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Mar 24 2017

Emily Grossman

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Science Communicator, Writer, Educator & Trainer

Emily GrossmanEmily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens’ College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She trained as an actress, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, public speaker, writer and educator.

“A passionate advocate for gender equality in science”

In detail

Emily can be seen on the panel of experts for Sky 1’s celebrity panel-show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo andshe is a regular contributor to Discovery Channel’s How Do They Do It?She spent a season as the resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and she has appeared as a biology expert on Channel 4’s Food Unwrappedand as a maths examiner on BBC1’s The One Show. She has also been interviewed on This Morning, BBC Breakfast, CNN, and Sky News. Emily has presented a series of fun videos for the Royal Institution; one of them, How to Stop Yourself Being Ticklish, has received over 200,000 hits and was featured on Radio 2’s Jo Whiley Showand the independent’s i100 top 100 trending videos.

What she offers you

Emily regularly delivers talks and fun workshops in schools, universities and at live events. She speaks about cutting edge science topics such as stem cells, regenerative medicine, obesity and epigenetics. Emily sharesher thoughts on women in science, gender equality, imposter syndrome, secrets of success, science careers. Emily speaks about maths and the use and abuse of statistics in the media.

How she presents

Emily shares her own personal story, and the importance of feelings in science… and in all areas of life. Emily creates bespoke talks created for any audience

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Feb 10 2017

Cynthia Nixon

Published by under Actors,Women Speakers

Emmy Award Winning Actress

cynthia-nixonCynthia Nixon is an American actress, best known for her role as the tenacious lawyer Miranda Hobbes in HBO’scelebrated series, Sex and the City, a role that garnered her Emmy nominations and the 2004Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.Since then,Nixon has guest starred on Law & Order: SVU, House, and ER and acted opposite JohnLeguizamo in The Babysitters, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival. She also famouslyreprised her role as Miranda in both Sex and the City movies.

“One of Hollywood’s most inspirational women”

In detail

Whether on television or on stage, Cynthia is known for her superb characterizations indiverse roles. She has been commended for her title role in The Prime of Miss JeanBrodie andfor her performance as Mary Haines in The Roundabout’s revival of The Women, which wasbroadcast on PBS’s Stage to Screen series. Cynthia also appeared in Eve Ensler’sThe Vagina Monologues at both the Westside Arts Theatre and in the historic Valentine’s Dayperformance at Madison Square Garden. As one of the founding members of the theatre company The Drama Dept., Cynthia has appeared in productions of The Country Club, JuneMoon,Kingdom of Earth and As Bees in Honey Drown, as well as others plays.

What she offers you

Cynthia Nixon isrecognized within the acting industry as a woman who has the courage and ability to conquerany role. A true inspiration for audiences around the globe, she has proven that if you work hard,no goal is unattainable.

How she presents

A consummate professional, Cynthia Nixon connects well with audiences over the worldand is sought-after to commentate on a variety of women’s issues along with hosting and presenting national and international events.

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Jan 30 2017

Tamara Lohan

Co-Founder of Mr and Mrs Smith

tamara-lohanTamara Lohan is the entrepreneur behind the ‘aspirational but still accessible’ travel brand Mr & Mrs Smith. Tamara, CTO of the company, leads the development team who power the cutting-edge technology behind the website, the booking engine and the iPhone app. She has also launched the brand extension Smith & Family – for family travel. In 2014, Tamara was awarded an MBE for services to the British travel industry.

“The Art of Travel”

In detail

Tamara grew up between Spain and the UK and studied languages at Oxford University. She caught the travel bug in her teens and her first job out of university took her to Brazil to launch a new energy drink. Tamara worked in marketing for major brands such as Honda, Unilever and Ericsson and honed her technical knowledge through many data-driven projects, including building large CRM databases through online channels. In 2002 Tamara left the corporate world to help run the family business – an exclusive introductions agency called The County Register, which also gave her the freedom to launch Mr & Mrs Smith. The business now has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Ibiza and represents around 1000 of the world’s best boutique hotels.

What she offers you

Tamara’s astute and honest speeches enthuse and inform budding entrepreneurs looking to turn their ideas into functioning businesses.

How she presents

Tamara provides her audiences with very practical take-aways. Her experience and knowledge make her presentations both highly respected and memorable.

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Jan 27 2017

Roberta Bondar

Astronaut, Physician, Scientist & Photographer

roberta-bondarRoberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, Roberta expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission.

“Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself with visions of the possible. That’s what heroes do.”

In detail

For more than a decade at NASA, Roberta headed an international research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses on earth, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Roberta is a member of the Governing Council of icipe, a pan-African institute researching the influence of climate change on the spread of insect borne diseases. She is Co-Founder and President of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, created to inspire all ages and to view and to engage our natural environment in a positive light through the lens of photography.

What he offers you

Roberta’s highly motivationaltalkspunctuated by her stunning photographsfocus on change, social responsibility and our environment. Roberta brings added value with her maturity, wisdom gained from “in the trenches” life experiences, broad educational background and depth of personality.

How he presents

By customizing each speech and keynote Roberta will ensure that any event will be extraordinary.

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Jan 25 2017

Conchita Martínez

Published by under Sports speakers,Women Speakers

Former Professional Tennis Player & Commentator

conchita-martinezConchita Martínez is a Spanish former professional tennis player. She is the only Spanish player to have won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon, where she beat Martina Navratilova to win the 1994 title. Conchita also was the singles runner-up at the 1998 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open. She reached a highest world ranking of No. 2 in October 1995 and finished the season in the top 10 for nine years. Conchita won 33 singles and 13 doubles titles during her 18-year career. She is currently the captain of the Spanish Federation Cup team and the Spanish Davis Cup team. She has worked as a commentator for Eurosport SpainCanal+, Marca TV and DIRECTV Sports for Latin American viewers.

“The only Spanish player to have won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon”

In detail

Conchita is the Spanish national tennis coach, both for male and female players. Since her retirement in 2006, Conchita has devoted most of her time and energy to working as a coach. She has always believed that with dedication and direction one can exceed expectations on and off court. Her passion lies in watching players maximize their potential. Conchita has worked with a variety of different types of players such as Shahar Peer, Janet Husarova and Rennae Stubbs. She also assisted the Australian Tennis Federation working with different players, including Anastasia Rodionova.

What she offers you

Conchita Martinez started her sports consultancy firm with the purpose of helping athletes and companies achieve their dreams and grow exponentially. As a pro tennis player, athletics have always been a great motivation for Conchita. Driven by her passion, knowledge and experience, she collaborates with individuals and businesses so that together they can achieve their goals.

How she presents

Conchita’s delivery is friendly, professional and extremely engaging. She captivates her audience with her energy and enthusiasm.

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Jan 18 2017

Claire Bertschinger

Head of Tropical Nursing, Former Nurse for the International Red Cross

claire-bertschingerClaire Bertschinger was the young nurse whoinspired Band Aidand subsequently Live Aid, the biggest relief programme ever mounted, after appearing in the 1984 BBC report from Ethiopia surrounded by 85,000 starving people

“One of the true heroines of our times”

In detail

Claire went on to accumulate vast experience from many years working in emergency disaster relief, primarily in war zones, with the International Committeeof the Red Cross (ICRC). Since retiring from full time field work, she has trained other medical professionals to work in resource poor settings and continually sought to raise awareness of the key issues in global public health. Claire has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal and was honoured for her inspirational nursing career with the Woman of the Year – Window to the World Award and the Human Rights and Nursing Award. In 2010 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Claire now works at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as Assistant Professor and Director for the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.

What she offers you

What she offers you Claire’s main theme is that “we can and must transcend our differences, and make humanity, not economics, our highest priority in life”. She decided that with her life experiences so far, she could show the world that an ordinary person can overcome educational, emotional and physical difficulties and still make a difference to our planet. Claire continues her extraordinary work in presentations and lectures far and wide in Europe.

How she presents

Claire tells of the Ethiopian famine that inspired Bob Geldof and the World to make a change. Claire’s emotional and inspiring stories and anecdotes from around the world educate and motivate her audience.

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Dec 30 2016

Alice Thompson

Published by under Entrepreneurs,Women Speakers

Founder of Social Bite and Social Entrepreneur

alice-thompsonAlice Thompson is the founder of Social Bite and one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs. Alice tells the story of her journey to Social Bite & explains how she took the idea of Social Business and has used it to transform the lives of the formerly homeless staff, addressing many of the social challenges that are traditionally the responsibility of the public services.

“Inspiring, important, emotive and thought provoking”

In detail

Having started out in the events business at the tender age of 19, Alice travelled to Bangladesh in 2011 to meet Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof Muhammad Yunus to convince him to speak at the first ever Scottish Business Awards. What she got instead was a different direction in life. She sold the events business and ploughed every penny into opening the first Social Bite shop in Edinburgh. In the last 4 years Social Bite went from one small shop to eight operating units and from 10 staff to 100 staff. All while continuing to run The Scottish Business Awards, which has in the last 5 years seen speakers such as President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, George Clooney and the 2016 speaker Leonardo DiCaprio.

What she offers you

Alice has had the unique experience of being able to harness the power of business and direct it towards society’s toughest problems, from homelessness to addiction, abuse, discrimination and mental health. By telling her emotional and sometimes hilarious story, Alice gives a fresh, unique and honest look into her experience of entrepreneurship, and raises your awareness to the power we and the council have to make a real difference, if we want to.

How she presents

A heart felt, emotional and commanding speaker who can bring the audience to tears and always leave them wanting to create a better world, for everyone, either through the immense power of business or by what we can do on a local or individual basis.

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Dec 16 2016

Alexa Clay

Author & Chief Misfit

alexa-clayAlexa Clay is a writer, public speaker and researcher with a focus on subculture, informal economy and new economic thinking. She is the co-author of ‘The Misfit Economy’, a book that examines the role of creative thinking and ingenuity among society’s “misfits.” The Economist called the book “a paean to the quirkier members of society.” It was named a top business book by The Telegraph and the World Economic Forum. Alexa has appeared in Dazed Digital, on NPR’s Marketplace, The Takeaway, Australia’s morning show Weekend Sunrise and the Laura Flanders Show. ‘The Misfit Economy’ loosely inspired the NatGeo show Underworld Inc, for which Alexa was a consulting producer.

“Amid the characteristics that make a successful entrepreneur, one stood out: juvenile delinquency.”

In detail

Alexa Clay was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of two anthropologists. She has been active in the fields of social business, technology studies, and social change. She has been an advocate for “inclusive innovation,” examining the ways in which entrepreneurs in the black market and informal economy are given access to economic opportunity. Formerly, Alexa led work focused on scaling social innovation at Ashoka and co-founded the League of Intrapreneurs, a network focused on scaling the movement of social intrapreneurship.

What she offers you

Alexa’s projects tend to utilize “misfit approaches” or philosophies – inspired by Nigerian spammers, performance artists, wise hermits, and tempered radicals working to transform our institutions from the inside. Alexa hacks, hustles and provokes systems in need of change. Some of her work is romantic, ephemeral and “pop-up,” while some is more systemic and long-term.

How she presents

Alexa Clay is a fresh voice and fast-rising star with an edgy and thought-provoking message from the front lines of the often invisible creative economy.

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Dec 12 2016

Mary Robinson

Published by under Politics,Women Speakers

The Seventh, & First Female, President of Ireland & Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

mary-robinsonDr. Mary Robinson has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. She has fought for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court in Luxembourg as well as in the Irish courts. A committed European, she also served on expert European Community and Irish parliamentary committees. She is currently the President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a member of the Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid. She is chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and President of the International Commission of Jurists.

“Mary Robinson has received widespread recognition for her efforts in the international arena”

In detail

Mary Robinson (née Bourke) was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship. She has outstanding legal qualifications and has worked in the area of human rights with special expertise in constitutional and European human rights law. Among the numerous international activities relating to human rights, she served as Special Rapporteur to the Interregional Meeting organised in 1993 by the Council of Europe on the theme “Human Rights at the Dawn of the 21st Century”, as part of its preparation for the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights.

What she offers you

Mary Robinson continues to bring attention to international issues, charting a course for globalization that is fair, just and benefits all. She is widely recognised for having developed a new level of engagement between Ireland and the developing world during her Presidency. She was the first head of state to visit famine stricken Somalia, and the first to visit Rwanda after the genocide. Since leaving the United Nations in 2002, she has continued to champion developing world issues through the founding of Realizing Rights, an ethical globalisation initiative focusing on developing fair and equitable trade, strengthening responses to HIV/AIDS and shaping more humane migration policies.

How she presents

The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Mary Robinson is a highly respected and powerfully emotive speaker and a recognised pioneer for her work on climate change and its effects on international human rights. She is the superb example of a woman politician who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics.

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Mar 30 2016

Linda Davidson

Executive Product Manager of BBC iPlayer

Linda DavidsonLinda Davidson is the Executive Product Manager of BBC iPlayer, the heart of BBC’s online TV and radio services. She developed the first BBC sites, launched E4 and led digital distribution deals before broadening her base as European IT Director for Discovery Networks. She now lectures and helps companies innovate and diversify into new, validated revenue streams. Linda believes the challenge is to keep up with consumers’ expectations and what the workforce expect of their technology stack and that any investment in digital has to deliver measurable and meaningful ROI.

“A leading expert in digital media and online business”

In detail

A former actress, writer and a media corporate, Linda attended drama school in London and moved into television acting where she appeared in several BBC series. She also worked as a TV sitcom writer, director and voiceover. She wrote for BBC Online, making contributions to Tomorrow’s World and Good Homes online and in the mid 90s, she was in charge of all the BBC’s drama websites.

What she offers you

In her presentations Linda explores what digital can do for businesses and how to distinguish yourself from competitors. She also explores the latest trends, from Google hang-outs to hackathons and ‘unified’ communications.

How she presents

Eye opening and highly inspiring, Linda Davidson is a great choice to speak at a wide range of corporate events.

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