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To mark International Women’s Day this year, Virgin StartUp will be joined by three incredible women, who have overcome significant hurdles to achieve success in the world of entrepreneurship and professional sports.

From the unique perspectives of our speakers, we will discuss - what we can learn about leadership from the world of professional sports? Why is a good business idea alone not enough? Why is it so important to develop the right mindset for success?

Our headline speaker is Morgan Lake - a British Athletics Team GB High Jump Gold Winner- who will be sharing powerful insights on how to survive immense pressure both at home and on the field, in order to achieve your goals.

We will also be joined by two inspirational female entrepreneurs - Shakira Akabusi and Claudia Schroegel, who will share their own lessons as successful entrepreneurs within the world of health and fitness.

After we have heard from our speakers, there will be a chance to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and some of our amazing Virgin StartUp Mentors and Business Advisors (all over a few drinks and nibbles of course!)

Speakers Include:

Morgan Lake, GB Athlete

Morgan Lake is a British Athletics Team GB High Jump Athlete, who in 2014 became the first British Junior athlete to secure a double Gold at the World Junior Championships, in both the Heptathlon and  High Jump. This year, she hopes to continue her success at competitions including the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships.


Shakira Akabusi, founder StrongLikeMum

Shakira Akabusi is the founder of StrongLikeMum, a powerful network dedicated to shattering the stereotype around motherhood, demonstrating that women can still achieve their goals as a mum, whether in business, sports or personal life. 

Shakira is a track athlete and a qualified personal trainer, and has also worked alongside brands such as Adidas UK, Fitpro and Liz Earle Wellbeing, to encourage women to connect positively with their bodies and find strength and focus through sport. 

Claudia Schroegel, co-founder Advent Running

Claudia is a mental performance coach who seeks to challenge mindsets and facilitate change through running.

She is the co-founder of Advent Running an inspirational free-running community with over 4400 members, that aims to keep people motivated and running throughout the year. In 2018, she has also founded the Daybreak project, with the mission to encourage more people to log off and get outside.


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