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Theme: Empowering Female Futures

This event occurred on
December 10, 2019
Leicester, Leicester
United Kingdom

Speakers and performers to be announced.

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De Montfort University
The Gateway
Leicester, Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Alina Burney

Pre-Registration Pharmacist & Peer Mentorship Researcher
Alina is currently a pre-registration pharmacist (2019). She is particularly interested in community pharmacy and the effect it can have on communities, beyond the administration of medicine. Whilst at university, she regularly taught classes and mentored her peers. She is passionate about peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and has conducted research into a pilot peer-mentoring programme at the University of Lincoln. Her research was used to adapt and improve the programme the following year. In the future, she intends to continue this research into peer-work, co-working and community, and their effect on education.

Anila Khalique

Doctoral Researcher; Business Management Consultant; Lawyer
Doctoral Researcher; Business Management Consultant; Lawyer (LLB, LLM, Executive MBA, PG Dip PSM, FCMI, CMI Dip, Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership) Anila is an experienced CEO and a management consultant with a history of working in the management industry. Skilled in People Management, Growth Strategies, Senior Stakeholder Management, Change Management and Strategic Leadership. Established business development professional who is also a lawyer, a Chartered Fellow at CMI and a keynote speaker. She is currently undertaking Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Scholar/ Researcher focused in Business Management.

Arran Stirton

Education Researcher & Physicist
Coming from a background in Physics, Arran found herself intrinsically interested in the way that students approached their studies. A natural leader and mentor, she went on to conduct research into Education. Her research explores the affect of spaced repetition within learning. She uses rigorous methods of data collection, to design, implement and understand the way that students learning improves when exposed to spaced learning and repeated testing. She developed a learning app and has co-designed a research project based around university level study. Her instrumental findings challenge the traditional way of measuring success in the academic field.

Ayan Aden

Cultural Ambassador & Spoken Word Artist
A Cultural Ambassador and Community Role-Model, Ayan is a woman of many hats. Board Member at West Midlands Combined Authority Youth Board, Vice President of Aston Somali Society and Vice President of SYFI (Midlands Region). Politics and Economics Student at Aston University, Freelance Project Manager, Public Speaker and Spoken Word Artist. Ayan is passionate about leaving an impact on her community, of preserving culture and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Her work deals with themes of identity and legacy.

Bushra Zafar

Student Champion
Bushra is a student at De Montfort University, studying a Global MBA. She is the Post-Graduate Representative within the DSU, as well as the Chairperson & Co-Founder of the Enterprise Society. She joined the TEDxDeMontfortUWomen speaker list via a dedicated student competition. Here we asked students to compete for a single spot within our programme by sending us a proposal for a talk. Following this we conducted presentation-based interviews. Bushra wowed us with her strength of character. She opened up about a vulnerable experience she had encountered and its affect on her confidence. Her personal insight and openness was thought to be of great value to our student body, and thus she was crowned the winner of our competition.

Jemma Redden

Director of Access Generation
Jemma is the Director of Access Generation, a social enterprise which specialises in youth recruitment. Her mission is to share young people’s views and expectations to help businesses become more visible and attractive to young people. Through her marketing strategy, she has engaged with over 700 businesses either face-to-face or through speaking engagements at events. As well as supporting businesses, Access Generation are proud to be supporting community programmes with employer engagement activity as a delivery partner for the Prince’s Trust.

Kate Orr

Teacher & Volunteer Leader
A talented primary school teacher, bubbling with energy, as well as a dedicated volunteer. Kate has worked at LRTT (Limited Resource Teacher Training) for 5 years; a charity which believes that quality education should be available to everyone. Aware of the harmful effects of 'voluntourism', Kate is passionate about educating communities on what effective volunteering entails. LRTT does so by sending only fully trained teachers overseas. Their role is not to teach students, but to deliver CPD to existing teachers in country. By offering these continual enrichment activities and knowledge-exchange, both local teacher and teacher volunteers alike can seek to become better teachers. They finish the programme with new found motivation to make an impact on the lives of those in their communities.

Loz Anstey

Teacher; Spoken Word Artist; Actress
Teacher; Spoken Word Artist; Actress Loz Anstey is a spoken word artist who fears the generic and seeks out the colour hiding within the greyness of life. A writer of the funny in the bland and the simple heart-warmers that pass us by.

Myira Khan

Counsellor; Coach; Supervisor
BACP Accredited Counsellor in Leicester and Online. Founder of the Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network. Qualified Clinical Supervisor. Mental Health Heroes Award winner (2015). As chosen & presented by Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Working as a private Counsellor providing long-term and short-term counselling within her own private company, Myira Khan Counselling. Providing both Face to face and Online counselling to adults, couples, children and young people. Working with psychodynamic, integrative and Islamic counselling modalities. Offering Supervision to both qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists (Online and Leicester) Passionate about promoting psychotherapy/counseling as a career option for Muslims, providing support for Muslims working within the mental health field, improving access to mental health services for Muslim and BME communities, promoting and advocating Muslim Psychotherapy.

Sheron Cummins

Managing Director: Advance Logistics Support, Advance Compliance, Events Drivers and The Association of Trainers (ASOT)
Managing Director: Advance Logistics Support, Advance Compliance, Events Drivers and The Association of Trainers (ASOT) Her specialties include: Business development, Client liason, Customer service, Transport Industry knowledge and contacts. Driver CPC training.

Sonya Barlow

Founder LMF
Sonya is passionate about changing the narrative in the workplace by educating people and providing them with the right resources to drive cultural change and create inclusive environments. She graduated in 2015 before pursuing a career in the technology industry, where she has worked as a technology consultant across industries including banking, retail and energy. In 2018, Sonya founded Like Minded Females (LMF), a female empowerment & diversity network, with the objective to create female-friendly events which enhance life skills and empower women. Founded with the intent to educate, empower, provide a sense of community and mitigate mental health issues, LMF has engaged with over 12,000 people, grown the social community to over 8,000 followers, hosted over 30 events and been recognised as a key player in social mobility.

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Leicester, United Kingdom