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'In conversation with' Susan Heaton-Wright

Dear ,

We are delighted to invite you to join us on Thursday 11 February from 7.30 to 8.30pm for our new series 'In conversation with'. A current student will be interviewing alumna, Susan Heaton-Wright about her career.


Susan Heaton-Wright is a global virtual impact, communications and speaking trainer for corporate clients. She empowers talented people to create memorable and engaging business conversations. She is the creator of the Superstar Communicator™ methodology: an international speaker; the MD of award winning music company, Viva Live Music, podcaster and a former prize winning international opera singer.


Susan loved being at Hild Bede: rowing for the college before being promoted to the University team. She spent far too much time bopping at Klute. After leaving Durham, Susan planned to travel the world whilst teaching. Unfortunately this was cut short due to illness. But her career journey illustrates that when one door closes, you have to look for the next door to open!


She delivers virtual seminars, workshops and individual training for many companies including Astra Zeneca, Deloitte, RBS, Shell, Microsoft, AAP, Invesco, AXA, the NHS and Quintiles. In March 2020 her entire business disappeared: she was booked to deliver training, coaching and speaking in UK and Europe. However she totally recreated her business virtually by embracing tech. Since then she has delivered over 120 virtual workshops to attendees from over 80 countries – with a significant number of new clients. Susan is regularly interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live; BBC2, local radios and international podcasts. In 2020, she was named as an #ialso 100 top inspirational female entrepreneur in UK.


Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Arts and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. [Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association pending!] She leads a project of musicians in Greece annually, to deliver music workshops to refugees in Athens as part of the ‘Love without Borders’ charity.

You can sign up for the event here.
The Zoom link will be provided to everyone who has signed up for this event 24hrs in advance.

We hope to see you there! 

Best wishes,

Stephanie Maurel

Alumni Development Officer

College of St Hild and St Bede


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