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Featuring alumni from the Women of the Future Programme and Awards, which recognises distinctive, innovative individuals in their fields. Previous winner Kim Rowell speaks to guests about their careers, big breaks, successes, failures and inspirations.

Women of the Future Podcast womenofthefuture

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Featuring alumni from the Women of the Future Programme and Awards, which recognises distinctive, innovative individuals in their fields. Previous winner Kim Rowell speaks to guests about their careers, big breaks, successes, failures and inspirations.

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Sangeeta Pillai

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Sangeeta Pillai

    Activist, writer and speaker, Sangeeta Pillai, is the founder of the South Asian feminist network, Soul Sutras, which is all about tackling taboos within the culture.

    She’s the creator of the Spotify award-winning ‘Masala Podcast’; the show for South Asian women deals with sex, sexuality, shame, periods and much, much more.

    Sangeeta is also the creator of  the Masala Monologues series of writing workshops and theatre shows in the UK and the US. She has been featured in the Evening Standard, Eastern Eye, Huffington Post, on BBC Asian Radio, in Brown Girl Magazine and has been a writer for over 20 years.

    Sangeeta was Highly Commended in the Arts and Culture category at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, part of the Women of the Future Programme, in 2021.

     

    Please note that this podcast was recorded in February 2022.

     

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    For more information on the Women of the Future Programme, Awards and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

    • 26 min
    The Women of the Future Podcast: Caroline Williams

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Caroline Williams

    Caroline Williams is Director of Open Executive Education at Saïd Business School, part of the University of Oxford. She is responsible for the vision and success of their Open Executive Education (OEE) portfolio.

    Under Caroline’s leadership, OEE is ranked second in the world for quality of executive education by the Financial Times, earning first place in the UK for six consecutive years.


    Caroline’s career has taken her from developing and managing large scale media campaigns to running the research team for a major Think Tank.

    Committed to supporting Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Caroline is part of a global network of thought leaders creating opportunities for women from all sectors to experience high quality executive education.

     

    Saïd Business School is the proud sponsor of the Women of the Future Programme.

     

    Please note that this podcast was recorded in March 2022.

     

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    For more information on the Women of the Future Programme, Awards and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

    • 31 min
    The Women of the Future Podcast: Toni Thorne

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Toni Thorne

    Toni Thorne lives by the motto: ‘Be true to yourself’, and as an entrepreneur who started her first business aged 7, it’s certainly a notion that is working incredibly well for her.

     

    The epitome of the ‘multi-hyphen’ career, Toni has been a consultant to both public and private sector entities in her native Barbados, and at 18 was the first Black or Caribbean person to sit on the Global Youth Leader’s European Summit, going on to be named as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Deputy Curator of its Bridgetown Hub.

    Alongside presenting ‘The Toni Thorne Show’, her regionally broadcast television show, working as a clothing and shoe designer, devising a charity programme for HIV-infected orphans in Jamaica, and much, much more; Toni is also a former Huffington Post blogger and columnist to two of Barbados’ leading publications.

     

    The list of her accolades and achievements is quite remarkable and extremely varied, with her recent accomplishment of receiving an MBA with Cambridge Judge Business School, seeing Toni named on the prestigious Poets and Quants ‘Brightest and Best’ list.

    Toni is now happily working at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and is keen to work on projects which encourage and inspire women and girls, especially to pursue financial literacy and careers in finance.

     

    Toni was the joint winner of the Women of the Future MBA Star Award in 2021 - please note that we recorded this podcast whilst she was sitting by the ocean in Barbados, so do enjoy the sound of the lapping waves behind her… if you can!

     

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    For more information on the Women of the Future Programme, Awards and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

    • 29 min
    The Women of the Future Podcast: Anna Sheppard

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Anna Sheppard

    Anna Sheppard is an inspirational keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Bambuddha Group, a social enterprise and community for dedicated learners who want to make an exceptional impact through leadership in business.

    From humble beginnings, Anna spent most of her childhood fighting prejudice, and entered the care system for a short time before braving the world alone at the young age of 16.

    Her early life experiences helped her develop a strong passion for equality and a vision for change. Anna worked optimistically and focused on putting herself through college, university and a master’s degree.

    After working on various community development projects in Europe, Africa and Asia, Anna had an idea to set up a company with a clear vision for social and environmental change. And so Bambuddha Group was born, an organisation that believes in a future where every leader and business is committed to creating a sustainable world of equality and opportunity for everyone.

    Anna was listed on the Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights List, part of the Women of the Future Programme, for Asia Pacific in 2021.

     

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    For more information on the Women of the Future Programme, Awards and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

    • 51 min
    The Women of the Future Podcast: Kalbir Bains

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Kalbir Bains

    Born and bred in Birmingham, Kalbir Bains is the author of ‘NOT our daughter! The true story of a daughter-in-law.’

    A narrative of marriage within a South Asian community, it tells the story of ‘Harleen’ who is trying to settle into her marriage and the challenges faced in doing so. 

     

    Reflective of Kalbir’s own personal journey, her story is made all the more remarkable as a dyslexia diagnosis meant that at the age of 22 Kalbir was told she had the reading ability of a 7-year-old.

     

    Embarking on a journey to be able to express her thoughts through writing, poetry, art, and design, Kalbir now works as an ambassador, talking openly to organisations, societies and charities about her experiences of domestic violence and abuse, gender inequality, abortion, and many more ‘real issues’ that often go on behind closed doors.

     

    On a mission to transform, empower and inspire others, Kalbir was the recipient of the Social and Humanitarian Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, part of the Women of the Future Programme, in 2018.

     

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    For more information on the Women of the Future Programme, Awards and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

    • 44 min
    The Women of the Future Podcast: Kresse Wesling CBE

    The Women of the Future Podcast: Kresse Wesling CBE

    This week we’re bringing you a very special episode of the ‘Women of the Future’ podcast, highlighting the Programme’s ‘Women in ESG: 50 Stars Changing the World’ campaign.

     

    Seeking to acknowledge and celebrate talented female trailblazers and role models, aged 35 and under, who are at the forefront of Environmental, Social and Governance from around the world; each year, the campaign will showcase 50 rising stars across different aspects of ESG who have made a lasting and positive impact on their organisations, environment and wider society.

     

    If you, or someone you know, is looking to celebrate a new generation of women who are a force for good, or if you want to help to create a global ESG leaders’ community and conversation, as well as support and strengthen the female talent pipeline in the Environmental, Social and Governance sector – then nominations for the 2022 list are open until Monday 10th May.

    More details can be found in the podcast show notes, or by visiting: https://esg.womenofthefuture.co.uk

     

    Now, today’s podcast guest is certainly both a trailblazer and role model in the ESG space -

    Kresse Wesling CBE is a Canadian-born British entrepreneurand co-founder of the luxury recycled accessories company Elvis and Kresse.

     

    Having moved to Hong Kong to study in the 90s, Kresse went on to found an environmental packaging company in the country in 2002, which she then brought to the UK a couple of years later as she continued her sustainable and entrepreneurial journey.

     

    At a chance meeting with members of the London Fire Brigade, Kresse learnt that their discarded fire hoses were going to landfill. This led her and her partner Elvis to investigate possible uses for the material, and ultimately set up their company ‘Elvis and Kresse’ which creates handbags and other beautiful accessories.

     

    For over a decade now, and continuing under their ‘three pillars’ of ‘rescue, transform, donate’ - none of London’s fire-hoses now go to landfill, and over 300 tonnes of material has been reclaimed, with Elvis and Kresse donating 50% of their profits to charity.

     

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    For more information on the Women of the Future: 50 Rising Stars in ESG campaign, please click here

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    For more information on the Women of the Future Programme, Awards and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

    • 34 min

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