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Dr. Samantha Collins interviews leading names in the world of business, academia, non profits and personal development.
Dr Greenstein on 'Are You Brain Aware?'
Hear Samantha Collins in conversation with Dr. Greenstein a.k.a. “Dr. G.” who, driven by a lifelong vision, passion and an old fashioned ‘life’s kick in the pants’, founded The George Greenstein Institute to inspire and assist others who hunger for change and greatness beyond the ordinary and expected. The GGI is a 21st century neuro-consulting/idea lab, dedicated to helping people find best strategies and creative thinking practices to move the ideal into the real.
Andree Simon on 'Are Women Too Emotional to be Good Influencers?'
Join Dr Samantha Collins in conversation with Andrée Simon, President and COO of ‘Women for Women International’, a non-profit organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives, operating in places such as Rwanda, The Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrée is also a Board Member of ‘Women Advancing Microfinance International’, is an adjunct professor of Microfinance at Georgetown University and a frequent public speaker.
Women have for years been known as ‘the softer sex' - it’s been reported that the average woman uses up to 20,000 words a day, compared to the average man who uses 7,000 words a day. Do women talk too much? Are they too emotional? What impact does this have on their ability to influence others, especially their male colleagues in more traditionally male organizations and communities? In this lively discussion call, you can hear the latest thoughts and ideas, alongside top tips on how to successfully influence others and use Emotional Intelligence for maximum impact.
Marci Shimoff on 'Happy for No Reason and What’s Love Got to Do With It?'
Listen to Dr Samantha Collins in conversation with Marci Shimoff, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher and an expert on happiness, success and love!
Marci’s books include the runaway bestseller, Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and six titles in the phenomenally successful Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time and is the host of the television special called Happy for No Reason.
Her newest book, Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love debuted at #3 on the NY Times bestseller list and in this call Marci introduces revolutionary ideas to bring more love into your life! Marci has inspired millions of women around the world and is dedicated to helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives.
This is an inspiring interview that is not to be missed!
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on 'Bounce Back'
Hear Dr Samantha Collins in conversation with US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand got her start watching her grandmother, Polly Noonan, organize women to make a difference. Those early experiences taught her the values that guide her public service to this day - hard work, idealism, honesty and bold action.
Kirsten is a mother with a young family and an advocate for women. She believes women in leadership can have a transformational impact on our communities and on the public policies that have the deepest impact on our families' lives. She is committed to fair and equal pay for women in the workplace, addressing maternal mortality issues in America and abroad, and protecting reproductive rights for women. She also has legislation and a focus on safe baby products, safe drinking water, a not-for-profit option for public healthcare reform, research money for autism and childhood diabetes and school lunch investments on fruits and vegetables to fight childhood obesity.
panel conversation on 'Women on Boards, A Snail’s Pace?'
The lack of women board members has received significant press of late and points to a business problem that companies need to address. The benefits of advancing women to the board seem clear and the research points us to increased profitability, innovation and corporate governance when boards are more gender balanced. However, despite over 30 years of organisational initiatives, legislation, research and social change, the number of women on boards is growing at a snail's pace. In celebration of International Women's Day 2012, Aspire facilitated a unique teleconference discussion to debate, discuss and explore what future worlds of work women leaders aspire to.
Listen to the interview to hear Dr Samantha Collins, CEO of Aspire Companies and Founder of The Aspire Foundation, discuss some of the key findings of her PhD thesis 'What Future Worlds of Work do Women Aspire to and How Will They Get There?', share some of the best practice from over 10 years of working with organisations to retain women and debate the following questions:
- Are we right to assume women actually want to be on the boards of companies?
- If women do, what are the organisational strategies that are actually working to make this happen?
- If women don't, is there anything that can be done from an organisational or governmental perspective?
- What can women do to influence the rate of progress in their organisations?
- What are the individual success strategies that women can adopt themselves to get to the most senior levels in organisations?
In conversation with:
Avril Martindale, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Diversity Lead for London, UK
Avril has been a partner at the Magic Circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since 1997. Avril recently took the reins in leading gender diversity initiatives in the London office and is passionate about humanity and positive changes that impact both client service and quality of life for employees.
Sarah Bond, Independent Consultant and formerly Head of Diversity & Employee Engagement, KPMG LLP
Sarah Bond is an independent consultant in the field of diversity, inclusion and organisational change. She was formerly Head of Diversity and Employee Engagement at KPMG LLP, one of the Big 4 global accounting firms. Sarah has been working in the field of gender diversity since volunteering on a women's development project in India over 20 years ago and spent four years at Opportunity Now, a membership organisation that empowers employers to accelerate change for women in the workplace.
Melanie Stubbing, President, Europe, Weightwatchers Inc.
Melanie is a global health advocate and President, Europe of Weight Watchers International, Inc., the world's leading provider of weight management services. Melanie will discuss role models, values and her top strategies for success for getting to and operating at board level. She will talk about how to achieve your vision by making life style choices that work, looking after yourself, saying no and knowing your real priorities.
Andree Simon, President, Women for Women International
Andrée is President of Women for Women International, a global non-profit organisation operating in places such as Rwanda, The Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan, that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. She is also a Board Member of Women Advancing Microfinance International. She is an adjunct professor of Microfinance at Georgetown University in the USA and a frequent public speaker on women's development. Andree is passionate about the capacity of leaders to evoke positive change in the world.
aspire clients say...
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