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Gina Awad – Exeter Dementia Action Alliance Founder & Lead

Gina Awad – Exeter Dementia Action Alliance Founder & Lead

Biggest Professional Achievement?

Creating the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. My motivation and passion is to support and educate others so, together, we can make a difference for people living with dementia and their families.

Most Profound life-changing moment?

Discovering my purpose in my early 40s, whilst studying for my degree with the Open University. This epiphany has been the catalyst for my current journey and mission.

Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?

Have the courage and conviction to be true to yourself. Personal insight and self knowledge will aid your life journey. Take time out be introspective, you are unique and precious.

Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Reading the Secret, several times, confirmed how together the power of our minds and feelings energetically can produce positive change in our lives. In short thoughts become things.

If you would make one change to the world…?

Empathy, honesty and compassion to be inherent and universal qualities.

Heartfelt belief?

Follow your passion, step into your fears and move through them with strength and self belief.


‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ Mahatma Gandhi


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100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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