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International Women's Day conference 2021

Welcome to our 2021 International Women's Day online conference - it is truly international too! We are proud to have sponsored the event for the WayfinderWoman Trust - a fantastic charity helping women of which our very own Katie is a Trustee.

We have broken the two sections of the conference into sections for each speaker - at the end of this page you will find the whole of the two sections as videos with everything 'in order'.

You can either watch the videos in their small format or place your cursor over the video and watch it full screen.

IWD videos


First half

Welcome: Katie Day & Laura Murphy
Baroness Uddin, Conference opening
Rania Abdalla, Egypt
Rana Ozseker, Turkey
Natasha D'Souza, India
Dr Anita Davis-DeFoe, US VI

Second half

Anna Segall, UK
Noreen Makosewe, Kenya
Dr Rhéa Jabbour, Lebanon
Loverly Sheridan, USA
Concluding remarks

Full videos

First half - full video  Second half - full video

First half


Katie Day (conference Chair) and Laura Murphy (founder of WayfinderWoman) welcome everyone

Katie is a Trustee of WayfinderWoman and Director of RDPI.

Laura is the Founder of the WayfinderWoman Trust and inspiration behind its work. The charity helps women to build their self-confidence and skills so they are able to challenge any barriers that face them in finding a better life

Baroness Uddin opens the conference

Baroness Uddin is a Bangladeshi-born British life peer and community activist. When raised to the Peerage in 1987, she became the first Muslim and Asian to sit in the House of Lords. She has a passionate interest in human rights, particularly relating to those of women and young people. She is also active on matters of faith and disability and is establishing her own charity relating to autism.

Rania Abdalla from Egypt

Rania is Founder and MD of Aspire HR Consultants and sits (as the only woman) on the Executive Board of IRC Global Executive Search. She has received several global and regional awards: Overall Winner of the Emirates Business Woman Awards from HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoom; The PepsiCo Chairman's Award in New York; and the Appreciation Award by the DG of UAE National HR Development Authority.

Rana Ozseker from Turkey

Rana is the founder of RNA Change Management, a cultural change coach, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion project designer, startup mentor, investor, board member and keynote speaker. She mentors women through the Cherie Blair Foundation, Turkish Women International Network and Professional Women Network.

Natasha D'Souza from India

Natasha began her astounding career as the youngest Restaurant Manager in India with the internationally-prestigious Taj Group of Hotels at the age of just 21. She went on to plan prominent events and large-scale conferences and is now in charge of planning weddings within the Accor Group. As Natasha says, "Tough times don't last, but tough people do".

Dr Anita Davis-DeFoe from US Virgin Islands

Quoted as a career and workforce development expert in Essence Magazine and a business thought strategist in Black Enterprise Magazine, Anita serves as CEO of Upshift Global and President of the Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - India US Virgin Islands Council. A John Maxwell Team Executive Director, Senior Trainer for the Class of Steele, author of 4 books, and global speaker with her inspirational messages designed to transform people, processes, programmes and places.

Second half


Anna Segall, UK

An Australian-German national, Anna took up her new role as Chief Executive of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in September 2020, bringing with her a wealth of experience working with multi-cultural, volunteer-led teams, as CEO, Country Director and General Counsel. Anna has held Executive roles at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), UNESCO and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Noreen Makosewe, Kenya

As CEO of The Radical Leap Company, Noreen is a sought-after international strategy expert, tech inclusion advocate and keynote speaker. She works with CEOs, founders and company boards designing and implementing transformational strategies. Her ventures include: Female Founders Africa; Chi Lux Africa; Dream Accelerator Academy and Seedstars.

Dr Rhéa Jabbour, Lebanon

Rhéa is a Lebanese / Canadian Certified Mediator and Attorney at Law. She has over 10 years of experience as a Legal Advisor, and is passionate about Public Policy, Human Rights and alternative dispute resolution. She is currently a Legal Consultant for the World Bank to enhance women economic empowerment in the Mashreq region; General Counsel for Saradar Group and a Professor in Mediation at Saint Joseph University.

Loverly Sheridan, USA

Loverly is a mother, author, educator, children's advocate and founder of Buddy Ambassadors, which develops campaigns to raise awareness on bullying and other mental and social issues aecting children. She champions the rights of children all over the world and has written six children's books. She has been awarded 'Educator of the year' award and the International Athena Young Professional Leadership Award.

Concluding remarks

Laura Murphy, Founder of WayfinderWoman and Katie Day, Conference Chair, offer their concluding remarks and thanks.

Full videos


First half: International Women's Day conference

The complete video of the first half of the conference with:
  • opening remarks from Katie Day, Chair;
  • welcome from Laura Murphy, Founder of WayfinderWoman;
  • Baroness Uddin opens the conference;
  • Rania Abdalla from Egypt;
  • Rana Ozseker from Turkey;
  • Natasha D'Souza from India;
  • Dr Anita Davis-DeFoe from US Virgin Islands.

Second half: International Women's Day conference

The complete video of the second half of the conference with:
  • Anna Segall from UK;
  • Noreen Makosewe from Kenya;
  • Rhéa Jabbour from Lebanon;
  • Loverly Sheridan from USA.

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