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Aspire Bold Leadership Conference 2022

December 6 - 9:30 am - December 7 - 5:30 pm PST

Join us for a 2-day conference event to renew your clarity, reinspire your purpose, and reignite your passion.

The clock is ticking and our workplaces, communities and planet need bold leadership to make a difference for now and the future. The time is here, join leaders from across industries, levels and backgrounds to step up, lead change and make a transformational difference to your life, career, workplace, organization and world.

Hear from the visionaries, pioneers and leaders and Dr Sam Collins, named one of the‘Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City’ on the Brummell Magazine list 2022, honoring trailblazer women who are leaders in their fields and achieving incredible results and ‘A Woman Shaping the World’ by CNN.

Within the short span of the past 2 years of insecurity and instability, COVID created a “shadow epidemic” and a backward slide in equality. Regardless of our cultural shifts, confidence levels, imposter syndrome, overwhelm, and uncertainty about our direction is at an all time high.

Top it off with balancing home life, child-care, elder-care, and let’s face it, even the dishes, and we’re left with a massive “to do” list and soaring stress levels.

Women and men want to be more, make our work, lives and impact more meaningful and more balanced. We are finally understanding the importance of our mental health and well being. We want to make a difference and have purpose in our homes, our workplaces, our communities.

Aspire Bold Leadership is not about taking a reckless cliff dive as you plummet helplessly towards the ground. It is about learning to fly, to take care of your responsibilities with resilience and hope for the future. It is about an inspired leap— because when you’re inspired, the fears disappear.

This is your call to the pursuit of equality, balance and change.

This is your call to take a big deep breath, heave a collective sigh with us, and jump!  

OPTIONAL PRE EVENT - Living B.O.L.D - December 5th 2pm - 5pm
  • Bravery by learning to set aside outdated beliefs, moving through the fears, and creating change in the post-COVID world.
  • Optimism for your own personal potential and that of others, realising that the world has your back.
  • Love and expressing your purpose from the heart, discovering the depth of self-care and respect for yourself and others.
  • Daring attitudes to stop looking and start leaping and leading the way out of organizational and social norms to follow a different path.
B.O.L.D. Career and Workplace - December 6th 9:30am-5:30pm
  • Discover your unique strengths, values, and passions to design the best use of your talents and potential.
  • Inspire yourself with an empowering vision of the future—lead and inspire others by truly feeling it yourself.
  • Rethink your work/life balance and what a resilient, healthy and sustainable balance looks like.
  • Explore the latest research and ideas on wellbeing, health and time management.
  • Learn new strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome, stress, and low energy.
  • Figure out your next inspired step - project, promotion, portfolio career or leadership role.
  • Evolve your skills as a change agent by hearing from speakers who are leading the way.
  • Network with others to gain new perspectives, innovative ideas, feedback, and tips on the challenges you are looking to address.
  • Get out of the office to focus on your development. Keeps you on your toes and out of your inbox.
B.O.L.D. Community & World - December 7th 9:30am-5:30pm
  • Develop the unique skill sets of pioneers, visionaries and change makers making a difference to others.
  • Discover and direct your passions for the good of others.
  • Understand your unique purpose and how to apply it within your job, organizational, industry or world.
  • Develop the skills to serve others as a leader and inspire them to explore new frontiers.
  • Learn the latest ideas and research to advance organizational change and diversity and inclusion.
  • Define ways to implement corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship as a business force for good.
  • Grassroot ideas on how we as individuals can make a difference to local and global social issues.
  • Learn more about the triple bottom line - people, profits and planet.
  • Network with others and catch their magic and inspiration to get to your next level of making a difference.
  • Leave with an inspiring and practical action plan that will propel you and others to make your goals a reality.

Program includes:

  • Inspirational and powerful talks from real world speakers.
  • In-person and hybrid options
  • Engaging interactive content with step by step exercises.
  • Latest research, reading list, resources and tools
  • Networking across industries, ages and backgrounds.
  • Quiet time and reflective moments.
  • ‘Help Exchange’ to give and receive ideas and contacts among attendees.

We are running Aspire Bold Leadership in an “Unconference” style, avoiding the traditional aspects of a conventional conference, no sponsored presentations, no advertising, unscripted and real interviews, and plenty of space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity.

What’s an Aspire Conference like?

They have been described as “different to anything else, best in class, inspiring, powerful, space to think, challenging, innovative, fun, life changing and empowering”.

And in celebration of Aspire’s 21st birthday, you can expect a bit of a party.

Who’s it for?
Women, men, all genders, backgrounds, ages, and industries. From graduates to managers to executives and ages from 7 years old (our work experience program) to 70 years old, we affirm that diversity and inclusion creates innovative thinking, way more fun and ground breaking ideas.

Those attending can focus on their own personal, career or leadership development and/or they can bring their organizational development, HR, CSR, business and community projects to the event as a way to work on them during the conference.

2 Day Tickets £695 plus VAT | 1 Day Tickets £395 plus VAT | Virtual Tickets £249 plus VAT

1 for 1 | Buy a place and fund a scholarship place for someone who cannot afford to attend.

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Venue

Regents University, London
Regents Park, Inner Circle
London, NW1 4NS United Kingdom
Phone:
+44(0) 20 7487 7540
Website:
https://regentsevents.co.uk

"Personally and professionally, the best investment in training and development that I have made over a 30 year career (which included a medical degree and an MBA!). I have come away with the confidence and tools to make my impact exponentially higher."

Dr. Penny Woods

Chief Executive, British Lung Foundation

“Genuinely the best event of this type I've ever been to. Extremely valuable in terms of fleshing out goals for personal and professional development and, perhaps more importantly, identifying tools and accountability measures to achieve these goals. I left feeling optimistic and confident in my abilities.”

Agnes Bastaert

EU Government Affairs Manager, Euronext

"I attend Aspire events to get powerful strategic insight into the next steps for my professional development, combined with the energy and support to take it forward and make a difference. Aspire attendees are often working on important initiatives where there isn't a well-trodden path to follow, so Dr Sam Collins gives us Aspire perspectives and toolkits that embolden us to blaze new trails that re-write established maps. At my first Aspire event, I thought 'I've found my people'. I always feel welcome."

Brian Ballantyne

Regional Manager, Amazon

"What a fabulous, truly international experience the Conference was! I came with three goals (personal development, network extension and new ideas to support women's progression in our firm) and this conference delivered on all three!"

Bev Lockwood

North Region Change Lead, PWC

"The most memorable days of my career, eye opening sessions on liberating women in leadership, self reflection and learning from a hall filled with some of England’s most powerful leaders with such admirable and honest journeys. Wonderful experience"

Samara Alkadhy

Project Manager, Thames Water

"Whilst Aspire have a strong focus on gender diversity and women leaders, as a man, I feel totally included and equally supported. I have recommended Aspire to many people and will continue to do so."

John Fenech

International Organizational Development, The Bank of New York Mellon

“Feeling inspired, energized, on a mission, empowered, grateful and truly wanting to make a difference. I would describe it as an event that nourishes the soul.  I intend to take action and make the change!”

Melanie Thomas

Head of NYR Business Development, Neal's Yard Remedies

"It was very inspiring, very uplifting and nothing like I thought it was going to be… yes, it was focused on empowering women, but without excluding men, and I loved that."

Aaron Braxton

Writer

“So inspiring and a kick start to becoming making a difference leaders. We truly can change our world for good. I had hoped that was possible – but had no idea how, or if, I could make a difference. I now know we will because we are going to do it together.”

Anne Bishop

Chief Executive, British Association of Urological Surgeons

“So much excellent content at the Aspire conference. Stories from different walks of lives, corporate, social enterprise, women out in the world doing amazing things. Let them spur us on all to be catalysts for change in our lives and communities.”

Wendy Gardener

Director- Retail Industry, Salesforce

"Stop and sign up. Aspire allowed me to focus on ME and MY goals and was the best decision I have made for a long time!."

Sue Kernahan

General Manager, Coloplast LTD

10% discount for 2 people
15% discount for 3-5 people
20% discount for 6-9 people
25% discount for 10 people plus

Payment below via credit card. To request an invoice payment or for multiple attendees/groups please email jennifer@aspirecompanies.com

Click HERE to purchase 2 day in person ticket £695 plus VAT.

Click HERE to purchase 1 day December 6th in person ticket £395 plus VAT.

Click HERE to purchase 1 day December 7th in person ticket £395 plus VAT.

Click HERE to purchase hybrid virtual ticket £249 plus VAT.

Although we do not have onsite accommodation, there are many hotels within a 12-minute walk from the venue – visit HERE to view nearby hotels and prices.

Over 50% of attendees come to Aspire events with others.

10% discount on normal rate for 2 people
15% discount for 3-5 people
20% discount for 6-9 people
25% discount for 10 people plus

To book a group, please email jennifer@aspirecompanies.com

Over the past 20 years of Aspire for Equality, we have found that taking the time away from daily life and your organization provides new inspiration, diverse perspectives, innovative ideas and an escape from ‘business as usual’ that surpasses an internal course or training event where everyone is from the same organization.

“We had a really positive experience and we’ve received great feedback from our group of female employees who have participated in events to date. Would I recommend Aspire for Equality? Absolutely!” – Laura Howard, Global Lead HR Business Partner, IS, Astrazeneca

“A massive thank you for an incredibly thought provoking workshop….we now have 30+ women empowered to share some messages and learning in our organization.” – Laura Simarro, HR Business Partner, Thames Water Utilities Limited

“It’s been a pleasure to watch the fantastic impact your work has had on our group, to watch people develop from what they have learnt from you and to see so many of them grow as a result of being part of your sessions. What you do is powerful. I too have learnt a lot, grown in confidence, altered my mindset and picked up some bright ideas along the way.” Kathryn Kennedy, Leadership, Talent & Inclusion, The Home Office

“Over 300 female managers and partners have attended the course over time and the feedback has been incredibly positive. Reports of increased self-confidence, clearer vision in terms of building and progressing careers means a greater chance that these people will stay with us. That is very positive for them as individuals as for us as a business. A win:win.” – Mark Sherfield, Management Executive Partner, BDO LLP

“Great content, fantastic energy and a room full of invigorated, inspired leaders. Thanks for your amazing vision and for taking us all along with you. The vibe though Avtrade has changed since I stumbled across Aspire. Today we’re a force for change, inspiration and encouragement to leaders (whatever gender) and to all staff across the company.” – Tracy Keegan, Director of Contract Management, Avtrade Ltd

“Our group of female leaders are more confident, assertive, better networkers and thriving as a consequence of attending your program. I am now counting on them to pay that forward by supporting, encouraging and coaching other women who are trying to find their purpose, voice and authentic leadership style in their careers.” – Elizabeth Vega, Global CEO, Informed Solutions

“I left feeling re-energized, re-focused and strong! I have already received feedback from other team members who attended the Aspire workshop who are applying their new-found techniques with positive impact and I am confident they will become a network of trailblazing women within our organization and beyond.” – Diane Smith, Head of Talent, Learning and Development, Babcock International Group

Dr. Sam Collins, CEO and Founder, Aspire

“Rebellious – Women Who Broke the Rules and Changed Their World”

Sam is a leading global voice on women’s leadership and change for workplaces, organizational culture and community impact. Sam has been named one of the‘Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City’​ on the Brummell Magazine list 2022, honoring trailblazer women who are leaders in their fields and achieving incredible results, one of the ‘Top 10 Coaches’ by The Independent and ‘Leader in the Workplace’ in the Ogûnte Women’s Social Leadership Awards. She has contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, the BBC World Service and Psychologies Magazine. She is also the author of the Amazon bestselling book, “Radio Heaven – One Woman’s Journey to Grace” and recently released “Rebellious – Women Who Broke the Rules and Changed Their World”.

Professor Mona Bafadhel, Chair Respiratory Medicine, King’s College London

‘Being a Wild Horse”

Mona Bafadhel is the Director of the new King’s Centre for Lung Health, and the Chair of Respiratory Medicine at King’s College London. She is also a consultant respiratory physician with a clinical and research interest in chronic obstructive lung disease and asthma. Mona is an international academic leader in respiratory medicine, with a passion for translating science to clinical practice to improve outcomes for patients. Her work in COVID-19 has translated to changing clinical practice affecting millions across the world. In 2018, Mona was awarded the Goulstonian Lectureship from the Royal College of Physicians for excellence in the Clinical Sciences. She is only the 4th woman and the 1st from an ethnic minority in the Royal College of Physician near 400 year history to have achieved this accolade.

Sarah Franklin, Managing Director at Motorsport Legal / Sarah Franklin Solicitors

“Just Do It!”

Sarah has been a lawyer for 30 years, with her own practice for 15, specializing in family law and motorsport law. Sarah has been racing cars for 16 years achieving wins in many categories. She is a member of the British Women Racing Drivers Club and an Ambassador for the British Motorsport Marshals Club. She sits on the Judicial Advisory Committee for Motorsport UK and the Council of the Northamptonshire Law Society.   She is the Chair of the Kettering Town Centre Partnership. In 2021, she became a co-author of an Amazon best selling book, ‘Play the Game,’ and she was named Solicitor of the Year in the Northamptonshire Law Society Awards. Away from law and motorsport, Sarah is always trying new things and is currently learning to play the saxophone and watercolor painting.

Mark Rawlinson, Lead Non-Executive, Ministry of Justice

“Authenticity in Your Life, Work and World”

From 2016 to 2021, Mark was Chairman of UK Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley; and prior to that as a corporate partner at international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he was regarded as one of the leading M&A lawyers worldwide, as well as holding senior management positions. He has also public sector experience having been the Lead Non-Executive at the Ministry of Justice since June 2018. He was regularly listed in the ten most highly regarded M&A lawyers worldwide. He won Financial News’ “Partner of the Year” Award in 2016, as well as The Lawyer’s ‘Partner of the Year’ award in 2011.

CJ Bowry, Founder of Sal’s Shoes

“One Shot at this Wonderful Thing Called Life” 

In 2013, unable to find a charity that could tell CJ where exactly her son Sal’s outgrown shoes would find their new feet if she donated them, CJ founded Sal’s Shoes. In her first year she collected just under 5,000 pairs of shoes. 7 years on, she has now found new feet for over 4,000,000 pairs of Sal’s Shoes in 57 countries around the world, including increasingly in the UK. She has worked hard to maintain the premise upon which Sal’s Shoes was built, knowing where all your Sal’s Shoes find their new owners.

Claire Curran, Managing Director, Linaker

“Running Up That Hill”

A Star Wars geek, car enthusiast, mum of 3 and massive lover of tequila and cake; Claire part owns the largest privately owned specialist Mechanical and Electrical company in the UK. Next year she will become the 3rd female president of the UK’s largest trade association in the built environment – BESA. Having trail blazed in a seriously male dominated sector, Linaker, Claire’s 4th child, has seen 120% organic growth in 4 years with revenues shifting from 3m – 30m. A multi-award winning passionate pioneer of bringing your authentic self to work, she demonstrates why being everything anyone shouldn’t be; traditionally in the engineering sector, has been an asset not an obstacle to loving the journey.

Dame Irene Hays, Owner and Chair of Hays Travel

“Hard Nosed and Warm Hearted”

Dame Irene Hays is the owner and chair of the UK’s largest Independent Travel Agency. She was instrumental in the growth of the company and particularly in the acquisition of Bath Travel in 2013 and Thomas Cook in 2019. Awarded a CBE in 2008, she was made a Dame in the 2021 New Year’s Honors for her services to training, education and young people. She is a powerful advocate of the Hays Travel community and charitable activities and created the Hays Travel Charitable Foundation. Dame Irene has served on a number of boards and governing bodies, including the boards of Sport England, The Football Foundation, the Academy for Sustainable Communities and the Department for Education.

Jeremy Newman Chair/Non Executive, Public, Private, Not-for-Profit Organizations

“Being an Advocate and Mentor”

Jeremy is a highly experienced and proven values-based business leader with a portfolio of roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, where his strategic, financial, operational, political, multiple stakeholder and people management skills, international experience and passion to develop organizations by engaging and empowering people is helping CEOs and Boards deliver outcomes that make a real difference. He has chaired, been a member of, and reported to numerous boards and committees including audit committees and has managed relationships with a wide range of stakeholders as well as with governments, regulators and the media in the UK and globally and his experience is combined with a broad knowledge of inter-cultural sensitivity and diversity.

Sionice-Louise Phillips Vice President in Diversity, Equity and inclusion for Barclays UK

“Release your Inner Superpower”

Sionice left school at the age of 15 and gained no qualifications due to being bullied for being transgender. After years of entertaining, she joined Barclays 14 years ago and has secured six promotions since joining, and most recent as a Vice President in Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Sionice is passionate about helping people learn that their own unique journey can be harnessed to progress their career, and that anything is possible with the right mindset. Sionice talks openly about her lived experience as a transgender woman both internally at Barclays and externally at various universities, charities and businesses to be a positive role model and to raise awareness of trans lives.

Egbe Manton, Corporate Lawyer and Founder, Manton Legal

“Change is Possible”

Egbe Manton is an award winning lawyer who set up her own business and social enterprise in the middle of the first national lockdown. She also assists unemployed young graduates who are seeking a career in law to secure suitable law placements. Egbe is a highly skilled practitioner with experience of the private, public and NGO sectors. She has a successful track record of educating leaders, managing change and innovation and facilitating effective communication within corporations. Her passion lies in inspiring people to lead inspired lives and facilitating them to develop the skill necessary to do so.

Dezita Taylor-Robinson, Associate Professor, Head of Department, Birmingham City University

“Courage is Contagious”

Dezita is Associate Professor- Head of Department for Pre-Qualifying Healthcare Practice at Birmingham City University. She is also a Registered Operating Department Practitioner with over 21 years’ experience within healthcare. Dezita has held several leadership roles and has gained professional credibility for creating meaningful change by being an authentic and forward-thinking leader. She is currently one of the only black female Associate Professors HoD  within her university. She continues to use her platforms alongside her roles as one of the first Council of Deans of Health Fellows and 150 Student Leader Mentor to empower others as well as striving for fair and equitable opportunities for all. Dezita has been presented with numerous awards including HEE Emerging Leader of the Year, AfPP Outstanding Contribution to Perioperative Education and, The BCU Deans Award.

Erika Eliasson-Norris, Founder & CEO, Beyond Governance

“The Road to Resilience”

Despite being one the UK’s youngest FTSE 250 board governance advisers, at the age of 32 and a successful female business owner, Erika did not travel a straight road to reach where she is today. Erika came from a low-income background and attended a school with much fewer resources and opportunities than most. Even though she always had the drive to succeed in life, she was often set back due to having to navigate challenging situations throughout her home life and studies, including severe health issues within her family. Erika persevered and is now the Founder and CEO of Beyond Governance, a multi-award-winning full-service governance consultancy and continues to achieve many accolades and awards giving credit to her constant hard work and determination.

Geraldine Wintour Aust, Management Consultant, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

“The Soul of Change”

Geraldine is a management consultant with over 30 years’ experience. Working for SNC Lavalin- Atkins, a global engineering company, in transformation, change and engagement she specializes in leading high performing teams, leadership workshops, coaching and mentoring. Geraldine has a track record of leading change management, developing and implementing new innovative solutions as well as streamlining existing operations for maximum productivity and efficiency. She is author of “The Five Energy Interactions” – key attributes that lead to a more productive and less stressful life at work.

Georgie Moseley, Harry’s Proud Mum and Founder Help Harry Help Others

“Making The Vision a Reality”

Georgie Moseley is a mum of three. Despite losing her son to cancer aged just 11, and her mum to mental health which led to suicide fifteen months after, Georgie made her son’s campaign, Help Harry Help Others, a registered Cancer charity. Through lived experience of cancer, she set out to fill the many gaps between hospital and hospice supporting the mental well-being of cancer patients and their loved ones. As such, she created and opened a unique drop-in cancer support centre which supports adults and children affected by any type of cancer from its home from home setting. Georgie has won awards to include Influential Woman of the Year, Pride of Birmingham and has run as Olympic torch bearer and more recently been a baton bearer in the Queens Baton relay at the Commonwealth Games.

Sue Whiterod & Emma Scott-Turner, Co-Founders, rocknplace

“Passionate Pioneers”

Emma and Sue, the co-founders of rocknplace. They bring a passion and drive to support some of the most vulnerable young men in society to achieve their potential. Emma works within challenging prison environments. Emma is a mentor for young adults in prison and the community, helping to build positive futures, preventing reoffending and recalls. Having studied alongside full-time caring, Emma has a proven determination to learn and an excellent work ethic. Sue enjoyed a long career in the NHS, working in human resources, people and organizational development, including as director. Sue is a volunteer mentor of youth offenders at Aylesbury prison, through Trailblazers Mentoring. She supports mentees in prison, through the gate and in the community.

Fatima Naimi, Co-Founder and Chair, Afghan Charity Week Association

“You Have the Power to Change Yourself and the World Around You”

Fatima Naimi is Co-Founder and Chair of the Afghan Charity Week Association, a student-led, charitable organization founded in 2019. She recently graduated with a BSc in Politics and International Relations from University College London. By day, she works as an Associate Recruitment Consultant at Storm 6, specialists in global EdTech recruitment, a start up who’s mission is to play an integral role in the digital education revolution. She is passionate about lifelong learning, making a difference to others’ lives, women and girls’ empowerment, traveling and her baby cat, Misu.

Joanna Maycock, Civil Society Leader and Feminist Activist

Why Feminist Leadership is the Key to Unlocking More Inclusive, Caring and Sustainable Futures

During more than 25 years’ experience in leadership positions in International Civil Society, Joanna has worked to develop and put into practice feminist leadership in a variety of roles and contexts, including coaching and mentoring other civil society leaders. She started by leading ActionAid International’s work in Europe to secure women’s rights globally and was the first woman President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs. Most recently, she was Secretary General for the European Women’s Lobby (EWL): the largest and most effective network of women’s organizations campaigning for a feminist Europe.

Petra Tagg, Operations Director, ManpowerGroup

“The Rise of Activism”

Petra has over 25 years in the Recruitment Sector and has worked in Leadership roles for the past 15 years. Currently leading a team of 100 individuals providing Workforce Solutions across a number of sectors. She is leader of the BRIGHT Affinity Network supporting the LGBTQi Community and Member of the DEIB Board. Passionate about inspiring and supporting the next generation of leaders and driving a culture of inclusivity, honesty & integrity. She is the proud Mum of two daughters aged 21 and 19 who are in the early stages of the World of Work.

Danielle Bridge, Chief Executive, ABC Life Support CIC

“Showing Your Knickers!”

Danielle Bridge is an Award-Winning Founder and CEO of ABC Life Support CIC, a Social Enterprise First Aid Training organization that delivers physical and mental health first aid training across the UK.  She is the host of ‘It Is What It Is’ the Podcast as well as a speaker in the importance of psychoeducation and First Aid knowledge. Danielle has a passion for empowering people to learn a skill that could ultimately save a life and does so in a way which is accessible and inspiring. She strives for inclusion and excellence in her training delivery and at the same time, values her place as a Community Interest Company where she makes training accessible to all members of our society.

 

Sara Chapman, Executive Experience Strategy Director, adamandeveDDB

“We Cannot Always Soar. Embracing (and Benefiting From) the Stick”

Sara works with her clients to help them understand and respond to new and emerging consumer behaviors. She’s led transformation projects for large global brands, worked as part of innovation teams to create and launch new products and worked within start-ups to re-imagine the world of content. Sara believes that successful leaders of change make their craft simple to understand, buzzword free, and actionable. She believes sustainable change can only happen when you get in trenches with your team and put people, not technology or process, at the heart of your change agenda.

Liz Mickel, Deputy Director of Supporter Operations, ActionAid UK

“Solving Imposter Syndrome With Feminist Leadership Behaviors”

Liz has worked in Fundraising for over 17 years, across several large charities; largely specializing in operational support. She is currently a Deputy Director in Fundraising at ActionAid UK, leading the Supporter Operations Team and the CRM Program, the largest technical project that the charity has undertaken. ActionAid has been changing the world with women and girls for 50 years and has adopted a feminist leadership framework across all areas of their business. Her session will explore how the cultural feminist framework, that includes areas such as self care & caring for others, as well as courage supports solving the issue of imposter syndrome, and how the benefits reach beyond her own organization to inspire others.

Jo Offer, Artist, Academic and Social Entrepreneur

“Social Art Space”

Jo is a multi-disciplinary artist, academic and social entrepreneur based in Brighton, UK. A keen collaborator, she works alongside organizations, creatives and researchers who are taking action to address inequalities and social barriers. Social Art Space was founded as a practical response to the urgent need for interdisciplinary approaches to tackle global challenges, which is reflected by the U.N’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, she is Lecturer in MA Inclusive Arts Practice, University of Brighton and founding director of an inclusive arts studio for neurodivergent artists and those with learning disabilities.

Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed, Founder and CEO, Gift Wellness, UK

“A Business for Good”

Zareen is the Founder & CEO of Gift Wellness Ltd, manufacturing and distributing an award-winning range of natural feminine hygiene products. The GIFT range is currently the fastest growing brand of its kind in Europe and is a best seller in Holland & Barrett. Most importantly, due to Zareen’s commitment to helping women in crisis, over 5 million pads have been donated to homeless and refugee women as well as to food banks. This is all part of Zareen’s vision to fulfill the dreams of her daughter who was tragically murdered in 2007.


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