Professor Sally Brown
Emerita Professor, Leeds Beckett University
Sally Brown enjoys life as an Independent Consultant and Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University where she was, until July 2010, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic). Her role there included supporting the successful bid for the university’s £4.5 million Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching which focused on Enterprise Education. She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth and at Liverpool John Moores University as well as working in around thirty universities a year in the UK and internationally. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University for Services to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with a further Honorary Doctorate being awarded by Kingston University in May 2015.
She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is a Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Senior Fellow and a UK National Teaching Fellow. She is widely published in the field of teaching, learning and particularly assessment. Her latest book (2015) is ‘Learning, Teaching and Assessment: Global Perspectives (Palgrave). Her areas of expertise and workshops as well as a full list of publications can be seen at the website at http://sally-brown.net/
How can we design, deliver and assess a curriculum that actively encourages students to engage fully when learning ? We are currently preparing students for careers that we can’t envisage in employment contexts that don’t yet exist, so setting out to teach a fixed body of knowledge isn’t sensible. Students will need to be competent at locating, accessing, evaluating and using source material so instead we must concentrate on helping students, to be flexible, adaptable, creative, empathetic and competent. Drawing on scholarship and experiences of working globally, this keynote proposes ways to prepare students for purposeful and productive futures.
HR Director of European Operations, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
As the Human Resources Director of European Operations for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Donna oversees all aspects of people development for Enterprise in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain which includes more than 8,000 employees. In her 25 years with the company, she has been instrumental in the recruitment growth for Enterprise in the U.S., Canada and Europe and now serves as one of the company’s directors.
Like the majority of Enterprise’s directors, Donna began her career at Enterprise in the company’s Management Training program. Within one year she was leading the HR and recruitment efforts for one of the Southern California regions.
Donna was promoted to Group Human Resources Manager, and oversaw HR operations for four states in the New York/New Jersey area. In 1999, she was promoted to Corporate Human Resources Manager. In 2002, Donna became Assistant Vice President/HR Director of Enterprise’s HR operations in Europe and in 2012, Donna was promoted to become Vice President of Human Resources.
Donna is co-author of the book ‘Getting it Right’. Written in 2011, this is the first book in the United Kingdom aimed at graduate recruiters and developers.
Donna is originally from Orange County, California. A graduate of San Diego State University, Donna moved to the UK in 2003 and became a British citizen in 2009.
Enterprise educators are working hard to embed enterprise within the curriculum. The rationale for this is that everyone needs to be enterprising, regardless of whether they have ambitions to start a business, go into employment or stay in education. But what value do employers place on enterprise skills when looking for talent and how can educators meet the needs of employers? Donna Miller will discuss how educators and employers can work together to maximize students’ enterprise skills and increase the likelihood of them being successful in the job search process and ultimately in employment.
Economist turned business storyteller
Yamini Naidu is the world’s only economist turned business storyteller. She works with business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the world helping them move from spreadsheets to stories. Rated among the top three business storytellers globally, Yamini is a highly acclaimed speaker, mentor and author. She informs, inspires and entertains audiences all over the world with her practical business insights and fresh ideas. An economist by training (please don’t hold that against her) she has helped clients achieve significant business results, such as increasing employee engagement, leading organisational change, winning multi million dollar tenders and increasing sales …all through the power of organisational storytelling. She believes that whatever you are trying to achieve in business, storytelling can help you get there and in fact guarantees that!
The game of influence has shifted dramatically.
In business, mastering influence has proven to deliver more clients, increased sales and soaring engagement. We’ve seen how influence has evolved and how the power of story can inspire change.
In this keynote, Yamini Naidu, will share her experiences and help us to consider how story-telling can be applied to entrepreneurship education – to inspire students, engage colleagues and influence our environment.
Influence and inspiration in the 21st century is about story power. Yamini will explore why influence is the key to success, how it has evolved and how it can be used to quantum leap our influence.
Innovation Director, SETsquared
Simon is Innovation Director of SETsquared, the award-winning enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. He is also Director of the University of Bath Innovation Centre (www.ubic.org.uk) which helps accelerate the growth of technology-based companies both from the University’s research base and from the private sector and has founded a portfolio of networks to support business innovation – these include Silicon South West, Low Carbon South West, the open Mobile Innovation Camp, and the Assisted Living Action Network. He is a Director of the UK Electronics Alliance, ESCO.
Simon leads the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme business plan training course which is based on the practical experience and track record of SETsquared and the Innovation Centre.
University incubators, accelerators and even germinators are popping up everywhere in response to the national vogue for start-up and entrepreneurial students, graduates and early career researchers. What are the options for universities? How can they capitalise on this demand? And how can an incubator be managed as a contributor to institutional strategic goals rather than as a ‘nice to have’ accessory?