Step Up: How can you transform your career in just 10 minutes a day?

Hosted by LSE Power and the LSE Literary Festival

Thai Theatre, New Academic Building,


Phanella Mayell Fine

Phanella Mayell Fine

Alice Olins

Alice Olins


Tina Fahm

Tina Fahm

Women's careers aren't just in the ether, they're on the front pages of newspapers, inside glossy magazines, on the radio, across the internet and they're being discussed on a daily basis in governments all around the world. Sure, if you look at gender-split statistics, the situation is as depressing as it's ever been, but the reality is slowly catching up with the legal framework. But how do you succeed as a woman today, and how do you succeed as you? In this talk, Phanella Mayall Fine and Alice Olins, authors of Step Up: Confidence, Success and your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes A Day will share their tips on how even the busiest of us can achieve success, lead authentically and find balance between work and life.

The Step Up Club (@thestepupclub) is a fresh, new voice in the career conversation. Through their stylish events, online content and weekly newsletter, The Step Up Club will make you feel empowered, boost your skill set and broaden your network. 

Phanella Mayell Fine (@phanfine) is an executive coach and development consultant. She coaches and trains professionals across Europe for clients including top law firms and investment banks on topics including women’s leadership and advancement, self-presentation, maternity and return to work. A mother of three, her extensive practical experience is supported by her Masters in Organisational Behaviour awarded with Merit from Birkbeck, University of London. Phanella began her career as an international finance lawyer working on multi-billion dollar transactions in London and New York. She then moved to become the only female fund manager on JP Morgan’s flagship European Equity Fund desk managing in excess of 20 billion Euros.

Alice Olins (@AliceOlins) has worked at or written for nearly all of the country’s broadsheets and women’s glossies. She spent a decade at The Times as its Senior Fashion Writer, where she contributed front-page stories as well as big hitting fashion and lifestyle interviews for Times2 and the Saturday Magazine. Then came a stint as Marie Claire’s Fashion Features Director, where she commissioned, wrote and edited a weighty proportion of the magazine and co-founded the new publication Marie Claire Runway. Today, with two daughters in tow, Alice is the Fashion Features Director-at-Large at Red magazine, and continues to write on a freelance basis for publications including, The Daily Telegraph, LivingEtc and The Daily Mail on fashion, lifestyle and now women's careers.

Tina Fahm is CEO of a consulting firm that designs and delivers transformational learning programmes in governance. Tina became a governor of the LSE in 2010; she is a member of the School’s governing Council and chairs the Audit Committee.

LSE Power (@lse_power) is LSE’s Professional Women’s Network.

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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".


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