Cancer Research UK’s “Women of Influence” scheme aims to empower female research scientists, helping to remove barriers.
There are many outstanding women engaged in cancer research. However, as with many other industries, the number of women reaching senior positions is very low and many women drop out of careers in scientific research early on.
This means they lose some of their most talented researchers and consequentially, a lack of diversity at the senior level.
The Women of Influence scheme offers support and mentorship outside of the academic sector. It provides additional insight into the experience and wisdom of business women who have reached the top of their own fields – women who have faced similar challenges and decisions in a different environment.
Charmaine Vincent, of Baltimore Consulting, is an award-winning businesswoman and entrepreneur that has fought her way to the very top, despite adversity through gender inequality. She worked her way up without the support of a university degree, having left school herself at the age of 16.
Charmaine has empowered others that “anything is possible if you want it enough and hard work gets you everywhere”.
The scheme has enjoyed unprecedented success since its launch in 2014. Mentees have published 385 publications, secured £62m additional grants, won 182 awards, initiated 80 collaborations, got involved in 308 engagement activities and filed 2 patents.
Charity contribution is an integral aspect of Baltimore Consulting’s business model and Cancer Research UK’s work is not only a cause that is extremely close to CEO, Charmaine Vincent’s heart, but the wider business as well.
In 2021, Baltimore Consulting were awarded Corporate Fundraising Team of the Year at Cancer Research UK’s Flame of Home Awards, having been nominated by the charity themselves in recognition of their efforts.
As their charity of choice, Baltimore Consulting have raised over £40,000 for the charity since November 2019, through undertaking several fundraising initiatives and challenges, from celebrity hosted gala dinners and auctions, to skydives, abseils and walking challenges.
Charmaine Vincent, CEO of Baltimore Consulting, states:
“Mentoring Cancer Research UK’s incredible scientists at such a critical time in their development is an incredibly humbling opportunity.
The ground-breaking research these women do, day in, day out, is truly remarkable – they play a huge part in saving people’s lives and I’m so proud to be able to provide valuable insights to help them flourish.
I hope to be able to inspire and encourage these extraordinary women to become the very best version of themselves and break through barriers to become future leaders of cancer research and be role models for future generations of female scientists.”