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Born in a village in India, Barnali witnessed floods and earthquakes which devastated her local community. This sparked her lifelong passion working to combat the effects of natural disasters through scientific solutions. She is a recognized seismic expert working as a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald. She appeared on BBC2 documentary ‘The Imagineers’, highlighting the work of engineers and their solutions to major global hazards. She participated in EEFIT field mission to Nepal following the earthquake and has worked to foster an effective partnership between private companies and Aid organisations. She was recently selected by Financial Times and EM power Empower Future Leaders as top 30 future leaders in the BAME community. This recognition is inspirational as it highlights the support that she can provide for other young women in engineering in a powerful way, challenging the status quo!


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Jane is a serial entrepreneur, coach, speaker, author, visionary and powerhouse on the female empowerment stage. For the past 12 years, via 2 aspirational brands Well Heeled Divas and Girls Out Loud, Jane has facilitated personal transformations for thousands of women and teenage girls. After a corporate career in marketing, Jane left a director-level job, age 28 to pursue her own business portfolio, and over the next 10 years was involved in 7 businesses. At 35, she stepped back and changed direction, as the need for a more cause related path called. She retraining as a coach and found her flow empowering others. In 2007 she set up Well Heeled Divas to support women and this opened the door to Jane’s next passion, raising the aspirations of teenage girls and in 2010 she founded the social enterprise Girls Out Loud.


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Robyn Smart is a groundbreaking children’s book author, mentor, and CEO for Unlimited You Empowerment Program. Robyn is currently taking the world by storm with her self-published children’s books that focus on diversity and the human experience. She is an inspiration for any woman experiencing obstacles in her path and struggling to surpass them. 5 years ago Robyn developed a mystery illness resulting in the loss of her speech and memory. She began having seizures and a plethora of other illnesses which still plague her to this day. Unable to pursue her career in law and bedridden most days, Robyn began to write. Her first book My Magic Scarf was born; A tale of a young girl faced with Leukemia, and most recently her new book Who Am I? has been published. Robyn is a true example of determination and resilience, demonstrating role modeling through her attributes and attitude to life.


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Bharulata is a real life story of determination, perseverance, bravery, tenacity and indomitable courage of a lone woman fighter who rose from the lowest strata of life. She is considered a role model by many females. Childhood was tough; having lost her father at young age, life brought many struggles including the prejudice of family members towards girls. Abandoned by her mother, she suffered incredible cruelty. Traumatized from her early years, Bharulata turned her life around and has dedicated her time to highlighting the inequality and injustice young girls face across the world. Last year, Bharulata drove solo from the UK to India, driving 35,838 kilometres across 32 countries and the Arctic circle, to raise awareness of “Save Girl, Educate Girls” campaign. On the face of hardships and difficulties, through her sheer grit, determination and self-belief, Bharulata has achieved milestones.


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Born into a very strict family who did not believe in education for girls, Nusrat was removed from school aged fourteen and sent to Pakistan. She was not allowed to go to university after her A levels, instead was taken abroad to be married to a relative. Her forced marriage broke down due to extreme domestic violence. Nusrat then entered university as a mature student and single mum. Nusrat graduated with BA honours in English literature and won scholarships to complete legal qualifications. She was awarded an honorary LLB honours. Nusrat later founded Chadwell Heath Asian women’s Network to provide counselling, support and a safe space for other Asian women. She is now completing LLM honours.
Nusrat has pushed boundaries and against all odds followed her path to success, inspiring a new generation of women to break barriers.


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At 6 years old, Helen contracted a potentially fatal kidney disease which resulted in her being hospitalised for 6 years. During this time she was sexually abused. Throughout her teens Helen battled with anorexia, bulimia, anxiety and was a prolific self-harmer. Determined to use her own pain to help others, Helen utilised her drama degree to enable people with mental health issues, those who were isolated and disaffected and those with disabilities to express themselves. One group she worked with was a support group for young people with Autism, called CASPA. Over the last 15 years she has plunged herself into developing this amazing organisation into the successful, beautiful charity it is today. This remarkable individual has used the tragic events in her own life to propel herself forward and rise above to model resilience and determination and instill it in others.


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Joeli Brearley

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Joeli is a relentless campaigner for gender equality and a mother of two young boys. She is the Chief Executive and founder of The Motherhood Plan CIC, which operates the ‘Young Mums Collective’ and ‘Pregnant Then Screwed.’ Pregnant Then Screwed exists to protect, support and promote the rights of mothers who suffer the effects of systemic, cultural, and institutional discrimination through various activities, including: A free legal advice service, a website where women post their stories of discrimination anonymously, lobbying the Government for legislative change, and a mentor scheme that supports women who are considering legal action against their employer. The ‘Young Mums Collective’ enables mums under the age of 25 to fulfill their career aspirations through live streamed workshops and peer to peer support. Since 2015 Joeli has supported over 1000 women who have encountered discriminatory behaviour.


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