Inspiring women take the virtual stage at TEDx Talk for DMU

People can hear from women inspiring social change across Leicester tomorrow at a free online TEDx Talk run by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

The TEDx De Montfort Women event from 10am to 2pm tomorrow online and features a line-up of women who have excelled in the arts, medicine, leadership, academia and more.

TEDx was launched at DMU to help students, staff and alumni – as well as the local community – to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and to be inspired and motivated. This event has been co-organised by DMU Women and DMU Works Enterprise.

Each of the 12 speakers will be given 10 minutes to deliver their talks, which are all based on the ethos of TED: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Tickets are free but must be reserved online via Eventbrite, by clicking the link.

Here are the women taking part in the TEDxDMUWomen event:

Carol Leeming

Lecturer, Contemporary Music Theatre Module BA, Performing Arts, DMU

Carol was awarded an MBE 2019 as poet and playwright, for her contribution to arts and culture in Leicester. Carol works as a freelance multi-disciplinary arts practitioner, and consultant for Leicester based arts cultural organisation Dare to Diva.

Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila

Senior Lecturer, DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School

Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila is a business management academic with a passion for women’s enterprising.   Her motivation to speak on women and identity is driven by her own life journey and her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of those she has the privilege of encountering.

Dr Leisa Nichols

Forensic Scientist, DMU

Leisa, who came to DMU after working for the Home Office Forensic Science Service, will be talking about her latest research which could reduce the damage done by knifes in violent incidents. Her work has shown that round-tipped blades are less likely to cause serious injuries.

Dr Paris Connolly

Senior Lecturer, DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School

Dr Paris Connolly is a Research Fellow working on the Decolonising DMU project. She was awarded a PhD in Sociology in 2019 exploring female genital mutilation (FGM). Dr Connolly has worked as a Domestic Abuse Practitioner for Women’s Aid and is interested in trauma-based approaches.

Dr Shardia Briscoe-Palmer

Lecturer in Media, Race & Social (In)Justices, DMU

Shardia’s research interests also include academic diversity and inclusivity challenges faced by minority groups within higher education. She is a strong advocate on why and how race and its intersections must be addressed adequately in Higher Education.

Jane Hearst

PhD Researcher in Arts-for-Health / Founder of The Curious Observer

East Midlands creative Jane uses storytelling to help promote positive mental health. She believes that stories have the power to educate, build emotional intelligence, bring communities together and offer social justice.

Nafisa Siddiqui

Third Year Biomedical Student, DMU

An advocate for women’s’ rights and mental health awareness, who hopes to inspire more people to help make the world a better place.

Natalie Whyte

Deputy Co-Chair of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Maternity Voices Partnership

Following her own tragic loss within her pregnancy at 34 weeks this led her on a journey to make a difference within maternity health services for women and their families. Natalie also works with a Baby loss Charity which aims to reduce barriers to accessing bereavement services.

Professor Jo Richardson

Professor of Housing & Social Inclusion, DMU

Jo is a housing researcher, working with local, national and international community partners. She is passionate about finding a sustainable solution to homelessness, and is interested on what we mean by ‘home’.

Sarah Higgins

Leadership Coach and Author of ‘Power of Love Leadership®’

Sarah Higgins is the author of ‘Power of Love Leadership®, which enables leaders to improve productivity, morale, creativity and fearlessness by using seven successfully proven strategies.

Sarah Thomson

Director of Social Impact and Engagement, DMU

Sarah works to implement what is called “service learning” within universities – which involves students working within their communities – and is an advocate of bringing together communities to work in partnership for positive social change.

Tara Munroe

Founder and Creative Director of Opal22 Arts and Edutainment

Founder and Creative Director of Opal22 Arts and Edutainment and advocate of Black History, Tara produces thought-provoking projects and outcomes that merge Black History, Arts and Culture together.