Speaking, Press and Broadcast Inquiries
I would love to speak at your event or be a guest on your podcast or radio show and to talk about how we can re-imagine international development and heal solidarity. I also speak about how we care for ourselves and make a difference, the intersection between Wellbeing and Impact:
My areas of expertise are:
- Thinking radically about healing and change in the International Development Sector (in 2018 I initiated Healing Solidarity a conference about Re-Imagining International Development)
- Using wellbeing as a key principle in our approach to social change
- How our own self-care and healing can enhance our impact as changemakers
- Beating Burnout and Building Internal Resilience
- How we can build our capacity to resist doing-it-all
- Cultivating humane and just leadership within organisations
- How to beat chronic exhaustion and value-drift in the social justice sector
It’s all about how we stop being exhausted and start caring for ourselves as a route to greater impact on the injustice and inequity in our world.
I have personally seen and experienced the burnout that so often comes with change making work and I see an opportunity, at this time, for us to start to do things differently.
You can read more about Mary Ann and her work, here (https://maryannclements.com/about-us/mary-ann/)
I have two decades of experience in the not-for-profit and social justice sectors. I have worked extensively on women’s rights and disability issues internationally. I have lead organisations and consulted with dozens more. I am committed to making the world a fairer place and sees the problems with us over-extending ourselves and exhausting ourselves in our change making work. I believe that these issues directly affect our impact.
I am able to provide insight and analysis, tracking why these problems are showing up so much in people working towards social change and about how we need to change our practice and approach to address them. I can also share the building blocks of the Embodying Change Process which I have developed over the past couple of years which supports individuals and organisations to make the shifts required to enhance their impact without sacrificing their wellbeing.
I have had the pleasure on many memorable occasions of being in the audience when Mary Ann has delivered one of her wonderful talks. She is not just a consummate inspiring speaker; she is also a poet and a story teller, a weaver of compelling and moving narratives which she gathers from her own life experiences. She is ready to share of herself with moving candour while always bearing in mind the needs of the audience and the lessons she intuits they need to learn from her. I know that when Mary Ann gets up to speak, I am going to be taken on a beautiful journey full of vivid detail and soaring emotion and I can heartily recommend her for any speaking opportunity.
Rona Steinberg, Outloud Coaching
Here’s some of stages and podcasts I have been featured on:
- That Hummingbird Life with Meg Kissack
- TedX Covent Garden Women (talking about the Stories of our Grandmothers in 2013)
- F Your Diet with Kimberly Weiss (Episode 7)
- Going There with Jen Vertanen (Episode 049)
I am also the co-host of the Podcast Change Making Women with Ziada Abeid, check out our 70+ shows (and counting) here and a co-founder of The Story Party, a regular story telling soiree in Central London.
Mary Ann is an Accredited Shadow Work Coach, Action Learning Facilitator & a Nia Movement Practitioner. She also holds a degree in Swahili and Social Anthropology and as Masters in Anthropological Research. Between2004 and 2011 she was CEO of the charity AbleChildAfrica between and has two decades of years experience as a leader and practitioner in international development; including developing programmes in three countries for the mental health and wellbeing charity BasicNeeds. She is skilled at professional fundraising and grant-making and has raised millions of pounds for the organisations she has worked for to fund social justice projects. Mary Ann also Chaired a Domestic Violence Refuge and led the organisation through a merger/change process and consulted with other organisations in their change-management processes.
I can promote events and episodes to an current audience of about 3,000 in both solo emails and social media posts.
If you’d like to go ahead and schedule a time on her calendar, please click here. (Of course, I'd be more than happy to schedule myself on your calendar as well.) If you’d like to set up a preliminary chat, Mary Ann is more than happy to do that as well.
I have a reliable microphone, a solid internet connection, and a quiet space for virtual recording.
I trained as an Inspirational Public Speaker with Ginger Public Speaking in 2012.
I look forward to speaking with you soon!