Maia celebrates its one-year anniversary with support of alumnae

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On Wednesday 12 May, over 100 members of Maia - Loughborough Women’s Staff Network - participated in an online event to celebrate its first birthday.

To acknowledge the progression that has been made by the Maia community over the last 12 months, the event featured an insightful and thought-provoking panel discussion featuring three special guests.

Honrary Graduate and former University Council Member Dr Gifty Edila – Barrister, Solicitor-Advocate, Mediator and Author, joined the session. Alumna Jane Fordham, People and Inclusion Consultant, Women in PR committee member, and former Head of People and Executive Director of Talent and Marketing was also on the panel alongside Dr Jummy Okoya – Leadership and Organisation Development Consultant, Positive Psychology Consultant and EDI expert.

The three were also joined by Renae Huggan-Broughton, a Graduate Management Trainee at the University, who chaired the panel session.

The trio were asked questions about speeding up equity in the workplace; what they believe are the most important characteristics about inclusive leadership; overcoming bias and career challenges; as well as talking about mental health and coping with fatigue for those trying to progress EDI within an institution. 

Co-Chair of Maia and Director of People, Organisational Development and Leadership Champion for EDI, Adèle MacKinlay, provided a short overview of the initiatives which have been led by Maia over the last 12 months. This included the launch of a successful mentoring scheme, holding more than 30 remote events, and having over 450 members representing every job family and department across both of our campuses.

Thank you to the panellists for supporting this special event.

To find out more about the Network, visit the dedicated webpages.