“Inspiring Inclusion: Women's Work, Tomorrow's World" offers a forward glimpse into the future of women at work. Our panellists will look at the emerging world post covid and what it means for women both the opportunities and challenges.  We will explore how women can lead the charge in driving progress, innovation, diversity, and inclusion.

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Professor Dame Carol Black DBE 

Chair of the British Library & Centre for Ageing Better

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Professor Dame Carol Black DBE is a leading advocate for societal change, renowned for her impactful independent reviews on drug misuse, employment, and health. She chairs influential boards including the British Library and the Centre for Ageing Better. Recently awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for her outstanding contributions.

Alison Cork MBE

Author, Columnist, Presenter, Entrepreneur
Make It Your Business & NWEW 

Alison Cork, MBE, is a trailblazer in women's entrepreneurship, with over 35 years of experience. In 1994, she made history by floating a publishing and mail-order business, becoming the youngest female founder of a public company. Later, she founded Alison at Home, showcasing her entrepreneurial talent. As the founder of Make It Your Business and a driving force behind National Women's Enterprise Week, she's dedicated to empowering women in business. Her MBE recognition in 2023 underscores her commitment to supporting female entrepreneurs. 

Jas Rai

Chief Operating Officer, The British Library

Jas Rai, COO at the British Library, previously Director of People. With vast HR experience, she drives organisational design and talent initiatives. Passionate about HR's role in change, she focuses on mental health, diversity, and the future of work.

Formerly Global Head of Talent & Development at Sony, Jas brings a global perspective on organisational excellence.

Outside work, she supports education and sustainability as a trustee at Bore Place, Commonwork trust. As Chair of the People Sub-Committee, she shapes strategies for organisational culture and engagement.

Dorothy Byrne

President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

A transformative leader with a distinguished background in media. Prior to her current role, she served as Editor at Large at Channel 4, where she pioneered impactful news and current affairs programs. Under her guidance, Murray Edwards College has become a beacon for women in STEM and launched innovative entrepreneurship schemes. Dorothy's vision and dedication continue to shape the future of education and empowerment.

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