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UEL Alumni team presents 'An equal world is an enabled world'


An equal world is an enabled world, in honour of International Women's Day

The University of East London’s Alumni team and the UEL Women's Network are  delighted to announce we will be hosting an event in celebration of International Women’s Day, on Tuesday 10 March at our University Square Stratford Campus, between 6 pm – 9 pm.

This will be a panel event which taps into the 2020 International Women's Day theme #EachforEqual, with members of the Alumni Advisory Board and external speakers. The discussion will focus mainly around how to actively challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, celebrate women's achievements and what we can collectively do to help create a gender-equal world. See speaker details below.

We hope you will join us and come together to challenge stereotypes, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women's achievements.

Spaces are limited at this event and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so secure your space at your earliest convenience, and no later than Wednesday 4 March 2020.

Confirmed speakers

Jo Moffatt, Practice Director at Atkins

Jo is a chartered civil engineer and Practice Director at Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group. She is currently Strategic Rail Market Partner in Atkins’ Transportation Engineering practice of approximately 1,000 staff.

Jo has wide-ranging consultancy experience in both the transportation and energy sectors, having worked for Atkins for over 20 years. With a technical background in bridge engineering, she has subsequently taken project management responsibility on several high profile multi-disciplinary projects. More recently, she has held senior roles in business operations, client key account management, business change and strategic capability development within Atkins’ global Oil and Gas business. She has recently moved back into the transportation sector, with a focus on the strategic rail market in the UK.

Jo is recognised in the industry as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Companion of the CMI, as well as being a qualified executive coach and experienced mentor. She is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board of the Chartered Management Institute’s CMI Women group and is passionate about improving equality, diversity and inclusion in business. She has worked part-time for 17 years and was listed in the Timewise 2014 Power Part-Time Awards. Jo lives in West London, enjoys trying to keep up with her two teenage children and has recently taken up rowing.

Dr. Jummy Okoya, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London

Jummy is an International Consultant and Speaker on Organisational & Leadership Development, Wellness & Resilience, and positive psychology coaching. She is also a highly experienced educator, trainer, and researcher with more than 20 years of experience.

Her experience spans across public, private and UK higher education. She has expertise in uniquely integrating positive psychology interventions with HR tools to achieve flourishing organisation and thriving employees. Her passion is optimal functioning and peak performance of individuals and organisations. She has the expertise in setting up staff networks to improve diversity and inclusion and implementing mentoring schemes to develop talent pipelines. She is highly skilled in developing and facilitating in-house programmes, programme validation, and bespoke research. As an equality and diversity (E&D) expert she leads on developing E&D strategy and develops programmes to improve gender parity, inclusive workplace and the monitoring of E&D data.

She is also highly skilled in developing and facilitating in-house programmes, programme validation, and bespoke research. She is highly skilled in working closely with the business school to support postgraduate students in developing sustainable student retention and attainment strategy by employing positive education and particularly developing effective coping mechanisms for the students to allow them to thrive and flourish whilst managing competing demands (studying, working other commitments).

Jummy is very passionate about developing a female talent pipeline and encouraging more women into leadership positions. Jummy holds a PhD in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship, MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology; she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a fellow of Chartered Management Institute. She is also a Chartered academic member of CIPD.

Her research interrogated the impact of organisational climate on organisational performance, particularly focusing on how leadership, HR policies and practices and organisational culture shapes organisational climate in High growth SMEs. She has contributed to several international conferences (Dubai, Morocco, Ghana and Northern Ireland) on organisational development and talent management.

She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of East London, a visiting lecturer at other reputable institutions both in the UK (Imperial College Business School) and overseas (University for Foreigners of Perugia Italy). She manages international partnerships in Greece, Malaysia and Germany.

Jacqui Bashford, Solution Centre of Excellence Area Manager at AT&T; and subcommittee lead for the University of East London's Alumni Advisory Board

Jacqui was awarded a first class BA (Hons) degree in Business Management from the University of East London (UEL) as a part-time mature student from 2006 to 2011. Promoted to her current position six months after earning first class degree, working for AT&T, Jacqui is responsible for leading a global team that supports complex sales opportunities for the fortune 500 companies. 

Jacqui has 28 years in the telecommunications and technology industry and has held positions in operations, service delivery pre-sales bids and service management at BT and Concert. Prior to establishing a career in the telecommunications and technology industry, Jacqui worked in the Government sector, for eight years. 

Jacqui is passionate about being active within her community and has been involved with several local initiatives and has held volunteer position as a governor at Bromley Hall for children with special needs in support of BT Business in the Community Partnership. As a founding member of the AT&T EMEA Women’s Network, Jacqui currently leads a global mentor circle. Jacqui also volunteers her time to support the Aspire program which is AT&T’s Philanthropic education outreach initiative, focusing on building competencies that help participants move into the workforce with a clear competitive advantage. And is an AT&T Business Solutions Diversity and Inclusion committee member.

The evening will be chaired by Jacqueline Malcolm, Vice-Chair of the UEL Alumni Advisory Board.

More speakers to be confirmed.

Register for the event now.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020


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