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Rebellious – The Book Launch Party!

June 28 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are very proud to announce to you the release of Dr. Sam Collins second book, Rebellious – Women Who Broke the Rules and Changed Their World, on June 28th, 2022.


Rebellious was written for every woman who’s been told she’s too difficult, too soft, or too afraid to take another step forward.

It’s an anthology of autobiographical stories, written in first person by Dr. Sam Collins and 14 other women who refused to settle to fate; who aspired to fulfill their personal role in the world; who rose above every obstacle to be purposeful and make a difference for themselves, their communities, and the world.

From setting up a school for girls to escaping from being trafficked to sailing solo around the world. About finding the job of your dreams and climbing a mountain with your kids. About going to prison and finding more freedom there than before. About facing religious bias, and death threats every day.

The Rebellious Book Launch Party will be a virtual event featuring Dr. Collins and many of the women featured in the book, sharing their insights and learning about what it means to be rebellious in their crucial time in history.

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June 28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT
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Online via Zoom

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Rebellious Book Launch Interview Running Order

UK Times | Subject to change.

6pm                             The Promise – Dr. Sam Collins, Founder, Aspire, USA

6.10pm                        Girls are like Goats – Sister Zeph, Teacher, Women’s Activist, and Philanthropist, Pakistan

6.20pm                        Hamilah – Zareen Ahmed, Founder and CEO, Gift Wellness, UK

6.30pm                        Free to be Fearless – Lilly Lewis, Women’s Justice Advocate, UK

6.40pm                        Job of a Lifetime – Carmen Ward, Founder and Creator of BECOMINGCARMEN LLC, USA

6.50pm                        Kadama, Awah Francisca Mbuli, Founder and CEO of Survivors Network, Cameroon

7pm                              Shooting Stars – Destiny Ayo Vaughan, Student, Ireland

7.10pm                        Crossing the Bridge – Ibtissam Al-Farah, Founder and Director, Lavender International Consultancy, UK

7.20pm                        Twelve Miles – Sarah Kitakule, Director, The Kitakule Foundation, Uganda

7.30pm                        Bad Mother – Karen Sherman, President, Akilah Institute, USA (now Co-founder and CEO of Virunga Mountain Spirits, based in Rwanda)

7.40pm                        Rebellious Reflections – Dr Sam Collins, Founder Aspire, USA

7.50pm                        Choose Life – Aletta Raju, Labour Lawyer, Coach, and Facilitator, South Africa

8pm                             Amazing Grace – Dr. Sam Collins, Founder, Aspire, USA

Dr. Sam Collins, CEO & Founder, Aspire

“Rebellious – Women Who Broke the Rules and Changed their World”

Sam is a leading global voice on women’s leadership and change for workplaces, organisational culture and community impact. Sam has been named one of the ‘Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry’ by Her Majesty, The Queen, one of the ‘Top 10 Coaches’ by The Independent and ‘Leader in the Workplace’ in the Ogûnte Women’s Social Leadership Awards. She has contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, the BBC World Service and Psychologies Magazine. She is also the author of the Amazon bestselling book, ‘Radio Heaven – One Woman’s Journey to Grace’ and soon to be launched ‘Rebellious – Women Who Broke the Rules and Changed Their World’. Sam is originally from the UK and now splits her time between the US and travelling globally for Aspire events and programmes.

Sister Zeph, Teacher, Women’s Activist and Philanthropist, Pakistan

Sister Zeph is an educationist and a human rights activist from rural Pakistan. When she was thirteen her first article on Women’s Rights appeared in Pakistan’s leading newspaper the Daily Jung. She left school when in grade seven and taught herself at home. It was around this time that she started teaching other girls. Since then, she has given ten years of free education to 200 children and annually 300 women learn skills from her Skills Center. Sister Zeph’s story has now been made into an award winning documentary of her life and that of three of her students in their struggle against child marriage, corporal punishment and societal pressures.

Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed, Founder and CEO, Gift Wellness, UK

“A Business for Good”

Zareen is the Founder & CEO of Gift Wellness Ltd, manufacturing and distributing an award-winning range of natural feminine hygiene products. The GIFT range is currently the fastest growing brand of it’s kind in Europe and is a best seller in Holland & Barrett. Most importantly, due to Zareen’s commitment to helping women in crisis, over 5 million pads have been donated to homeless and refugee women as well as to food banks. This is all part of Zareen’s vision to fulfil the dreams of her daughter who was tragically murdered in 2007.

Lilly Lewis, Women's Justice Advocate, UK

Lilly Lewis, ex offender, survivor of domestic abuse and victim turned perpetrator. She is a Woman’s Justice advocate for Appeal London and the 2019 Centre for Women’s Justice and Emma Humphries Award winner for raising awareness of abuse to women and children by men.  Having spent 4 years in prison of an 8 year sentence and losing her children to the care system, she decided to find her rainbow in the rain. Once released from custody, she wanted to hide away, however she realised she had to be the voice for woman who had lost there’s. She spends her days writing, meditating, exercising and trying to be addicted to a healthy lifestyle. She knows she is just an ordinary woman, who one day will achieve extraordinary things.

Carmen Ward, Founder and Creator of BECOMINGCARMEN LLC, USA

Carmen Ward serves as the Founder and Creator of BECOMINGCARMEN LLC. The vision for BECOMINGCARMEN came as she began to navigate her own life, introspectively. Carmen provides motivational speaking engagements, spiritual coaching, and consulting services to extraordinary people who are ready to share their authentic stories. Her fearless and dedicated support, guidance, and resources help people take the next step and shake up their traditional ways of thinking and become all they dreamed to be.

Awah Francisca Mbuli, Founder of Survivors Network, Cameroon

Awah Francisca Mbuli is a survivor of sex and labor trafficking, nearly a victim of organ trafficking, and the founding director of Survivors’ Network, a female-led Cameroonian NGO comprised of trafficking survivors that raises awareness, helps victims escape their trafficking situations, and offers temporary housing, vocational training, and other essential services. As a survivor, she uses her experience to educate and prevent others in Cameroon from experiencing human trafficking. 

Destiny Ayo Vaughan, Child Advocate & Student, Ireland

Destiny Vaughan is originally from Nigeria and is 23 years old. She now lives in Ireland and graduated Waterford Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Social Science and is now doing a Masters in Psychological Studies at the University of Aberdeen. She is a local pathway fellow for the UN SDNS program 2022 representing Ireland. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched in 2012 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development and implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Destiny is an advocate for child protection and sexual violence awareness and since a young teenager, she’s worked for different charities including Concern, Make a Wish, The Shona Project, Plan Ireland and Mind the Gap Ireland.

Dr. Ibtissam Al-Farah, Director, Lavender International Consultancy, Yemen

Ibtissam is the Founder and Director of Lavender International Consultancy and also a Co-Founder of The Development and Empowerment of Women’s Advancement Project. She was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Yemen. From arriving in England in 2004 as a single woman and refugee, she created a life with no family support, no recognised work experience and no English language. She has since worked her way up to PhD level and is involved in projects for women asylum seekers and refugees. She has spoken at various academic conferences as a political analyst and delivered seminars for the United Nations Human Rights meeting in Geneva about women and children in war zones.

Sarah Kitakule, Director, The Kitakule Foundation, Uganda

An accomplished women’s empowerment and private sector development specialist, Sarah has been an active member of the women’s movement in Uganda and globally. She has extensive experience with leading international development organisations including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Labour Organisation and the Commonwealth Secretariat. She successfully chaired the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association and served on several global women in business networks. She is currently a trustee of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and a Founder Director of the Kitakule Foundation.

Karen Sherman, President, Akilah Institute, USA

Karen Sherman has spent her life advocating for women in war-torn and transitional countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Kosovo, and the former Soviet Union. Throughout her 30-year career in global development, Sherman has met and interviewed thousands of women. Their remarkable stories of strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness fuel what she believes to be true: championing women’s education and economic participation has the power to transform the lives of women and the future of families, communities, societies, and, ultimately, the world.

Eileen Brewer, Director of Takween Accelerator, Mentor, Global Speaker and Trainer, Iraq

Eileen is a global consultant, speaker, trainer and mentor. She started her career as a program manager in Silicon Valley and worked on the US Tech Women program educating young women around the world about technology. Eileen works in startup ecosystems across multiple countries. She can be found wearing many hats; as an accelerator director, a mentor or a facilitator. Her focus is on advancing the status of entrepreneurship and startups across the globe. She is currently living in Kurdistan Iraq to help build up the tech startup ecosystem.

Aletta Raju, Labour Lawyer, Coach and Facilitator, South Africa

After 17 years of corporate experience in the legal space, Aletta took a leap of faith to embark on a new chapter of opening her own consulting company which is better aligned with her purpose and passion and which enabled her to add value to others by utilising all of her skills, expertise, training and life’s experiences in an integrated way. Her philosophy is about developing, empowering people and helping them to become better stronger versions of themselves. Fairness and equality are very important to her in all the areas of our lives.


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