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An Audience with Professor Dame Sandra Dawson (24th Nov)

Please join us at  “An Audience with Professor Dame Sandra Dawson”
A joint event organised by Cambridge Businesswomen’s Network and Cambridge AWiSE.

Dame Sandra Dawson is an inspirational speaker and this event has been two years in the making!

About Dame Sandra Dawson 

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the KPMG Professor of Management Studies at Judge Business School (where she served as Dean for ten years), and was the first female Master of Sidney Sussex College. In 2004 she was awarded a DBE for her contribution to higher education and management research.
Sandra Dawson graduated with a BA in sociology and history from Keele University and worked as a research assistant, lecturer and professor at Imperial, London, before moving to Cambridge in 1995. Last year Alistair Darling appointed her non-executive director of the UK Financial Services Authority, and she is currently a non-executive director and trustee of Oxfam. She has held board positions in numerous health organizations and financial services companies.
Sandra writes and teaches on leadership, governance, and the management of change and is author of numerous articles and several books.  She is married with three grown-up children and lives in Willingham.

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The Accidental Entrepreneur: Different Pathways to Success (28th Nov)

Why do people become entrepreneurs?  Please join us for a fascinating insight into entrepreneurship with a panel of four entrepreneurs whose career paths defy stereotypes.
Chaired by Claire Ruskin, CEO Cambridge Network.

One not to miss… 
“The Accidental Entrepreneur: Different Pathways to Success”.
Monday 28th November 2011, 6.30-9.30pm, Hidden Rooms, Cambridge.
Our panel:
Dr Ann Clarke (co-Founder, Frozen Ark)
Andrew Hatcher (MD, Applied Knowledge)
Julie Barnes (CEO, Abcodia)
Dr Madhuri Warren (Founder and MD, Pathology Diagnostics)

How and why do people come into entrepreneurship? For many so-called “accidental entrepreneurs” the driving force may be a particular skill they have that they can’t utilise any other way, or the ability to recognise a gap in the market that they realise needs to be filled, or it might be that their personal circumstances have meant that a “proper job” is out of the question.  In this meeting we’re providing a forum where people can showcase that you can be successful without conforming to the stereotypical image of an entrepreneur and that actually it is OK to have a different notion of success.

The idea for this event arose from discussions about the motivations and realities of women starting up businesses and becoming entrepreneurs. However, ‘accidental’ entrepreneurs aren’t limited to women, indeed many entrepreneurs – both men and women – have fascinating tales about how they ended up doing what they do.

a) Introduction
b) Dr Shima Barakat (CfEL) – themes that have emerged from research into women entrepreneurs
c) Panel discussion chaired by Claire Ruskin – personal stories from entrepreneurs in the hi-tech and biotech sector who ended up as entrepreneurs “by accident” or not as their initial objective
d) Open discussion with panellists
Panel: Ann Clarke (co-Founder, Frozen Ark), Andrew Hatcher (MD, Applied Knowledge), Julie Barnes (CEO, Abcodia),  and Dr Madhuri Warren (Founder and MD, Pathology Diagnostics)
Event details
“The Accidental Entrepreneur: Different Pathways to Success”.
Organised by Cambridge AWiSE, CfEL and Startup Masterclass. 
Monday 28th November 2011, 6.30pm (for 7pm)-9.30pm.
CamAWiSE members and early bird: £5
Non-members:  £10
(includes one complimentary drink on arrival)

Please register in advance at

Venue: Hidden Rooms, 7a Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA.  The entrance to the Hidden Rooms is the side door to the right of the entrance to Pizza Express.
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Profile: Dr Jenny Koenig – Consultant with Science ETC

Cambridge AWiSE Steering Group member – DR JENNY KOENIG

I’m a consultant with Science ETC – a Science Education, Training and Communications Consultancy.

I’m also a Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge where I teach pharmacology and maths for biologists part time during term and am Dean (also part time). I also work at the Disability Resource Centre in the University of Cambridge helping students with Specific Learning Difficulties develop their study skills.

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Profile: Dr Tanya Morton – Application Engineering Manager at MathWorks

Cambridge AWiSE Steering Group member – DR TANYA MORTON

I have been a steering group member for Cambridge AWiSE since 2004.

I am privileged to be the Application Engineering Manager at MathWorks. MathWorks is the developer of MATLAB and Simulink, software tools that are widely used by scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

My team help customers apply MathWorks’ tools to their technical challenges in education and business. The Application Engineering role gives an unrivalled appreciation of the diversity of applications of mathematics. My team supports a variety of application areas including optimisation, statistics, modelling, image and signal processing, and control design. We work with customers across a broad range of industries including automotive, aerospace, education, energy production, finance, and biotech/pharmaceutical.

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“Mentoring for Success” – a great success!

Our ‘Mentoring for Success’ Meeting on Tuesday 11th October was itself a great success. About 35 women attended from diverse backgrounds in academia, industry and enterprise. The Workshop was led superbly by Jacqui Hogan, the current MentorSET manager. Jacqui discussed the mechanism of the mentoring partnership between mentor and mentee. This led to a practical mentoring exercise for everyone to play the role of mentor then mentee and work through their own specific career issues. It produced a very interactive evening and encouraged many to think about a mentoring partnership so it was particularly pleasing that the workshop resulted in the beginnings of several mentoring pairs. The evening highlighted clearly the role CamAWiSE can play in facilitating access to the MentorSET mentoring scheme and the benefits of the networking at Cambridge AWiSE meetings.

Jenny Brookman

Workshop - exploring the mentor-mentee partnership

Jacqui Hogan, MentorSET manager

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