Women@Beryl celebrates IWD 21

Women@Beryl network launches a series of panel discussions to celebrate IWD21

The Women@Beryl network will host our inaugural International Women’s Day series to celebrate this year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge – to raise awareness against bias and take action for equality in cycling and micromobility.

A series of panel discussions will run online from 8-11 March and will include thought-provoking discussions from an amazing lineup of women who are leading the way in business, the media, tech and micromobility. 

Supported by our partner Landor Links, attendees will be able to join five sessions over four days each focusing on a different theme.  

Monday 8th March - 18.00 - 19.00 

Women Leading in Mobility

This panel aims to shine a light on the women shaping the mobility industry and examine how they got to where they are. We’ll discuss challenges faced as well as challenges they’re raising - as we navigate the panels personal journeys to leadership and ask how more women can and should do the same.

Moderated by: Georgia Yexley, Head of Growth and Chair of Women @ Beryl


  • Emily Brooke, Co-founder and NEC of Beryl
  • Caroline Seton, Head of Growth & Strategy & Co-founder, Human Forest
  • Jenni Gwiazdowski, Director, London Bike Kitchen
  • Emily Cherry, Chief Executive, Bikeability Trust
  • Kristina Gibson, Head of Product and Growth, Dott
  • Georgina Smallwood, Chief Product Officer & Board Advisor, Tier

Register here for the Women Leading in Mobility debate

Tuesday 9th March - 18.00 - 19.00 

Challenging perceptions of female cyclists in the media 

This panel will focus on the media’s role in shaping our perception of female cyclists as well as the media’s role in challenging held perceptions. Our panelist will discuss the changing tides, progress that has been made and the issues that remain to be challenged.

Moderated by: Nyree Hughes, PR and Communications Lead at Beryl


  • Alex Davis, Social Media & Community at Look Mum No Hands and one half of Wheel Suckers podcast
  • Dr Lesley Ingram-Sills, Lecturer in Sport, Exercise & Health at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Jools Walker, Cyclist, Author and Presenter
  • Laura Laker, Freelance Active Travel (Cycling and Walking) Journalist and Editor

Register here for Challenging perceptions of female cyclists in the media debate

Wednesday 10th March - 18.00 - 19.00 

Intersectionality in the 'Diversity in Tech Mobility' conversation

In this session we will discuss the importance of including intersectionality in the conversation about Diversity. Our panelists have a wide range of expertise in highlighting and championing diversity of thought, experience and approach in the tech and mobility sectors. We’ll be discussing diversity as it pertains to all protected characteristics

Moderated by: Ann Oduwaiye, UX and Product Designer at Beryl


  • Nadine Grant, User Researcher & Founder of Talk About Dyslexia
  • Ifat Tejani, Chair Evolve Cycling Network for Muslim Women, Breeze Champion, Level 1 Coach and Cancer Survivor
  • Galuh Rohmah, Expansion project manager & Co-Founder of Women of Tier
  • Kathryn Tingle, Chief Information Officer, Sainsburys
  • Chioma Fanawopo, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Register here for Intersectionality in the 'Diversity in Tech Mobility' conversation

Thursday 11th March - 12.30 - 13.30 

Developing future female leaders

A chance to discuss how to empower women to become the leaders of the future within the tech industry. Starting with our panelist's own experiences and journey so far, we’ll hear about meaningful moments in which other women have supported and empowered them, and how they are now (in their current roles), becoming that ally to help other women advance into leadership roles.

Moderated by:  Michelle Constante, Head of Design at Beryl


  • Romy Roeder, VP People, Tier
  • Sara Nanayakkara, Leadership Coach, Director of Nth Level Consulting Ltd, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator for Brené Brown. Trustee of Women Of Colour Cycling Collective
  • Abbie Butler, Head of transformation, Sky and chair of Women@Sky
  • Jenny Gladman, Director, Brightsmith
  • Nicki Sprinz, Managing Director, Ustwo London, Lisbon & Tokyo

Register here for Developing future female leaders discussion

Thursday 11th March - 18.00 - 19.00 

Feminism & Gender Balance in Urban Planning & Policy

In this panel, we’ll examine the idea of feminist urban planning and ask how gender impacts the way we currently (and ought to) plan our cities. Discussing the roles of both the public and private sector in bringing women’s needs and perspectives into our Urban planning and policy.

Moderated by:  Scherezade Bejarano, Business Development and Policy at Beryl


  • Tiffany Lam, Inclusive cycling expert
  • Olga Anapryenka, Senior consultant, New Mobility at Steer
  • Fiona Blackley, Head of Neighbourhoods and Networks, Sustrans
  • Chante Harris, Senior Manager of Venture for ClimateTech
  • Eleanor Chappel, Head of Data for UK E-scooter trials & Gender Equality network Co Chair, DfT
Register here for Feminism & Gender Balance in Urban Planning & Policy discussion