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Haverhill Research Park

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To bring together a community of women to share experience and fast track changes in their belief around what is possible in their career.

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Here at The Epicentre we want to bring together a community of women in business to share experience and fast track 'changes' in the beliefs we have around what is possible in our careers.  At the same time creating a safe space for like-minded individuals to open up, learn and create a network of support.

We are therefore excited to launch a 3 Part Series 'Changes - Transforming Women in Business'

  • Reflections
  • The Here and Now
  • The Way Forward

We will be joined by 3 inspirational women who will share the biggest challenges that have impacted them, how they overcame these and the overall influence this has had on their career.  The events will explore how gender and change punctuates our careers: how it can derail our ambitions and define who we are unless we learn how to confront it and activate change.

This will be punctuated by the research that very much still keeps this debate alive and demonstrate why it is important to continue the conversation and empower each other.

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This is an evening event for professionals to meet in an informal, relaxed space over a glass of wine, soft drink and some nibbles.

Date: Autumn 2021 Series of Event on one Thursday each month

  • Thursday 14th October - REFLECTING Looking back to look forward – What can we learn from what we have been through and what has changed?
  • Wednesday 17th November - THE HERE & NOW Where are we now? What is worrying us right now?
  • Thursday 9th December - THE WAY FORWARD Where are we going? How will the post-COVID world impact women at work?

Time: 17.30-19.30

Schedule: A brief outline of the evening;

  • 17.30 Welcome Drink
  • 18.00 The Context with Cassie McMaster
  • 18.15 In Conversation with Sarah Howard
  • 18.45 In Conversation with each other

The Research - Why is this  important?

The Context with our Expert - Cassie McMaster

Cassie will add the context to each part of the series of our 3 events giving an overview of what the research tells us for women in business; in the past, the present and the future.  This will help us understand why it is important to have the conversation and why it is important to strengthen our community to build each other up.

Inspirational Women - What can we learn?

PART 3

Our Speaker - Babita Devi, Innovation Director

THE WAY FORWARD Where are we going? How can we visualise our future?

We are delighted to be joined by our very own Innovation Director Babita Devi to continue the conversation.  Babita coaches innovators and change makers to build great businesses.  We will find out more about Babita's journey and what inspired her to get to where she is today.  Babita has worked in male dominated industries most of her life, both as an employee and with large corporates through her company. She now finds herself at the heart of academic institutions without ever having studied at University.  She will share the trials and tribulations of creating a tech start-up which upon reflection is a period in time where she would have benefitted from a better support infrastructure.  As this session is also about the future Babita will facilitate a short visualisation exercise to help sharpen our minds ready for how we want 2022 to unfold.

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PART 2

Our Speaker - Lucy Jung, Co-Founder of Charco Neurotech

THE HERE & NOW Where are we now? What is worrying us right now?

We are delighted to be joined by Lucy Jung to continue the conversation. Lucy is a young, female entrepreneur who co-founded Charco Neurotech after meeting members of the Parkinson's community whose symptoms prevented them from smiling. We will find out from Lucy more about her background and what inspired her to set up her own business for what is already an inspiring cause, using technology to make a real and honest difference to people's lives. This will also be punctuated with the challenges that Lucy has faced being a female founder. She has had to juggle her career and business against the back drop of being a mother to her 3 and 5 year old. She will talk about the weighting of women to men in her sector and the biases she experienced throughout the process of sourcing investment to grow her business.

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PART 1

Our Speaker - Sarah Howard MBE

REFLECTING Looking back to look forward – What can we learn from what we have been through and what has changed?

We are delighted to be joined by Sarah Howard MBE to start the conversation. It was Sarah who approached us about starting this series of event as she feels very strongly that we should be bringing women together in a ‘safe space’ to share our stories and build a network of support and opportunity. Sarah has long felt frustrated that more women don’t put themselves forward for board roles despite the vast experience and talent that she sees and is keen to know why. She will reflect on the challenges she has faced and her experiences that have led her to the roles she now holds and how she has navigated her path in predominantly male-led sectors and posts.


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Biography - Cassie McMaster

Cassie holds a master’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, where her research into the impact of sexual misconduct policies at institutions of higher education earned her a distinction. Prior to her education at Cambridge, Cassie worked extensively in women’s policy issues in the United States and abroad and has conducted research on gendered issues at the United States Senate, The National Women’s Law Center, and in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is the co-founder of leep impact, a startup on a mission to create stronger connections between employers and jobseekers that share a common interest in diverse and sustainable workplaces.


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Biography - Babita Devi, Innovation Director

With nearly 3 decades of experience in marketing, business development and commercialisation, Babita now works with business owners that want to fast track the growth of their business. Babita does this by helping build confidence, clarity and connections, transitioning people out of overwhelm and towards a clear strategy that drives how they show up every day. 

As a coach on the Accelerate Program at the Judge Business School (Cambridge University), Barclays Eagle Labs, Oxford Innovation and through Babita's company bStrategic, she helps scale high potential, innovative start-ups and SMEs.  Drawing on her experience from a broad range of industries and working outside of what is conventional for a particular sector, she offers a unique perspective that sees her clients achieve growth and find astonishing success.

As well as founding a technology company, Babita works as an advisor to several organisations in technology, life sciences, games and the party industry. Part of the work she does is to connect people, bringing together strategic partners and supporting and growing networks of innovators, thinkers and change makers.

Over the years, experience shows Babita that as a business grows the founder often needs to grow as well. There’s a lot of personal development that needs to happen when you take a business from a kitchen table and put it on the global stage! You need more than business knowledge; you need support stepping into that CEO role and truly leading your company into the next level. Babita can offer a unique blend of personal and business support to help you and your company grow together.


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Biography - Lucy Jung, Co-Founder of Charco Neurotech

Lucy Jung co-founded Charco Neurotech after meeting members of the Parkinson's community whose symptoms prevented them from smiling. From then, it has been Charco's goal to bring back smiles for people with long term conditions. With a background in product design, Lucy conceived of the CUE1 while studying the Innovation Design Engineering Master's at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art. With the support of some incredible institutions, advisors, and people with Parkinson's, this went on to become Charco Neurotech.


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Biography - Sarah Howard MBE

Sarah is an experienced Chair and non-exec. She is highly effective leading her boards through change and growth. A skilled networker, she brings together the right people and organisations to achieve sustainable results. With a background in management consultancy, Sarah has worked for high profile organisations including JP Morgan and KPMG. She is a Director of Sarand Business Software, the company supplies bespoke software to a wide range of clients.

Sarah is the Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce and a Past President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. She is also the Independent Chair of the West Suffolk Alliance which is bringing together services across West Suffolk. Sarah has recently joined Jaynic as a non-exec director. Sarah is the Chair of Abbeycroft Leisure, a not-for-profit Leisure Trust and is a Governor at West Suffolk College and a Member of Suffolk Academy Trust.

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