13 May 2021
The panel from our special goalkeeper's webinar
It has been a challenging time for us all during the pandemic.
During the past few months, Women in Football has reached out to our friends and followers by running a special series of webinars featuring some of the most inspiring females working in and around the industry.
You may have been lucky enough to have watched live, or taken a look back already, but in case you missed out on any of them - or simply want to watch again! - here they all are.
Webinar 1: Chelsea Women FC Manager Emma Hayes and Eilidh Barbour host a special Women in Football coaching webinar. Board member Jo Tongue introduced out first ever webinar.
Webinar 2: Premier League assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis spoke to Ruth Shaw, General Manager of the Premier League Charitable Fund and introduced by Women in Football CEO Jane Purdon
Webinar 3: Manchester City and Scotland international Caroline Weir joined journalist Molly McElwee, from The Telegraph. hosted by board member Hala Ousta.
Webinar 4: Featured the inspirational Dr. Rimla Akhtar MBE in conversation with our CEO, Jane Purdon. Poonam Majithia, the first beneficiary of our Vikki Orvice Memorial Director Development Scheme, did the introductions.
Webinar 5: Women's Sports Editor at The Telegraph and Women in Football co-founder Anna Kessel MBE was joined by Belinda Scarlett, curator at the National Football Museum (NFM) introduced by WiF committe member Alex Stone.
Webinar 6: Sustainability of women's football, opportunities and the importance of investment were just some of the key topics discussed in this webinar, featuring Prof. Laura McAllister, Amanda Vandervort and Moya Dodd. WiF chair Ebru Köksal hosted the webinar.
Webinar 7: Chris Paouros and Laura Woods, introduced by Women in Football CEO Jane Purdon discussed the importance of education, diversity, inclusion & empowerment and how vital it is to work collaboratively with individuals and organisations to challenge discrimination. Unmissable!
Webinar 8: Fern Whelan, Claire Rafferty and Mayi Cruz Blanco, joined Women in Football board member Jo Tongue for an open and honest chat about players' futures, including life in lockdown and the challenges that come with that as a player, the prospect of retiring and career pathways open to women players once they hang up their boots. Introductions by Birmingham City COO Lungi Macebo for another top webinar.
Webinar 9: Dr Robina Shah MBE, Rupinder Bains and Tim Foster, hosted by Lynsey Tweddle and introduced by Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE, produced some fantastic words of advice and moments of real clarity about governance and becoming board ready
Webinar 10: Goalkeeper Nicole McClure and her fellow panellists of Dr Julia West, Chloe Morgan and Dr Misia Gervis, along with host Rachel Finnis-Brown discussed topics ranging from testing positive for Covid-19 to the mental resilience needed to be a top class keeper. Jo Tongue provided the intros.
Webinar 11: Alan Leighton from our great friends Prospect Union was joined by Maria Patsalos and Dominic Boon (Mishcon de Reya), Mayi Cruz Blanco (Adecco Group) and Imogen Sanders (Perrett Laver) to offer a very relevant session: Know Your Employment Rights Post Covid-19. Jane Purdon provided the introductions for a webinar that produced a wealth of useful tips and advice.
Webinar 12: Women in Football board member Jo Tongue did the intros, Poonam Majithia (inaugural recipient of the Vikki Orvice Memorial Directorship Scheme) was the host, and a great panel of Lungi Macebo (WiF director and COO of Birmingham City FC), Alan Leighton (Prospect Union) and Verity Turner (Business Development Manager at Global Sports) talked about The future of the workplace post COVID-19.
Webinar 13: Lungi Macebo, Women in Football board member and Birmingham City COO did the introductions before handing over to broadcaster Jess Creighton to host our special "Be a better ally - how to recognise unconscious bias and what to do about it" event in collaboration with Fare as part of #BlackLivesMatter in football campaign. A superb panel of Leon Mann (BCOMS), Frances Cusack (Prospect Union), Hayley Bennett (HTVB Consulting) and Fran Brown (Goals4Girls) shared their personal journies and the message to come out of the webinar was clear - it is not just recognising unconscious bias but doing something about it.
Webinar 14: Tom Corbett, Head of Sponsorship and Media at Barclays, did the introductions for "What's next for women's football and the importance of women in leadership" before handing over to BAFTA Special Award-winning Clare Balding, our special host. A brilliant hour-long webinar featured Tanya Oxtoby, Kelly Simmons MBE, Francesca Brown and England international star, Jill Scott MBE.
Webinar 15: Ebru Köksal, chair of Women in Football did the introductions for Resilience: surviving and growing through change, an hour-long special in which Sule Kutlay Gandur, a Leadership Coach and Consultant with over 25 years' experience in the business, focused on what makes a resilient person and leader, while sharing some useful practical tips.
Webinar 16: Ebru Köksal, chair of Women in Football, did the introductions for Policy making in sport, an hour-long special in which Baroness Lola Young was joined by.Tracey Crouch MP, Julie Elliott MP, Alison McGovern MP and Cllr Eartha Pond.
Webinar 17: Women in Football CEO Jane Purdon did the intros and handed over to host Ian Ridley for our special "All you need to know about writing" webinar with the brilliant Amy Lawrence, Susie Petruccelli and Charlotte Atyeo.
Webinar 18: Women in Football Ebru Köksal did the introductions for a special early celebration of International Women's Day 2021 with 'The power of mentoring', an hour-long edition in which host Faye Carruthers was joined by Paul Barber, Fran Boorman, Preeti Shetty and Kait Borsay.
Webinar 19: Dr. Pippa Grange was in conversation with Ebru Köksal in a special session where the pair discussed the themes of Pippa's book 'Fear Less - how to win at life without losing yourself.'
Webinar 20: To kick off Mental Health Awareness Week, Reshmin Chowdury was joined by Jacqui Oatley, Jeanette Kwakye, and Rachel Brown-Finnis for an important conversation about work-life balance and juggling a career in football with family and other commitments.
Webinar 21: In the first of a special series in collaboration with Jess Creighton and her YouTube show B is for: Black, Jess was joined by Hope Powell CBE, Mary Phillip and Audrey Cooper for a brilliant discussion on their experiences in the industry and what needs to change.
Webinar 22: The second webinar in our collaboration with Jess Creighton and B is for: Black saw Jess sit down with Renée Hector, Danielle Carter, Rinsola Babajide, Ini Umotong and Freda Ayisi to unpack just why there are so few black female players at the top tier of football and what needs to change.
Webinar 23: We teamed up with Barclays to assemble a group of inspiring Leadership Course graduates for a special hour-long conversation hosted by Faye Carruthers.
We hope you enjoy these!
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