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Mar 10

Tackling the myths of money, self care and the Imposter Syndrome II

March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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In Celebration of International Women’s Day 2018’s theme of #PressforProgress, Digital Women UK invites you to:

celebrate yourself at the second Missing in Action: Tackling the myths of money, self care and the Imposter Syndrome series

access informative entrepreneurs, mindfulness and professional development experts

capitalise on having the space to problem-solve, collaborate and confidence-build

be part of a growing and supportive network of digital entrepreneurs, creatives and women in tech

What participants say about the programme:

“I left with new ideas, burgeoning friendships and a rejuvenated sense of what I want to and can do. The fear that my plans are too big was squashed. It whimpered off into a corner, and is now gone.” A.M

Digital Women UK, in partnership with Loughborough University London, will celebrate the second anniversary of its impactful Tackling the myths of money, self care and the Imposter Syndrome as part of its Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK programme.

This full day event will provide a creative, reflective and dynamic space for female creatives, women in tech and budding and emerging entrepreneurs, to explore internal barriers (and myths) around their personal and professional relationship with money, their definitions of self care and the impact of the so-called ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

You will be facilitated by an exciting and experienced group of practitioners who will lead experiential workshops and interactive talks, giving you the chance to share ideas, collaborate, problem-solve and leave with useful tools to apply to your personal and professional lives.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be available.

Please note: There will be occasional photography and selective filming at this event.

Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you need any reasonable adjustments made to attend the event, please email info@digitalwomenuk.co.uk.


Hosts, guest speakers and workshop facilitators include:

Joy Francis, director of Words of Colour Productions and co-founder, Digital Women UK

Joy is a creative entrepreneur and personal development coach. She is the founder and executive director of Words of Colour Productions, a creative communications agency that promotes, facilitates and develops writers of colour – of all genres, collaborates with arts and creative industries to increase cultural inclusion, and creates multi-platform projects to reshape the single narrative misrepresenting diverse communities, and co-founder of Digital Women UK, which she established in 2013 to  facilitate female creatives, emerging and established entrepreneurs and women in tech to fully engage with digital entrepreneurship, actualise their aspirations and help shape their vision.

Dr Angela Martinez Dy, Loughborough University London

Angela is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Loughborough London. She received her MSc in Entrepreneurship in 2010 and PhD in 2015 from Nottingham University Business School. Originally from Seattle, she is the co-founder and former director of Youth Speaks Seattle, the city’s premier youth creative writing and performance organisation. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, the Internet, digital technologies and online environments, gender, feminism, critical race studies and philosophy. Angela uses an intersectional feminist perspective to understand social dynamics, and the ways that technology impacts society, especially the world of work. She recently won the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Global Award for the Best Conference Paper in Paris, entitled Not as easy as it looks: Digital entrepreneurship, the great leveller?

Natalie Lue, founder, Baggage Reclaim

Natalie is a relationship coach, writer and social entrepreneur dedicated to helping people improve their emotional and relationship literacy. Through her world renowned blog Baggage Reclaim and books, she has been inspiring and educating people about how to improve self-esteem, engage in healthier relationships, explore why they get into shady ones, and how to break habits and patterns which are holding them back from their true selves, for over over a decade. After turning her sense of self and life around, Natalie has devoted her life to sharing her insights, observations and experiences to empower people who have gone through inner struggles.

Mindy Kaur, founder, ESHQROCK

ESHQROCK was founded in 2017 by Mindy, who identified a gap in the market when shopping for Indian jewellery for her upcoming wedding. Unable to find pieces that reflected her Indian and British cultural influences, she began to work with Indian artisans to create her own Indo-Western jewellery pieces. The jewellery uses a wide range of gemstones in cut and rough forms, sorted into editions relating to particular seasons, times of the day and chakras of the body. The use of stones in her practice led her to discover the link between the spiritual and physical bodies. The word eshq was chosen as it relates to words meaning “deep love” in several different languages. ESHQROCK jewellery is designed in the UK and Canada, and is hand-forged in India using high carat gold plating on brass and sterling silver. 

Leslie Brownbridge, mindfulness facilitator and writer

Leslie is a counsellor, writer and mindfulness facilitator who uses mindfulness-based practices for stress reduction, depression and self care. Leslie has facilitated many courses in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), and has designed bespoke courses for Mindful Self Compassion and Mindfulness for Carers.  She is also a member of the Mindfulness in Schools Project and works with both educational institutions and sports clubs. Leslie trained in mindfulness applications and research at Bangor University and at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She has also worked with the legendary Eckhart Tolle at ETTV in Vancouver, and Sounds True Publishing. As a journalist, Leslie has written several articles on mindfulness in the health and wellness sector on the many benefits of this practice. 

Philomena  Francis, art psychotherapist and psychoanalyst

Philomena is an art therapist based at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, and a psychoanalyst, under the Institute of Psychoanalysis. With a 1st class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, she is also an artist who has been commissioned by galleries in London (Iniva), Leicester (The City Gallery) and Lisbon (Gulbenkian Foundation) to create public art. Her artwork explores the site of the black female body and its relationship to the contemporary socio-cultural context and colonial history. She creates mixed media installations (in situ), by piping large treacle drawings onto gallery walls, leading her to be dubbed ‘The Treacle Woman’ by art critics.

Workshops include:

  • Self care

Mindfulness for stress management and wellness

  • Imposter Syndrome

Look who’s talking: An exploration of the voices that get in your way

  • From concept to inception

The power of the pitch

  • Digital Enterprise skillset mapping

How to translate your life experience into a skillset

What is Missing in Action (MIA)?

MIA provides a creative, reflective and dynamic space for women creatives, techies, and entrepreneurs to empower themselves and each other through collectively identifying and addressing the internal and external barriers that keep them from fulfilling their potential.

Launched in November 2015, the programme is facilitated by an exciting and experienced group of multi-disciplinary practitioners who lead workshops, give interactive talks and host networking events, allowing participants to share ideas, connect and leave with useful tools to apply to their practice. The areas of focus are participant-driven. Current themes include personal relationships with money, self care and the so-called ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

We partner with academics in the areas of gender, intersectionality, digital technologies and entrepreneurship to develop a cutting-edge research and impact agenda, with the aim of influencing future policy to better account for, enable and support digital and creative women.


Loughborough University London
Here East, 3 Lesney Avenue The Broadcast Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E15 2GZ
Stratford, E15 2GZ GB
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