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September Social at the Castle Inn

Join us for a meal at:

The Castle Inn

38 Castle Street

Cambridge CB3 0AJ

Tuesday 20th September 2016. 

No need for payment in advance. This is a social and all are welcome.

Reserve your place at Eventbrite:

if you would like to come along and pay for meal/drinks on the night.

7.30pm start for food or just join in for a drink at 7.30/8 onwards.

We do need numbers for those coming so please register as soon as you can.

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You don’t have to be a member of Cambridge AWiSE to sign up. However, if you are a member, we do urge you to sign up to the mailing list as it is our main method of keeping people up-to-date with what’s going on. You can, of course, unsubscribe any time you like.

To sign up, all you have to do is send an email to, with subscribe in the subject. Why not do it right now?

Thank you!

‘Moving into management’ by Harriet Truscott

20150908--239It was another informative and entertaining session from Cambridge AWISE in April, when management trainer Kate Atkin joined us for a session on ‘Moving into management’.

From her attention-grabbing opening story about her first management role, the only woman manager in a well-known bank, to the team activity where she had most of us tangled up in string, Kate kept her audience engaged – and there was always a learning point to be grasped.

Several of us in the room had asked her to share her guidance on meetings, and particularly how to present a case effectively. Stepping back to ancient Greece, Kate called in Aristotle to aid us. Making a case, she argued, whether in an ancient Athenian law court or a modern boardroom, is a matter of three steps: ethos, pathos, and logos. ‘Ethos’, in these terms, is your own credibility. Are you a well known expert in the field? Have you held the job for a number of years? Have you carried out a relevant study? ‘Pathos’ is your ability to shape the audience’s emotions. As Kate pointed out, she’d used this very tactic at the start of the workshop: her story of life in the bank rapidly got her audience onside. And finally, ‘logos’, the logical argument. Put all three together – your own expertise, the rational argument, and an appeal to the audience’s emotions – and you’re primed for a successful meeting.

Other topics we covered included successful delegation, giving meaningful feedback, and turning difficult situations around through constructive conversations.

The biggest take away of the night, and one that those of us who never figured out the ‘string trick’ will find particularly memorable – if someone asks you to do a task, never shy away from asking them all the questions you need to do it!

Kate’s book, The Confident Manager, is available from her website,

Young female scientists and engineers inspire the next generation

Around 150 schoolgirls and their parents braved a stormy night to attend our STEM careers event at Netherhall School, Cambridge on the evening of November 9th. Their reward was to hear eight inspirational young women, working or studying in the sciences, IT and engineering, talk about their career paths to date. There were also information points around the room for each major discipline, where the girls and their parents could chat informally with the speakers and other volunteers after the talks were finished.

These were our speakers:

We found that many pupils were reassured by the fact that several speakers either hadn’t known quite what they wanted to do when they left school, or had changed direction at some point. Read more

The new AWiSE season – confidence, communication, better presentations and so much more!

Another successful season of CAMAWiSE events is complete. But we don’t look back for long, we’re well into planning our calendar of events for 2015-16. We do hope you can join us for one or more of them!

Nina Cooke

Nina Cooke

We have the final event in our workshop series on October 13th: Jane Goodall’s Communication Skills Masterclass. (Booking for this event is now full and has closed. If you would like to be added to a waiting/cancellation list for this event please email Gayle

Netherhall School, in Cambridge on the evening of 9th November, will be our venue once again for a STEM careers fair for girls aged 13-18. With speakers from different STEM backgrounds, this will be a great opportunity for girls to hear how fascinating and rewarding a career in science, technology, engineering or maths can be.

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