offers a holistic choice including diet, exercise, hormones and/or therapy. Rebecca writes and speaks widely and her first book on reducing psychological trauma is due to be published next year. She works in the NHS and privately in London.

Shola Mos-Shogbamimu - Corporate + Social Responsibility, Ambitious Women + Leadership

Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a dual qualified lawyer specialising in corporate investment banking and asset management and editor of Women in Leadership Publication

We will be discussing:

  • Corporate and Social Responsibility for Transitioning Women into Leadership. What is the current situation? How does this impact us practically?
  • What is being pivotal to the development of the next generation of women leaders. What are the obstacles and how to change your working environment to integrate this successfully.
  • How can corporations and organisations best facilitate the progress of women through all levels of their business right to the top?
  • The Challenges Ambitious Women Face. Do we need a particular mindset to reach the top? What about Authenticity?

Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a dual qualified lawyer with broad corporate and commercial experience in the financial services industry with key focus on corporate investment banking and asset management. She is the Editor of the quarterly global Women in Leadership publication and also a Huffington Post contributor. She founded the legal consultancy company, Legal Distinction, to provide strategic legal risk management to SMEs. She has a decade of experience facilitating effective decision making to deliver key mandates; brokering strong alliances and cultivating productive relationships to influence and shape outcomes. Shola is passionate about diversity, socio-legal values and mentoring people to be visionary and achieving their goals.

Jutta Jerlich - Learning, Creating, Growing and Empowering Yourself from Your Own Experiences

Jutta Jerlich, Program Director at Leadersbridge, Initiator and co-founder of FuckUp Nights Basel, and a Technology Marketing, Innovation and Business Development Expert.

We will be discussing:

  • Learning, Creating, Growing and Empowering Yourself from Your Own Experiences. How this helps empower women.
  • Moving Forwards More Positively and Powerfully – How we can learn and create positively from what can be some pretty difficult and negative situations
  • The vision regarding what is success and failure – How this has changed and what we can hope for the future. What we can learn from each other, values, opportunities and support
  • What are ‘FuckUp Nights’ – The movement and how it started. How can we use the principles of FuckUp nights to help us and bring this vision more into our careers. What companies and organisations can do to facilitate this and to encourage their employees to think about a more positive vision and way of reacting.

Jutta Jerlich – is Program Director at Leadersbridge, Initiator and co-founder of FuckUp Nights Basel. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on freeing themselves from limitations, trying out new pathways to ultimately achieve better results in their creativity and innovation. A Technology Marketing and Business Development Expert, she worked with world-renowned professors and global experts in their fields, connecting them with industry.

Alexis Costello - What is Empowerment without Mind-Body Health + What Specialized Kinesiology can do for Women

Alexis Costello, a Touch for Health instructor, a SIPS (stress indicator points system) instructor, creator of the GEMS programme, publisher of Specialized Kinesiology Magazine and holistic practitioner.

We will be discussing:

  • The importance of Mind-Body Health in empowerment. The way this leads to flourishing, how to improve this for best effect.
  • Specialised Kinesiology, what it is, what is does. How we can bring more of this benefit to help and support our life and careers.
  • Physical Health. Impact of this physically and physical health’s benefits on out mindset and emotions, and how this positively impacts our professional life and career.

Alexis Costello has been a Touch for Health instructor for over 10 years and is now an Instructor Trainer, teaching the next wave of teachers. As one of a small handful of SIPS (Stress Indicator Point System) instructors in the world and the creator of the GEMS program, she travels internationally to speak about and teach these modalities to others. Publisher of the international journal Specialized Kinesiology Magazine, she is striving to help other holistic practitioners succeed. Alexis is certified in many aspects of holistic healing including herbology, aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, N.O.T (Neural Organizational Technique), Brain Formatting, and massage. Canadian born, she moved in 2016 to Costa Rica with her family to live self-sufficiently in the jungle.

Emily Bove - Making Gender Equality a Reality - Advocates / Women's Rights Groups for A Fairer Future

Emily Bove, Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance, a leading global women’s rights network that unites and mobilizes hundreds of grassroots women’s rights and gender equality organizations in over 50 countries.

We will be discussing:

  • Women’s rights, advocating for equality – Women Thrive Alliance and other organisations, what they do and how they help
  • Different countries, different ways of working – The impact seen and felt in contrasting regions of the world
  • Local advocates and women’s rights groups compared to national/international. How can they be heard and their approach to problems
  • Grassroots movements – What can they accomplish and how the public helps them

Emily Bove is the Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance, a leading global women’s rights network that unites and mobilizes hundreds of grassroots women’s rights and gender equality organizations in over 50 countries. Over the past decade, Emily has worked in service of grassroots feminist leaders around the world, bridging their social justice agendas with key development processes. Joining Women Thrive in 2014 as a program director, Emily transformed a group of a dozen local partners into a vibrant 300-plus global community of advocates focused on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality.

Beth Bandler - Women in Very Male Sectors + Whether We Lose Respect and Femininity

Beth Bandler, chartered director, corporate lawyer, former C Suite Executive of global public companies, and company director.

We will be discussing :

  • Women working in very ‘male’ sectors. Mining and aerospace – do we have to behave like male clones or can we retain authenticity. Attitudes regarding targets, promotion and leadership.
  • Do we lose respect and femininity when working in traditionally male sectors. Can being a woman give us an advantage. Are there specific challenges to overcome? What companies can do to facilitate integration and equality.
  • Differences between very industrial and luxury retail sectors. The differences you see between men and women in this and the opportunities available for both.
  • Inspiration, enlightenment and awareness. How these change our life and what impact they have on our work and career

Beth Budd Bandler, is chartered director, corporate lawyer, former C suite executive of global public companies, and company director. Beth’s experience covers manufacturing, diamond mining and aerospace as well as luxury goods (Harry Winston, Inc.) from corporate governance to mergers, to acquisitions to start ups. Beth currently is on the board of directors of Magellan Aerospace Corporation and is looking for another board appointment.

Alice Beveridge - Fulfilment and Flourishing - How Inspiration and Enlightenment bring Success

Alice Beveridge, psychologist, former primary teacher and Director of the cutting edge motivation and personal development organisation Tree Of Knowledge.

We will be discussing:

  • Applied positive psychology and finding satisfaction and meaning in life. The 5 key strands that lead to flourishing, how to use them for best effect.
  • Fulfilment as a way of measuring success. How we can bring more of this into our careers and what companies can do to facilitate this and to encourage their employees to think more about their fulfilment.
  • Emotional Intelligence. The differences you see between men and women in this and how this can be an advantage for us at work
  • Inspiration, enlightenment and awareness. How these change our life and what impact they have on our work and career

Alice Beveridge, a psychologist and former primary teacher, with a masters in Applied Positive Psychology, is a director of the cutting edge motivation and personal development organisation Tree Of Knowledge. She combines positive psychology research, theory and intervention to help organisations and individuals recognise the aspects of their life from which they derive most meaning. Alice promotes the importance of engagement and recognition of our strengths to allow us all to flourish in our own way.

James Bargeron - Evolving to Genuine Gender Balance + Challenges in Male Sectors like Oil and Shipping

James Bargeron, former shipping and oil broker, now speaker, trainer and coach specialising in high performance and leadership. A slightly longer interview today – very interesting! 

We will be discussing:

  • How can we evolve to true gender balance? Why does it seem to be so difficult for all businesses who want to evolve to genuine gender balance in their companies? Has the approach to performance and leadership changed much over the last 30 years?
  • What are the additional challenges working in traditional male sectors like oil and shipping? What do you see in those sectors regarding men, women, careers and gender balance? Advice for women wanting to enter, and succeed, in these types of traditionally male industries
  • How can corporations make their businesses more motivating and pleasant to work for, and to help them keep talented employees happy and inspired over the long term?

James Bargeron spent almost 30 years in shipping/oil industry, negotiating complex legal contracts for the transportation of oil across the globe. He set up a niche brokerage firm at the age of 22 along with 2 others, working with some of the worlds leading oil trading and oil companies. With the global financial meltdown and subsequent fall from grace, James’ career path took him in a completely new direction; but not before spending much time reflecting on where did it all go wrong. Or did it? Now on his 2nd career as a speaker, trainer and coach focusing on high performance and leadership, he enjoys working with people who aspire to achieve more in life

Whitney Buchanan - How Freedom of Speech, Human Rights and Religious Tolerance support Women's Empowerment

Whitney Buchanan is today’s guest. Founder of the Middle East Collective, with a background in Global Affairs and having lived in countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Germany and Uganda as well as her native America.

We will be discussing:

  • Human Rights and Religious Tolerance. Including regions that particularly stand out as being progressive.
  • Progress linked to freedom of speech and women’s empowerment – Last 10-15 years and how progress can be unexpected and not in the regions you would think
  • Differences between Middle East and West. What we can learn from each other, values, opportunities and support
  • Sustainable goals for women’s careers and professional progress . How women can bring more of these goals, different values and beliefs into their local environment and everyday life. How this can be implemented in the workplace

Whitney Buchanan – founder of Middle East Collective. She founded MEC as a result of the increased levels of Islamophobia in America, partially due to U.S. presidential candidates’ political debates and the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. She strongly believes in religious freedom, diversity, gender equality, LGBTQI inclusion, universal human rights, and freedom of speech. She obtained her Master of Global Affairs from the American University in Cairo. Whitney has lived in Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and Uganda since 2009, which has shaped her worldview and love for the MENA region. Born in Tennessee, Whitney spent her adolescent years below the Mason-Dixon line, where she began advocating for women’s empowerment and religious tolerance.

Karen Sands - Ageism in the Workplace + Ageism in Empowerment

Karen Sands, leading gerofuturist and thought leader on the longevity economy and ageless ageing.

We will be discussing:

  • GeroFuturists. What they are, what they do and how they affect our future.
  • What we can do to combat the challenges of being pushed to one side at work as we age. Choices and priorities, inter-generational actions – how these can help define our careers
  • Retirement age and how this affects us. How we can transition these and other challenges as we age
  • What the corporate world can do. How can they realistically support and improve the opportunities for an ageing workforce?

Karen Sands – Leading GeroFuturist and thought leader on the Longevity Economy and Ageless Aging. An advocate for The New Story of Our Age, she is a “visionary with wrinkles” who empowers people to rock their Age. High-impact Certified Master & Mentor Coach for visionary world shakers, conscious entrepreneurs and change makers who are ready to shape the world and their role in it. A Trusted Advisor and expert authority on midlife, Boomers and women 40+ for go-getters who want to stay in sync with the people who keep them in business. #1 Amazon Best Selling Author, Firecracker Speaker and All-Around Game Changer.

JoAnn Hamilton - Supporting Female Talent + How Risk and Security Affects Women's Choices Compared to Men’s

JoAnn Hamilton, the founder of SecretBirds, an emerging market entrepreneurship community for women and girls.

We will be discussing:

  • How to support female talent. What we can do to help and to increase development.
  • How Risk and Security Affects Women’s Choices Compared to Men’s. The ways we are different from the corporate as well as individual point of view
  • Communities and Peer to Peer interaction. Why these are so powerful in supporting women
  • Impact fostering female talent has on established markets and emerging markets. How these change and effect they have on markets, work and career.

Jo-Ann Hamilton is the Founder of SecretBirds, an emerging market entrepreneurship community for women and girls. Her professional and academic experience spans North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Prior to founding SB, she worked in the construction and property industry for a decade. She’s also been a freelance writer and consultant to social enterprises.

Tulia Lopes - Assertive Communication for effective leadership

Tulia Lopes, communication and women’s leadership expert and international speaker with a background in architecture and IT.

We will be discussing :

  • Assertive Communication for effective leadership . The areas we should focus on. How we can use communication and collaboration to become better leaders.
  • Challenges faced by ambitious women. Choices and priorities, how these can help define our careers
  • Defining the level of leadership development to go to the top. How we can transition these and help others as well as ourselves

Tulia Lopes believes communication is the key to develop and excel in any field in life. Her background in architecture gives her the skills to understand, connect and bring solutions to people’s needs. Her experience in leading positions in the IT environment, together with being an entrepreneur for over 15 years, motivated her to support women to have an assertive voice. In 2014 she founded the AWE Summit event to Give Voice to Women. Next September she will launch the Speak Up & Lead Academy, to foster Female Global Leaders. Tulia is the author of Leading in High Heels, and an international speaker.

Rachel Smets - Self Confidence and Stopping Comparisons with Others for Empowerment and Freedom of Choice

Rachel Smets, author, TEDx speaker, lecturer and cross-cultural trainer specialising in helping people understand cultural nuances while boosting their confidence levels to achieve their goals.

We will be discussing:

  • Self Confidence. Why are so many of us lacking in self-confidence? Where does this low level originate from? Personal life, professional life, a mixture or is it something deeper?
  • Fake it till you make it – Does faking self-confidence works as well as genuinely increasing this?
  • Stopping Comparisons with Others – What about Authenticity? Frequently we compare ourselves to others – often decreasing our confidence as a result
  • Empowerment and Freedom of Choice – Gaining a new perspective, having more confidence and being the best person that we can be. How can we can move our focus onto our own vision rather than that of those around us?

Rachel Smets is a bestselling author, TEDx speaker, Lecturer International Business, and Cross-Cultural Trainer. She helps people understand cultural nuances and enjoy their new surroundings abroad, while boosting their confidence level to achieve their goals and dreams! Her bestseller ‘’Awaken your confidence’’ explains how you can build confidence step by step. Her newest book Living abroad Successfully: What, Where, When, How, is a complete and practical guide with everything you need to know when deciding to live abroad.

Luc Valaize - CEO Vision and Corporate Leadership for Gender Equality

Luc Valaize, International CEO in the field of Renewables, Environment, Energy, Nuclear.

We will be discussing:

  • What do CEOs look for in Senior Managers? What choices, qualities, priorities, skills and character traits are indispensable to succeed at this level? How to stay grounded and climb that ladder! Women on the board and the advantages they bring…
  • How to establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality? Quotas vs Targets, how these impact CEOs and Senior Managements. Ways to achieve this successfully and smoothly.

Luc Valaize – International CEO – formerly Citelum (Renewables and Environment) in 14 countries including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, Spain, USA, UK, France, Italy, Chile, India… A subsidiary of EDF Group. Previously CEO Tiru Group (Energy from Waste) A subsidiary of EDF Group, GDF Suez, Veolia. Visiting Professor at HEC Management Business School, Paris.

Laura Martinez Alvaro - Participatory Gender Audits + How They Help

Laura Martinez, Partner-Director at Break the Gap is my guest today.

We will be discussing:

  • What are Participatory Gender Audits? How gender diversity balances and positively impacts both companies and individuals. What happens and how it happens. The stages and methodology. Value-added effects
  • Are all sectors equal and what results can be obtained? Are there differences in sectors and how has this evolved
  • STEM and future opportunities. Universities and Business Schools, attitudes and advice

Laura Martinez Alvaro – Partner-director at BreakTheGap, specialist consultants for gender diversity balanced organizations – diagnosis and audits, female retention plans, training, coaching, etc. Collaborator in gender consulting and diversity programs within United Nations system’s agencies. Previously worked at Accenture as a strategy and change management international consultant for more than 17 years in public, private and NGOs. Also worked for the Spanish Foreign Affairs Office at the UN General Direction. Promoter of STEM careers for female students in Universities and Business Schools.

Sarah Broad - Benefits of Flexible Working - Win-Win for Companies and Employees

Sarah Broad, founder of AttuneJobs.com the jobsite specialising in part-time, job-shares and flexible working.

We will be discussing:

  • Flexible working and the difference between flexible working, hot-desking and working from home. What are the benefits and what situations are they best suited to.
  • The difference in the ways men and women manage their work. Does flexible working suit everyone? Are there specific sectors that adapt to it more easily
  • How it works for the company. What are the obstacles and how to change your working environment to integrate this successfully.

Sarah Broad – Sarah has worked in recruitment and HR for over 20 years predominantly in professional services, insurance and tech firms including Ernst &Young, BDO and Yahoo. In this time, she developed significant expertise in flexible working, managing flexible working teams as well as managing a rising number of employee requests for increased flexibility. In September 2016, Sarah set up www.attunejobs.com a jobsite specialising in part-time, job-shares and flexible working roles to match up job seekers seeking increased flexible working with businesses that understand the need to embrace a more agile workplace, delivering benefits to all

Lisa Goll - Women in Literature, Empowerment + Women's Careers as Writers

Lisa Goll, manager of the Bloomsbury Institute – which has a fabulous series of events for writers and book lovers – and creator of the London Writer’s Café.

We will be discussing:

  • Opportunities for women in the creative field, publishing, writing and event management. Sectors which offer more options or possibilities. Qualifications needed vs learning on the job
  • The role of women in literature, how this has changed and developed, both inside the covers of the book and in the world surrounding wirting and publishing.
  • Becoming a writer, the tips and strategies to get that book written. How to get published, agents, support and getting it out there.
  • Changes in the industry over the years. Effect of technology and globalisation.

Lisa Goll – As Manager of the Bloomsbury Institute, Lisa Goll programmes an array of unmissable events for writers and book lovers at Bloomsbury UK’s London headquarters. With many years spent in Publishing and Events, Lisa strives to connect today’s most inspiring voices to avid audiences and produce thought-provoking events for all. Outside of her work at the Institute, Lisa created the London Writers’ Cafe, London’s largest creative writing community, where she still hosts workshops and talks for the city’s emerging creative writers.

Jules Bannister - Creative Careers, the benefits, the issues + (Older) Women in the Performing Arts

Jules Bannister: Her career covers a mix of journalism and professional acting and singing with production work in BBC Radio and the music business in between.

We will be discussing:

  • Creative Careers – journalism, acting, radio, singing and the music business – the benefits and the issues,
  • Double Whammy for older women in the performing arts. Stereotypes, casting, producers, screenwriters
  • Opportunities to improve gender balance. Where to start and at what level

“A public speaker in ANY business must have charisma and the talent to entertain people and thus put their message across” – Jules Bannister

Jules Bannister was born and bred in London, is married and a mother to three adult children. Jules’ career history is a colourful mix of journalism and professional acting and singing with production work in BBC Radio and the music business in between. Jules is passionate about women’s rights and at 63 she continues to defy any suggestion that age is a barrier to being and doing whatever we aspire to.

Frederique Cintrat - Building Effective Networks + Start Ups

Frederique Cintrat, founder of Axielles.com Professional Networking platform and Assurancielles Consultancy.

We will be discussing:

  • Why networks are so important? What are the benefits that we gain from having a good network, what are the best ways to build them.
  • The difference in the ways men and women create and manage their networks. Different types of networks that we can develop and are they useful for specific situations.
  • The key factors essential for a start up. Different ways one can transition from working for someone to starting our own business. Women and start ups.

Frederique Cintrat – Founder of Assurancielles and Axielles.com France. Sales and marketing director for many years in finance and insurance. Winner of the Insurance Saleswoman and Businesswoman of the Year as well as several other awards. Advocate for women’s opportunities, gender balance, professional development and the ‘silver’ economy. Lecturer on management in business schools. Recognised for her expertise in the silver economy, ambition and networking. Author of “Comment l’ambition vient aux filles?”

Patricia Allen - Financial Freedom and its impact on Women’s Empowerment

Patricia Allen, author, speaker and financial adviser specialising in helping women navigate the complex world of personal finance and wealth management.

We will be discussing :

  • Financial Freedom and its impact on Women’s Empowerment. How to keep a balance between making and managing money to have the essentials to help live a purposeful, fulfilling life without wealth becoming an ultimate goal
  • Who makes the money-making decisions best – Do women really leave it to men at home – and why are they so good at these decisions in the boardroom?
  • What about Authenticity? It can be difficult to keep focused on what’s important to us, what truly drives us makes us happy, comfortable and fulfilled
  • – Gaining a new perspective as to what money can do for you – having more confidence in making great financial decisions

Patricia Allen, CRPC®, is an author, speaker and financial adviser specialising in helping women navigate the complex world of personal finance and wealth management. As a professional woman working in a male-dominated field for over 22 years, Patricia has recognized that a woman’s style of communication and ways of learning are different than most men. She has a proven track record for providing an environment that supports women’s natural style of communicating by helping ​them​ leverage their strengths to accomplish more with their money and take control of their financial lives.

Ruth Sacks - Education, Training and Professional Development for Women

Dr Ruth Sacks, Business Development Director and Principal Lecturer at Westminster Business School.

We will be discussing:

  • How to Promote Education, Training and Professional Development for Women? The emphasis on people, particularly women, to have degrees, masters and sometimes even PhDs to reach the highest levels in their career and whether it is necessary.
  • What are the practical benefits of MBAs? What sort of training and topics do these types of programmes usually cover?
  • What can companies do to best support their female rising stars to give them the best environment and opportunity to do additional training and to open doors to them to get to the top?

Ruth Sacks – Business Development Director, Westminster Business School & Principal Lecturer. Director at London’s biggest business school, expertise in consultancy and project management. Initiated a number of creative leadership programmes which offer an original approach to senior professional development. Successfully launched Women for the Board which is recognised as an innovative and ambitious approach to promoting women’s development at a senior level.

Ceri Wheeldon - Authenticity in Success + Investing in Your Future

Ceri Wheeldon – Founder and Editor of the website Fab after Fifty – offering inspiration and information to women to make sure the second half of their lives is the best half. Challenging perception of women and age! Former international headhunter whose assignments spanned continents- and who is used to succeeding in a male dominated industry. Champion of the older worker.

Hosted by: 

Anna Letitia Cook

United Nations Women’s 2016-2017 Global Champion for Change @ Empower Women