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Changes – Transforming Women in Business

January 26, 2022 @ 17:30 - 19:30


About the Event

Here at The Epicentre we want to bring together a community of women in business to share experience and fast track ‘changes’ in the beliefs we have around what is possible in our careers.  At the same time creating a safe space for like-minded individuals to open up, learn and create a network of support.

We are therefore excited to launch a 3 Part Series ‘Changes – Transforming Women in Business’

  1. Reflections
  2. The Here and Now
  3. The Way Forward

We will be joined by 3 inspirational women who will share the biggest challenges that have impacted them, how they overcame these and the overall influence this has had on their career.  The events will explore how gender and change punctuates our careers: how it can derail our ambitions and define who we are unless we learn how to confront it and activate change.

This will be punctuated by the research that very much still keeps this debate alive and demonstrate why it is important to continue the conversation and empower each other.



This is an evening event for professionals to meet in an informal, relaxed space over a glass of wine, soft drink and some nibbles.

Date: Autumn 2021 Series of Event on one Thursday each month

  • Thursday 14th October – REFLECTING Looking back to look forward – What can we learn from what we have been through and what has changed?
  • Wednesday 17th November – THE HERE & NOW Where are we now? What is worrying us right now?
  • Thursday 9th December – THE WAY FORWARD Where are we going? How will the post-COVID world impact women at work?

Time: 17.30-19.30

Schedule: A brief outline of the evening;

  • 17.30 Welcome Drink
  • 18.00 The Context with Cassie McMaster
  • 18.15 In Conversation with Guest Speaker
  • 18.45 In Conversation with each other

Event tickets are complimentary for attendees and can be booked via Eventbrite:



The Research – Why is this  important?

The Context with our Expert – Cassie McMaster

Cassie will add the context to each part of the series of our 3 events giving an overview of what the research tells us for women in business; in the past, the present and the future.  This will help us understand why it is important to have the conversation and why it is important to strengthen our community to build each other up.


Cassie holds a master’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, where her research into the impact of sexual misconduct policies at institutions of higher education earned her a distinction. Prior to her education at Cambridge, Cassie worked extensively in women’s policy issues in the United States and abroad and has conducted research on gendered issues at the United States Senate, The National Women’s Law Center, and in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is the co-founder of leep impact, a startup on a mission to create stronger connections between employers and jobseekers that share a common interest in diverse and sustainable workplaces.


Inspirational Women – What can we learn?

Our Speaker – Babita Devi, Innovation Director

THE WAY FORWARD Where are we going? How can we visualise our future?

We are delighted to be joined by our very own Innovation Director Babita Devi to continue the conversation.  Babita coaches innovators and change makers to build great businesses.  We will find out more about Babita’s journey and what inspired her to get to where she is today.  Babita has worked in male dominated industries most of her life, both as an employee and with large corporates through her company. She now finds herself at the heart of academic institutions without ever having studied at University.  She will share the trials and tribulations of creating a tech start-up which upon reflection is a period in time where she would have benefitted from a better support infrastructure.  As this session is also about the future Babita will facilitate a short visualisation exercise to help sharpen our minds ready for how we want 2022 to unfold.


With nearly 3 decades of experience in marketing, business development and commercialisation, Babita now works with business owners that want to fast track the growth of their business. Babita does this by helping build confidence, clarity and connections, transitioning people out of overwhelm and towards a clear strategy that drives how they show up every day. 

As a coach on the Accelerate Program at the Judge Business School (Cambridge University), Barclays Eagle Labs, Oxford Innovation and through Babita’s company bStrategic, she helps scale high potential, innovative start-ups and SMEs.  Drawing on her experience from a broad range of industries and working outside of what is conventional for a particular sector, she offers a unique perspective that sees her clients achieve growth and find astonishing success.

As well as founding a technology company, Babita works as an advisor to several organisations in technology, life sciences, games and the party industry. Part of the work she does is to connect people, bringing together strategic partners and supporting and growing networks of innovators, thinkers and change makers.

Over the years, experience shows Babita that as a business grows the founder often needs to grow as well. There’s a lot of personal development that needs to happen when you take a business from a kitchen table and put it on the global stage! You need more than business knowledge; you need support stepping into that CEO role and truly leading your company into the next level. Babita can offer a unique blend of personal and business support to help you and your company grow together.


To register your place on this in-person event please use our Eventbrite link; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/changes-transforming-women-in-business-tickets-166303483195


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Update – 11 August 2022

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.