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One of the best ways to help women break down barriers and see the possibilities is by hearing inspiring stories.  Showcasing success is an important aspect of the work we do and seeing women recognised for their contribution is vital to achieving our mission.

Hear incredible stories

We’ll keep this page updated with stories that we hope will inspire you.  And, of course, if you have an inspiring story to tell please get in touch.

Sarah’s story

Woman looking thoughtfulI met Sarah Durrant at a networking event and was really interested to hear her story of personal transitions.  This mini-series explores Sarah’s experiences in relocating to Derby from London, becoming a new mum, and finding a company which values her responsibilities as a parent rather than tolerates them.  We’re sure that each of these episodes will resonate with you in some way, shape or form.

Transitions Episode 1: Relocating and dealing with the unexpected

Transitions Episode 2: The reality of becoming a mother in your mid-30s

Transitions Episode 3: Overcoming challenges to become a successful working mother

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Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were diagnosed with a rare disease known as pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). In this knockout talk, Terry explains how she and her husband became citizen scientists, working midnight shifts at the lab to find the gene behind PXE and establishing mandates that require researchers to share biological samples and work together.

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Eman Mohammed is one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip. Though openly shunned by many of her male colleagues, she is given unprecedented access to areas denied to men. In this short, visual talk, the TED Fellow critiques gender norms in her community by bringing light to hidden stories.

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Luvvie Ajayi isn’t afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. “Your silence serves no one,” says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down — and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.