Women In Web’s Weekly Round-Up


Happy Saturday! Let’s take a look back at this week in the world of Women In Web.

This week we spoke to Alice Gray, a Neuroscience graduate and STEMinist blogger from Pembrokeshire, Wales about her interest in STEM. Alice has a bright future ahead of her, and our Q&A with her is a must read!

We also spoke to Alison Love, an HR practitioner, employment lawyer and business leader. Alison owns her own business, and will be publishing a book in the coming months. Read her Q&A here. 

This week’s fascinating guest post is courtesy of Natalie Ekberg, a career transition coach and owner of Live Better Coaching. Natalie explains how to use the law of attraction to create career success in this great post!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Eimear McBride wins Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction with first novel

WWI dangers for women left behind

Women on the frontline: female photojournalists’ visions of conflict

The women reporters determined to cover World War II

Women in Web Weekly Round-up


It’s the weekend, so why not take some time out to catch up on our features this week.

We featured a Q&A with Jean Martin Executive Director of CEB’s HR Practice

We also wanted to remind you not to miss Careercake’s event on 14 June.  Read more here!

This week’s Thursday’s question was:  Do you have job interview coming up? Preparing some well researched questions for the panel can potentially tip the job in your favour. Anyone had experience of this recently? Let us know.

Other intersting articles that caught our attention this week include:

Britain needs more risk takers, says Annoushka Ducas

Harriet Green, the Thomas Cook CEO has boosted share prices by 950% and turned around a failing company.

Women in Web Weekly Round-up


The weekend is upon us! So we have pulled together what’s been featured on Women in Web this week. We hope you enjoy our features and we really welcome your comments on our features.


Diane Smith, co-organizer of the first Know Your Value conference that took place in Hartford, CT last week shares her reflections on the event in this exclusive post for Women In Web. Read Diane’s conference reflections


The first Q&A this week was with Aimee Bateman, founder of Careercake.com. Aimee has held senior positions with some of the largest recruitment companies, helped thousands of people achieve their career goals and sourced talent for global corporations as well as smaller entrepreneurial businesses. Read more about her journey here.


Our second Q&A this week was with Julie-Ann Haines, Customer Director with the Principality Building Society. Julie-Ann is responsible for ensuring that the Society stays well ahead of the rapidly-changing nature of its customer base. Her new role saw her appointment to the Group Board. Read Julie-Ann’s Q&A here


This week’s question is: When did you last up date your skills audit? You’d be suprised what new skills you’ll have gathered. Do you include skills from any volunteer work you may do?


Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…
Accountancy is top sector for supporting and retaining female talent


An inspiring video featuring WomenOne CEO Dayle Haddon and how she is working with the Girl Scouts.


New Bentley University research shows who is climbing the career ladder.


#ThisBook Campaign Highlights Books Written By Women – What’s Your Favourite?



Women In Web Weekly Round-Up


Welcome to our weekly round-up of what’s been happening in the world of Women In Web.

This week, I was honored to feature an exclusive Q&A with Washington D.C. based writer, interviewer, broadcaster, photographer and public speaker, Carol Ross Joynt. As a writer and journalist, Carol’s career is one that inspires me, and it was fascinating to speak to her about her professional work as a ‘news outlier’ and her time as a producer for programs including The Charlie Rose Show and Larry King Live. Equally as fascinating is Carol’s insight into her life following the death of her husband in 1997, and her subsequent fight with the IRS to gain ‘innocent spouse’ status due to tax fraud by her late husband. Carol inherited the landmark Georgetown restaurant Nathans, and it was here that she created the fantastic Q&A Café. Nathans closed in 2009 and the Q&A Café is now held at The George Town Club and you can watch some of Carol’s fascinating interviews with some of Washington’s most notable individuals here.

If her Q&A isn’t already fascinating enough Carol is generously giving away a signed copy of her memoir Innocent Spouse for one lucky reader! To read the Q&A and enter the giveaway click here.

We also had the pleasure this week of interviewing Manon Antoniazzi, CEO of Visit Wales. Manon has had a distinguished career, working at institutions including the National Assembly for Wales, BBC Wales and for HRH The Prince of Wales. To find out more about Manon’s work and why you should visit Wales click here.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mightybell as one of our Advocates. Keep your eyes peeled for great Mightybell news and features with individuals that use their community.

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Single, female and under 30? You’re the top choice for a job abroad.

Women are on boards at all FTSE 100 manufacturing firms.

Jill Abramson’s firing shows women that we still must be more than good.

Nine women who spoke out against their industry

Women in Journalism: Carol Ross Joynt

Carol Ross Joynt

Carol Ross Joynt

Carol Ross Joynt is a Washington D.C. based writer, interviewer, broadcaster, photographer and public speaker. I am an avid reader of Carol’s great blog, ‘Swimming in Quicksand,’ and regularly read her contributions to Washingtonian magazine (where she is Editor-at-Large,) and the New York Social Diary.

As a writer and a journalist, Carol’s career is one that inspires me. Carol worked with the esteemed Helen Thomas during her time at United Press International, covered antiwar stories in the 1970s and worked for Time magazine reporting about politics. She was a writer on the CBS Evening News, working with Walter Cronkite, and it was here that the efforts of her and her colleagues were commended with Emmys, the DuPont and Peabody awards for the program’s outstanding coverage of Watergate and Vietnam. Carol has also worked in producer roles at NBC, The Charlie Rose Show, Nightline, Larry King Live and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Carol also directed documentary films, notably for the National Gallery of Art.

In 2011, Carol released her memoir titled ‘Innocent Spouse.’ The book chronicles her life following the death of her husband in 1997, and her subsequent fight with the IRS to gain innocent spouse status due to tax fraud by her late husband. Carol inherited the landmark Georgetown restaurant, Nathans, and it was here that she created the fantastic Q&A Café. Nathans closed in 2009, and the Q&A Café is now held at The George Town Club. Carol regularly interviews a range of fascinating individuals on all topics, and you can watch some of the recordings here.

Innocent Spouse is truly one of the most fascinating memoirs that I’ve read, and Carol’s personal journey of survival inspires the reader to stay strong and make the most of every moment.

Carol has been generous to give a signed copy of Innocent Spouse to one lucky reader- further details on how to enter can be found following our exclusive Q&A. 


Tell us about your journey to where you are today. 

I was always the girl in the pioneer movies who had to make it to the other side of the river, no matter what. Failure wasn’t an option. I’m a driven person. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because my beginnings were humble, but we had a TV, and I looked at the world through that screen and thought, “I want to be part of what’s out there in the biggest possible way.”

There have been many successes, especially early, as I began my career at age 18, and with no college education, only determination. At 22, when I started writing The CBS Evening News for Walter Cronkite, overnight I was earning more money than my father. That was odd. My son, now 22, could lap me. What goes round, right?

Even with early success there were major hurdles, even roadblocks, but I viewed them as that river and that I had to get to the other side. Again and again, I’m bolstered by my family and friends. I do it for me, but also the people who matter to me.

How has your life experience made you the individual you are today?

I’m as comfortable in my skin as I can be, but I’m still a work in progress and hope to always be. I know myself. I like the woman I see in the mirror. I’m open to the world and I love to adapt to change, to be as modern as possible. Just like everyone I can get low. I allow myself a pity party every now and then, but it has to be brief. Like a minute. Self-pity accomplishes nothing. Find the solution. Get through it. If you need help, ask for it. If help is offered, take it.

What have you learned from these highlights and challenges?

To go forward, always, to not live in the past. Mooning over what’s been and gone can be a kind of heartbreak. Take from it what makes you stronger and move on.

Why did you feel compelled to write Innocent Spouse and how has it helped you personally?

It was in my DNA to share that story. If it could happen to me, it could happen to others. If I could get through it, others could, too. Writing it enabled me to purge a lot of the baggage of the 12-year saga. I’m a natural born storyteller, and that was my story to tell.

How has your book helped other women who have experienced similar situations to yourself?

I hope it has helped. I see it as a story of survival against the odds, being thrown into chaos with no guidebook.  How many middle-aged female television producers suddenly become owner of a full-blown saloon on the busiest corner in town? In every way I had to keep calm and carry on, though on the inside I was confused, lost, vulnerable, scared. You name the anxiety and I felt it. All that mattered to me every day was not going down with the Titanic, which is how I viewed Nathans (fun on the upper decks, misery down below, and sinking).

You have your own blog that chronicles your life in Washington D.C. What do you enjoy best about being a blogger?

It’s mine, good or bad. It reaches people all over the world. It’s my ability to communicate directly with an audience, however large or small. A faithful reader who is a screenwriter sent me a review of my writing that I put on my website because it made me proud. I call him “Hollywood Bob,” because I can’t use his real name. It says- Carol Joynt has “a perfect eye, an infallible ear and the unequaled gift of rearranging the alphabet into words which both entertain and mean f**cking something.”

You’re also the brains and host of the Q&A Café series. What have you enjoyed most about doing the series and how do you see it evolving in the future?

I love those 45 minutes of looking into the eyes of an interesting person and asking them questions I’d never get to ask them in any other setting. I have no idea where it will go. I’m thrilled every time I book a new interview, walk into the room, see the crew and the audience.

Do you have any other exciting projects in the pipeline?

Since I’m a sailor, finding my wind.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

All I do is work. Beyond that, I cherish any time with family and friends.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?

I had some wonderful mentors in my early years. They were men, because those were the times. They’ve passed on, but the lessons remain. I have never had a woman mentor, oddly.

Which other female leaders do you admire and why?

I’ve come to admire HIllary Clinton. I warmed to her during her performance as Secretary of State and her relationship with President Obama, who I like a lot. That said I’m not sure she can win the White House, unless the economy improves substantially in the next year. People are hurting and voters will blame the Democrats.

I admire women who are themselves and don’t succumb to the pressure to fit into molds. It’s tougher that way, I know. It breaks my heart to see what some women do to their faces and their bodies in this era to live up to a ridiculous standard of artificial beauty created mostly by people selling products. I admire the women who resist.

Also, spare me women who hold their skyrocketing success over the heads of others, bragging. Often their opportunity is due to means and education and connections, but they soft sell that part and act like it’s that easy for everyone, when it’s not. Their message is: “I’m awesome. Buy my book and you can be awesome, too.” Yeah, right. It’s the quiet, steady and humble success stories that impress me more.

Which words sum up where you have got to today?

Don’t look down.

Innocent Spouse

Innocent Spouse

Fancy winning a signed copy of Carol’s gripping memoir, Innocent Spouse? Send an email with the title ‘Innocent Spouse’ to laura@womenin.org.uk by midnight EST on May 20th 2014. One winner will be drawn at random- and this giveaway is open worldwide. 

Women in Web’s Weekly Round-up



A very warm welcome to our weekly round-up.  Here’s what was on Women In Web this week!

Our first Q&A of the week was with Professor Donna Mead, Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. Professor Mead has had a distinguished career in the fields health and education, and you can read our Q&A with her here.

We also spoke to Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence. The organisation recently released a thought provoking white paper entitled, ‘Women Leaders Breaking Through in their Careers.’Click here to read her Q&A.

We were very much inspired by Rebecca Morris’s story that we had to share it! She has recently completed walking around Wales fundraising for Shelter Cymru.  Her story is a must read.

We are also very excited to share details of a forthcoming conference called Know Your Value. The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, USA, and will feature Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King. We’ll be following the conference and sharing its best bits- for more information click here.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and it could be featured on Women In Web!

This week’s question is: “With the skills and experiences you have gathered to date in your career, do you know what your unique selling point is (USP)?”

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

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Women of Influence call for co-gender CEOs


Carolyn Lawrence, President & CEO of Women of Influence

Carolyn Lawrence, President & CEO of Women of Influence

Women of Influence, an organisation that provides best solutions to women’s advancement has recently released an interesting white paper called ‘Women Leaders Breaking Through in their Careers.’ The North American based organisation is offering a new outlook on a critical issue for women and the future success and profitability of corporate America: the need for more women in the C-suite. According to a group of experts on the topic, one way to do so is to bring together the ultimate “power couple” in the form of co-gender CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, etc. Is corporate Canada and North America ready for this revolutionary and pioneering move? We spoke to the group’s President and CEO, Carolyn Lawrence to find out more. 

What are you hoping to achieve with this groundbreaking white paper?

I believe that the world needs the right solutions to women’s advancement around the world, and we can drive that conversation.

This concept struck me in the wake of reading the Harvard Business Review’s article, years ago, that said “the women’s market is larger than China and India combined, and that it would be foolish for companies to ignore them, but they are doing just that”.  What I realized was that we, the corporate world, and the media, were talking about the gender GAP, and the continued UNDERrepresentation of women in the C-Suite, but not HOW we were going to change it.  Which made me wonder, how DO WE change the game, does anybody know?

It turns out, that no, not a lot of people do know the answers.  So we partnered with the best – Thomson Reuters, who have been equally driven to find the answers to the diversity and inclusion mandate that so many global companies understand is not just a women’s issue, but a business issue.  And we partnered with Barbara Annis & Associates, whose world renowned research and solutions on gender intelligence are showing the best results we’ve seen.

We want to change the conversation, and find the answers and the solutions to women’s advancement.

Were you surprised by any of the findings?

The one finding that we weren’t necessarily looking for, but was an incredible outcome was learning that there are no victims in this group.  We survey senior executive women in the Women of Influence community, and it was so uplifting to learn that none of them felt that the barriers and road blocks and challenges – that we all face – were in any way going to get in their way.  It is a very positive mindset that I believe has been critical to their success.

Why should companies consider co-gender leadership and how can it be used to help women gain a competitive advantage?

What we’re hoping is that companies talk about the possibility of co-gender leadership; and at the very least change the conversation and take us past the stagnant growth in women’s representation in the workforce.

There is tremendous value in having the ultimate power couple at the helm of a company which creates a fully integrated and diversified approach to leadership that will allow companies to approach business from a more effective and successful position. By tapping into the innate skillset of both genders, their unique management styles, and differing insights and perspectives, companies can only benefit from this approach.

How can companies establish a stronger and long-lasting culture of diversity?

To sum it up, be gender intelligent.  But our survey has 9 solutions for corporations to solve women’s advancement, and they are all steps that can be taken immediately.  They’re also steps that if not taken, we believe corporations will be at a real disadvantage in the next 10 years when competing against companies who do get it.

Being gender intelligent means leading with the mindset of understanding, appreciating and leveraging the unique strengths of men and women at the table.  It’s simple, but it’s a game changer and it’s had proven results around the world so far.  For example, one of the largest management consulting firms in the US has been able to report saving hundreds of millions in annual turnover costs as a result of implementing gender intelligence practices.  And on average companies who are gender intelligence report 34% higher profit margins.  You can’t, or shouldn’t, ignore the compelling business case, one of your competitors will inevitably tap into this.

How can women advance their own careers and overcome some of the challenges that have been highlighted by this research?

  • Don’t fall prey to the victim mentality.
  • Be aware of the business environment.
  • Become skilled at recognizing the unwritten rules to navigate the system and network strategically.
  • Recognize there are blind spots in the recruiting and interview process; be aware, and be comfortable self-promoting.

How will Women of Influence act upon this white paper and actively address its findings?

On May 12th we are launching a series of new courses and workshops specifically designed tackle the 7 pitfalls for women in business, that we share in the report.  So we can tailor executive education to the most strategic places where it’s needed most.  And, we offer full scale gender intelligence training through diagnostic analysis, workshops, speakers, and even train the trainer courses for large Human Resource departments ready to see their initiatives work.

For more on Women of Influence click here. 

Women in Health: Professor Donna Mead, Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales

Professor Donna Mead

Professor Donna Mead

Professor Mead trained in Merthyr School of Nursing winning the gold medal for best student in training. Her early clinical experiences sparked off a desire to work with children and she eventually became a paediatric ward sister.

From 1983 to 1985 Professor Mead studied at the University of Manchester where she obtained an MSc and successfully completed teacher training. Professor Mead took up her first teaching post. She shortly thereafter set up and led the first B.Nurs (Pre Registration Course) in the North East Wales Institute, Wrexham; and became a Consultant Nurse with Clwyd Health Authority.

In 1989, Professor Mead moved to the Nursing Research Unit at the University of Wales College of Medicine to take up the post of Senior Research Assistant. She worked on an all Wales study into primary nursing, which was commissioned by the Welsh Office, Nursing Division. During this time she began her Doctoral studies.

Professor Mead was appointed Assistant Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Care at the University of Wales, Swansea in 1991. She was Head of Research and Graduate Studies. Professor Mead completed her PhD in 1993.

In 1996, she was appointed Professor of Nursing and Head of the School of Care Sciences at the University of Glamorgan, and in 2005, Professor Mead became the Dean of the newly formed faculty of Health, Sport and Science. That same year she was also awarded the RCN Welsh Board record of achievement.

Professor Mead has always maintained close links with the NHS. She was the higher education representative on the Welsh Nursing and Midwifery Committee for six years, and she led the team which produced the first ever policy document to be issued from the newly formed National Assembly for Wales, ‘Realising the Potential: A strategy for Nursing, midwifery and Health Visiting in Wales’.

Professor Mead received an OBE for her services to healthcare, the Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing and is an Officer of The Order of St John.

Tell us about your journey to where you are today.

I’ve had an interesting journey! I’m currently the Dean of a faculty which has a whole raft of different subjects including nursing and health care, social work, police, sport, education. Nurses are still not seen as those who will rise to executive positions, so I think that makes my journey all the more interesting.

From a very young age I knew I wanted to be a nurse. My Mum bought me a nurse’s uniform when I was a child and I also went to St. John meetings in my village. At grammar school I achieved nine good O levels and when I announced that I wanted to be a nurse some of the teachers said it would be a waste of a good education and they washed their hands of me! I felt that they were discounting me and my passion, and so I left school at 17 to do a pre-nursing course. There weren’t many degree courses around in the late 1960s and 1970s and I did a conventional State Registered Nurse course in Merthyr Tydfil. I had a real drive to succeed and I discovered there was a London University nursing diploma franchised to Swansea Institute of Higher Education which I commenced almost as soon as I qualified. It was a 2-year part time course and I passed.

I continued to gain staff nurse experience but I also wanted to broaden my clinical horizons. I came to Cardiff to work at Llandough Hospital. From there I went to study for a Masters Degree in Nursing at Manchester University. There was only four fully funded places a year for the whole of UK to study the course at Manchester, and I was accepted for one of them. I was able to study under an influential lady called Jean McFarlane, Baroness of Llandaff. There was however a bargain to be struck- the General Nursing Council weren’t able to fund academic courses so you were required to study professional courses at the same time as academic courses. In the first year therefore, I obtained the registered clinical nurse teacher qualification and in the second year, a registered nurse teacher qualification (most people would recognise this as the post graduate certificate in education). Studying for a Masters degree at the same time as the professional qualifications made for an intense 2-year full time course and almost everyone who was a graduate of that programme has become an influential individual in nursing. It was a fantastic immersive learning experience.

I had become keen to train as a teacher because when I was a ward sister (before I went to Manchester) I was required to mentor all the students who came to the ward to gain clinical experience. They required teaching at different levels. I often wondered if I was pitching it right for everybody. My main impetus was to gain a teaching qualification so the Masters degree was a real bonus. I returned to Wales and worked at the Prince Charles Hospital in the School of Nursing. This provided me with a good grounding in the fundamentals of teaching nurses. I also wanted to be closer to my mother who was ill, and some time after she passed away I began to look around for what to do next. I found a new opportunity in North Wales as a Senior Lecturer in what is now Glyndwr University. My role was to establish a degree in nursing (the first in the area) and also to be a consultant nurse. I soon realised that I was settling in academia and, therefore, I needed a PhD. I found an opportunity at Cardiff University, where Welsh Office funding had been obtained by Professor Jillian Macguire to undertake a two year study into primary nursing. I began work as a research assistant which was a bit of a come down after being a senior lecturer. Nevertheless it was worth it to complete my academic education. I then moved to Swansea University into the post of Assistant Director of Education in the nursing department. There I established a degree course in Nursing and completed my doctoral studies. I spent four happy years there. Then an opportunity arose to become Head of School at the University of South Wales (formerly the University of Glamorgan,) and I have been there ever since.

How has your life experience shaped you as an individual?

I was born in the South Wales Valleys into a mining family. My father became a miner at 14 years old. There was no opportunity for him to go to University. He rose to the rank of fireman which is the highest you could go without a formal engineering qualification. He decided to form a cooperative and with some of his colleagues they established their own private, drift mine. He did the surveying and that mine still produces coal today. The venture plunged the family into poverty as it made very little money in the beginning and what profit was made was placed back into the mine’s development. Poverty has always stuck with me, and one of my driving forces is that I don’t want to be poor. My parents later divorced and I was raised by my mother. I also watched male members of my family suffer with respiratory diseases from working underground, and this has always stuck with me. When I worked in Llandough Hospital, I nursed miners who had crippling respiratory diseases from years spent underground. I have a real heart for the Valleys and the communities within them. You have to be true to yourself and my background has ingrained in me a deep sense of – this is where I want to be, to see what difference I can make. Julian Tudor Hart once said that those who have the greatest need for healthcare have the least access to it and I want kick that trend by having in a South Wales University the best possible clinical facilities for students to learn. My social mission is to encourage individual men and women from the local community to study to become a nurse or midwife. This means that you ensure that there is a qualified workforce in the local community. It often means that on qualifying as a staff nurse, there is a wage earner for the first time in some families and for some families also it means the first graduate which can change a family’s aspirations for ever.

What have the highlights and challenges been during your tenure?

There have been many highlights including achieving a gold medal in training for being the best student nurse of the year, earning my PhD, being awarded the OBE, and becoming an officer of the Order of St John and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

When devolution came to Wales, the then Chief Nursing Officer wanted a brand new nursing strategy. I was selected to do write this along with my small team, and we had to turn it round in six weeks when normally it should have taken three years! It was the first ever policy document that was endorsed by the National Assembly for Wales, and it provided a strategy that would develop a nursing profession fit for the 21st century, and one which would enable nurses and midwives to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients. In order to deliver nursing care for patients with complex needs, I argued that a graduate workforce was necessary and this was accepted. I think the NHS in Wales has achieved this without compromising patient care.

I think that one of my proudest achievements is playing a key role in getting nursing established as a proper academic discipline. Florence Nightingale said that to be a good nurse you have to be a good woman and she refused to allow nursing to be studied in a University. There are people today who still believe that all that is needed to become a good nurse is to have a caring disposition. It’s been a big challenge to overcome this. You read phrases that graduate nurses are too posh to wash or too clever to care. There is no evidence for this and convincing some people that nursing needs to be studied at degree level because the needs of patients today are so complex has been a real challenge.

What’s a typical day like for you as the Dean of Faculty?

I don’t have a typical day and this does have drawbacks, as I’m not allowed to teach anymore because of my schedule (you have to be available on the same day of the week at the same time for 15 weeks). I do, however, supervise some PhD students. I am grant holder for an All Wales research collaboration. I am very much an “outward facing” Dean. For example, I’m an independent member of one local health board, a trustee of St John Cymru Wales and a Governor of Neath Port Talbot College Group. I’m also a member of the Bevan Commission and the Welsh Nursing and Midwifery Committee.

What are your current research projects?

When I came to the University I wanted to grow research, as there was very little going on. In order to be able to grow research, I became a methodologist and provided advice to staff and students on the best methods for their investigations and studies. I figured that I could always obtain clinical advice. Six years ago I formed a consortium amongst all universities in Wales which provide health courses to in order build research capacity in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions. One of the key aims of the collaboration is to pool the intellectual capital of academic nurses and allied health professionals across Wales in order to develop sufficient numbers of researchers able to study patient care. We do this by supporting individuals to obtain a PhD and the collaboration has been successful both in terms of the amount of funding received and in the numbers of health professionals obtaining their doctoral qualification.

What advice would you offer those looking to become a nurse?

Go for it! It is still one of the most rewarding professions and one in which the possibilities to diversify are endless. I’ve been fortunate to travel to countries such as Canada, Finland, Malaysia, Malta and Syria- all as a consequence of my work as a nurse. It has brought me joy to look after patients and students and to do research.

Nursing is not an easy option as you work much harder than conventional university students due to a longer academic year and more teaching every week. It’s a hard course and you need to be determined.

What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace, particularly in the health sector?

Professional nursing started in the Crimea and Florence Nightingale had the chance to put nursing into universities but didn’t. I believe this has held nursing back for over 100 years- and it took Wales to put this right! We’ve not had a graduate workforce and there is a public perception of nurses mopping a fevered brow, when actually it is a highly intellectual and skills based profession. There’s also the close proximity to another profession, medicine which has impeded the development of nursing through it paternalistic relationship with nursing. Even within nursing, gender issues have been experienced. For many years it was the case that men were a very small proportion of the nursing workforce yet they held the majority of the senior roles. There’s also the baggage of being a woman- self-esteem issues, childcare and career breaks to raise a family. When I joined the profession the days of having to leave if you were married were not long over! This situation has changed.

For example, I attended the 203 Welsh Field Hospital homecoming recently. The commanding officer is Colonel Tina Donnelly. She’s a woman and a nurse. Likewise the Chief Executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board, Allison Williams is a woman and a nurse. It will be easier for future generations of nurses to achieve the top positions.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?

I’ve never sought out a mentor but there have been four people who have been very influential who I will always remember. 1) There was a Ward Sister who I worked with for 3 years and I learned the value of wisdom from her and how she helped people come to terms with issues and provided practical solutions to problems. 2) A senior tutor in my first teaching role also taught me wisdom and perspective. 3) I was fortunate enough to study with Baroness Jean MacFarlane, and I learnt from her how to get a nursing department in a medical University established- quietly, persistently, and methodically. What I learned from her I applied to establishing a nursing department in the University where I now work. 4) Finally, a gentleman who unlocked my fear of Maths when I was doing my Masters degree, and he helped to make me the researcher I am today.

Who are your role models?

I’d like to think I inspire others! I don’t have a role model myself, but I admire traits in individuals. I’d like to think I am like Betsi Cadwaladr, a Welsh nurse and contemporary of Florence Nightingale, who was tenacious and feisty!

How do you make the most of your down time?

I spend time with my three grandchildren, Daniel, James and Sam and on my boat. In the winter months I make greeting cards and scrapbook albums to exercise a different part of my brain.

What words sum up where you have got to today?

Tenacity and stamina.

Walking around Wales: Fundraising for Shelter Cymru

1048919_1437573139819020_6518883326523238442_oWe’ve been so inspired by Rebecca’s story that we had to share it!

On 1st March, Rebecca Morris left her home and began her ten week journey to walk around Wales to raise money for Shelter Cymru.

In her own words:

“I love walking and wanted a challenge. I have been passionate about the work of Shelter ever since I can remember. May be it is because much of my life I have been a walker with my tent on my back. I have been wet and cold on many occasions but it has been my choice and I have always had a lovely warm house to return to. When I decided to circumnaviagate the Welsh border it was obvious that the charity I would choose to benefit from my adventure would be Shelter Cymru.

I plan to walk all the way round Wales. Leaving home on St David’s day and walking North up Offa’s Dyke path to Prestatyn then all the way around the coast (including Anglesey) to Chepstow and finally along the southern half of Offa’s Dyke home to Llanfairwaterdine.

1050 miles and 10 weeks away from home! I’ll be staying in a variety of places-  some hostels, sometimes in a camper van with my husband or a friend and very often on my own in a tent.”

Rebecca has walked on farmland, mountains, forests and woods, rocky beaches, sandy beaches, promenades, piers, sand dunes, estuaries, main roads, country lanes, majestic clifftops, up hill, down dale.

For the last 60 days she has not been in a supermarket, made a shopping list, sat on a sofa, walked the dog, worn a dress, used an iron, watched television, worn wellies, been to the hairdresser- the list goes on!

Rebecca is predicted to finish her journey on 14th May, so there’s still time to sponsor her for this really important cause. Find out more about her journey here, and you can donate via her MoneyGiving page.

Women In Web Weekly Round-Up


Hope you are having a good May Day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. Why not grab a cuppa and take a few minutes to catch up with what we have featured on the site this week for you!

The first is an Advice Post from Kim Love, Founder of the LoveLife Program who talks about how to use food to combat anxiety. Check it out here!

We also featured a Q&A with Rathna Sharad, Founder of runway2street.  Rathna combined a love for fashion with years of experience in technology. Check out her Q&A here!

We are also very excited to share details of a forthcoming conference called Know your Value.  The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, USA, and will feature Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King. We’ll be following the conference and sharing its best bits- for more information click here.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and it could be featured on Women In Web!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

A great video about women (and men!) redefining leadership: http://ow.ly/wpJNX

5 tips for improving your personal brand online http://gu.com/p/3zt98/tw

New research shows that women are more stressed than men. What are your thoughts? http://ow.ly/wdqg2

How to create more young female entrepreneurs www.theguardian.com