Amazing women and where to find them - International Women's Day Panel

From maternal health to BAME representation in business and the media

Date: Friday 8th March
Time: 12:00 - 13:00, with networking until 14:00
Location: G11, Alan Walters (R29)

The BAME Staff Network is delighted to welcome, Candice Braithwaite, a 'Mummy Blogger', Influencer and the founder of 'Make Motherhood Diverse' as the guest speaker of this year's BAME International Women's Day event. Chaired by Professor Kiran Trehan, this panel will discuss topics from maternal health and mental health to BAME representation in business and beyond. This event is supported by the WIN WIN and  Women's Networks. 

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Speaker Bios:

Candice 230 x 230Candice Braithwaite

Candice is a 'Mummy Blogger', Influencer and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse - an online initiative that aims to encorage a more accurately representative and diverse depiction of motherhood in the media.

With a background in marketing (she previously worked in the marketing department at Penguin Books), Candice soon grasped the power and potential that Instagram had to offer. She began to share her family life on the platform - her partner Bodé (Papa B), daughter Esmé-Olivia and baby son RJ – keen to show that young black families weren’t just surviving but thriving.

And when Instagram stories launched Candice took advantage of the new video format and created ‘Teatime!’, a 5-minute, daily ‘show’ where she could be the face she thought was absent from mainstream media, talking about her own life and tackling the bigger issues too; from mental health to colourism and male circumcision, Candice is never afraid to tell it like it is!

Candice’s straight-talking and original content has really struck a chord with fans and brands alike. She has worked on multiple campaigns and has several long term partnerships (Weight Watchers, Pampers, Ella’s Kitchen and Specsavers to name just a few), and appeared on countless panels, including Stylist Live and a debate at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival about modern motherhood.

Candice and her initiative, Make Motherhood Diverse (MMD), have also been written about in the Metro and Huffington Post and - most recently - in a powerful Stylist Magazine feature on colourism.

She is currently working on her first book and has a podcast, ‘Pillow Talk’.

kiran-trehanProfessor Kiran Trehan

Kiran joined Birmingham Business School in March 2012 from Lancaster University Management School where she was Deputy Head of Department and Director of HRD and consulting. She is a leading expert on diversity, enterprise and leadership development. She currently holds the post Professor of Enterprise and leadership Development and is Academic Director for the Centre for women’s enterprise and leadership (CWEL) and Co- Director of The Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA) which is a new-generation response to transforming communities and corporations through mutually beneficial enterprise activities. 

Kiran's key interests are in the field of enterprise and leadership development and critical action learning. Her research involves the active engagement of policy makers and practitioners on issues relating to diversity, enterprise and leadership development. Her work has focused on the dynamics of enterprise and leadership development in large and small firms. Kiran is a leading contributor to debates on the distinctiveness of critical action learning, and how it can be applied in a variety of organisational and policy domains. Her publications in Management Learning (2003, 2010), Gender & Education, (2001) Studies in Higher Education (2001) and Journal of Action Learning: Research and Practice (2004, 2008, 2009) are testimony both to the growing importance of this mode of research, and her success in advancing action learning in different contexts, ranging from management school classrooms to networks of ethnic minority businesses and policy-making circles. In addition Kiran has a strong track record of attracting funding, mostly for her research in enterprise development in ethnic minority small firm from research councils (ESRC) and regional development agencies, which has led to high quality research outputs. Central to this is a concern with ‘impact’ and collaborative working with user groups.

Beverley 230 x 230Beverley Maynard

Beverley is an Academic Skills Advisor based within Library Services at the University of Birmingham. Her role is to support both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in all aspects of academic skills. She has a particular interest in equality and diversity, and is supporting the University’s application for the Race Equality Charter Mark as well as being a founding member and co-chair of the University’s BAME Staff Network. Beverley has led on the Library’s Black History Month programme for the past five years as well has contributing to the University-wide programme. Recent collaborations include Windrush events and a ‘Here to Stay’ photographic exhibition that highlighted the contribution of BAME nurses in the NHS.

Catherine DunlopDr Catherine Dunlop

Dr Catherine Dunlop is a Junior Doctor, currently working as a Research Fellow within the Global Maternal Health Research team at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. She is completing a PhD on the Prevention of Maternal Sepsis in Low Resource Settings. She holds a Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

She is passionate about preventing adverse outcomes in maternity care worldwide. She is particularly interested in understanding and promoting the needs of more vulnerable populations, both in the UK and abroad.  


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