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WiSE-UP 2018-2019 Speakers

Naily Makangu

ProfileStarting as a Software Engineer at Siemens Industry Software, Naily Makangu carved her own path into Project Management. Through her passion and commitment to volunteering, she was elected as the President of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cambridge Chapter in 2017.

Her versatility and deep understanding of leadership challenges developed through coaching and practical experience, allowed Naily to effectively take the Chapter through rough patches by encouraging innovative ideas, transforming and empowering her team.

Thanks to her positivity and ‘can do’ attitude, JCI Cambridge won several awards for the first time in over 15 years, one of them being the “Best Local Growth & Development Program” in Europe.

Naily believes in sharing knowledge and is a trainer at JCI UK’s flagship academy “Leadership in Action Programme” (LEAP). In 2017, Naily won an award for “Best Trainer” and “Most Outstanding Leader” of JCI UK.

Naily is always ready for a new challenge and is looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.

Naily will be the speaker for the first WiSE-UP talk: Driving your career forward. 



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Claire Button

Dr Claire Button is Founder of Fusion Biomed, a specialist life science executive search firm with an emphasis on supporting senior women in leadership roles. A qualified Executive Coach, having trained with The Academy of Executive Coaching, Claire works closely with women, and men, supporting them to achieve STEM career ambitions. Claire encourages women to reflect on their experience within organisations they have been involved with, as well as the contributions they make outside the workplace. This enables a woman to recognise the impact she has, and can continue to have, within an organisation.

Acutely aware of the issues surrounding women in leadership, particularly around a lack of women in, or applying for, senior positions in STEM, Claire is passionate about empowering women to acknowledge their contribution to company success, as well as reflecting on areas that need strengthening.

Claire devised and presents Women in Leadership programmes; these practical programmes enhance women’s critical leadership skills and practices to support their career aspirations.

Having had a career break to raise her children, Claire is particularly interested in the challenges facing returnees – including both the woman’s own concerns and those from potential employers. As a single mother, Claire is aware of the importance of blending work and life in the most sustainable, beneficial and joyful way.

Claire will be the speaker for the second WiSE-UP talk: Getting noticed with your CV

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