Alex Cotton, Honorary DSc, MBE, Mental Health Nurse for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS trust. Recognised for her work as the driving force behind the successful ‘It Takes Balls to Talk’ campaign, which targets men at sports events in Coventry and Warwickshire. She was made a Member of the British Empire (services to mental health, 2018); and awarded the Coventry Mental Health Star award, in the West Midlands Mental Health Commission Thrive Awards - both in significant part for her work as the driving force behind the successful and innovative ‘It Takes Balls to Talk’ campaign, which targets men at sports events in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Watch a recording of this event (Please note the talk ran over the hour so unfortunately the recording ended before the talk had finished.)
‘Really informative. Alex gave us helpful tips on speaking to peers about mental health and she’s an extremely inspirational woman’
‘Thoroughly interesting, very engaging speaker with a fab story to tell! It did the job – I feel inspired’
‘Brilliant! Keep them coming! Insightful talk which left me feeling inspired’
‘One of the best Inspiring Women talks I’ve attended. Just great. Maybe Alex could speak to all the clubs and societies at the start of the year’
Oxford-educated Emma Kennedy is a multi award-winning authoress of ten books including two best-sellers, screen-writer and occasional actress. Her screen works include among others ‘Miranda’, ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘Jonathan Creek’. Emma talks candidly and with humour about the importance of ‘never giving up’
‘Excellent – entertaining and full of excellent advice. I’m beginning to believe I might be able to be a writer who gets paid!’
‘Truly inspiring session. Your words ‘never give up’ will stay with me’
Marina Antoniou is the EMEA Head of Audit for Rates trading as well as the France Head of Audit for Citigroup. Marina also takes part at the governance of the University of Warwick and acts as a guest speaker to conferences specialising in subjects such as leadership and Innovation. Marina enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures and customs. She is a multiple award-winning photographer and uses her photography work to fundraise for charities.
‘Lovely atmosphere. I feel very inspired! I look forward to the next talk very much'
‘Even though I am not interested in a career in Fintech, I could so easily relate to her story and it was so helpful’
Winnie Mak is the founder of ‘One Dear World’, an educational toy company with a vision of nurturing future global citizens. Originally from Hong Kong, an international city with mainly Chinese, she got her first in-depth multicultural experience through her MBA programme in Warwick Business School. The company has recently won the Family Business of the Year by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) London and featured on BBC.
‘I walked into the room today feeling negative about various things in my personal life and left having forgotten all of it and feeling positive. This talk was so lovely and genuinely inspiring in an accessible way’
‘Winnie is such a great lady and so inspiring with her life story and her business. Not only is the idea so important but also the step to start your own company is o brave. It makes her a great role model for anybody was listening’
Dr Khursheed Wadia
Dr Wadia is a member of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, at Warwick. She has published extensively on gender, ethnicity and politics and has been PI and Co-investigator on a number of research projects. Read more in Dr Wadia's research profile.
‘The talk today was once again very inspiring and also thought provoking in the most positive sense possible. After this one is determined to stand up for one’s rights and also pursue a career one is really interested in and one has a passion for’