Lauren Dickerson is a clean tech entrepreneur from Boston, MA, USA.

Cofounder of Lunagen, an innovative hydropower technology start-up, Lauren has a remarkable background in renewable energy consulting and market analysis. 

With a B.A. from Boston College and an MBA from Imperial College, Lauren is currently Head of Partnerships at Centrica based in London.

Lauren was shortlisted for a Women of the Future Award in the MBA Star category in 2016 and it’s fair to say that issues of climate change, the environment, clean tech and sustainability are very dear to her heart.

Kim and Lauren spoke about her upbringing in America, how her time volunteering in Asia made her realise how easy it is to take things for granted and not having a defeatist attitude to failure - "what is failure but a chance to learn"?

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk 

 

 

Sheila Nortley has written and produced several internationally award-winning productions including Zion, Victim and the feature film David is Dying

In 2013 Sheila shot the independent hit Sable Fable - a stunning and sensitive film about interracial relationships, which went on to win Best Film at the American Black Film Festival awards in Miami, Florida.

Sheila was the recipient of the Woman of the Future Award in the Arts & Culture category for her work in film in 2016.

Subsequently she was invited to meet the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street for her commitment to filmmaking as a means of social change.

Kim and Sheila spoke about her Ghanaian roots, the origins of her passion for film-making, how it felt to receive a prestigious award on a global stage and a chance meeting at a poetry reading that helped shape her future.

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk 

 

Professor Jenny Higham is undoubtedly a leading light - the first woman to serve as Principal of St George’s, University of London, an appointment which she took up in November 2015, she was also the first woman to be elected chair of the Medical Schools Council in August 2016.

An honorary consultant at St. George’s Trust and a visiting professor at Imperial College London, Jenny was the recipient of the Women of the Future Mentor of the Year Award in 2011.

Kim and Jenny spoke about finding her path in the medical profession, overcoming challenges and obstacles in her way, imposter syndrome, lack lustre career advice and the influence of 'Fred the Head'.

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk 

Currently a research fellow for Baroness Camilla Cavendish, Emily Benn is no stranger to politics.

At just 17-years-old, she was the youngest person ever selected as a British parliamentary candidate, standing for the Labour Party in both the 2010 and 2015 UK general elections.

A reflection, perhaps of a similar feat achieved by her grandfather as in 1951, Tony Benn became the country’s youngest MP aged 26.

Emily also has the accolade of being shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards in 2008 in the Voluntary Sector.

Kim and Emily spoke about her current frustrations with the Labour party, her work as a research fellow in the field of social care, how she overcame the fear as a child that Osama Bin Laden used to live in her toilet and her dislike for one and two pence coins…

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

Nominations for the Kindness and Leadership: 50 Leading Lights are also open, recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society, nominate here

 

*WARNING - SOME STRONG LANGUAGE & ADULT THEMES*

Alix Fox is a multi award-winning broadcaster, writer and sex educator. 

Shortlisted for a Women of the Future award in 2017, Alix is co-host of BBC Radio 1's Unexpected Fluids,resident X-rated agony aunt on The Modern Mann podcast and presenter of The Guardian's audio documentary series Close Encounters.  

An ambassador for Brook young people's sexual health charity, Alix is also a representative and consultant for Superdrug, ONE Condoms and Tenga intimate toys.

Named Best Sex Expert 2018 by ETO magazine, she has previously contributed to the likes of Bizarre magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, as well as working as script advisor on Netflix’s hugely popular teen drama ‘Sex Education’

Kim and Alix spoke about her challenging upbringing, how fashion helped her find her identity and her first foray into media in a wet and windy Wigan.

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

Nominations for the Kindness and Leadership: 50 Leading Lights are also open, recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society, nominate here

Joana Baptista is an 18 year-old student from Oxford who has just completed her A Levels. With a passion for STEM and economics, she has founded 3 award-winning companies, alongside running workshops, clubs and talks around the country.

She has proudly presented to Princess Anne, was selected to participate in the Women2Women leadership programme in America and has not one but two TED talks under her belt, at the most recent she spoke of the importance of reverse-mentoring.

Jo was the recipient of the Women of the Future Young Star Award in 2017.

Kim and Jo spoke about some of the things closest to her heart - feminism, girls in STEM, and young entrepreneurship.

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

Nominations for the Kindness and Leadership: 50 Leading Lights are also open, recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society

Alex Paske is the Founder and Managing Director of the Mintridge Foundation, a charity that has worked with over 40,000 young people to enhance their life skills through sport and provide a support network by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models.

Alex was the recipient of the Women of the Future Sport Award in 2017, and in 2018 received the prestigious Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Award in the Grassroots Category, as well as being appointed an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Kim talks to Alex about her sporting upbringing, the challenges faced in starting a business at 24, the importance of role models and mentors to young people and how her greatest perceived failure turned into one of her greatest triumphs.  

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

Nominations for the Kindness and Leadership: 50 Leading Lights are also open, recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society, nominate here

For more on the Mintridge Foundation click here

Described as a ‘business professional with a purpose’, Jackie Scully sets out to make every day count.

Winner of the Women of the Future Community Spirits Award in 2015 as well as the PPA Unsung Hero Award in June 2019, Jackie balances her career as Deputy Managing Director at leading publishing agency Think with charity work, following a diagnosis of breast cancer in her early thirties.

Kim talks to Jackie about how her definition of success has evolved, the impact of illness on both her personal and professional life, as well as how a mixture of focus, determination, love and support has allowed her to overcome the odds.

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

Nominations for the Kindness and Leadership: 50 Leading Lights are also open, recognising the contribution of kind leaders to business, the economy and society, nominate here

A comedienne, presenter, video producer, trainer and science communicator, Florence Schechter is also building a vagina museum.

In 2017, she started a project to build the world's first bricks and mortar museum about the gynaecological anatomy, and came Highly Commended in the Women of the Future Awards in the Arts and Culture category for her work with the Vagina Museum.

The museum plans to break the stigma and shame surrounding women’s sexuality with exhibitions covering everything from anatomy and society to periods and sex.

Kim talks to Florence about where the idea came from, the challenges and obstacles she’s faced along the way and how she’s maintained a steadfast focus on making her dream a reality.

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

For more information on the Vagina Museum, click here

Described as ‘a young woman with a bold vision’ Dunola Oladapo’s passion for representing diversity as well as youth social action led her to found Luton Lights - an initiative designed to motivate and inspire girls in the town in which she grew up.

A remarkable role model, Dunola juggles her full-time role in finance alongside her international advocacy as a G(irls)20 Global Ambassador, member of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network as well as working on the leadership board for the #iWill Fund.

Kim talks to Dunola about her family’s move to the UK from Nigeria, the scholastic disappointment that spurred her on, the personal motivation behind Luton Lights and the huge adventure she’s about to embark on, on the other side of the world.

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Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2019 are open - if you know an incredible young women thriving in her industry, you can nominate her here

For more information on Luton Lights, click here

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