Panel Talks & Workshops

Life Lessons from Fearless Women: A judgement-free Celebration of International Women’s Day

10:00 am - 4:00 pm | 01 March 2020
Guardian | £99

To kick-off celebrations for International Women’s Day 2020, we’re opening up The Guardian for a day of impactful workshops, insightful talks and inclusive conversation as we invite inspirational women to share their expertise, skills and experience with you

In the face of personal set-backs and societal pressures, it’s easy to feel disempowered. Or that meaningful change is always just out of reach. But achieving real growth starts with believing that the actions you take, no matter how small, count.

Rather than let negative self-talk keep you from stepping up and speaking out, embrace the joy and curiosity that comes with learning something new. Join us to learn from your peers and equip yourself with genuinely useful knowledge and tools that will help you make a difference not just in your own life, but in your community too. Our incredible lineup of speakers will cover all bases, including the hidden history of feminism, managing your financial independence, coming across as confident at work without compromising your authenticity, safeguarding the wellbeing of your mental and physical self, improving the quality of your relationships, and more.

Through practical activities and guided discussions, you will come away with a toolkit for making positive changes in yourself that will enable you to make a positive impact on the world – from trusting your resourcefulness and combatting your inner critic, to levelling-up your creativity and championing your peers and allies. When it comes to boosting your health, relationships and career, this is a safe and supportive space for you to take a chance and invest in yourself this International Women’s Day.

Course content

  • Guardian columnist, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch will draw on her experiences building a successful media career to share her personal perspective on how to find your voice, navigating intersectional feminism and building collective progress, as well as exploring whether we’re getting better at telling all women’s stories. 
  • Historian and lecturer at King’s College London Dr Hannah Dawson will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the four waves of feminism, exploring key topics such as the construction of gender, white privilege, the difference between flirting and harassing and how we can shake free of the stereotypes that shackle us all.
  • How do you combat workplace or public speaking nerves? Comedian and actress Maddy Anholt believes that you have the creativity within you to change your lives – and she will show you the importance of trusting your instinct, tricking your body into thinking you’re more confident than you feel, and how to combat your inner critical voice.
  • Writer, broadcaster and sex educator Alix Fox will be leading a sex and intimacy workshop, discussing how we can have a healthier relationship with our bodies and sexual happiness, start more open and productive conversations about sex with our partners, and tackle some of the complexities around issues such consent in a post #metoo world.
  • With Bola Sol, you will be taken through a personal finance workshop which will cover how we can manage our finances more successfully (including having difficult conversations about money), how to budget, and how to make more considered financial choices.
  • Psychologist and lecturer Kimberley Wilson will take you through the connections between mental health and nutrition, such as how disordered eating habits can develop when coping with trauma and psychological difficulties. She will also supply you with important advice on practicing body neutrality in the face of perfectionism, and how to build emotional resilience and a healthier relationship with food.
  • We will soon be announcing the rest of our incredible lineup.

Tutor profiles:

Afua Hirsch is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist for the Guardian, and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky News and CNN. Brit(ish) is her first book and was awarded a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction.

Hannah Dawson is a historian of ideas and a lecturer in the history of political thought at King’s College London. She received her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Life Lessons from Hobbes. Hannah contributes frequently to live and broadcast media, including BBC4, BBC Radio 4, TEDx and Guardian Live, and writes for publications such as the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) and Prospect. She tweets @DrHannahDawson.

 Maddy Anholt is a comedian, actress and writer. She has appeared in sitcoms for BBC Three and BBC One, on ITV and Channel 4. She’s had four sell-out solo comedies at Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Latitude Festival Main Stage and the Soho Theatre. She tweets @maddy_anholt.

Alix Fox is a multi award-winning writer, broadcaster and “decently indecent” sex educator. She co-hosts BBC Radio 1 show Unexpected Fluids, in which comedic “real life tales of sexual fails” are used as a springboard for frank, constructive conversations. 

Bola Sol is a Mathematics and Finance BSc graduate who found passion in women coming together to discuss money matters. She created the platform Refined Currency in 2015, and has interviewed the likes of Leomie Anderson and Kate Thornton. Bola has weekly chats on social media about money and has been featured on the BBC, and in the Telegraph, BET, Stylist Magazine and Refinery29. Through one conversation at a time, she wants to help build more financial confidence in everyone. She tweets @Bola_Sol.

Kimberley Wilson is a chartered psychologist and visiting lecturer working in private practice in central London. She is a governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former chair of the British Psychological Society’s Training Committee in Counselling Psychology – the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counselling Psychology training across the UK. Kimberley believes the way we think about mental health – as separate from physical health – is flawed. Her philosophy of Whole Body Mental Health is a comprehensive approach to mental health care; integrating evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle factors with psychological therapy.

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