Sylvia Baldock,              Personal Impact Thought Leader

Sylvia has been transforming lives from the tender age of 13 when she ran a youth group for deprived teenagers in Glasgow. Throughout her varied career from theatre sister in open heart surgery to a speaker and masterclass facilitator, Sylvia has inspired 1,000s of people to recognise the unique value they bring to the workplace, and to lead with confidence and purpose increasing engagement, creativity and productivity.

Jojo Fraser,            Mental Health Researcher

Jojo is an award winning author, coach, podcaster and motivational speaker. She is a regular speaker on BBC Radio, lover of trail running, wild swimming, and she loves to sing.  Jojo writes about all things mindfulness, relationships, positive psychology and lifestyle. Her mission is simple – to normalise what many see as ‘the hard’ conversations and in breaking the stigma, save many lives.

Lori Lex,                              Performance artist

Guess who's back!
I am 
I am weird
I am me
Follow my journey on discovering my self worth, to owning it. I am a performance artist. I love to talk to the moon. He tells me about the sun, I tell him about me. It's a vibe it's all I know. I am part of an amazing all girl comedy club called Witsherface and a community drama called Nae Drama. 

Susannah Laing, Actor / Creative

Susannah was born in Troon, Scotland. She has travelled many  parts of the world formerly as a professional athlete and now professional actor. Susannah loves creating and draws from deep experiences from many challenges in her life. 
She's fearlessly going to share on some hard hitting topics which aren't spoken about enough but affect many. 

Elisa Iannacone, Camerawoman

Elisa has worked across six continents as journalist and cinematographer, producing work for outlets such as National Geographic, Newsweek and BBC World. Her traveling art exhibition and book, The Spiral of Containment: Rape's Aftermath, detail her experience as a rape survivor healing trauma through powerful visuals, alongside 24 fellow survivors' stories.

Paula Lacobara, Transformational coach

Paula Lacobara is a transformational coach who teaches women entrepreneurs to activate and integrate feminine principles so they can experience more ease, fulfillment and flow in their everyday life. She teaches women how to balance their feminine and masculine energies in life AND business so they can create unlimited abundance and meaningful success on their terms.

Moyo Akande        Actor, Producer

Scottish-Nigerian Moyo Akandé grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, before heading to London to specialize in her love of acting. She now has an extensive list of film and television credits in particular for the BBC and has worked consistently in theatres across Britain with Oliver and Tony award-winning directors. Her passion for film and diverse storytelling led her to co-found an independent production company, Lucid Dreamers Productions with her sister, where they continue to produce international content from a fresh perspective. 

Clann An Drumma, Performers

Clann An Drumma are a tribal band from Glasgow, Scotland with their highland bagpipes mixed with a twist of tribal drumming to get the blood stirrin'.

With the effects of 2020 knocking out their usual performance schedule, they have been working on their indie-folk side-project, Sons of Alba, as well as the next Clann An Drumma album. Along with a few other goals behind the scenes, they're looking forward to an exciting 2021 of new music, videos and in particular New York Tartan Day Parade in New York City, April 2021!


Vicky Allan,          Author

Vicky Allan is an author, journalist for the Herald. She is passionate about ways in which we can rewild ourselves - and be changed by spending time in the natural world. Her books include Taking The Plunge and For The Love Of Trees, both co-authored with photographer Anna Deacon, and Still Hot!, a book of menopause stories. In this time of climate crisis, she believes times spent in nature can help us become more fearless and trigger action in all parts of our lives.She is also an avid wild swimmer.

Anna Pettigrew, Karaoke Queen

Anna Pettigrew is a very local voice! Right here in Cumbernauld. Retired, widowed since 2013 after 50 years of marriage, mother to 5 sons, grandmother to 11 grandchildren and great grandmother to two grandsons with a third one on the way! Anna needed a way to connect while completely isolated during lockdown so she turned to her lifelong joy: singing. She appears live every single night, on Facebook, bringing cheer to anyone who listens!

Sharon McNally Shakespeare's kids founder

Starting off in the corporate world of finance, Sharon decided to combine her love of kids literature and drama and set up Shakespeare’s kids. A children's filmmaker and script writer, Sharon has seen her happy troops through many trailblazing initiatives like being the only group allowed to film at Stirling Castle! More recently, the group was recompensed with a young Scot awards!

Kirsty Barr    Burlesque Dance Teacher

After surviving domestic abuse and using her passion for dance to heal to the point she now performs burlesque as Temptress Valentine and fire breathes and backing dances with Fierce Dance Troupe,  Kirsty wanted to share this feeling of empowerment. She now builds confidence in women through teaching Burlesque Chair Dance ®️ and School of SOS dance fitness classes. Her mission is to further use these skills to help prevent young women from suffering abuse using the medium of dance within education to build self esteem and self worth. 

12 women. 12 stories. Talks, Acts, Performances. 
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