The annual IWF UK Autumn Reception is an opportunity to connect with fellow members, meet prospective members and engage in a broader discussion centred on a topic linked to the IWF UK key purpose and mission. It did not disappoint.
At the Board and Strategy meetings on Tuesday 15th September, newly elected IWF UK Chair, Shirley Cooper announced the appointment of Susan Young and Sylvana Caloni as Vice Chairs of the IWF UK Board.
Susan Young chaired IWF UK from 2012 to 2014. She is an American entrepreneur who settled in London three decades ago. Susan initiated “PORTRAYED”, 30 portraits of past IWF UK Chairs for the 25th Anniversary. In 2009 she pivoted from senior executive roles to help build City Academy, one of London’s leading performance and creative arts companies.
Members heard the fascinating stories from three published authors, Alison Maitland, Christine Brown-Quinn and Alla Bashenko, about what inspired them to write, how they learned to start writing and the efforts it requires.
IWF UK Members reveal that working too much, a racing mind and feeling anxious result in too little sleep. The impact of lack of sleep is seen on physical & mental health, team effectiveness and economic cost due to lower productivity. Dr Katharina Lederle provided evidence on the benefits of sleep and useful tips to wake up feeling refreshed.