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Her Innovation Collective Online

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We are incredibly proud to present Her Innovation Collective Online here at the University of Warwick.
This term, the theme for the programme is: Women Innovate. Hear from entrepreneurs and industry professionals who are representing women in innovation efforts across sectors and workplaces. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain new insights, receive career guidance, and develop lasting connections with professional women who are breaking boundaries and supporting the next generation of female innovators.


What is Her Innovation Collective Online?
A passionate community of students and professional women who inspire, create, and lead.
    • The programme will be split into five online sessions on the following dates:
    • Speaker Session #1 - Tuesday, 15 June 2021 (12:00 - 13:00)
    • Speaker Session #2 - Thursday, 17 June 2021 (12:00 - 13:00)
    • How to win interviews from a HR perspective - Wednesday, 23 June 2021 (12:00 - 13:00)
    • Virtual Coaching #1 - Thursday, 24 June 2021 (12:00 - 13:00)
    • Virtual Coaching #2 - Thursday, 1 July 2021 (12:00 -13:00)
Email Innovation Fellow Joanna Octavia (joanna.octavia@warwick.ac.uk) to join the HIC community on Discord.

Guest Speakers

Persistent issues such as gender pay gap, embedded discrimination, and barriers in opportunities for women demonstrate how diversity and inclusion are becoming more important than ever in today's world. The first speaker session will showcase the journeys of women who are paving the path to a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive future. Speakers will delve into the importance of respecting diverse perspectives and life experiences, building a culture that enable diversity to thrive, and finding ways to ensure that every voice is welcomed, heard, and valued.

In this session we will be joined by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder and Chairman of the Women of the Future Programme, and Payal Jain, Managing Director of JCURV, both trailblazing innovators in the realm of diversity and inclusion.

hic_collage.jpg Pinky Lilani CBE DL
Founder and Chairman of the Women of the Future Programme 

Pinky Lilani is an internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the Women of the Future Programme, a portfolio of global events, projects and networks that support women, celebrate their talent and success and, in so doing, help to burst open the female leadership pipeline. The Women of the Future Programme events include the Women of the Future Awards and Summit; the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and the Southeast Asia Awards

Over the last 25 years, Pinky has done an incredible amount to move the needle on gender equality and also to agitate change and progress on the Diversity & Inclusion agenda. In 2018, she shone the spotlight on leadership in top firms in the UK with the inaugural, 50 Leading Lights List, changing the conversation on leadership and highlighting the value of kindness in business. She has won several awards for her work and was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour. Pinky is a Fellow of the GSA; a member of the board of Global Diversity Practice; an associate fellow of the Saïd Business School, Oxford, and Patron of DIL, The Westminster Society and Frank Water. She is an Ambassador for the Tiffany Circle of the Red Cross and appeared on Desert Island Discs.

Contact Pinky on LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram
Women of the Future Programme on LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Website


payal_jain.jpg Payal Jain
Managing Director of JCURV
Chair of Women in Data

 
Payal Jain is a Managing Director at JCURV, a management consultancy company helping to increase the agility of organisations by helping companies radically change the way they deliver transformational change. Prior to this, Payal held several executive roles in the Banking and Finance industry for the last 20 years including Managing Director of Strategic Analytics at Barclays.

Payal is also currently the Chair of Women in Data and was recognised as the most influential data professional in the DataIQ Top 100 leaders in the UK in 2016, and recognised in the HERoes Top 100 Female UK Executives and highly commended in the category of Digital and Tech in the Asian Women of Achievement awards during 2019.

Contact Payal on LinkedIn | Twitter
JCURV on LinkedIn | Twitter | Website
Women in Data on LinkedIn | Twitter | Website

Until recently, most people started a business based on factors such as market demand and profitability. But over time, priorities have begun to shift as people begin thinking about how they could use their businesses to promote, encourage, and create social change. In this session we are proud to host two amazing speakers who are changing the world for the better: Vicky Smith, Founder of sustainable travel start-up Earth Changers, and Laura Rana, Founder of Khushi Kantha, a social enterprise that creates one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose baby blanket hand-stitched and embroidered by mothers in Bangladesh.

This session is a collaboration between Warwick Enterprise and our longtime HIC partner, the NOI Club, an influential community of women in business. Founded by Paola Garbini, the NOI Club is focused on impact, driven by connections, and powered by kindness. We are excited to welcome Paola as the moderator for this session and look forward to what promises to be an engaging and insightful conversation on social impact.

vicky-smith-earth-changers-profileimg_3205.jpg Vicky Smith
Founder of Earth Changers

  After a BA dual honours degree in French and International Business, Vicky headed up destinations abroad, marketing and ecommerce for tour operators, travel agents, media and NGOs in mass market tourism, ski, tours, volunteer tourism and sustainable tourism accreditation. She's a published academic in responsible tourism, qualified safari guide, charity challenge leader and charity trustee for sustainable development in Madagascar. She also helps develop the Global and European Ecotourism NetworksNetworks and was Ambassador for the UK Government DeFRA’s Year of Green Action, 2019.

Vicky's startup Earth Changers is a curated collection of the best positive impact, sustainable tourism for people to find & book trips that truly change the world, which won Travelmole UK Best Responsible Travel & Tourism Website, 2019 in a public vote. In 2020, Vicky was listed on Forbes: 100 UK Leading Environmentalists (Who Happen To Be Women).

Contact Vicky on LinkedIn | Twitter
Earth Changers on LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Website    


laura_rana.jpeg Laura Rana
Founder of Khushi Kantha

Laura Rana was inspired to start Khushi Kantha (‘Happy Blanket’) by the birth of her half-British, half-Bangladeshi twin daughters and her long-standing dream to use everything she’s learned from twelve years of working in the international development and humanitarian sectors in Bangladesh, to create opportunities for other mothers to provide for their children with dignity.


Khushi Kantha creates sustainable, multi-purpose baby blankets, hand-stitched from reclaimed and ethically sourced cotton and embroidered with empowerment by mothers in Bangladesh. Operating as a social enterprise, Khushi Kantha is reworking the Bengali kantha tradition of repurposing old cotton saris into ultra-soft, multi-layered blankets to meet global hygiene and safety standards while retaining the principles of ‘reclaim-repurpose-reuse’ and bringing the rich handmade textiles heritage of Bangladesh to a wider audience.


Contact Laura on LinkedIn

Khushi Kantha on LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Website



paola_garbini_2020-2.png Paola Garbini
Global Senior Marketing Manager Financial Institutions at the Boston Consulting Group
Founder of NOI Club

  Paola Garbini is a marketing innovator with a passion for community building. She is the global senior marketing manager for Financial Institutions at the Boston Consulting Group, and she is on a mission to transform marketing into an incubator of opportunities, run by passionate teams.  

Her passion for women's advancement in society led her found the NOI Club, an influential international community of women in business. In her role as Founder, Paola takes care of the online community and liaises with corporates who are keen to truly serve their female employees and move forward their diversity agenda.

Paola made it into Brummell Magazine's 30 Ones to Watch and is a founding member of BBBeyond, aimed at fostering women's representation in European public debates. Paola loves to say she is #poweredbykindness.

Contact Paola on LinkedIn | Twitter
NOI Club on LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Website
Boston Consulting Group on LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Website

This online event will focus on how to succeed at job interviews from an HR perspective. You will receive an in-depth guidance on how to prepare for your interviews and tips on how to ace them.

This session will be led by Oorlagh Goss, Global Human Resources MCIPD.

o_goss_headshot.jpeg Oorlagh Goss
Global Human Resources MCIPD

Oorlagh is a Career and Leadership Coach who has 20+ years ’experience of working within multinational blue-chip companies in progressive HR roles and an original background in teaching. During her HR career, Oorlagh developed the talents of teams and individuals and came to understand the different definitions of success, and what steps people take to shape the career they desire.

She has cross-industry global HR experience in the Financial Services, Healthcare, Engineering and Technology sectors. Oorlagh has lived and worked in France, Germany, Japan and the USA and has enjoyed travelling extensively both for work and in her leisure time.

Oorlagh previously worked for Smiths Group plc, where she held a number of internationally-focused HR leadership roles in their divisions and in their headquarters during her 12 years of service. Prior to Smiths, Oorlagh worked for 10 years in HR roles in the Mercedes-Benz group of companies, both in the UK and on expatriate assignment in Germany.

Before joining the HR team of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Oorlagh worked as a languages teacher in a Buckinghamshire grammar school.

Oorlagh holds a 2(i) combined Hons. degree from the University of Exeter in French and German and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds the ILM Award in Career Coaching from the British School of Coaching.

The HIC coaching sessions are an opportunity to connect more deeply with the community that's come together over the previous sessions. There are several ways to actively engage in the coaching sessions:

  1. Present your current scenario/challenge that would benefit from the other perspectives on the call. Drawing on the learning from the previous sessions, HIC participants will be able to share insights to help you shape your next step. You will need to share an outline of your context (including what you would like to hear from the group) for 3 minutes, and the group will offer their feedback for 10 minutes.

  2. Share your reflection from the previous sessions and pose a question to stimulate feedback from the group. After hearing the speakers from the previous sessions, is there anything that has particularly resonated with you that you would like to explore further?

  3. Be prepared to actively listen and respond to issues raised in the first 2 formats. Everyone's knowledge and experience are uniquely valuable, and these coaching sessions are an opportunity to share, discuss and connect with one another.

The HIC coaching sessions are an opportunity to connect more deeply with the community that's come together over the previous sessions. There are several ways to actively engage in the coaching sessions:

  1. Present your current scenario/challenge that would benefit from the other perspectives on the call. Drawing on the learning from the previous sessions, HIC participants will be able to share insights to help you shape your next step. You will need to share an outline of your context (including what you would like to hear from the group) for 3 minutes, and the group will offer their feedback for 10 minutes.

  2. Share your reflection from the previous sessions and pose a question to stimulate feedback from the group. After hearing the speakers from the previous sessions, is there anything that has particularly resonated with you that you would like to explore further?

  3. Be prepared to actively listen and respond to issues raised in the first 2 formats. Everyone's knowledge and experience are uniquely valuable, and these coaching sessions are an opportunity to share, discuss and connect with one another.

By the end of this online programme you will have:

  • Explored the role of women in innovation and why diversity and inclusion are important
  • Identified how to find support and connect with communities that empower women
  • Gained insights into the available programmes and opportunities for women in innovation
  • Established realistic next steps to support your endeavours
  • Have the opportunity to build relationships with inspiring individuals who can support your personal and professional development





Key Dates

Date

Activity

17th May 2021

Applications Open at 12:00 BST

14th June 2021

Applications Close at 12:00 BST

15th June 2021

HIC Session 1 - (12:00 - 13:00)

17th June 2021

HIC Session 2 - (12:00 - 13:00)

23rd June 2021

How to win interviews from a HR perspective - (12:00 - 13:00)

24th June 2021

Virtual Coaching Call 1- (12:00 - 13:00)

1st July 2021

Virtual Coaching Call 2- (12:00 - 13:00)





Am I eligible to apply?

  • We are absolutely committed to inclusivity.
    • We are passionate about fostering a safe and kind environment for current University of Warwick students.
  • You do not need to own a business to join us.
  • You do not need to be cis-female.

If you have any concerns, including access needs, please contact: innovation@warwick.ac.uk





It is a privilege to be breaking down some of the barriers to equality in business

and making innovation accessible to all!