Executive Leadership Programme

From ‘glass-ceilings’, ‘leaning-in’, ‘Onlys’ to the ‘motherhood gap ’women in senior leadership positions face a number of barriers; gender stereotypes and unconscious bias (Harvey Nash, 2013), structural obstacles such as women being under-mentored and under-sponsored (Harvard Business School, 2010) as well as societal pressures including having to balance career and caregiving responsibilities. Evidence has informed us that diversity in senior management increases organisational performance, despite a clear business case, the proportion of women in key leadership roles remains low in most organisations. As women in senior leadership positions progress further up the management ladder, not only does it get lonely the higher up they go but, women also need a full understanding of how to navigate the dynamics involved.  Women executives rarely have an opportunity to come together and share their leadership experiences in a learning environment that has direct relevance and personal impact. Inclusive Boards executive leadership programme has been designed to do just that!

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The programme has been designed to engage and facilitate a collaborative learning environment led by expert academics and leading facilitators. You will:

  • have a clearer understanding of how to navigate the next step in your management/executive leadership role
  • you will have the opportunity to step back and consider what you need to do to ensure your leadership style is understood and tailored to the needs of your organisation and your personal context, including an appraisal of what is important for you in your life and career at this time
  • learn about the latest research and thinking; engage in knowledge sharing with other women; determine challenges and discuss how personal, cultural and organisational change may help women progress; create solutions to challenges using practical frameworks
  • have the opportunity to build a unique network of today’s senior women leaders.




Dr Esther Canónico

Dr Canónico is a Fellow at LSE and academic supervisor at Judge Business School of Cambridge University. She holds a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from LSE and an MBA from London Business School. Her research interests include work-life interface, diversity in the workplace and organizational change. Prior to joining the LSE, Esther held several senior management positions in the telecom and financial sectors, including 1o years at BT.



Natasha Christie-Miller, CEO/President, Ascential Intelligence

Natasha was appointed divisional CEO at Ascential Intelligence (Ascential plc), the specialist, global information company, in 2015. She started her career in sales and led the commercial teams on consumer brands such as Elle, Red and the EMAP parenting portfolio before taking on the role of Publishing Director of Drapers, the fashion industry bible in 2005. Natasha was appointed CEO of EMAP in 2010. She is also a director of the Professional Publishers Association and non-executive director of ProVen Growth and Income VCT Plc



Amanda Rendle, Independent Non-Executive Director

Amanda joined the Board of Tesco Bank in December 2016. She has over 30 years of marketing experience in both Agencies and Clients across numerous sectors including: financial services, professional service and FMCG sectors. Amanda is also a Non-Executive Director for The British Business Bank and The Royal Mint, and deputy Chair of Keep Britain Tidy, and the Government Communications Service Ministerial Board (UK and International).

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