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Nurture Network LIVE

Our next event will be in 2024

Expand your network, connect and collaborate with like-minded leaders, and entrepreneurs. Create invaluable opportunities for you in your career and business. Be inspired. Join a movement that is dedicated to empowering women and underrepresented individuals, driving positive change in the business world. 

 

 

 

 

 

Some highlights from Nurture Network LIVE, event 2023

What our guests said…

Speakers from our inaugural event, November 2023…

Naga Munchetty

JOURNALIST, BROADCASTER AND TELEVISION PRESENTER

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Naga is known and loved nationwide as one of the main presenters on Breakfast TV. She is a journalist who has interviewed politicians, Prime Ministers and high-profile personalities on TV and radio, always applying rigour while still constantly bearing in mind the needs of her audience. Naga was named by the Asian Power List as one of the UK’s most powerful Asian females. 

Elizabeth Uviebinené CEO & founder at Storia

Elizabeth Uviebinené

CEO & FOUNDER, STORIA 

Elizabeth Uviebinené is a multi-award-winning author, Columnist and founder of Storia: a new journaling app helping people organise their thoughts away from the noise of life. In 2023, she became one of the few black women to raise VC funding. Elizabeth has published five books, including her critically acclaimed bestseller Slay In Your Lane.

Scott Mackin

ANGEL INVESTOR

Professionally, Scott is a private equity investor in energy-transition related infrastructure companies. Personally, Scott is an active investor both as an angel and as an LP in emerging and established VC’s. He has invested in over one dozen VC’s, the majority being women or minority led emerging managers.

 

Jo Geraghty

DIRECTOR CULTURE CONSULTANCY 

Jo is Director at Culture Consultancy, an award-winning agency that helps SMEs to maximise growth by evolving & transforming their culture. Prior to this, Jo was Head of HR at Goldman Sachs France and Switzerland and has 16 years’ experience working in leadership development and behavioural change for various investment banks across the globe.

 

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE Dl

FOUNDER, WINTRADE GLOBAL WOMEN AND ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK

Dr. Thompson is a highly respected change-maker, advocate for small businesses, and champion of diversity and inclusion in the UK. Drawing on her personal experience and the experiences of other women, she published the Amazon bestseller, “7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards.”

 

Fergus Deery

SALESFORCE DEVELOPER, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

  Software engineer by trade, Fergus develops the school’s digital infrastructure. In 2022 he became manager of LSE’s Male Allies programme. His first role was to speak at LSE staff induction events, with a view to recruiting new starters to the School’s main gender equality network, LSE Power. 

 

Mildred Talabi MCIPR

LINKEDIN VISIBILITY AND PERSONAL BRANDING COACH FOUNDER OF VISIBLE WOMEN TRIBE

Mildred Talabi has spent the last decade mastering the art of personal branding in both her career and business. She trained as a journalist and worked in the media, before transitioning into PR and communications. Along the way, Mildred started several businesses, authored four books. She is a recognised LinkedIn Influencer, with over 50,000 followers, and the founder of Visible Women Tribe – a global membership community for women in business and leadership.

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis

MANAGING PARTNER, THE CONDUIT CONNECT

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis is Managing Partner and CEO of Conduit Connect Ltd, a leading impact investment platform for mission driven investors to find sustainable investment opportunities. Eva is originally Greek, born in London, grew up in Zimbabwe and has an MA (Oxon) in PPP from Oxford University. She mentors a number of startups and is passionate about empowering female founders and investors.  

Claire Fox

COACH, CONSULTANT, LEADER AND THE AUTHOR OF ‘WORK-LIFE SYMBIOSIS 

Claire is a highly acclaimed transformational coach, consultant, and leader, and the author of ‘Work-Life Symbiosis: The Model for Happiness and Balance’. She is an expert in the field of leadership, people, organisation and culture. Prior to setting up Claire Fox Coaching and Consulting, Claire had significant impact in roles including Chief Operating Officer at UNICEF UK and Chief People Officer at Save the Children, as well as in a number of local, European and global HR Director roles for Unilever. Claire competed for Great Britain for several years as a white-water slalom canoeist, has competed in triathlons and marathons and plays competitive tennis.

Dr Samantha Tross

CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

 

Miss Samantha Tross is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing in London.  When appointed in 2005, she became the first black female to become a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the UK and the was subsequently first woman in Europe to perform Mako robotic hip surgery. Miss Tross is passionate about increasing diversity in Surgery and has worked towards this her whole career. She has spoken nationally and Internationally on the topic. Her efforts have been recognised with numerous awards including a Black British Business Award. She is Guyanese born.

Tom Groom

PARTNER, STRATEGY & TRANSACTIONS, EY

Tom leads EY’s financial services strategy and transactions practice – a team that supports banks, insurers, wealth and asset managers, and private equity in the strategy and M&A goals.  He is also the Treasurer, and a Trustee, of Mummy’s Star (a charity that supports women diagnosed with cancer in, or around, pregnancy), and is a coach at a local cricket club, all alongside being a taxi driver to his 3 children.

Joanna Newark

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AVON INTERNATIONAL

 

Joanna is responsible for all areas of communications across Avon’s 30+ markets outside of North and South America. Before joining Avon, Joanna was at Gap for 20 years in a variety of roles including store management, operations and lastly leading internal communications for the brand. Joanna is a breast cancer survivor and shares her story with others to offer support and hope. 

Dr Ama Frimpong

HEAD OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT,  52 NORTH HEALTH LTD

Ama is Head of Product Development at 52 North Health Ltd, where she leads the company’s engineering teams. She is a multi-award-winning engineer including being named the 2022 Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Top 50 Women in Engineering (Inventors and Innovators) by the Women’s Engineering Society. She has spent her career at the forefront of healthcare innovations making significant contributions to the technical development of a wide range of products and processes. 

Cheryl Samuels Cheryl Samuels is a pioneering, innovative award winning HR professional in the London NHS system, and is the co-founder of the social movement for change known as #InclusiveHR.

Cheryl Samuels

PEOPLE DIRECTOR, EVELINA LONDON WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S CLINICAL GROUP

 

Cheryl Samuels is a pioneering, innovative award winning HR professional in the London NHS system, and is the co-founder of the social movement for change known as #InclusiveHR. The social movement for change focuses on acknowledging and addressing the racial inequities that exist within the HR & OD profession. Cheryl holds Fellow status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)  and in 2014 she successfully established the Deputy Directors of HR Network which continues to thrive. 

Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe

FOUNDER OF DIAHANNE RHINEY CONSULTANCY

 

She established the first social change PR and Marketing agency in the UK,
Naked Truth, over 30 years ago. Diahanne mentors’ women and girls from the
UK and across the diaspora because she finds it motivating and rewarding to see
individuals learn and develop to gain new insights about themselves. She is
continually inspired by the personal journeys that her mentees choose to go on and feels privileged that they take her into their confidence. She strongly believes
that everyone can ‘be the change they want to see’ and her role as a mentor is to help them understand what that looks like and how to get there. She is a strong
believer in passing the baton on. 

Andy Davis

FOUNDER, 10×10 CAPITAL 

Andy founded 10×10 Capital, a pre-seed fund investing in exceptional Black founders before the market knows they exist. He is also an investment committee member of organisations funding Black VC funds, startups, and social initiatives.

Previously an Angel Investor for VC fund Atomico, Director at Backstage Capital, the first diversity-focused VC fund, and Investor in Residence at Google for Startups, for their Black founders programme, Andy released The Black Report, the first report on Black founders, and has been recognised by Business Insider in their 100 People Transforming Business in Europe.

Susan Allen Augustin

CO FOUNDER, HERE WE FLO 

 

Susan is Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Here we Flo, a rapidly growing personal care and B Corp and a roster of advisors and investors from Graze, Charlotte Tilbury, Unilever, L’Oreal, and M&S. Susan launched Here We Flo with Tara Chandra via a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 and has since been on a mission to challenge shame and disrupt the period, bladder, and sexual wellness markets with its organic and vegan products, including tampons, pads, reusable period underwear, and condoms..  

Richard Bearman

MANAGING DIRECTOR, BRITISH BUSINESS BANK

 

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the banking sector and over that time has developed a real passion for working with and supporting entrepreneurs. Richard is responsible for the Start Up Loans programme. Working with a range of Delivery Partners across the UK to help start up businesses access funding, Richard is proud to play a part in helping people achieve their dream of being their own boss. 

Cherryl Cooper 

DIRECTOR, OGC, GRANT THORNTON UK LLP 

Cherryl is a Solicitor and Director in the Office of the General Counsel at Grant Thornton UK LLP. She deals with contentious, regulatory and insurance related matters. She is a member of the firm’s Ethnicity Council and a former Convenor of Ethnicity and remains active in the I&D space. Cherryl is an EMCC qualified coach and a Professional Mentor and Committee member with the Amos Bursary. She is an avid reader and is the founder member of her book club which has been going for over 20 years. She also loves art, the theatre and travel.

Jas Schembri-Stothart

CO FOUNDER, luna

Jas is one of the Co-Founder of luna, the world’s first digital health companion for teens, think of it like a big sister in your pocket. Together with Jo Goodall, her co-founder, luna is on a mission to be in the hands of teens across the world so they never have to go through adolescence alone again. luna launched this year on the app store, has had over 25k downloads and been Apple’s App of the Day not once, but twice. Jas is a consultant turned entrepreneur. She holds an MBA from Oxford Saïd Business School and outside of work she sits on the Governing Board of her former high school.

Selina Flavius

Selina Flavius

FOUNDER, BLACK GIRL FINANCE

Selina is the founder of the financial coaching and training company Black Girl Finance; she hosts a weekly podcast of the same name and is the author of the personal-finance Book Black Girl Finance -Let’s talk money and creator of the Event Black Girl Finance Festival. She is on a mission to make money conversations more inclusive and recently won a British Bank award for online financial influencer 2021.  

kenny Imafidon

Kenny Imafidon 

ENTREPRENEUR & AUTHOR 

Kenny is an entrepreneur, author, and social commentator. He is the co-founder and
Managing Director of ClearView Research, an agency that specialises in research, strategy, and engagement projects focused on diverse and underrepresented communities. In 2022 he was featured in Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list for Social Impact. His debut book; That Peckham Boy.

Ella Wales Bonner

Ella Wales Bonner 

COACH & PARTNER, CORNERSTONE VC

Ella is a Personal Development and Business Coach, as well as Partner at Cornerstone VC leading on their portfolio support. She previously spent five years investing at JamJar, honing her craft alongside the founders of innocent drinks. As a trained coach, she now supports people to achieve their goals, guiding people to maximise their personal and professional potential.communities. 

Lisa Easterbrook

Lisa Easterbrook CFA

PORTFOLIO MANAGER, FIXED INCOME DIVISION FIDELITY INVESTMENTS 

Lisa s a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income division at Fidelity Investments. In this role, she manages retail and institutional global bond and credit portfolios. She also serves as portfolio co-manager on Fidelity and Fidelity Advisor Global Credit Fund. Previously, Ms. Easterbrook was responsible for fundamental and relative value analysis of European non-financial firms across the consumer, retail, industrial, and property industries. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2011, Ms. Easterbrook served as a credit analyst and portfolio manager on the European credit team at Aberdeen Asset Management, formerly Deutsche Asset Management.

Tamara Kostova

CEO,  VELEXA 

As CEO of WealthTech Velexa, Tamara Kostova works with institutional clients on maximising their growth opportunities through forward-thinking, customised, and embedded investing services. She is a passionate advocate for the modernisation of the financial services industry, offering personalised services with clients’ needs at the forefront. She has spent over 20 years driving client and partner strategies in top-tier financial technology companies and banks including DXC Technology, Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Thomson Reuters.

Suzie Hacker

Suzie Hacker

FOUNDER, HOLISTIC WELLBEING PRACTITIONER, SOOTHE-ME 

Drawing on her life experience of living with Dyslexia & ADHD Suzie is a holistic wellbeing practitioner, with previous experience as creative designer with a BA degree in Information design Suzie works with neurodiverse creatives, entrepreneurs, women and teens to help them to understand their body – mind connection. Using somatic practices, guided compassionate self enquiry, visualisation, optimal breathing techniques and intuitive aromatherapy, to help you move from living only in your head, to anchor back into your body, enhance your connection to self, and uncover your true inner wisdom.

Vera

Vera Howard

FOUNDER, ARTS COUNSELLOR

 An arts counsellor in training, Vera Howard uses creative expression as a bridge to understanding beyond words. With the help of painting, drawing and clay modelling, she provides a safe environment for her clients to reconnect to themselves, get in touch with their inner lives and reflect on their life experiences. Helping the release of stuck emotions that no longer serve you so you can thrive.

Samantha Secomb FPFS

FOUNDER,  WOMEN’S WEALTH 

Women’s Wealth is an innovative, unbiased financial advice and coaching service that specialises in empowering women to create fabulous financial futures for themselves. Sam is an award-winning adviser on a mission to democratise unbiased financial advice for women, both as investors and as financial planners.

– Lean in, lift up –

Men and women, who are passionate about supporting women in their careers and helping women to get a seat at the table.

Following overwhelming success of our inaugural event – Nurture Network’s LIVE, continued commitment to get every woman a seat at the table. (We are delighted to announce we are planning our next Nurture Network LIVE for 2024 already!)

We have run a hugely successful programme of online events over the last three years leading our loyal network of amazing women and male allies to all say the same thing – that they want to come together for a full-day, live event.

The event will be held in London for 200 members, with expert speakers, curated sessions, and unique experiences to create connections that matter. We will continue connecting like-minded professional – men and women – who are as passionate as we are about supporting women in their careers. Nurture Network Live strives to connect underrepresented people with people of influence who can inspire, strengthen their leadership, and bring others along with them.

Women in business
are unstoppable

We’re innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs, leaders, mentors and problem solvers. But we face a unique set of challenges as we grow to become our best selves; there are barriers as we build brilliant businesses and powerhouse brands.

Together we can overcome them. If we share our challenges, work together, build each other up – we can not only create a powerful community, we can realise our potential.

The inaugural Lean In, Lift Up conference from The Nurture Network will prove just that.

Amazing things happen when we get together

So join as we discuss everything from banishing imposter syndrome, achieving work/life balance, finding or becoming male allies and success at every stage of your career.

Come and grow your network, meet people who could become valuable allies and hear some inspirational stories.

Lean in, Lift up – there’s nothing we can’t achieve.

Partners 2023

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