Failure comes before resilience – a special talk by Sonya Barlow

It’s January 2021… We made it through 2020 and the many challenges that entailed. We’re here and ready to take on 2021. But are we ready to accept failure?

It might sound like a negative way to start a new year, talking about failure, but Sonya Barlow (founder of the Like Minded Females Network, TEDxSpeaker, Podcast Host, Diversity Consultant & soon to be published Author – to name but a few achievements) will invite us to see failure as simply a ‘temporary disruptor’ – a necessary step in the growth of resilience.

Sonya will share with us her belief that failure is necessary, and that in the same way we train the different muscles in our body to learn, grow and strengthen – we must train our brain to think of failure as a new opportunity to learn, grow and strengthen. We will learn that resilience is our capacity to spring back from adverse situations. It’s our flexibility, agility and adaptability.

With Sonya we will learn to embrace failure and build our resilience as we enter a New Year of new possibilities, please join us!


Event Timings

Zoom room opens – 17:45

Welcome and introduction – 18:00

Talk by Sonya Barlow – 18:10

Q+A/Discussion – 18:40

Close – 19:00 (ish, we’ll stay open for as long as people want to chat)


More about Sonya

Sonya Barlow is an award winning entrepreneur, founder of the @LMFnetwork, diversity business coach and motivational speaker. In 2020, she was named as one of the Most Influential Women in Tech (Computerweekly), Winner of the Women in Software Changemakers (Makers and Google), Top 50 BAME Entrepreneurs (TechRound) and Future Shaper 2020 (Marie Claire). In 2021, Sonya will be a published author sharing her debut handbook on entrepreneurship, business & becoming your own boss! You check out her website, read her recent blog about failure here or watch some of her talks here.



It was great to see everyone, here are the resources that came out of the meeting:

  • F*ck Being Humble‘ is a great resource for those who would like to understand self-promotion a bit better
  • Get Visible by Anna Parker-Naples – a great read on managing imposter syndrome/self confidence

  • The Chronicially Fit Show by David Savage


Event Details

Start Date : 2021-01-19

End Date : 2021-01-19

Time : 17:45

Cost : Free

More About Event : Go

Event Venue

Venue : Online

Address : Sheffield