Storytelling and its ability to transform lives is the theme of the forthcoming The Extraordinary Lady Speaks conference taking place at Fairfield Hall, Croydon on Saturday May 16, 2015.

Speakers lined up to share their stories at this unique event include Laura Morrison, a

Business Mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation, CNN Hero Betty Makoni, founder of the Girl Child Network Worldwide, Mandie Holgate, founder of the Business Women’s Network, and Breast Cancer survivor Lisa Pattenden.

The conference is organised by Sandra Nelson, founder of ‘Lift Effects’, an organisation that hosts events designed to empower and envision those that attend to pursue their dreams and aspiration

Commenting on her forthcoming conference, Sandra stated, “Stories provide a very powerful medium through which transformational ideas can be relayed, information shared and dormant aspirations be awakened. The aim of bringing together some amazing women to speak at the Extraordinary Lady Speaks conference is to make people aware of some of the great things women are achieving and to inspire those present to make a positive difference in the world.”

As well as featuring talks from high achievers, The Extraordinary Lady Speaks conference will also feature the Star Awards, an initiative started in 2013 to recognise ladies that are Stars in their community, i.e., ordinary women who are allowing their light to shine by carrying out work and running projects that support others and help transform lives.

Sandra Nelson commented, “I believe it’s important to recognise those people that have sacrificed their time and resources towards making a difference in the lives of others and these are the true stars. The Star Award will be awarded to such rare species of ladies in our community.”

One of the major aims of Lift Effects events is to support community initiatives, and this year proceeds from the Extraordinary Lady Speaks conference will be donated to three charities Remedia Trust Foundation, that enables large companies and individuals to help the less fortunate in India, Girl Child Network Worldwide which promotes the rights of young girls in Africa and Glowing Future, which provides support and empowers victims of Domestic Violence.

For more details phone Sandra Nelson on 07828 812498 or email

* Lift Effects was founded by Sandra Nelson to put on events which provide platforms for people to share their stories to inspire others.

*The Extraordinary Lady Speaks conference takes place at the Prestigious Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane Road, CR9 1DG on May 16 from 11am – 6pm. Admission is £20 +booking fee. Exhibition stands are available from £50.

* Click to book tickets or/and an Exhibition stand

* Conference speakers are as follows:

HRH Muzvare Princess Betty Makoni: she’s a CNN HERO for her work on Gender and violence and founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide.

Tola “Wise Tola” Onigbanjo: founder of Women4Africa Awards, W4A magazine and blog

Maureen Elizabeth Worrell: author of bestselling book

Jillian Haslam: author of autobiography, “Indian. English” which chronicles her life in India.

Pauline Long: founder of the BEFFTA Award, presenter of the Pauline Long Show on SKY 182 and owner of the biggest film studio in the UK – The East End studio UK.

Natasha Benjamin:   Founder/Director of Free Your Mind

Mandie Holgate: Founder of The Business Woman’s Network and a businesswoman’s coach.

HRH Queen Theodora Ibekwe- Oyebade: She is the first Nollywood actress to be crowned a queen in the UK and she is the Founder/President of the Actors Guild of UK Nollywood, having produced and co-produced many movies in the UK.

Vanessa Oluwole:   Founder of International Woman Of Power (IWoP), and co-founder of the NEA AWARDS and owner of LVLV Events and Wedding Deco.

Michele Yeomans: owner and managing director of Michele Yeomans Speaker,

Dion Johnson: Founder of She Shines Global and The Manager’s Mentor.

Laura Morrison: Business Mentor at Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, an advisory board member of Generation Success and founder of Talented Women.

Lisa Pattenden: Founder of My Absolute Image and Breast Cancer Survivor Confidence Coach

Ms-Che Ann: Founder of the REEBA AWARDS and Invest in Success CIC.