CLUBS7 Conference: Seven Minute Masterclass

Last year, some brave and creative students from Leeds University Business School came up with a powerful idea: a conference with seven speakers, each speaking for seven minutes. The aim of the project was for business students to encourage their fellow classmates to speak up, participate in current debates and inspire one another in the process. CLUBS7 draws inspiration from the well-known and world-renowned TedTalk presentations; the decision of giving each speaker only seven minutes was based on the idea that a powerful message can be conveyed concisely within this time frame, packing enough of a punch for the audience to take away a key message.

Although CLUBS7 was originally created as a student-led leadership event for the marketing division, the project is centred around conversation and community, therefore everyone is welcome to join the event and listen to the inspirational speeches given by their colleagues. The idea was initially so successful that it was supported by the teaching body, in particular by Mrs. Caterina Presi, the Programme Director of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, who selected the CLUBS7 committee for this year’s event, the theme of which focuses on Being Brave. 

We usually tend to associate bravery with heroic acts, but at CLUBS7 we believe that bravery comes in many forms. This is what our speakers will be talking about during the event on March 20th as we explore how their bravest moments have shaped their lives and can inspire us. Video applications for the talks have been flooding in since December last year and we have already received a lot of interest and support through a number of really strong and engaging applications, making the selection process fiercely difficult. Our speakers are going to cover a wide variety of topics, from heartbreak to recovering from the loss of loved ones, but space will also be given to uplifting stories involving conquering fear and saying yes to embrace opportunity.

This year’s keynote speaker is Spencer Taylor, Director of Education at Leeds United Football Club who is going to deliver a speech about his idea of bravery in relation to working with the LUFC team. This second CLUBS7 conference will be held in the Maurice Keyworth Building of Leeds University Business School on Wednesday 20th March with a food and drinks reception. As always, this event provides an opportunity for you to network with members of the faculty, as well as guests from Leeds United Football Club. So, if you fancy hearing some incredible and inspirational stories told by your fellow course mates, #BeBrave and get your tickets now!

For more details and to get your tickets for the event visit: http:/ or the CLUBS7 Facebook page: /clubs7