In an Age of Soft Power, Technology Helps Women Shape The Future
August 22, 2016
Hosted by Gina Lazenby
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This week, on The Rise of the Feminine, soft power is at the centre of the conversation with the first guest, soft power expert and consultant, Indra Adnan. She gives her take on the subject and her thoughts on the purpose it serves in today’s world. In the Country Report, Gina talks with the founder of the WIN Conference, Kristin Engvig. She gives insight into the female experience in Norway. Norway is not only listed in the Top 12 of the soft power lead table, it’s also made great strides in female leadership and gender equality. This makes Norway a great source of inspiration and information. The final guest on this show is Phyllis SantaMaria, a woman who’s had a wonderful career working with communities in different parts of the world, starting in Guatemala and Kenya. Gina and Phyllis discuss the impact she has made and how her work from decades ago continues to inspire and empower women today.
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There are huge shifts happening globally that not only involve the rise of women but also the rise of feminine values in men and, in women, which are re-shaping our collective future.
We discover more and more women coming into their own, finding their unique purpose. In this surge for equality, some men may fear they will be displaced, but in reality, we’ll see how this is a movement that is more about a shared vision for a re-balancing of the planet. It’s not about women taking over but women standing alongside men in their rightful place.
The question for many male leaders is how to integrate this new female power in organizations and fully understand that the shifts happening in their businesses, and politics are an embracing of new feminine values that will not only help them to adapt but also to thrive. This is a space where we can explore and bring together the conversations about what is emerging around the world as we witness shifts in power.
Gina speaks and works internationally providing educational programs for women leaders and entrepreneurs. She acts as a discreet mentor to high profile women leaders and offers residential transformational retreats and bespoke programs.
The wisdom and skills she developed as an international best-selling author, TV expert commentator and founder of an award-winning PR and Marketing agency assist in giving Gina a well-rounded and leading edge in the promotion of feminine leadership throughout the world.
Gina’s work includes developing women’s circles and networks as a transformational catalyst. She has been honored for her pioneering work in creating change and personal development movements. She is currently distilling her insights in feminine leadership into her forthcoming book: The Rise of the Feminine: how business and society can ride the coming wave. Gina is also collating data and research for her next book: The New Masculine as she is passionate about gender work that brings men and women together and honors their separate and different contributions.
Gina uses a blend of practical business acumen and insights from working with thousands of women and from decades exploring ancient wisdom and spiritual practice. She is a Founder Member of the Association of Transformational Leaders Europe and an International Board Member of Leading Women of Africa.
She travels extensively and has offices in Yorkshire, London, San Francisco and Sydney.
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Indra Adnan is Director of the Soft Power Network and Associate of Compass think tank in the UK. For over twenty years, Indra has been writing and consulting in the international arena of soft power, conflict transformation and the ‘new’ transformational politics. She is a seasoned public speaker, practicing socio-psychotherapist and coach, working in both the public and private sphere advising on personal, local and global agency with clients in Brazil, Finland, India, Mexico and the UK. Indra co-authored New Times with Neal Lawson, writes for The Guardian and Huffington Post and her e-book Soft Power Agenda is available on indraadnan.com View Guest page
Dr. Giorgia Arnaboldi
Dr. Giorgia Arnabodi is the Managing Director at Shell Energy Deutschland and Head of Commercial North West Europe. She joined Shell in 2000, where she has developed business development, sales and marketing roles in several business lines (lubricants, fuels, energy). She is responsible for maintaining, developing and growing customers in North West Europe. The North West Region covers UK, Nordic countries, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. She also defines strategic direction and business guidance to approach market and the specific customer segments. View Guest page
Philippa is an interfaith minister, journalist, a senior producer at BBC Radio 4 & presenter on Woman’s Hour. She is also a meditation teacher and coordinator for the Dadi Janki "100 Women of Spirit Awards" for the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. View Guest page
Geraldine Bown is the founder of The Domino Consultancy Limited, established in the UK1986. She is a former President of the European Women's Management Development Network; a founding member of the European Institute for Managing Diversity and the Managing Director of Domino Perspectives Limited. Geraldine is highly regarded for her expertise in the area of establishing a strategic approach to Diversity as well as specific initiatives such as implementing equal opportunities and women's development. In the past twenty years Geraldine has spoken at many national and international conferences. She has presented in Europe, North and South America, South Africa, Asia and the Middle East in addition to all parts of the British Isles and Ireland. View Guest page
David Brower, the Sensorial Guy is the creator of the unforgettable world-class Sensorial Experience Day (SED), David’s path from the high flying pressure cooker Hollywood entertainment industry brought him to the realization that his soul was yearning for its truth to be liberated. This crying out of ceaseless angst, self-esteem issues, and a lack of being present to the world could wait no more. A new story was anxiously arising from within awaiting his attention and caring. David’s adventures into his soma and soul spirit revealed so much more for him to give, in serving and hosting people worldwide. To appreciate and enjoy more. To LIVE MORE. To stop hiding from feeling…oneself. To master relationships and connection, with LOVE and an open, brave communicative heart. View Guest page
Karen Wilhelm Buckley
Karen Wilhelm Buckley is an Executive Coach and Consultant to leaders and organizations. She brings expertise and experience to professional and organizational development. Karen’s for-profit, non-profit, and government clients develop wise leadership – the skills, strategies, and presence to cultivate committed performance and effectively drive change. Karen believes extraordinary action results from focused and authentic dialogue. She works on leadership development, facilitating key meetings, and multi-stakeholder engagement to address underlying restrictions and amplify the best of what is working. Karen is also a published author and experienced speaker at professional conferences, company off sites and universities and leads women’s retreats through The Wisdom Connection. View Guest page
Kate Byrne is a creative, strategic self-starter, and she has been a leader in digital media and social impact for over 25 years. She currently leads Global Girl Media, the global media platform teaching citizen journalism skills (social media, blogging, video and podcast) and leadership to girls in marginalized geographies. Her #GirlsGovern program, aimed at raising the issues and voices of girls in the upcoming election and its Bill of Rights will be included in this year’s TED Women. Her roles as Interim COO and Chief Growth Officer for World Pulse, where she helped scale the 10-year old global digital media platform using digital media to empower and train grass roots women leaders worldwide proved to be helpful in making the #GG program a success. View Guest page
Joe St Clair
Joe started his career in Nationwide Building Society working his way up from trainee to an Executive position as ‘Head of Special Projects’. Now he is managing director at the Laszlo Institute of the New Paradigm Research. Joe’s real passion though, is writing, and in 2003 he set up his own business as a Freelance Writer and has had over 5000 articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers as well as writing for three London PR Companies.
In 2009 his first book “100 Tips for Total Life Fulfilment” was published. In addition to his writing business Joe is a qualified Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and Reiki healer. In 2011 Joe founded a new drinks company called ‘Quench’ in order to produce a new healthy energy drink called ‘Positiv’ which is now being sold across the UK and is endorsed by sports enthusiasts everywhere. When not working Joe likes to spend his time hill walking or cycling, reading and playing guitar. View Guest page
International leadership expert who speaks to the shifts required of leaders and organizations in both their thinking and practice if they are to successfully navigate the future. His primary focus is on leadership in a changing world, looking at the shifts required of leaders and organizations in both their thinking and practice when it comes to leadership. Allied to this focus area are future trends and disruption and diversity. As a founding partner in TomorrowToday, Keith has had the privilege of working across multiple industries in a global context at both an executive and senior leadership level. View Guest page
Prof. Shelley J. Correll
Shelley J. Correll is professor of sociology and organizational behavior at Stanford University and the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her expertise is in the areas of gender, workplace dynamics and organizational culture. She has received numerous national awards for her research on the “motherhood penalty,” research that demonstrates how motherhood influences the workplace evaluations, pay and job opportunities of mothers. Professor Correll recently led a nationwide, interdisciplinary project on “redesigning work” that evaluates how workplaces structures and practices can reconfigured to be simultaneously more inclusive and more innovative. View Guest page
Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni
Kaouthar Darmoni (PhD) is an independant scholar and expert in Gender studies. After an extensive academic career as Assistant Professor in Gender & Media (UvA, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), she decided to combine her academic passion with her dance and body awareness passion. She started a new international career with her institute ‘Feminine Capital & Goddess Belly Dance’ to teach women how to use their feminine capital and become agents of change and progress in their societies. Her focus is also training women at work, ‘Corporate Goddesses’, to become ambassadors of conscious business and FeMale leadership. Kaouthar is very active in supporting women’s movements all over the world. View Guest page
Janice Dolley is now Development Director of the Wrekin Trust, a charity for spiritual education started in 1971 by Sir George Trevelyan. As an educator, writer, innovator and facilitator she has co-authored Christian Evolution; Moving towards a Global Spirituality, The Quest: Exploring a Sense of soul; Awakening to a New Awareness: Stories of Contemporary Christians, arranged an International conference on The Emerging Spirituality Revolution: Embodying the Spiritual Imperative of our Time and many learning programmes and workshops. As a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation and Director of the Findhorn College she is supporting spiritual and ecological ways of living. View Guest page
Scilla Elworthy PH.D
Scilla Elworthy is a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct. Her work also includes producing the first report on Female Genital Mutilation, and UNESCO’s submission to the United Nations Mid-Decade Conference on Women. She has worked as adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She’s an adviser to MasterPeace; a member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute for Economics and Peace and of the Steering Committee of PAX. She chairs the Civil Society sector of the Hanwang Forum in China, is a Councillor of the World Future Council, and a patron of Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust, Voice of a Woman, and Oxford Research Group. View Guest page
Kristin is founder of the WIN Conference in Norway. As a pioneer and a thought leader, she has dedicated the past 22 years to women’s leadership and organizational change, working on inspiring others to create a world where business and society flourish and all people thrive. With a background as a decision maker in global companies, a consultant and a social artist, Kristin transformed her vision of ‘bringing a more feminine, global and sustainable vision into work, communities and life’ into an annual conference inspiring women worldwide. View Guest page
Nicholas Haines is the creator of The Vitality Test, as well as an entrepreneur and an international speaker, author, strategist and teacher in Chinese energetics. He describes himself as a Vitality Architect: someone that helps you design, build and live your ideal life based on your Energy type and who you really are. For over 35 years he has been practically applying the wisdom of Chinese philosophy within personal development, business, health, leadership, relationships, and international change. Nicholas is a founding member of the prestigious Association of Transformational Leaders (Europe), a pan-European organisation dedicated to realising human potential. A pioneer in the true sense of the word, Nicholas is committed to bringing the wisdom of ancient Chinese philosophy to a global audience, to create better understanding, compassion and unity within ourselves and the world. View Guest page
Susie Heath is an author, speaker, mentor and trainer, Business and Executive Coach, Life Strategist and Relationship and Intimacy consultant. She is also a qualified dance/movement therapist. She is passionate about helping women in particular succeed in all areas of their life while being authentic to who they really are. Clients include executives from oil companies, banks, senior HR consultants and six-figure entrepreneurs, high-profile film stars, pop stars and even royalty. Suzi has hosted her own internet radio show and is also a trained TV presenter. In 2015 she co-created and co-presented the One of Many Conference and retreat programme for women in the UK. View Guest page
Betty-Ann Heggie is a former Senior Vice-President with PotashCorp. After retiring in 2007 she now serves as a corporate director, professional speaker and blogger for Huffington Post. In 2008, she founded the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Foundation, aimed at getting more women to the decision-making table. Betty-Ann is a Trailblazer Award recipient from Women in Mining Canada and was named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. She is a member of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, has received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Mentorship Award and the “Women Helping Women” award at the Stevie Awards in New York. Betty-Ann currently serves as a director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Her mentorship program at Edwards School of Business, has had more than 1800 women participants in the program’s events, professional development and annual women’s film festival. View Guest page
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Barbara Marx Hubbard is President of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution. A speaker, social innovator and author of five books, Barbara is an evolutionary educator, communicating the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series, Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. Part One: Our Story, is now translated into seven languages, and in Part Two: Visions of a Universal Humanity, she brings together some of the finest minds of our time, presenting us with positive, future scenarios for humanity based on the latest scientific, social and spiritual realities. She is developing a new educational program: The Sacred Way of Conscious Evolution: A Critical Developmental Path with a design team formed by Rivers Edge, Sisters of St Joseph. Her educational program Gateway to Conscious Evolution is a global educational curriculum enrolling participants in the developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution. View Guest page
Valerie is a retired guesthouse owner from England. She created a home-based business to support her family and ran a guest house for 46 years until she sold it. Since then she's been enjoying her ‘retirement’ as a hands-on grandmother, volunteer and traveller. Her latest project has been sponsoring young Denis, namesake of her deceased husband, through medical school in Uganda. She met him when he was the local porter escorting her on the gorilla visit up the mountain. View Guest page
Jane is a serial entrepreneur, intuitive coach, inspirational speaker, author, audacious commentator, campaigner and female champion. For the past 12 years she has been working in the personal development sector facilitating mind-set shifts and personal transformations with both adults and teenagers from all walks of life. Her passion for potential is contagious. She founded Girls Out Loud in 2010 when she could remain passive no more and felt compelled to step up and support girls to navigate through a more and more challenging landscape, unharmed. After piloting a programme for 12 vulnerable girls in Blackpool in 2009 she knew she had found her next act. Her legacy, through Girls Out Loud is to embed a more empowering mind-set in girls that in effect, inspires them to think big, reach for the stars and make better life choices. View Guest page
Prof Ervin Laszlo
Prof Laszlo, Doctorat d’Etat Sorbonne (1970) is Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (Italy), Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. He is the recipient of the Goi Peace Prize (2002), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (2005), the Conacreis Holistic Culture Prize (2009), the Ethics Prize of Milano (2014) and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. Laszlo has Honorary PhD’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary and is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into twenty-four languages.
Philosopher, scientist, humanist, dedicated to the global transformation we need for a sustainable and flourishing life on the planet. View Guest page
RÚNA MAGNÚSDOTTIR is a speaker on the subject of author of Branding Your X-Factor, is a creative and fast forward thinking lifetime entrepreneur from Iceland. Rúna is known for helping leaders, entrepreneurs and organisations discover and brand their ‘X-Factor’ – the assets which make them unique. She’s a sought-after speaker around the world on women’s leadership and she played a leading role in Iceland’s National Assembly of 2009, where the nation’s leaders collectively worked together to reinvigorate the country following their economic crash. Rúna currently dedicates her work to supporting global leaders and their teams to brand their own X-Factor to unleash their fullest potential while discovering their natural flow in business and life. View Guest page
Gary Malkin is an award-winning composer, public speaker, and performer who inspires the world to embrace music as a catalyst for emotional intelligence, healing, and a more meaningful life. His work redefines the role of the music in healthcare, long-term care, and corporate America. A multiple Emmy, Clio, and ASCAP award recipient, Gary has spent three decades composing music for film, television, commercials and socially responsible documentaries, preparing him to create innovative musical solutions for many of the challenges facing our society. Through the life-affirming company Wisdom of the World, he and music healing pioneer Michael Stillwater co-created the globally acclaimed CD/book, Graceful Passages, which offers aesthetic ways to face our mortality with greater mindfulness, presence, and compassion. View Guest page
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz is the "Man Whisperer" (Newsweek) who helps men achieve their life, relationship and career goals. As a personal development consultant, Kenny runs workshops and sees individuals and couples for private consultations. He’s been running men���s groups in London for fourteen years and now also runs international online men’s groups. Kenny’s incredible life journey has taken him from refugee camps, through overcoming OCD and mental health issues, to working with Mother Theresa and becoming one of the UK’s leading men’s personal development consultants. He loves helping men (and women) gain the awareness and tools to consciously embody their potential and meet all of life's challenges. View Guest page
Madelein is a Visionary Entrepreneur whose dream is to shape a new generation of African leaders through various programmes initiated by her. She is the Founder & President of Leading Women of Africa (LWA) and currently the Director of LWA-Corporate Investment, a firm that aims to increase the number of women involved in investment, international trade and other services on the continent. View Guest page
Viviane has taken on the role of Leader of the Branch of The Women’s Equality Party and looks after event coordination and social media. She recently retired from spending 35 years in sales roles in London and moved to Harrogate in May 2014. She has never been in politics before but has a good understanding of “making things happen” and a “can do” approach. She has spent her whole life feeling very strongly that respect and equality in every aspect of life is of utmost importance. Viviane has two sisters, two daughters a niece and grandniece and numerous friends and is keen that we eventually have a more equal world for everyone! View Guest page
Nyali Muir is a Transformative Leadership Coach, who leads extraordinary women to transform their "impossible" into their "I'm Possible". She specializes in Feminine Power principles and practices. Her clients are inspiring, successful women with leverage. Nyali has been a Transformational Educator for over 25 years, facilitating programmes, teaching students and coaching clients worldwide. She has coached Olympic Athletes, Corporate Directors, Coaches, Therapists, Journalists and Professionals to play full-out, creating miracles for themselves and others. Nyali's big WHY is to raise the Value of The Feminine globally; to foster greater education and empowerment for women and girls everywhere. View Guest page
Jack Myers is a cultural, economic, and technology visionary; an award-winning documentary film producer; and an author who has researched and reported on the impact of media and technology on society for more than forty years. Jack is the author of The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century and four previous books, including Virtual Worlds: Rewiring Our Emotional DNA, Reconnecting with Customers: Building Brands and Profits in the Relationship Age, and Adbashing: Surviving the Attacks on Advertising. His fourth book, Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics, and Saving the World, received International Book Awards in the Youth Issues and Women’s Issues categories. Jack is also the founder of Women Advancing, a 7,500-member all-women’s dual-mentoring support group. View Guest page
Prof. Nigel Nicholson
Nigel is a Professor of Organizational Behavior (OB) at London Business School, where he has wide-ranging involvements in research, executive education and business. The focus of his work is diverse, but currently primarily in leadership, family business, executive development, risk and decision-making, and interpersonal skills. He directs two of the School's major open enrollment programs (Proteus and High Performance People Skills). Nigel also has strong links with business in Africa and India. He teaches a wide range of students and executives on a broad portfolio of issues and has created a number of new initiatives. These include the Proteus Program, revamping the School's longest running open enrollment program, High Performance People Skills for Leaders. View Guest page
Dr. David Paul
Dr David Paul is a Sydney based global leader on the subject of Feminine Leadership. He has worked with Change leaders and Change Experts in private and public companies, Government and the non-profit sector. He works with female CEOs and Heads of State in the both Northern and Southern hemispheres. David also wrote a book on the current economic environment called LIFE AND WORK. He has a PhD in large scale, complex change and has taught over 25,000 MBA students. View Guest page
Renee Piane is an inspirational speaker, TV & Radio host, author and the Love Designer, a relationship reinvention expert and matchmaker for love and business. She has worked internationally helping busy single men and women discover real-life solutions to find happiness. As the president of Rapid Dating and a pioneer in the dating industry, Renee is always sharing her secrets and wisdom with audiences to build community and inspiring people to “take time for love.” Renee was honored to receive The Top International Dating Coach Award at I Date and the Women of Achievement award in 2016. Renee has dedicated her life to “spreading the love” and supporting various charities with all of her events. View Guest page
Bernhard Plecher is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Westhouse Group in Germany, which also has branches and subsidiaries in Switzerland, Italy and Hong Kong. Before the foundation of Westhouse in 2002, Bernhard worked as a business consultant for global companies such as Air Liquide, Philips, Siemens and Accenture in various cities around the globe such as Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Sydney and Mexico City. During that time, he decided with his best friend and business partner Markus Steinbeisser to start a company using best practices in Management which he gathered during his work experience in consulting. Today, he focuses on leading Westhouse with a balanced work environment for employees that combines the necessity of performance with human values. View Guest page
Dr. Armgard von Reden
Dr. Armgard von Reden is a strategy consultant based in Berlin. She has worked at IBM, held the position of Director of Government Programs for Germany, Russia and the CIS countries. She was also the Chief Privacy Officer for IBM in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Prior to that, she was deputy head in the IBM Government Programs Office in Brussels for EMEA. She was in charge for part of Communications, Marketing, the Press, University Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Standards Organizations and she chaired the IBM German Women’s Leadership Council. Armgard has also served as Head of the Communication Department for the President of the German Bundestag, worked in the U.S. Congress as a Legislative Assistant on the House and Senate side, taught at universities in the US and Germany on the subjects of German and international politics, the digital economy, and cross-cultural and diversity management. View Guest page
Dr. Phyllis SantaMaria
Dr. Phyllis SantaMaria has worked in education, enterprise, and at the BBC. Since 2000, she has worked in microfinance and renewable energy. She worked as a UK national coordinator, for the BBC Domesday’s Project, the world’s first interactive multi-media community project. She was also national coordinator for the UN Year of Microcredit, winning UN and World Bank awards, as part of her involvement in financial inclusion in the UK, India, Africa and China. Today Phyllis works on London-based renewable and clean technology projects with a community focus. View Guest page
Susan Schachterle, Director of the Ahimsa Group, believes that we have only scratched the surface of the power and possibility inherent in the human mind and heart. She has spent over two decades assisting individuals and organizations to find and implement their inherent power, wisdom, and joy. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including the government of Singapore, Ticino International Women's Club, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her work is based on the fierce and unwavering belief that just about everything is possible for just about everyone, once they focus their energy in the most appropriate and powerful direction, and align their internal images, goals, and self-talk. View Guest page
Sheila Single is the Editor-in-chief and co founder of HONORE magazine. She the former Editor-in-Chief of Lula magazine in London, and Fashion Editor at Numéro in Paris. Sheila was born in Germany, raised in France and Ghana, she studied fashion design at Studio Berçot in Paris. Her work is published in Vogue Italy, Vogue China, Vogue Russia, Vogue Japan, Vogue US, Man About Town, Purple Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and l’Egoiste. The photographers she works with are Paolo Roversi, Mario Sorrenti, Cédric Buchet, Olivier Zahm, Jacob Sutton, Jason Kibbler, Gregory Harris, Camille Vivier, Viviane Sassen, Karl Lagerfeld, William Klein, Serge Leblon, Andreas Larsson, Philippe Jarrigeon. She consulted for Anthony Vaccarello, Iris Van Herpen, Mary Katrantzou and collaborated to the image of Piece d’Anarchive. View Guest page
Raj Sisodia is a founding member of the Conscious Capitalism movement, FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He also spent 15 years at Bentley University as Trustee Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and founder/director of the Center for Marketing Technology. Raj is a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. and a member of the board of directors of The Container Store. He has consulted with and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. View Guest page
Mirela is an author, international speaker, journalist, publisher, trainer and psychologist. She has worked in the media and publishing for the last 15 years. Her background takes in psychology and counselling, journalism, teaching, coaching and media training.
She is the creator and co-founder of Migrant Woman Limited, and Publisher of Global Woman.co magazine in London. She is the organiser of Migrant Woman Talks and author of several bestselling books. Her latest, ‘Don’t Let Your Mind Go’ is published in America and Turkey. Mirela was the resident psychologist on the Public TV Channel in Albania, and panelist a popular show there called ‘Love Story’.
In 2014, Mirela was selected as one of 10 Women Entrepreneur Leaders for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day by ICSB and in 2015 she received the “Inspiration Award for Women.” View Guest page
Andrea Vitullo is an Executive Coach with several years of coaching experience and a long career at senior level in successful organizations (Unilever, Allianz). Andrea has a proven track record in coaching numerous international top managers in the Insurance, Banking, Chemical, Information Technology, Retailers & Distribution, Luxury and Pharmaceutical industries. In 2006 he founded in Italy his own Company, Inspire www.in-spire.biz. He currently designs and delivers strategic & development paths related to reflective and transformative leadership, ethics and values through a philosophical approach. View Guest page
Helen grew up in a small hotel on the South coast and got a taste for enterprise from an early age. After moving to Wales to attend university she took a variety of roles before becoming a trouble shooter for a large multinational company. Sixteen years and four businesses later she is now the only woman in the UK who runs her own motorcycles salvage scrap yard, exports her parts worldwide.
She supports and encourages trainees, apprentices and young people on work experience, at her industrial unit in the South Wales valleys. She is a role model with the Welsh Government. After taking a degree while running her business, she is now undertaking a PhD on supporting more women into business and lectures at the University of South Wales Business School. In December 2015 she took up the national role of Diversity Portfolio Chair for the Federation of Small Businesses and has recently launched a report into Women in Enterprise – The Untapped Potential. She speaks at conferences & on TV. View Guest page
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of consultancy 20-first. 20-first works with progressive global companies interested in gender balancing their leadership teams and optimising 100% of the talent pool and 100% of the market. She helps CEOs, Executive Committees and managers build ‘gender bilingual’ organisations. The firm’s renowned leadership debates and advisory services assist leaders in understanding and unlocking the opportunities that more gender balance can bring to their bottom line(s). View Guest page
Africa is the CEO and founder of CSGE - Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics, a lecturer and international public speaker. She's developed programmes , implemented change and contributed to thought leadership in a number of areas associated with sustainability measures, economic growth and activities that impact women. She's also a member of the Green Learning Economy and platforms in UNITAR AND UNIDO and is involved with Climate change and G20 expert review committee. View Guest page