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IWD 2024 - Our Speakers

Updated: Mar 3

We are thrilled to present our remarkable female speakers for this year's International Women's Day Celebration. Here is a sneak peek into who they are and what topics they will cover.




 

Cordelia Osewa-Ediae



'The power of authenticity'


I am a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leader. At BT Group, I delivered the inaugural DEI targets and reports, designed the first reciprocal mentoring programme, and integrated DEI into the Responsible Business Manifesto. Before BT, I worked on DEI and Leadership projects at the National Grid, Met Police, Tesco, NSPCC etc. I am a proud parent, RSA Fellow, and Board Trustee. In 2023, I was recognised as ‘Thought Leader of the Year’ by the Baton Awards.

Follow Cordelia on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/c-osewa-ediae


 

Eliza Rebeiro


'Empowering the future!'


Eliza Rebeiro, the co-founder and CEO of Lives Not Knives, a charity based in Croydon, is committed to reducing youth violence. Motivated by firsthand encounters with school exclusion and witnessing a friend fall victim to knife crime at the age of 14, Eliza, alongside her mother, founded the charity. Her outstanding contributions have been recognised with accolades such as the Princess Diana Award of Excellence.


You can learn more about Eliza via

 

Siobhan Baker


'Why Tech? by a woman who codes'



Siobhan champions inclusion in the tech industry, transitioning to coding after earning a scholarship.

She emphasizes the importance of creating environments that enable all individuals to engage and influence the future of the global tech industry. In 2018, Siobhan secured a scholarship during her educational journey, which facilitated her transition into a software development role. Through embracing opportunities for learning and teaching, she has established herself as a notable figure in the tech field, including her recent role as an instructor at a Java bootcamp.


 

Juliet Gilkes Romero



'Writing for stage and screen'


Juliet, an acclaimed writer for both stage and screen, has an impressive portfolio that includes "The Whip" with the Royal Shakespeare Company and "Upper Cut" at the Southwark Playhouse. Her film credits feature "Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle" for the BBC, co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry's company, and "The Gift," a modern retelling of Medea filmed for Jermyn Street Theatre's series on Greek tragic heroines.


In 2022-23, she held the position of Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre. Before that, she served as a foreign affairs reporter and producer for BBC World Service Radio/BBC World TV, reporting on events in Ethiopia, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.


You can follow Juliet through

 

Dr Titilola Banjoko


“Pushing through!”


I am living my dreams despite the challenges and barriers I have had to face which includes me; what others say; what friends say; what family say and what society says. I realise that it is inspite and despite. I am an executive director in the NHS, chair an international organisations and mentor a number of people and have seen one become a CEO, another one is running to be an MP!

The impossible is possible the question is what sacrifices are you ready to make?

 

Ebele Okobi


'Shifting the arc towards justice'


Ebele established the human rights division at Yahoo and then held a senior position at Facebook. With a background in corporate law, she also volunteers for human rights organisations. Ebele is known for her bold fundraising efforts and is dedicated to guiding the moral compass toward justice while finding beauty and joy amidst chaos.



Learn more on X: @ebeleokobi | LinkedIn: @ebeleokobi


 

Judith Eagle


'Follow your dreams and enjoy the journey'


I am a children’s author, but I am very late to the party. I didn’t get published until I was 57! Although I enjoyed writing stories in primary school, at secondary school I fell in love with fashion. For some years I worked as a fashion editor and stylist. Later, I switched to writing features for magazines. And later still, on a whim, I took a job as a library assistant in a school library. Here I rediscovered my love for children’s literature and eventually wrote my first book!


For the most recent updates, follow @EagleJudith on X and @judith.eagle on Instagram.



 


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Emma Winjberg - Sydenham School Head Teacher

 





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