The World’s Most Empowering Conversations
Returning for 2022 with an influential line-up of guests to confront in the world’s most poignant and controversial conversations, UNLEASHED: THE GAME CHANGERS is back with an inspiring and empowering programme hosted by Women’s Rights Activist, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker & Host Paola Diana.
From safeguarding children to domestic violence, femininity to women’s rights, the 2022 programme of Unleashed: The Game Changers features 16 champions of change including menopause specialist and founder of London’s Medical Prime Clinic Theodora Kalentzi, and award-winning journalists and news presenter Linda Duberley amongst others.
Unleashed: The Game Changers explores the lives of inspirational women who have been brave enough to change their lives more than once. The first season includes 20 episodes which feature interviews with inspirational people and leaders from the fields of Business, Sport, Science, Politics, Law, Film, and the Arts. Unleashed: The Game Changers shows that we should not be blinded by fear, instead we should embrace change and be brave enough to change our lives. Episodes of Unleashed: The Game Changers have been watched 100,000 times.
Launched in 2020, guests have included lawyer and anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, British daytime TV host Trisha Goddard, disability champion Samantha Renke and ITV’s Fru Hazlitt. Important stories were told by theJiu jitsu black belt World Champion Claudia Doval who spoke openly for the first time about her fight with Bulimia and her experiences of sexual abuse, the female airline pilot Captain Brenda Riepsaame Wassink whose extraordinary sideways emergency landing saved the lives of her passengers, award-winning film makers and pioneering LGBTQ couple Shamim Sarif and Hanan Kattan about diversity amongst others.
Paola Diana: Game Changer
Paola Diana’s own life story is one of inspirational change and challenge. As a child and a teenager, she suffered physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her father, which lead to bulimia and depression. Escaping at 19 to attend university, she never returned to her family. Instead she carved a path for herself. Despite facing sexual discrimination, she forged a career as one of the only females in Italy working in politics.
“I left in awe of her willingness to say the unsayable, no matter what trouble it will cause”
– Helen Rumbelow, The Times
She ran a Think Tank in support of the former Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi’s political campaign. And then went on to found her own Think Tank PariMerito (Equal Merit), which she used to lobby the Italian Government to pass new equality laws in the workplace, including a new bill requiring every company board to have minimum 30% female representation.
In her personal life she has moved to completely new cities where she knew no one three times in her life, Bologna, Rome and London. Each time relishing the challenge of building up a new life for herself from scratch. A commentator and critic of sexual equality, domestic abuse, and violence against women, she is incredibly outspoken, honest and brave in tackling taboo subjects around women.
About Paola Diana
A bestselling author and political activist, Paola Diana is a mouthpiece for female equality, having experienced both domestic abuse and sex discrimination throughout her life. Now a London based entrepreneur and campaigner for equal rights Paola has dedicated her life to championing sexual equality in business and politics.
In her home country of Italy, Paola is the founder of the organisation PariMerito (Equal Merit), which she used to lobby the Italian Government to pass new equality laws in the work place, including a new bill requiring every company board to have minimum 30% female representation. Prior to starting PariMerito Paola ran a Think Tank in support of the former Prime Minister and President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi’s political campaign, which had a focus on issues including welfare, female employment and structural policies in favour of the family and equal opportunities.
In the UK Paola is also an entrepreneur starting her first business as a single mother of two, she now runs three separate businesses and has established herself as a market leader in recruitment and lifestyle services, recognised as one of London’s most influential service providers for high net worth individuals, families and corporations around the world.
Saving the World by Paola Diana
Part manifesto for change part historical and sociological essay, Saving the World charts women’s condition through the centuries, analysing their treatment within political, religious, economic and societal contexts to form a bigger picture of their place in the world; because to understand the present, and make a meaningful difference, we must get to grips with the past. This is a journey that concludes with a clear vision for a better society in which all women are set free from fear, violence and oppression. Paola Diana impresses on us that this world we inhabit, dominated by men and often seemingly immutable, is far from the only one possible.