Lesley Stephenson is one of Europe’s leading keynote speakers and corporate communication trainers. She has spoken at national and international corporate events for dozens of companies including UBS AG, BBC, DHL International GmbH, ALSTOM Holdings, Swiss Finance Institute, IBM and Biogen International GmbH. She has trained for dozens of international companies such as Sanofi Genzyme, Biogen International GmbH, FIFA, Julius Bär Gruppe AG, Credit Suisse Group AG, Landis + Gyr AG, The Dow Chemical Company, ABB Ltd, Siemens AG, Swiss Re Group Company, Swisscom AG, etc.

As a speaker, Lesley has made numerous television appearances in Switzerland and the UK. She has spoken on radio in the UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland and Germany, and to live audiences in 16 countries across 4 continents. She has twice won the European Speech Contest in the framework of Toastmasters International, and also the Australian Speech and Evaluation Contests.

Lesley has international experience as a school teacher and student mentor. In Australia she has taught at both private and government schools including the indigenous Boggabilla Primary School. She has trained both staff members and students in communication skills at ISB International School of Brussels, run staff trainings and MC’d events for ZIS Zurich International School, and delivered a youth leadership program at the International School of Zug.

Through her charity Ethiopian Enterprises, Lesley is currently building a model rural primary school in northern Ethiopia, a long-year project of which she is the leader. She teaches regularly at this school and others in the area, and has also lectured at the University of Mekelle in northern Ethiopia.


FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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