The RBS Women Network invited Mairi to host 2 sessions in Edinburgh to Network members this year. The sessions were a great grounding in some of the science behind gender imbalance and how this can play out in the Corporate world but also our personal lives. Our sessions held around 20-30 to allow for discussion which was lively to say the least. The sessions were about how women compete with one another, the implications for working relationships, and how we can improve these. Mairi was really informative and engaging as a speaker with a relaxed style who spoke about an already much debated topic from a different perspective. It was a great opportunity for a number of Network members from different areas of the business to come together and network, share ideas about what we could do in the workplace but also to recognise the things that were working well for us and the Bank and the strides being made in terms of gender equality.”
Naomi Puri, Internal Mobility Resourcing Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Mairi has delivered two excellent presentations on the biology of women’s health, wellbeing and competition at work for the Lloyds Women’s Network, Breakthrough. Both of these have had very positive and enthusiastic feedback from participants, with many keen to point out how relevant the discussions were to their own situations and working relationships.
Mairi was well-prepared, engaging and set a relaxed tone so participants felt they could share their experiences. She’s a fantastic speaker, full of expertise and brilliant insight about why people behave the way they do, and delivers uniquely useful advice for working women, and we’re keen to work with her again very soon..”
Claire Noble, Senior Manager at Lloyds Banking Group
We asked Mairi, as an evolutionary biologist, to bring something different and refreshing to our conference on IVF and she certainly delivered!
As a speaker, she was engaging and well prepared. The delegates unanimously loved her presentation, which was not only really interesting, funny and entertaining, but also very informative, and brought up new research that’s highly relevant for our practice and, potentially, our marketing.”
Alison Campbell, Group Director of Embryology at CARE Fertility
“We recently asked Mairi to speak at a symposium and she was hugely well received! The feedback from our delegates was very positive and everyone thoroughly enjoyed her talk. She is engaging, amusing and fascinating and has such a wealth of knowledge. She seems able to adapt her talks to be relevant and interesting to many different audiences.”
Susie Lochhead, Edinburgh Dental Specialists
Organiser of East Coast Symposium & Trade Fair
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh 2nd October 2015
“Mairi’s talk at our Congress Dinner was excellent – factual yet entertaining and pitched at just the right level for the audience. Our delegates thoroughly enjoyed it. As the organiser I found Mairi very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to deal with and would highly recommend her.”
Annette Eckersley, Centre for Reproductive Health
Organiser of 2nd International RHG Congress, October 2016
“I just wanted to say that a colleague and I listened to Mairi’s presentation and found it incredibly useful. We work in a very quiet branch with 19 staff, mostly female and there are constant clashes and disputes. Everything she said really rang true and we can see it in so many cases in our staff. We’ve put together a lot of what she said into our own presentation which we are planning on delivering to our staff over the next couple of weeks to give them some food for thought. We’re hoping maybe some awareness of why things are happening might support them to stop fighting against each other so much!
We found it one of the best breakthrough calls we’ve been on so far, it was just so relevant to our workplace!”
Assistant Branch Manager, Halifax, Edinburgh, (attending by WEBEX, a presentation for Lloyds Banking Group on competition among women in the workplace)
“I have long been a great fan on Dr Mairi MacLeod’s blogs on sexy science finding them both entertaining and informative. As part of the organising committee of an annual conference we hold at our Clinic, I suggested that Dr MacLeod was invited to give a presentation at the conference dinner.
Dr MacLeod gave a wonderful talk on a subject which overlapped the themes of the conference, and despite the brief that entertainment was the primary objective, she also included wonderful science related to our field of Assisted Reproductive Technology, but from an evolutionary biology point of view. The delegates were universally impressed and I highly recommend Dr MacLeod.”
Dr Bert Stewart, Head Embryologist, Reproductive Health Group, Centre for Reproductive Health.
“Mairi perfectly blends current scientific thinking and humour into a truly entertaining and educational experience. I’ve never been so intrigued to sniff those sat next to me rather than the food at dinner!”
(the presentation was an after-dinner talk on the importance of odour in attraction and genetic compatibility for fertility)
Simon Lumsdon, Vitrolife, Event Sponsors for RHG Congress
“I would recommend Mairi as a public speaker and thinker who has the rare capability of demystifying complex subjects whilst putting the room at ease with them. Her research and approach to communicating her research is excellent and warm; it is also much needed in this time where people need to find more positive affirmations about human relationships. ”
Alex Dunedin, Director at Ragged University
“• Speaker was excellent and content was very thought provoking. Useful to step back and consider why people behave the way they do and think about how that knowledge can be used in future to improve working relationships. I’d like to see more of this kind of event.
• I’d really like to attend more events like this. It was so interesting and informative, I’d definitely attend another event if Mairi were to be speaking too
• Mairi was a fantastic speaker, full of brilliant insight, it was all so relevant to my everyday work life in a branch full of women. So much food for thought. I have a background in Evolutionary Biology as well so I found the whole thing fascinating. I think it’s the type of call that should be compulsory!! It was great to get some reasons for the way people behave [the way they do]. ”
Participant feedback from one-hour presentation entitled “Covert Competition: Are Women Holding Each Other Back?” for the Women’s Breakthrough Network at Lloyds Banking Group.
“• The speaker was very informative and passionate about her subject matter. I enjoyed it most when she was translating the biological and evolutionary aspects to the working environment.
• Great topics, great time scale and great speaker…simple!
• The subject matter was very interesting and delivered in a way that was so easy to follow. I really enjoyed and found the whole event very interesting.
• The presenter was very engaging with personal experience.
• Good overview of how this impacts on different stages of working life. Mairi was very personable and set a relaxed tone to the event where people felt they could share personal experiences. ”
Participant feedback from one-hour presentation entitled “Oestrogen: Our Love-Hate Relationship with the Feminine Hormone”, for the Women’s Breakthrough Network at Lloyds Banking Group