Meet the team

Karen Skehel

Karen Skehel is the founder of Day of Women.

Karen has been offering transformational holistic coaching both within organisations and for private clients since 2001. She has led personal development workshops in relationships, coaching and in “emotional intelligence”.

She has coached in front of 1.5 million people on ITV’s most popular day time programme, and has also appeared on ITV2. She wrote for Natural Health Magazine as The Soul Doctor and The Life Coach contributing a page addressing readers’ life challenges every month.

She has pioneered the use of self-healing coaching to help people reduce or overcome the symptoms of long-standing or so-called incurable conditions. She has also developed a new treatment process which combines coaching and healing therapies. Named Chikara (meaning “powerful” in Japanese), the process has been described as beautiful, powerful and unique by one of the UK’s Reiki Masters.

She is a published author having contributed a chapter to “A Coaches Story” published by Bookshaker in 2011. In it she says referring to Biodanza, The Dance of Life: “This dance and movement-based process is very powerful for facilitating nurturing, healing and love. In fact it is so powerful that I cannot NOT offer it to the world!”

In May 2011, she appeared on the BBC’s equivalent in South Korea teaching it as part of a documentary on dance as therapy, alongside facilitators from all over the world. She has also taught a session for BBC1′s Inside Out series where she showed 3.6 million viewers how Londoner’s can have fun without alcohol.

You can find out more about her coaching work at and her coaching supervision work She is also the founder of


She has had her own dark times, including divorce with two young toddlers and depression. Day of Women is a cause close to her own heart.


Day of Women is supported by a team of young women graduates who have a passion for supporting women.

Elena Bennett

Elena is a graduate of Lancaster University with a Psychology degree. She has long been involved in volunteering and has helped with Children in Need, an animal rehoming charity, a local school, Amnesty International, National Trust conservation work, Nightline and Age Concern in various ways. She is passionate about giving back to the community and feels that working with Day of Women will do just that, as well as inspiring other women to do the same!

Jo Bloor

Jo is a Philosophy graduate of the University of Leeds with a particular interest in Feminist Philosophy and Gender Studies. She has worked with charities on a number of occasions, from the vintage rails of an Oxfam charity shop, to the litter trays of a Brighton based Cat shelter and beyond. She is also a campaigner for better mental health services in the UK, supporting charities such as Mind and Rethink. Alongside her work for Day of Women, Jo is an artist specialising in Fine Art Painting and Illustration.

Sophia King

Sophia is a Theatre and Performance graduate of the University of Warwick. During her time at school and throughout University she was actively involved in working with charities, including the NSPCC, hosting a junior ball, and The Stroke Association, for which she completed her first sky-dive. Alongside her work for the Day of Women she is coordinating and running the PR and fundraising for a member of the Mencap’s Extreme Team 2013. Sophia also has a keen interest in theatre and the arts and hopes to go on and work towards securing the future of the arts in youth culture.

Dhara Voralia

Dhara is a Business Studies graduate from the University of Hertfordshire. As part of her sandwich course, her third year consisted of a working for a not for profit organisation, here she worked as a Sports Project and Marketing Assistant, working on a special womens project and conducting marketing activities for the team. From this her passion and drive to help and support not for profit organisations and charities grew, having then gone into her final year and raised money for Age Concern. Continuing to want to work for a giving organisation, Dhara found that the Day of Women was an ideal organisation. She would eventually like to have her own events management business and feels that this is a great platform to helping achieve that!

Julia Marques

Julia is a Drama and Spanish graduate from the University of Kent. Throughout her time at university she volunteered with a university-run children’s theatre company called Stage Spiders, providing entertainment for children in the area, as well as fundraising for various different charities within this organisation. At the end of 2011 she worked with two local charities in Mombasa, Kenya, where she helped with administration and the organisation of fundraising events. She eventually wants to work in events management for a charity, and Day of Women is a great place to start!

Sara Jane Edmondson

Sara is a Creative Writing graduate. From North West, Cumbria, neighbour to the stunning Lake District. Her main writing disciplines are script-writing and poetry. Inspired by human behaviour and nature she takes great joy in people watching to gain inspiration for her characters. Day of Women is an organisation that strikes a chord with Sara. Growing up,  she saw her mum go through hard times and dark nights and has gone through a few of her own. She hopes to bring  experience and words of hope to all women all around the world.