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BU Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with Women in Entrepreneurship Panel!!

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Welcome to Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Celebrations at Bournemouth University!!

An extraordinary panel of Women in Entrepreneurship! Women who support and enrich our society through their Entrepreneurial Activities! Women who make a huge difference to our communities; the economy and lift each other up! I am proud and privileged to know all of them and to have them join us at BU on the 19th of November at a facilitated Q&A and networking session to celebrate BU at GEW!

On the panel we have:

Andrea Gamson:

BU Alumnus and Founder, CEO and Head of Learning at _SocialStarters, a women's led social enterprise who give 100% of their profits to support the growth of social entrepreneurship in some of the world's lesser supported areas. With decades of global experience across some of the world’s largest media brands (incl. The Times/Sunday Times), Andrea now skill-ups the next generation of social entrepreneurs by matching global business talent with skills to share with social entrepreneurs who need their support. She is a lean start-up trainer, design thinker and marketer who is passionate about personal and professional development, and since launching _SocialStarters with just £50 in Kenya in August 2014 she has supported young, creative and social entrepreneurs, as far reaching as Brazil, Sri Lanka, India and Kosovo. _SocialStarters recently won a place at #27 in Escape the City's Top 100 Companies, and Andrea was nominated as a finalist in the Blue Patch Female Leader sustainable business awards.

Dawn Bebe: Co-founder and director of Crowdfunder, having helped set up the business in 2012 in Cornwall and acting as comms director and head of local partnerships. Dawn has 25 years senior experience in media and enterprise, making great ideas happen like UK Grazia and Red magazine and heading up titles including Elle, New Woman, Just Seventeen and more! A journalist by background in 1997 Dawn won UK top journalism awards, PPA Editor of the Year, British Society of Magazine Editors Editor of the Year, and emap's Editor of the Year. She has also founded her own PR company, Wordfluential.com. During the Cool Britannia years, Dawn was invited by Tony Blair's strategic communications unit to advise on women's media at Downing Street.

Sarah Ali Choudhury: Sarah Ali Choudhury is multi award-winning Indian food expert and columnist; Forbes 'The Curry Queen'; BBC Presenter; F:Entrepreneur#ialso100 list and leader for Asian women in Catering. In 2016, Sarah took part in a Channel 4 Cookery show where she worked alongside Prue Leith CBE, Michael Caines MBE and Raymond Blanc. Sarah received multiple awards including the National winner of The Venus Influential Woman of the Year (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz) and was presented with an award by HRH The Princess Royal for her contribution to the catering industry. She also won New Kid on the Block in the UK Small Awards. Sarah is the Lead Juror for Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards and is listed in the F:Entrepreneur #ialso100 List for being in the top 100 Female entrepreneurs in the UK who also received a Recognition Award at The Commandants Parade by The British Armed Forces. Sarah reached the BBPI British Asian Powerlist and was the winner of the first 'Personality of the Year' Award by Asian Curry Awards. Sarah is Brand Ambassador for UK Nepal Friendship Society, Macmillan Caring Locally and The Venus Awards and Patron of Tyler's Friends charity. Sarah is the Senior Vice President for Poole Bay Rotary Club and the district leader for equality, diversity and inclusion while also an Executive Director on the board of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Sarah was recently appointed Independent Advisor to Dorset Police.

Mei Pan: Owner-Founder of Yobu; Mei holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Mei has extensive global experiences in marketing, corporate strategy and business development in top international pharmaceutical companies before starting her own business. She believes in and practises “Impossible is NOTHING”. Her love for bubble tea & frozen yogurt is what inspired her to create Yobu, which she aims to grow into a leading UK brand for bubble tea and frozen yogurt, with strong global footprints in select markets.

Jiselle Steele: Senior Project Lead at Social Starters. From planning and delivering the education strategy for sports development charity, Um Rio to developing engaging proposals to win new business at EY, Jiselle enjoys shaping new ideas and turning them into reality in diverse settings. Jiselle is passionate about gender and racial inequality and women’s economic empowerment and recently completed a Masters level programme with the University of Texas and Criola, a Brazilian research institution, exploring historical, political and cultural themes around race, gender and community engagement. Jiselle became a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow in 2014, researching youth and social enterprise in Brazil.

Gill Donnell MBE: An experienced leader, motivational speaker and personal development coach, whose company, Successful Women in Business, specialises in women’s development through single gender training, business networking and one-to-one coaching. Her latest book demonstrates the potential that can be unleashed through the Celebr8® Success model. Having spent time as a successful female role model in a male dominated organisation, a police Chief Superintendent, whilst being a single mum of twins, Gill is uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by women in the workplace. In 2009, Gill's work on women's development was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen with the award of an MBE. In 2015 she won the Dorset Venus Award for most Influential Woman. In 2017, she launched the Successful Women in Business Network and currently runs 7 groups in 4 counties. In 2018, she became the Institute of Directors South West Ambassador for Diversity.

Anna Oldman: Director and Founder of MindPath.. After completing her Doctoral Degree at Oxford University, she ran a number of research studies looking at the link between behaviour and wellbeing. She then transitioned to the corporate sector, managing large-scale wellbeing programmes as Head of Account Management for a global Employee Assistance Programme provider (workplace counselling and support). She was fortunate to then go on to manage a start-up in India for her employer: as COO she set up a pan-Indian, multi-lingual employee support service. Her passion to share the significant benefits of Mindfulness with others led to the creation of MindPath, which has a specific mission to bring Mindfulness into the workplace.

Georgina Hurcomb: BU Alumnus (Alumni of the award winner 2018-19) and Founder/Producer of LoveLove Films. As a producer, Georgina has worked on an array of award-winning content, which has been shown across a variety of platforms such as Channel 4, BBC Films, ITV and Sky. Georgina's company LoveLove Films are currently in development with a number of children's IPs, including Pop Paper City, a 3D preschool craft series with adventure; the series is being distributed by Aardman, the animation studio behind Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Georgina often speaks at events encouraging women and young people into the digital landscape.

Lisa Telfer-Brunton: Operations Manager at Social Starters. With a background in HR, travel, logistics and events Lisa has worked most recently with Resident Advisor, a leading international dance music platform, growing the company over the last seven years from an SME of 15 to a globally reaching business of over 70 staff. Growing and nurturing culture and company values, and building this into the longer term recruitment and development strategies is something she has always been very passionate about

Mairead Taylor: Director for NatWest Corporate and Commercial Banking Dorset. Mairead Taylor is an active supporter and advocate of businesses across the Dorset and Solent area, Mairead leads a team of experienced Relationship Managers and is passionate in helping businesses grow, manage their risks and to deliver a positive customer experience through being transparent, fair and trustworthy. Mairead has been responsible for bringing the Bank’s pre-accelerator’s digital programmes in both Portsmouth and Dorset, organising a RoseReview Round table dinner with 20 inspirational successful businesswoman to help reduce barriers for female entrepreneurship.

Lucy Kitcher: Lucy is the Business Growth Enabler for NatWest across Dorset, Salisbury and the Isle of Wight.She was part of the the Women in Business Ambassador programme, NWB works closely with Everywoman to provide training focussed on the specific needs of female entrepreneurs. This year saw the publication of The Rose Review exploring barriers to women entering the marketplace. One the outcomes has been the launch of Back Her Business.

Tracey Howes: An experienced marketing, social media and events professional, working with clients within the sustainable food, lifestyle and marine conservation sectors. Passionate about helping brands define their voice and make a positive impact.In 2010, Tracey launched her consultancy working with independent restaurants and bars in London. She collaborated with global foodservice wholesaler, METRO AG on The Future of Food Delivery, advised on restaurant projects for Marriott Hotels & Resorts Europe and helped launch Indonesian Organic Food Day with the Indonesian Embassy London in 2018. Tracey taught Social Media Marketing at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and co-founded the London Restaurant Network, a B2B membership organisation which facilitated networking and learning at monthly events with industry speakers.Tracey was nominated for the South African Chamber of Commerce UK Women in Business Award.

JulieJohnsMBE: The Founder and Managing Director of Safe Space Consultancy, a social enterprise providing accredited training to businesses and organisations on the impact of domestic abuse, stalking and harassment in the workplace. Julie also founded The Butterfly Foundation, a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse through utilising the healing power of the arts. Within the 10 years The Butterfly Foundation was in existence, she created Art Therapy programmes for children affected by domestic abuse, co-delivered Safer Relationships into Schools programme and Healthy Relationship programmes for young people. This year she has been awarded an MBE for Services to People Suffering Domestic Abuse and to Charity."

Beverly Hepting: Award-winning International Public Speaker, TedX Speaker, and Coach. Bev is an engaging, funny and thought-provoking speaker. With years of experience speaking locally and nationally, Bev takes her audience through a journey of learning, story-building, and inspiration. From her background in Theatre, Teaching voice and speech to adults, winning speech competitions, and speaking at a variety of events, along with her experience of working with community leaders, project management and helping fundraisers get the message right to attract sponsors, She knows that business relies on getting a clear message to the customer or client you work with.

Helen Battersby: Director, Global Business Leaders Ltd and author of ‘The Discovery Prism’Helen is a global executive leadership consultant with a strong background in international leadership development. She gained 20 years experience in positions of leadership (executive board level) with a large multi-national in manufacturing, sales and distribution and has lived in Spain and the UK. She has also run work for MBA students at a major university business school. She is committed in all her work to promoting positive, open and respectful communication. Helen speaks 3 languages and lives with her family in Hampshire, UK. Her purpose as a professional coach and Leadership Development specialist is to help people to fulfill their potential so they can positively impact and inspire others.

Dr Felicity Rice : General Practitioner; Founder of Fizz Bikes; BCP Councillor., passionate about public health, initially trained as a GP, but left general practice n 2016 to set up a social enterprise called Fizz Bikes.  Offering easy access to electric bikes people could become active and healthy in their day to day travel.  Through this initiative she became aware of two things - the impact local councils have on all our lives and that councils can now be run by groups of community minded independents, 'flatpack democracy' style.  Having been elected to BCP council in May 2019, Felicity is now has the challenging task of leading policy development for environment and climate change action for the BCP area.

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