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We are proud to recognise the insight that our former speakers brought to thinkingwomen since 2002:

Women and power

  • Baroness Betty Boothroyd MP, former Speaker in the House of Commons in discussion.
  • Virginia Bottomley MP on A woman’s place is in the house: Westminster, women and work.
  • Margaret Hodge MBE MP on Feminism in politics.
  • Theresa May MP on politics, parliament, the Tories, and her own career as a woman in the House.
  • Gillian Shephard MP on My Honorable (Girl)Friend: why women must break the glass ceiling in party politics.
  • Women in Local Government with Councillor Kath Robinson, Deputy Leader at Manchester City Council.
  • Australian women in politics with Cheryl Kernot, former leader of the Australian Democrats.
  • Running for election with Shona Ferrier, Liberal Democrat candidate for 2003 Scottish Elections.
  • Voter apathy: why bother with regional government in the North West? In conversation with Ruth Turner.
  • In discussion with Sheila Gunn MBE, Former Press Secretary to the then Prime Minister John Major, Journalist and Political Affairs Consultant.
  • New forms of democracy with Hilary Wainwright, author of ‘Reclaim the state: Experiments in popular democracy’ and editor of ‘Red Pepper’.

Women and society

  • In discussion with Susie Orbach, legendary feminist, on emotional literacy.
  • Through the window: how are women affected by the 2011 riots? Bidisha (Writer, Critic and Broadcaster including for the Guardian and BBC), Amina Lone (Chair of Women’s Solidarity Forum and Manchester City Councillor) and Clare McGregor (Life Coach who works with offenders).
  • A woman’s place is in the city! with Manchester Women’s Design Group on gender and the built environment.
  • Building on this, Morag Rose led thinkingwomen to reclaim the city – showing places linked with inspiring women; and places which have the opposite effect!
  • A Feminised Profession? Women in Medicine with Pr Carol Black, President of the Royal College of Physicians.
  • In discussion with Denise Kingsmill CBE, Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission and Chair of the DTI Accounting for People taskforce.
  • Inside the Equal Opportunities Commission with Amanda Ariss, Head of Policy. PigeonHoling: What’s the point of defining different interest groups when campaigning for equality with Ann Wade, Equal Opportunities and Social Inclusion Manager, North West Regional Assembly and Siddika Ahmed, Network Development Manager, North West Network.

Women and the workplace

  • How to be an effective leader with Julia Cleverdon, CEO of Business in the Community.
  • Rise to the top: Managing a career at a professional services company with Lis Astall, Accenture UK  Managing Director.
  • Born to shop – women in the UK retail business with Beverley Hodson OBE, Managing Director of WHSmith UK Retail.
  • What makes a good leader, particularly from a female perspective with Andrea Cooper, Manchester Regional Director of Common Purpose.
  • Leading is not only for work: Developing self-awareness to enhance your life with Dr Faouzi Khatir, certified in neuro linguistic programming and neuro semantics.
  • Women in Finance: Challenges and Rewards of a Career in International Banking and Finance with Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, former Governor of the Bank of Poland, and current Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • How to network without ‘networking’ with Brigit Egan, career and change management consultant.
  • How networking can change your life with Carole Stone.

Women and the world

  • NHS Trusts, Oxfam, Iraq: A personal perspective with Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam GB
  • Ethical Shopping: Who foots the bill? with Kate Byron, Women Working Worldwide, Ruth Bergan, Homeworkers Worldwide, Rozaline Ivanova, Kaloian (Bulgarian Homeworkers Organisation).

Women and the media

  • Sexism in media imagery – do we still need feminism? with Judith Williamson, Guardian journalist and author of ‘Decoding Advertisements: Ideology and Meaning in Advertising’.
  • Should the government regulate nudity in the mainstream press? with Dr Petra Boynton, sex and relationship psychologist
  • The challenges facing women on the Square and in the BBC with Louise Berridge, Executive Producer of Eastenders
  • thinkingwomen on the radio! Discussion about food, sex and money with Lydia Howland, editor of Foodstuff, Helen Knox, founder of Sexplained Ltd, Gwen Vaughan, Chief Executive of Gingerbread.

Women, themselves and others

  • Why negotiating equal responsibility in the home, even before you have children, is essential for your career and your sanity. In conversation with Madeleine Bunting, author of ‘Willing Slaves: How the overwork culture is ruling our lives’ and Guardian journalist.
  • How to take action, the art of positive thinking, how to get what you want our of your career, New Year, New beginnings. Explorations with life coaches, Holly Crane, Geraldine Morel and Clare McGregor.
  • Locate your power: the role of the mind during labour and birth. Judith Kurutach on the power of a woman’s mind when she faces the challenges of labour and birth.
  • Finding Courage, Losing Doubt: strategies for life. A workshop led by motivational speaker Jane Kenyon.
  • thinkingwomen went tantric with Shakti Tantra to ask what prevents us feeling empowered as sexual beings.
  • What is love? A thinkingwomen-led session asking what are the characteristics of love? How do we recognise it? When does it go beyond ‘like’ or ‘fondness’?
  • Who is 21st century woman? A thinkingwomen-led session exploring the nature of womanhood in the 21st century.

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