• Anastasia Karamzina

Our first event: Cambridge Women Who Lead Meet and Greet!


Following a successful launch of Cambridge Women Who Lead on the 23rd February, with over 100 members in the first few days, we were very excited to finally meet our community at our very first official event – the CWWL Meet and Greet that took place on the 26th February. The aim of the event was to tell our members more about the goals and values of CWWL and connect with the female and non-binary students of Cambridge, taking the first step towards creating a network for the growth, discussion and celebration of female leadership. The Meet and Greet attracted more than 30 people and was a very promising start for Cambridge Women Who Lead, with the participants including female and non-binary members from across the university.




The event began with our founder Hannah Saint officially welcoming our new members into CWWL and announcing our programme of events for Lent Term. Our term card begins on the 5th March with a talk by Leor Zmigrod, a leading researcher in experimental psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience. This will be followed by an event featuring the founders of the podcast Race2Rise Rondette Smith and Renee Sterling on the 8th March. Next, on the 18th March, we are honoured to welcome three female Masters of Cambridge colleges: Professor Dame Athene Donald of Churchill, Principal Allison Rose of Newnham and Sonita Alleyne OBE of Jesus. The term will end with another exciting event on the 19th March: a talk by Daisy Knatchbull, the founder of The Deck, the first tailoring house on Savile Row exclusively for women.





Following the reveal of the term card, the members were divided into breakout rooms where everyone could meet more closely and discuss their inspirations and views on female leadership in smaller groups. This was a truly enriching part of the Meet&Greet: being able to exchange experiences and opinions with different members of our new community and formulating what excites them as Cambridge Women Who Lead plans for the future. In the two breakout rooms I was in, I managed to meet some amazing people with very different life and leadership stories, and our discussions ranged from physics, to music, to children’s literature.


To conclude our Meet and Greet, we welcomed Jas Ratchford, a brilliant singer and songwriter, who performed her song ‘Nobody Else to Call’. This was a lovely way to finish our first event and kick off a series of music/spoken word performances which will accompany many of our speaker events this term. At CWWL we hope to celebrate female and non-binary leaders from a wide range of sectors, and as part of this work we will be using our platform to promote female and non-binary performers and artists from Cambridge and beyond.


It was truly awesome for the team of Cambridge Women Who Lead to learn more about our members, their interests and inspirations, as well as share our vision for the future of the society, despite the physical distance that lies between us all. We are very excited to see the CWWL community grow and cannot wait to welcome even more members at future events!






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