Loughborough Alumni


Lolly Adefope, Joy Spence, Kerrine Bryan

8 Mar 2019

Alumnae celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

Several events celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) have been taking place across campus, helping to inspire the next generation.

On 7 March, two events took place to inspire female leaders in business, and women in sport, psychology and biosciences. Seven alumnae took part in these events, sharing insights into their careers, aspirations as female leaders, their time at university and experiences in the workplace.

As part of the sports event for students in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), students heard from Alison Oliver, CEO of Youth Sport Trust; Miriam Pedersen-Smith, Customer Experience Manager at South Street Asset Management Limited; and Dr Vicky Thakordas-Desai, Pathway Lead & Clinical Supervisor for Multisystemic Therapy at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The alumnae all studied in SSEHS during their time at Loughborough and were keen to share words of advice with students.

Inspiring female leaders in business were alumnae Yiyang Edge, Senior Manager at EY; Lucille Flood, a freelance photographer and creative producer; Jane Fordham, a self-employed consultant (pictured below); and Sarah Taylor, People Director at Staffline Recruitment. The alumnae shared insightful tips and ideas including how to negotiate the best salary, the importance of building quality relationships, resilience and work-life balance.

Jane Fordham

The two events form part of a programme of activity at Loughborough for International Women’s Day. Next week alumna Gillian Mara will join a panel on inspiring female leaders in STEM. Gillian is formerly of Jaguar Land Rover and has recently moved into a new role as a Senior Consultant for Lane4.

A dedicated website has also been launched for IWD. Lolly Adefope who is a comedian, actress and writer; Joy Spence who is a Master Blender for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums; and Kerrine Bryan, a Chartered Electrical Engineer and author, (pictured above, left to right) have all contributed to profiles for the site, sharing what IWD means to them.

Thank you to our alumnae who have been involved in the IWD activities.

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