Tanni Grey-Thompson - The road to resilience
In honour of International Women’s Day, Lift As You Climb was delighted to welcome Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE. Tanni is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, a passionate campaigner, a high-profile strategic leader, a public figure, a wife and mother and a former elite-athlete.
One of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympic athletes, Tanni knows what it takes to succeed and how to build a successful team. Her position as a cross-bencher is well suited to her; she uses her objective faculties to scrutinise and anticipate the unintended consequences of individual decisions, policies and legislation.
Tanni has unique skills to defuse and deflect negativity and can help others adapt those same skills for their use. In 2000 she was voted into third place in the BBC Sports Personality awards, however the BBC hadn’t provided a ramp or means for Tanni to join the other winners on the stage. There was an outcry, Tanni stayed calm throughout, but the gaffe by the broadcaster highlighted the lack of facilities for disabled people.
John Amaechi - The power of mentoring
John is a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. In the US and Europe, he works with aspiring and already high-achieving individuals as well as medium to large-sized organisations looking for an edge. He is often retained to help identify and implement ways to increase productivity by improving communication & leadership skills, organisational culture and climate – often where mainstream options have failed.
He’s proven himself adept at achieving the seemingly impossible by scaling to the heights of the best basketball league in the world, the National Basketball Association, after starting the game aged 17. From first picking up a ball, he went to a ‘starting five’ position on the Cleveland Cavaliers in just six years. His personal drive, perseverance and planning are augmented by his post-retirement research and education in psychology. He is a true ‘triple threat’ when working with individuals and organisations that want to change
Inaugural Event With Margaret McDonagh
In 2012 business woman and member of the House of Lords Margaret McDonagh read an article that said corporate UK had lost 40% senior female executives in the previous decade. It drove her to co-found The Pipeline, an organisation which aims to increase the number of women at the most senior levels of large organisations.
Margaret ran Labour’s 1997 and 2001 General Election campaigns which saw the most successful results for any party in Britain’s history. She was the first female and youngest General Secretary of the Labour Party. She’s had a successful corporate career serving as a NED for both Standard Life and Spanish based infrastructure company Abertis -TBI (global airports). Margaret was also the founding Chairperson of Smart Energy GB.