Catalyst Summit (online programme)

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Find your purpose & be a confident change maker

Feeling worried about your future and the future of the world?

You want to make a difference but are not sure how to go about it?

who is it for? girls and young women aged 16-24 years who want to help save the world.

why should I attend? you want to make a difference but are not sure how to go about it and don’t feel like you have the confidence and skills.

who are we? Catalyse Change CIC, a social enterprise, running inspiring and empowering learning and mentoring programmes to help young women be the change you wish to see in the world.

what’s it all about? A 3-day global Catalyst Summit which kicks off our annual learning and mentoring progamme. The Catalyst Summit provides a friendly and interactive space for you to help make a difference, to ask & solve the important questions: 

  • what if the world really were gender equal and fair for everyone?
  • what if the world was powered just by renewable energy, with clear skies & clean air?
  • what if I had the confidence and skills to help make that change?

A Few Testimonials from 2020

If you care about climate change and are feeling a bit lost on your next step, this is the programme for you!”

“Its an incredible experience and will leave you with so many extra skills and much more confidence than you could even imagine.”

“The Catalyst Summit motivated me to carry on pursuing a career on sustainability and helped me find what are my long-term goals and motivations.”

“This Summit has helped us understand the direction we want to take, given us tools to do so, and reached out with not just one helping hand, loads of hands from all the incredible woman we networked with throughout this event!!!”


Amazing Speakers & Facilitators

Over 3 days you meet other like-minded young women who want to explore and learn about these topics with each other and from some of the leading thinkers & experts.

In 2020 they included; Nat Fee, author & campaigner; Dr Zara Nanu, Gapsquare; Rhian Sherrington, founder, Women in Sustainability; Cllr Carla Denyer, Green Party, Sara Telahoun, Bristol City Council’s Environmental Sustainability Board, Lola Okunrinboye, Chartered Environmental Professional & WINS Aberdeen lead, Livvy Drake, sustainable business consultant, Jessica Ferrow, sustainability strategy & communications specialist, co-founder Twelve (climate impact agency), Zoe Banks Gross, sustainability & community health consultant.

It’s a great networking opportunity to meet and connect with women in professional sustainability networks.

You will also get to meet your own mentor – a woman already working in sustainability – who will help support your change maker journey for up to six months following the Catalyst Summit.

Massive thanks to our brilliant sponsors who made it all possible:

catalyst summitEvent Sponsor: Riverford

Sponsored Tickets: Neals Yard Remedies, Schumacher Institute, Triodos Bank

Session Sponsors: Give Wear Love, One Blue Marble

Catalyse Change Sponsors: Bidfood, Burges Salmon, Freeths, Green Unlimited, Natracare, Pukka Herbs, Vattenfalls.

Thanks also to Women In Sustainability for their ongoing and invaluable support.


What will you do? Online Programme Details

DAY 1: How can I make a difference? Discover the skills and confidence you need in order to be an effective change maker. Learn how to find your voice, purpose and the tools needed for self-care, resilience & to find your dream green career.

DAY 2: What is the future we choose? Let’s reimagine our world. How can we create a zero-carbon – clean, green and fair – world by 2030? An interactive day working with each other & with our sustainability experts, across topics which include; energy, fashion, food, nature, transport, communication and wellbeing.

We will provide you with the inspiration, support and tools you need for your change maker journey. You will also get the opportunity to meet and work with a mentor over the next 3- 6 months. 

Free bursaries & assisted places available, contact Traci Lewis

Massive Thanks to our Sponsors; Bidfoods, Burges Salmon, Freeths, Green Unlimited, Natracare, Neals Yard Remedies, Pukka Teas, Riverford, Schumacher Institute, Vattenfalls.




Do you want to make a difference but not sure how?  Are you stuck at home feeling bored and worried about your future? 

Join us to help you find your purpose & be a confident changemaker: At our fun and inspiring  sustainability learning and mentoring programme. Which will inspire, empower & skill girls & young women (14-24yrs) who want to pursue futures as sustainability leaders and change makers.

For All Enquiries & Bursary Applications Contact


What to Expect: 3 Days of Inspiring & Empowering workshops and activities.

Create a social or environmental action project on an issue you care passionately about.

Meet a diverse range of inspiring Mentors and Speakers who provide Green Education & Career guidance.

Fun, practical sessions to help you build your own personal resilience & confidence.


Tools and tips to help you deal effectively with anxiety & stress.

Virtual study visit to inspiring, ethical businesses to meet staff and learn what it’s like to work there.

Meet lots of new like-minded friends and professional contacts.

Meet a mentor, a woman working in sustainability, who can support you for up to 6 months.

For more info read our  2019 Evaluation Report  

Free bursaries & assisted places available, contact Traci Lewis

Massive Thanks to our Bursary Sponsors; Burges Salmon, Freeths, Green Unlimited, Natracare, Pukka Teas, Vattenfalls.



For young women who want to make a positive difference in the world and are interested in an education and career in sustainability but aren’t sure how to go about it.

If someone is considering doing this bootcamp but feels as if the whole bootcamp/motivational group experience is not for them, bear in mind that I was one of those people. I am often sceptical about many of the aspects included in camps like these (mindfulness, public speaking and – of course – yoga) but I enjoyed every minute of the experience, and still look back on it with happiness. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.” Abi 



Since the Bootcamp I have become more organised and calm about my future. Also I know how to deal with stress & anxiety due to the motivational sessions & I’m not afraid to speak up.” Dominika

You’ll realise your potential as change makers in the world, and you’ll become inspired by the immense amount of people you meet in just three days. You’ll gain a new Eco family!” Rowena



I would definitely recommend the Bootcamp as it was such an empowering and eye-opening experience which I will carry with me forever. It has made me truly believe that we can help change the way people look at the world and together we can stop the injustices and suffering that humans have caused for so long through exploiting environmental resources and inequality.” Lauren

“I would highly recommend it, as it not only teaches you about sustainability, it teaches you about business, female empowerment, self love & much more. It really helped me build my confidence and team skills and I think it is especially important for young girls to have an experience like it.” Iris

Why do it?

The world is facing serious environmental and social problems – we help young women to be skilled & resilient for a rapidly changing world.  

Girls & young women face a multitude of challenges – we provide practical tools to help increase self-confidence & to effectively deal with anxiety and stress.

For a fast changing job market, we also teach the ‘softer’ skills for employability, inc; team working, problem solving & clearer communication.


The transformational educational programme will help you to:

  • Build sustainability knowledge and the education and career opportunities available
  • Build understanding of your personality strengths and interests
  • Learn tools for improving confidence and personal resilience
  • Meet inspiring women working in the low-carbon economy and hear their stories
  • An opportunity to meet a mentor who will support your pathway into a Green Career.

Here is some feedback from previous delegates:

young women with mentors

The primary reason I would recommend the Bootcamp to a friend is that you meet so many females who are interested in the same field you are interested in. Too often females are silent on issues surrounding sustainability they are passionate about because there aren’t any like-minded individuals who would campaign with them. But, the Bootcamp is the perfect place to find females who are as passionate as you are to make a change in the world!”  

The Bootcamp has made me more aware of my own wellbeing. Now, I regularly practice breathing exercises and try to do yoga once a day to control my own mental health.”  Urvi

It’s an exciting industry to work because it is growing so rapidly, and there is so much innovation involved. All the speakers that I talked to were very passionate about their own subject and enjoyed discussing it with us, giving the impression that you can combine your work with what you are passionate about.”   Emilie

“During the 3 days I met the most inspiring females in my life. I didn’t expect to meet such active members in the sustainability industry. Meeting people who work for the UN from females who created their own startups in the local Bristol area showed me the variety of work I could get involved in as a passionate female myself.” Urvi



Why choose our programme?
  • Access to experienced green business mentors and other sustainability practitioners
  • A fast-track programme to support a career choice in sustainability
  • Exclusively for young women
  • Helps build self-belief and confidence – to get your voice heard
  • A unique opportunity for young women to learn about sustainability principles and tools.
  • Empowering programme building personal wellbeing and resilience.

Catalyse Change CIC is a Bristol-based social enterprise working to inspire and empower young women for happy, healthy & green careers, communities and planet. The directors; Jenna Holliday, Julie Ellison, Traci Lewis are all women working in sustainability, with combined wide skill-set and expertise, supported by a extensive network of other sustainability professionals who will be providing expertise and mentoring at the Catalyst Bootcamp. The programme will be held on Bristol University campus, with residential in the beautiful Clifton Hill house student accommodation. Any queries contact organiser: M 07870 268 654

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If you would like to get involved with our work as a mentor, sponsor or other supporter then please do get in touch!

All enquiries contact: Traci Lewis  M 07870 268 654

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