Five speakers. Two performances. Another amazing event.
Matt Crome, Mai Davies, Dr Andrew King, Rhinal Patel and Dr Jane Davidson shared their stories and ideas around the theme of Evolve.
Performances came from Steve Balsamo, accompanied by Karl Morgan and Pete Thomas, and Sian Richards.
Professor Andy Penaluna
Matt Crome is Managing Director of Square Peg Coffee House, a thriving social enterprise based in Swansea that generates profits for charities, both in the city and overseas.
Matt is passionate about doing business differently and looking beyond ourselves in our everyday decisions and actions.
Can Small Choices Make Big Impacts?
Rhinal Patel grew up in South Wales. She had a high-flying communications job and worked with A-list. At the age of 24, she decided to ditch it all and travel the world.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Outer Might Through Inner Light
Mai Davies is a journalist, television and radio broadcaster, currently working as a news presenter at the BBC.
Mai also passes on her expertise as a presentation and media trainer for international training organisations, broadcasters, major companies and NGOs.
Conversation: A Game of Two Halves
Dr Andrew King
Dr Andrew King is Behavioural Ecologist based at Swansea University, conducting research in the field of social behaviour.
His research group – SHOAL – studies a variety of group-living fish, birds, and mammals (including humans) in the lab and in the wild.
Simple, Selfish & Hungover: Understanding 21st Century Leadership
Dr Jane Davidson
Dr Jane Davidson is a former Welsh Government Environment and Sustainability Minister (2007-2011) and is Director of the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Thinking Global, Acting Local
Steve Balsamo came to prominence in the late 1990s after playing Jesus, to great critical acclaim, in the West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. After winning a Variety Club award for the role, Steve signed to Columbia/Sony Records, made an album and won best male solo artist at the Welsh Music Awards all in the same year.
In 2004, Steve formed The Storys, a West Coast-influenced harmony band. Their debut album came to the attention of Elton John who publically declared it ‘fantastic’ and invited the band to tour with him for three summers.
The Storys have also toured with Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Santana, Van Morrison and Tom Jones to name a few. The Storys' songs have been featured in the US teen drama One Tree Hill and hit Brit-flick The Bank Job.
Sian Richards is a Swansea-based bilingual singer/songwriter. She has recorded an English language 5 track EP called ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ and recently released a 12-track album called ‘Borderline’. She also writes and performs in the Welsh language, with her most recent song called ‘Welai di eto’.
Sian’s Welsh music is regularly played on BBC Radio Cymru and her English songs on sites such as BBC Introducing and Museboat Radio New York, amongst others.
Early in 2016, she was named ‘Artist of the Week’ on BBC Wales Introducing as well as having the ‘Track of the Week’ with one of her Welsh songs, ‘Tywyllwch Ddu’. One of her songs, called ‘Easy to Hang’, was nominated as ‘Track of the Year 2016’ by Radio Six International.
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