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Oriana Ascanio: Serial Volunteer, including TEDxExeter and Creative Director at Resident Writers

Oriana Ascanio: Serial Volunteer, including TEDxExeter and Creative Director at Resident Writers

Biggest professional achievement to date?

After years working in teaching tech, I decided to go back to school and do a masters, while still working full time. It was a very difficult time, especially since I was unwell, if I hadn’t been on a mission to reinvent myself, I don’t think I would have survived.


Most profound, life-changing, business moment?

Realising that I didn’t have to fit a specific path, and not only accepting it, but embracing it! It was very liberating to realise that I am in charge of my own journey so I could choose the setting, the pace, the characters and do things my own way.


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

Let fear become your best friend, because that’s exactly what it is supposed to be: the thing that keeps you going, trying harder no matter what… and when it becomes too loud, and it says that you can’t… take a deep breath and say “just watch me”


Heartfelt belief?

Whatever happens, is really the only thing that could have happened, so trust your instincts and hope for the best, you are almost there already!


“Be prepared to be surprised”


Video From The Celebration



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 fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’




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