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Marjon to host Women in Leadership Conference

Released: 23.01.19

Plymouth Marjon University is set to welcome Olympian Cassandra Patten for their Women in Leadership Conference in Spring this year.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural conference, Marjon’s Business School will play host to the event which aims to shine a light on women in prominent positions; whether that be in business, sport, academia or the wider world.

Speakers are still being finalised for the event but on top of former Marjon student Cassandra’s talk on her sporting exploits, attendees can expect to hear from women in politics, education, business and other influential roles.  

The conference is free to attend and takes place on 29th March, with both students and the local community eligible to attend. Those interested in either attending or speaking at the conference must email Tracey Brenen on

The event is being organised by the Marjon Student Union and Deputy President Laura Butler hopes it has a lasting impact on those who attend.

“The intention of the conference is that people will feel empowered to do what they want to do in life and get what they want out of it,” said Laura.

“We also want the conference to make an impact on the University itself. Ideally people will feel empowered by the speakers and will come away with that will to empower others around them to do what they want to do in life.”

The conference is taking place again thanks to the success of last year’s event, where staff, students and academics gathered to share experiences and learn about how the experiences of women in leadership roles. Laura wants the Student Union to build on that success, with an even bigger turn-out this year.

Laura continued: “We’re aiming to get lots more people involved in this year’s conference. We want more people there not only to witness these women in leadership share their experiences with us but we also want people to stand up and speak about their own experiences; whether that’s about academics, sports or something about University life.”

The event lasts all day and refreshments will be provided. To register your interest in attending please email Tracey Brenen on

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