Impact Wednesday: Diversity, a formula for success

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The Impact Women’s Network brings together professional women for Impact Wednesday to hear the latest on entrepreneurship, business, research and much more. Impact Wednesday takes place the first Wednesday morning of every month (excluding January and August) at a different location. These morning meetings are grounded in women sharing their expertise as well as their experience through Impact Talks and group activities and discussions.

Impact Wednesday November Theme:

Diversity, a formula for success

With International Men’s Day occurring later this month, at Impact Women’s Network we believe in many of the same values and as such we have developed this month’s topic to celebrate how collectively we make more impact. We are therefore encouraging each female attendee to also register a male colleague to attend with you (please note both must register).

Note: Venue size is strictly limited so we will be running a waiting list. Please advise if you are no longer able to attend so we can re-allocate your space.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) has been on many companies’ agendas for years, and we continue to see the increased impetus for true inclusive growth. It would be inconceivable for a business that didn’t want to understand their customers better, improve engagement with their employees, deliver better team performance, and encourage greater innovation and creativity. So at this #ImpactWednesday our speakers will be sharing their insights and best practices on how they facilitate an inclusive work culture.


Arrival and refreshment with thanks to Birketts


Welcome and updates and introduction to todays session by co-founder Faye Holland


A poem with a difference by Carmen Leacy


3 #ImpactTalks from a range of perspectives hosted by Maria Peyman

1. Diversity Champion, Arm TBC - The human aspect of diversity
2. Simon Thorpe, Managing Partner, Delta2020 - Empowering male champions for change
3. Heather Richards, CEO, Transversal - Achieving positive business results through inclusion


Audience Q&A with our speakers


Closing remarks




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Speaker Profiles

Carmen Leacy, Year 8, St Benedict's Catholic School, Suffolk

My name is Carmen Leacy and I am 12 years old. I wrote this poem in school after my teacher set the task of writing a ‘protest poem’. I chose this particular topic of gender equality because I feel that women and girls are still sometimes not treated fairly in certain environments. I play football at a high level, and this is one of many areas where there could be a huge improvement in equality.

Maria Peyman, Senior Associate, Birketts LLP

Maria joined Birketts in June 2015. She is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation Team. Maria specialises in contentious intellectual property acting for clients on matters such as infringement of copyright, trademarks, and design rights, as well as passing off and breach of confidence. Maria holds a post graduate diploma in intellectual property law. She is fluent in Spanish.

Diversity Champion, Arm TBC

Simon Thorpe, Managing Partner, Delta2020

Simon is an active angel investor in UK companies with a focus on the technology sector. His current portfolio consists of close to thirty companies, to date he has achieved six exits. He is known for supporting the digital economy and female founded businesses (having backed ten female founders). Simon was voted UKBAA’s Angel Investor of the Year 2016/2017 and is a Fellow of Entrepreneurship at the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). @Thorpesi

Heather Richards, CEO, Transversal

Heather is CEO of Transversal, a Cambridge-based cognitive knowledge company. Having originally moved to the UK from the USA in 1998 to complete a MPhil at Cambridge University, Heather joined Transversal as part of the founding team in 2000. She excelled in a variety of roles within the company, including VP of Professional Services, before being named CEO in 2014. She has been instrumental in growing the company from a small start-up, to the recognised leader in knowledge management solutions it is today. Heather is passionate about finding creative approaches to solving complex problems, and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration as a way of embracing and capitalising on change. @hgrichards @TransversalTalk

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Event Sponsor: Birketts @birkettsllp #Cambridge

Our excellent team of lawyers and solicitors in Cambridge specialise in a full range of services across corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, property law, agricultural law, employment law, wills and estate planning and family law. It is also the base for our specialist strategic land development, education, planning, insolvency and technology sector teams.

Of a total of over 600 staff, more than 100 are based in the Cambridge office where we have attracted key individuals across the firm’s key service areas. The 2017 UK edition of Legal 500, an independent guide, notes that Birketts ‘demonstrates a high level of professionalism’, with clients citing the team’s ‘accurate, in-depth and timely advice’.

UK International Men’s Day @UKMensDay #internationalmensday

IMD is a global grassroots movement that invites every man, woman, girl and boy in the world to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity. It gives everyone in the UK who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards IMD’s shared objectives and its six key pillars which are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.

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We expect to be running a waiting list for this event. Please register early if you plan to attend and let us know as soon as you find out that you are no longer able to attend so that your place can be offered to someone on the waiting list. All places will be confirmed in advance of the event.


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