#BrainWalk For World Encephalitis Day on 22 February 2020

#BrainWalk For World Encephalitis Day on 22 February 2020

On 8th January 2020, after being misdiagnosed with motor neurone disease and associated dementia, my Dad was finally diagnosed with a very rare brain disease called CASPR-2 antibody encephalitis. He became ill in October 2017 when he had seizures out of the blue, and since then he has declined massively in terms of his mobility, memory, cognitive functioning and day to day living. It can be treated, and while he may not get back to how he was there is a glimmer of hope that he may improve with auto immune therapy treatment, rehabilitation and time.
 

Until 8 January 2020 I had never heard of the word encephalitis but thanks to everyone at The Encephalitis Society I gained a huge understanding of my Dad’s condition, of how rare it is and what his prognosis for the future is. In 2020 I shall be supporting them through fund raising and awareness raising campaigns, as well as sharing my Dad’s story in the hope that it leads to greater awareness and greater understanding about his illness.

On Saturday 22nd February 2020 it is World Encephalitis Day, and I will be taking part in a “Brain Walk” to raise funds for The Encephalitis Society and to raise awareness of the illness. I will do a lap around the River Severn starting from the Diglis Walkway bridge, around the river and ending up back at the bridge. Between now and then I will also be counting all the steps I do every day on The Encephalitis Socity’s “Brain Walk” app –
https://www.encephalitis.info/pages/category/wed.

Please consider supporting me and The Encephalitis Society as I take part in this “Brain Walk” for World Encephalitis Day on 22 February – every penny makes a huge difference to awareness and research of this extremely rare condition. The link to donate is here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lisa-ventura.

Thank you all so much!

#BrainWalk
#WorldEncephalitisDay
#22February

Lisa Ventura Shortlisted For We Are The City’s “Rising Star” Awards 2020

Lisa Ventura Shortlisted For We Are The City’s “Rising Star” Awards 2020

Lisa Ventura is very excited and proud to announce that she has been shortlisted in We Are The City’s “Rising Star” 2020 awards for her contribution to the technology and cyber security industry.

Now in their sixth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

Over the past four years and with the support of leading organisations, WeAreTheCity has been able to highlight the achievements of over 550 women (450 in the UK, 100 in India) through the Rising Star Award’s process.

Nominations are open till 8 March 2020, with the shortlist announced on 20 April 2020. The winners will be announced on 11 May 2020 following a public vote. 

For more information about We Are The City’s “Rising Star” awards for 2020 visit https://risingstars.wearethecity.com/.

Announcing My Chosen Charity For 2020 The Encephalitis Society

Announcing My Chosen Charity For 2020 The Encephalitis Society

Corporate Social Responsibility and supporting charities that are close to my heart is very important to me, and as such I am delighted to announce that in 2020 I will be supporting The Encephalitis Society as my chosen charity

The reason I chose The Encephalitis Society is my Dad received a shock diagnosis of CASPR2-antibody encephalitis on 8 January, following a misdiagnosis of motor neurone disease and frontemporal dementia. As many of you know my Dad means the absolute world to me, and I’ve been fighting the NHS for him since October 2017 when he was first taken ill to get a proper diagnosis for him.  The Encephalitis Society have already been very helpful with resources and support to help me understand my Dad’s condition, what treatment he will be having in the coming weeks and what to expect in terms of his prognosis and recovery.

I will be taking part in a #BrainWalk for the Encephalitis Society on Saturday 22 February 2020, which is World Encephalitis Day. More information about this to follow, and more information about Encephalitis can be found on the Encephalitis Society website – https://www.encephalitis.info/.

I will post details of other fundraising and awareness raising activities that I will be doing in 2020 in due course, so do keep an eye on my blog for updates. For more information and for how you can support me in my fundraising and awareness raising endeavours in 2020, email me via hello@lisaventura.co.uk.

Happy New Year To You All!

Happy New Year To You All!

Happy new year to all my family, friends, colleagues and contacts – the roaring ’20s are almost with us!

I have achieved things I never thought possible in 2019, and my last post focused on everything that has happened to me over the last decade. I could NOT have achieved all those things without your support – it has meant the world to me.

I hope that 2020 is a good year for you all, I certainly intend to make the most of every day and make it as good as it can be – despite the ongoing challenges I face.

Life is not a dress rehearsal, you only get one chance and one shot at it. Make it count.

Whatever you are doing to celebrate the new year tonight, have fun and stay safe. I will be snuggled up in my warm home with my wonderful husband Russell and my beloved dog Poppy, but I will raise a glass of Prosecco to you all.

Happy new year everyone – see you all in 2020!

Much love,

Lisa xx

Merry Christmas Everyone and a Very Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Everyone and a Very Happy New Year

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you have a prosperous and happy 2020. I’m taking some time off to relax, spend time with family and regroup on what has been an incredible year for me – I’ve achieved things in 2019 that I never thought possible.

Thank you all so much for your support, help and for being there through what has been an incredible year for me career wise, but also an awful year with the decline of my Dad’s health. 

Whatever you are doing this Christmas I hope you enjoy yourselves and I’ll be back in early 2019.

Much love,

Lisa xx

Lisa Ventura is Named a Winner in This Year’s TechWomen100 List

Lisa Ventura is Named a Winner in This Year’s TechWomen100 List

Lisa Ventura is proud to announce that she has been included as a winner in We Are Tech Women’s “TechWomen100” list for 2019 for her contribution to the technology and cyber security industry.

The We Are Tech Women “TechWomen100” Awards aims to recognise women in the technology industry who are champions for women in technology and the organisations who have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop female tech talent. By highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female talent, the awards also aim to help create a new generation of female role models for the industry.

The “TechWomen100” awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way and are supported by leading organisations such as Worldpay, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse and Accenture.

For more information about We Are Tech Women’s “TechWomen100” winners for 2019 visit https://wearetechwomen.com/techwomen100-awards/