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The Dr Sam Collins Roadshow “Stripped Back”

March 8 - 10:00 am - March 12 - 11:00 am PST

A free 5-day virtual event, beginning on March 8, 2021 in honor of this year’s International Women’s Day theme of #choosetochallenge, aimed at unifying women to end bias and inequity around the world.

“Stripped Back: On The Road” is a virtual roadshow with Dr. Sam Collins, Founder of Aspire for Equality and Host of the Stripped Back podcast, which features uninhibited and uncensored conversations with everyday women around the globe.

The event intends to embrace not just gender parity, but the intersectionalities among women of faith, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. The diverse group of interviewees includes scientists, parents, teachers, authors, researchers, firefighters, ex-offenders, journalists and activists from across the globe.

Over the course of the 5-day event Dr. Collins will explore the stories that can empower women to move forward on their aspirations for the future, even through these difficult times.

Each day will have a different topic:
  • Day 1 March 8 – “Choose to Challenge” – Challenging stereotypes, social norms, what’s expected by others.
  • Day 2 March 9 – “Radical Self-Care” – Mental health, well-being, and balance.
  • Day 3 March 10 – “Fearlessness” – Bravery, resilience and overcoming fear.
  • Day 4 March 11 – “Compassion & Unity” – Culture change, social impact and making a difference.
  • Day 5 March 12 – “Taking Action” – Following through, saying no and managing time.

Join us live and tune in whenever you want! All sessions are recorded and will be available on demand post event.

For over two decades, Dr. Sam Collins has been a leading global voice on women’s equality as a social entrepreneur, international speaker and author.

Free event March 8th - 12th, 10am - 11am PST each day (6pm - 7pm UK).

March 8 - 10:00 am
March 12 - 11:00 am


Online via Zoom

"Deeply inspiring, but equally important, Sam and the other fabulous speakers provided concrete steps, actions and examples, which were so helpful to jumpstart taking the first steps on a new pathway. Magic, positivity and connectedness to help me stay energized and focused. A genuine commitment to lifting women up and fostering camaraderie and a supportive community. You all truly walk the walk!"

Catherine Brandli

Chief Development Officer, Girl Rising


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The Dr Sam Collins Roadshow Running Order

“Choose to Challenge”
March 8th 10am – 11am PST/6pm – 7pm UK

Dr Katherine Deane, Scientist and Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK
Shelly Rachanow Williams, Author, USA
Destiny Ayo Vaughan, Student, Nigeria (changed from Hawwah Abdullahi Gambo, Gender Advocacy Journalist and Social Entrepreneur, Nigeria)

“Radical Self-Care”
March 9th 10am – 11am PST/6pm – 7pm UK

Heather McWilliam, Founder, Brave Inspires Brave, Canada
Dr. Patricia Gestoso, Head of Scientific Support, Dassault Systèmes, Spain
Nakita Ross, Firefighter, UK

March 10th 10am – 11am PST/6pm – 7pm UK

Carmen Ward, Founder and Creator of BECOMINGCARMEN LLC, USA
Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director, Women for Women International, UK
Sister Zeph, Teacher, Women’s Activist and Philanthropist, Pakistan

“Compassion & Unity”
March 11th 10am – 11am PST/6pm – 7pm UK

Karen DeJarnette, SEO Manager, Expedia Group, USA
Elaine Mercedes Mendoza, Author/Speaker, FinallyElaine LLC, Portugal
Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed, Founder and CEO, Gift Wellness, Pakistan

“Taking Action”
March 12th 10am – 11am PST/6pm – 7pm UK

Lilly Lewis, Women’s Justice Advocate, UK
Gill Whitty-Collins, Author, Switzerland
Nasreen Sheikh, The Empowerment Collective, Nepal

Dr. Sam Collins, Founder and CEO Aspire for Equality

Award winning women in leadership expert, social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, coach and international bestselling author. She is a leading global voice on leadership and change for workplaces, organizational culture and community impact. Sam has been named one of the ‘Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry’ by Her Majesty, The Queen, one of the ‘Top 10 Coaches’ by The Independent and ‘Leader in the Workplace’ in the Ogûnte Women’s Social Leadership Awards. She is also the author of the internationally bestselling book, ‘Radio Heaven – One Woman’s Journey to Grace‘.

Dr Katherine Deane, Scientist and Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK

Dr Katherine Deane is a wheelchair user with a variety of long term conditions. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia in the east of England. She conducts research on the co-created management of long term conditions and disabilities and has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her work informs the guidelines used in the National Health Service of the UK. She is also the University’s Access Ambassador and has improved the accessibility of their campus substantially in the last five years. Because inequity is intersectional she is also working with her local National Health Service Hospitals to decolonise Covid and challenge the structural racism in the healthcare of people of colour with Covid-19.

Shelly Rachanow Williams, Author, USA

Shelly Rachanow is a sought-after writer and speaker for the empowerment of women. Her new book, “When Women Run the World Sh*t Gets Done: Celebrating the Power of Women Now” has been called a “compelling tour de force of sisterhood.” Shelly’s previous books have been reviewed or featured in the Sydney Morning HeraldNew Zealand Woman’s WeeklyHuffington PostLibrary Journal (Starred Review)Sierra ClubMidwest Book Review and Women’s Radio News among others. She is always inspired by the many amazing women she meets, who enrich the lives of so many.

Destiny Ayo Vaughan, Student, Nigeria

Destiny Vaughan is from Nigeria and is 22 years old. She now lives in Ireland and attends Waterford Institute of Technology where she is pursuing a Bachelors in Social Science. She is an advocate for child protection and sexual violence awareness. Over the years she’s worked for different charities including Concern, Make a Wish, The Shona Project, Plan Ireland and Mind the Gap Ireland. 

Heather McWilliam, Founder, Brave Inspires Brave, Canada

In 2020, Heather won a landmark Human Rights case for women who work in policing and paramilitary institutions proving that Toronto Police Services was a poisoned work environment for women and that it was systemic for sexual harassment, discrimination and sexual assault by superior ranking officers. For seven years she had suffered silently and lived in fear, now, she is using her voice to remind women listening that there is beauty in bravery. Committed to personal transformation and growth, Heather is a strong advocate for social justice, mental health, and women’s rights.

Dr. Patricia Gestoso, Head of Scientific Support and Customer Operations, Dassault Systèmes, UK

Dr. Patricia Gestoso is a scientific services leader and a diversity, inclusion, and ethics tech evangelist. Through her career as global head of scientific support, training, and services, Patricia has worked with Fortune 500 Life Sciences and Materials companies worldwide to build, deliver, and maintain science-based virtual solutions. Patricia has spearheaded and guided numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives in tech and she’s the winner of the 2020 Women in Tech Changemakers award. She believes that ethical and inclusive technology is an enabler for regenerative innovation and world-class customer experiences.

Nakita, Ross, Founder of the Antarctic Fire Angels, Leading Firefighter, UK

Nakita is the Founder of the Antarctic Fire Angels, a team of female firefighters training to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica in November 2023. Conquering this route using mind and muscle power alone will be a World Record, as the team would be the first all female emergency services team to achieve this. As founder, the expedition is something Nakita feels passionately about and it is hugely important to her. She wants to show women that they can achieve any challenge they want to in life and that they are a force to be reckoned with. She is inspiring the next generation, pushing all–out girl power to the limits, squashing stereotypes and tackling mental health head on.

Carmen Ward, Founder and Creator of BECOMINGCARMEN LLC, USA

Carmen Ward serves as the Founder and Creator of BECOMINGCARMEN LLC. The vision for BECOMINGCARMEN came as she began to navigate her own life, introspectively. Carmen provides motivational speaking engagements, spiritual coaching, and consulting services to extraordinary people who are ready to share their authentic stories. Her fearless and dedicated support, guidance, and resources help people take the next step and shake up their traditional ways of thinking and become all they dreamed to be.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director, Women for Women International, UK

Driven by her purpose, Brita believes that every woman has a fierce power to fulfil her dreams. She coaches women to help them transform their lives by awakening, and acting on, the power they have within. Brita is an advocate and promoter of women’s power, women’s rights and equality. Brita currently serves as the Executive Director of Women for Women International – UK. Fears to Fierce (Rider / Ebury) is her first book.

Sister Zeph, Teacher, Women’s Activist and Philanthropist, Pakistan

Sister Zeph is an educationist and a human rights activist from rural Pakistan. When she was thirteen her first article on Women’s Rights appeared in Pakistan’s leading newspaper the Daily Jung. She left school when in grade seven and taught herself at home. It was around this time that she started teaching other girls. Since then, she has given ten years of free education to 200 children and annually 300 women learn skills from her Skills Center. Sister Zeph’s story has now been made into an award winning documentary of her life and that of three of her students in their struggle against child marriage, corporal punishment and societal pressures.

Karen DeJarnette, SEO Manager, Expedia Group, USA

In December, 2014, Karen had a moment of personal crisis, as many others like her face, and that led her to confront and finally accepted her deepest-held secret: that she is transgender. She learned that she was the first person in Expedia history to come out and transition on the job! She joined the company LGBT employee diversity group and then got elected to the group’s Board of Directors. She’s successfully driven many company-wide initiatives in her role as a D&I leader in Expedia, and this year she completed a 3-year project to launch the much anticipated, renewed LGBTQ Hotels campaign for Orbitz.

Elaine Mercedes Mendoza, Author/Speaker, FinallyElaine LLC, Portugal

Elaine Mercedes Mendoza’s world travels have served as a classroom to help her heal the labels that were once in control of her life. She is a Contributing Author in “Time to Rise” where she was featured and called a “Change-Maker” by The Gandhi Foundation. In her upcoming book “Humanized–Life Beyond Labels,” she openly shares her journey growing up in a world that is not always welcoming to those that are not considered the norm.  Elaine openly explores and shares the four labels that affected her life: immigrant, Latina, female, and a part of the  LGBTQ community. 

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

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 it’s 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 fulfil the dreams of her daughter who was tragically murdered in 2007.

Lilly Lewis, Women's Justice Advocate, UK

Lilly Lewis, ex offender, survivor of domestic abuse and victim turned perpetrator. She is a Woman’s Justice advocate for Appeal London and the 2019 Centre for Women’s Justice and Emma Humphries Award winner for raising awareness of abuse to women and children by men.  Having spent 4 years in prison of an 8 year sentence and losing her children to the care system, she decided to find her rainbow in the rain. Once released from custody, she wanted to hide away, however she realized she had to be the voice for woman who had lost there’s. She spends her days writing, meditating, exercising and trying to be addicted to a healthy lifestyle. She knows she is just an ordinary woman, who one day will achieve extraordinary things.

Gill Whitty-Collins, Author, Switzerland

Gill Whitty-Collins spent 26 years with Procter & Gamble, latterly as Senior Vice President. What Gill has experienced, witnessed and learnt about gender equality as a woman in senior management will resonate with people, whatever their gender, wherever they are working. She now works to drive gender equality and diversity as a key lever to build stronger businesses and stronger societies. Her story and vision will inspire you to join the force to make inequality history. ‘Why Men Win at Work’ is her first book, published in late 2020.

Nasreen Sheikh, Founder, The Empowerment Collective, Nepal

A 20 something year-old with resolute determination. Nasreen Sheikh does not know her birthday or exact age. In her native village bordering India and Nepal. Girls births are are not officially recorded. Determined to empower disadvantaged women, Nasreen managed to secure a loan and founded Local Women’s Handicrafts in 2015. Nasreen spoke at several conferences and soon afterwards founded Empowerment Collective. Nasreen will spend most of 2021 focusing on expanding her vision. She is currently working on the ground in rural villages helping 1000’s of people with food and medicine and empowering women with skills and education.

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