“All of the four speakers were truly inspiring!” was just some of the feedback received from our fantastic afternoon in Leeds on Thursday 11th July 2019.
Mintridge Ambassadors and Team Members, Danielle Brown MBE, Patrick Foster, Alex Paske & Lizzie Simmonds travelled to Leeds to speak to employees of one of our incredibly supportive corporate partners as part of their “Balance” series.
Each speaker shared what balance means to them, whether that be regarding gender, disability, life, or young people which gave the audience a diverse insight into such inspiring backgrounds.
Alex shared the importance of having a life balance as a young athlete and how she now aims to gather perspective with her work / life balance. Without which, her ambitions with the charity which she founded, The Mintridge Foundation, won’t be possible. This resonated with many members of the audience as it came up time and again in the questions at the end.
Double Olympian, Lizzie Simmonds took to the stage after Alex and shared her fascinating insight into the marginal gains of elite sport through goal setting and habit formation. Lizzie stressed the similarities between elite sport and business, and therefore how it is very important to separate yourself from results to gain balance.
As part of Patrick Foster’s drive to create a greater understanding of gambling awareness, he stood before the audience and gave an honest account of his own gambling struggles that disengaged him from his relationship with both himself and those around him. Patrick went onto discuss how he overcame his severe addiction and the habits that he now puts in place to ensure that stress in life can now be handled. This includes mindfulness and yoga.
Last but certainly by no means least, double Paralympic gold medallist, Danielle Brown MBE was the final speaker before the Panel proceedings began. Danielle spoke honestly about the irony that the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 was the very first time that her disability had been irrelevant and how she continues to break down the imbalance of disability both in sport and the workplace.
Everyone rejoined the stage to end the afternoon’s session with amazing questions coming in from the audience:
“Alex, what would you tell your 16-year-old self?”
“Lizzie, how did you cope an athletic body image growing up?”
“How do you recognise stress or mental health problems in others?”
“How do you help others believe in themselves?”
The panel Q&A could have continued for hours as there was so many comparisons between each story and so much enjoyment from each employee wanting to know more.
Thank you very much to our hosts for a brilliant afternoon and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
If your organisation would like to work with our Mintridge Ambassadors, please contact us on 01536 447106.