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Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift

A series of conversations with distinguished professional women, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift

A series of conversations with distinguished professional women, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

Watch past conversations

About the series

Professional women do amazing things and have cut through many glass ceilings.

What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn't expected of them?

For a student setting out, the life of senior professionals may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started.

The trajectory after university is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.  

This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent professionals who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to 'life', what tips do they wish they'd been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret? 

Upcoming conversations

Past conversations

Professor Alison Finch

Honorary Professor Emerita in French Literature at the University of Cambridge and Churchill Fellow.

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Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell

Astrophysicist and co-discoverer of the first radio pulsars in 1967.

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Martha Lane Fox

Businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant. 

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Dr Helen Czerski

Physicist at University College London, author, science broadcaster for the BBC and an alumna of Churchill College. 

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Bridget Kendall

The first female Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University’s oldest College and formerly the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent.

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Professor Dame Sally Davies

Former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and incoming Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Professor Alice Roberts

Broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham 

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Jackie Ashley

Political journalist, broadcaster and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

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Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University and Honorary Fellow of Churchill College.

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Professor Mary Beard

Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College.

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Professor Uta Frith

Professor Emerita at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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