In conjunction with Business West and the University of the West of England, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is proud to host a series of events entitled: Phenomenal Women.
The fifth in the series features Kalpna Woolf. Kalpna is a major influencer for change in our region – both at senior board level and at a grassroots level. Following an award-winning career in the BBC, as Head of Production overseeing £100m global business including the BBC’s jewel-in-the-crown, the Natural History Unit, Kalpna now works extensively with the creative sector in both an advisory and consultancy capacity and is currently Head of Production at HungryGap TV Productions.
Alongside this, she held positions on business and charity boards including Chair of Trustees for Frank Water, trustee for Knowle West Media Centre and business advisor and Chair of the Skills Group to the West of England LEP Board. She is now a member of the Bristol and Bath Regional Capital Board attracting significant fund into the region for social enterprise projects.
After devising a Masters programme in Production Management in the Media for UWE, she was awarded Visiting professorship for the Faculty of Business and Law and is now on the governing board for UWE.
Intent on redressing the gender and BAME balance on business boards, Kalpna has set up BeOnBoard . It is an indisputable fact that diversity is correlated with both profitability and value creation and that inclusion and diversity delivers competitive advantage and is specifically as a key enabler of growth.
She has written a best–selling food book – Spice Yourself Slim and in 2015, she founded 91 Ways to Build A Global City – an initiative which reaches out to all the 91 language communities in Bristol to bring greater understanding, break down barriers and build a more cohesive city. Three years on, the charity has connected over 10,000 people, run 102 events and won 4 national awards (including BBC’s Food and Farming award, Guild of Food Writers Inspiration award and MTM Woman of the Year award).
The event will begin with Prosecco, canapés and networking. Kalpna's talk will be followed by a practical business coaching session from a member of the Business School of the University of the West of England.