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360 Guest Lecture with Mark Esho MBE

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360 Guest Lecture with Mark Esho MBE

The Department of Economics is delighted to welcome Mark Esho MBE as our next 360 Guest Lecture speaker for the 2021/22 academic year.

Grit: What You Need to Succeed and Thrive

Date: Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6.15-7.15pm
Location: FAB0.03, Faculty of Arts Building

Dr Christian Soegaard will introduce the speaker and chair the Q&A session at the end of the lecture.

After the lecture there will be a drinks reception in the Faculty of Arts Building where you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with Mark Esho.

We will also be joined by colleagues from Warwick Enterprise. If you would like help and support to develop your entrepreneurial skills and maybe want to start your own enterprise, then please do come and talk to Alexander McLeod and the Innovation Fellows who will be joining him.

This event is for staff and students only and registration is required in order to attend. First year students who attend the lecture will be able to get PDM points.

About the Talk

A lot of research in America, has been going on into the concept of grit. Research has shown that people with grit generally succeed in life irrespective of gender, race, economic background, etc. This topic is in sync with Mark's book which is called 'I Can. I Will - My Story of overcoming abuse, racial and disability discrimination'

About the author - Mark Esho MBE

Mark graduated from De Montfort University in 1994 after obtaining an MBA in Business Administration. Though a Masters degree is a notable achievement for most people, for Mark this marked the culmination of years of hard work battling against the many obstacles that got in his way.

When Mark was five years old he went from a happy, carefree child to becoming paralysed overnight. He had contracted the poliovirus, which by that point should have been eradicated from the UK. He was initially given a 10% chance of survival but not only did he survive - he thrived.

Mark has overcome what others might perceive as insurmountable obstacles to become the man he is today. His positive can-do mindset has meant that not only did he finish his studies and graduate from De Monfort, but he went on to become the founder of several successful businesses - Easy Internet Services, a digital marketing agency, Easy Internet Solutions, a web hosting company, Dreme, a property investment company and in 2019 Access Rating, a Community Interest Company (CIC)

In 2018, Mark's autobiography, 'I Can.I Will'. became a number one bestseller on Amazon. He was highly commended at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year (SME) 2016, in 2019 winner of the IoD, Director of the Year (East Midlands) and East Midlands Leadership Awards Winner. He was honoured by the Queen in 2022 with an MBE for services to business.

He now spends his time running his foundation, The Circle Foundation and public speaking.

Mark will teach you that it doesn't matter what obstacles life throws at you - it's how you respond that counts.

Please note: Photography will be taking place at this event, which may be used for marketing purposes (e.g. promotional materials). By registering your attendance at this event, you are giving consent to be photographed, however if you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer or a member of Economics staff on the day.


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