In celebration of the socio-economic, technological, cultural, and political achievement of women and International Women’s Day, University of Southampton hosted a lecture with Mfon Ekpo– founding partner and an Executive Director of the John Maxwell– as the keynote speaker.

Titled, Southampton Inspiring Women: International Women’s Day and hosted by Vice President (Operations) of the University of Southampton, Wendy Appleby, the series celebrated some of the most inspiring women from Southampton’s own academic and alumni community who have recorded notable success in a variety of sectors both nationally and globally.

Mfon Ekpo, the keynote speaker, is an award-winning human behaviour, performance coach, author and alumna for her contribution to leadership, innovation, her support for Women in Tech and international award-winning work in transforming mindsets through coaching across Africa.

Other speakers included:

· University of Southampton Academic & Alumna Dr Nisreen Alwan MBE, a British–Iraqi public health researcher and an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Southampton. Nisreen was named amongst other inspiring and influential women from around the world in the BBC 100 women 2020 list. She was also awarded an MBE for services to Medicine and Public Health in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2021 on her research on Long COVID during the COVID19 pandemic.

· Alumna Lorna Tilbian dubbed the “Queen of the media”, was formerly the Executive Director and Head of Media at Numis Corporation PLC. With a distinguished career, having been ranked No.1 Media Analyst by Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters Extel from 1987-2012, Lorna has served as a Cabinet Ambassador (an Ambassador for Creative Britain) for the Department of Culture Media & Sport. She now sits as the Chairman of Dowgate VCapital Stockbrokers and on the boards of Finsbury Growth & Income Trust Plc, Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, M&C Saatchi Plc and Rightmove Plc.

The 60-minute lecture held on Tuesday 8 March 2022, International Women’s Day