From ‘glass-ceilings’, ‘leaning-in’, ‘onlys’ to the ‘motherhood gap’, women in senior leadership positions face a number of barriers. Diversity in senior management increases organisational performance, but despite a clear business case, the proportion of women in key leadership roles remains low in most organisations.
Women executives rarely have an opportunity to come together, reflect on their leadership and share their experiences in a learning environment which has direct relevance and personal impact. It is also challenging for women executives to gain the external board experience which is essential for progression to the board level within their own organisation.
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Inclusive Boards Executive Leadership Programme fills in gaps in learning and support for high potential, senior women.
The Inclusive Boards: Executive Leadership Programme engages senior women leaders in a collaborative learning environment led by expert academics and leading facilitators. You will:
- Engage in a personal reflection of your leadership style, ensuring it is understood and tailored to the needs of your organisation.
- Consider personal context, including an appraisal of what is important for you in your life and career at this time.
- Consider the latest leadership research and thinking; engage in knowledge sharing with other women; recognise challenges and discuss how personal, cultural and organisational change may help yourself and other women to progress.
- Create solutions to leadership challenges using situational case studies and practical frameworks.
- Hear from industry professionals, women in high office and chairs of the board.
- Build a unique network of today’s senior women leaders.
- Engage in a board placement to evidence first-hand board experience.
- Gain a clearer understanding of how to navigate the next step in your management/executive leadership role.
MEET THE EXPERTS
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.
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).
As deputy chair of KPMG, Melanie Richards works with her fellow board members to drive the Big Four firm’s strategic direction as well as policy positions around the big topics. Melanie has personally driven a wide range of programmes designed to advance inclusion in the workplace. She has campaigned for the progression of women and underrepresented minority groups to senior positions for over a decade. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, which is focused on
increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership, and in September 2017 she was named #1 in the Financial Times’ Female Champions of Women in Business list. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Hampton Alexander Review.
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.
Samuel is Managing Director of Inclusive Boards and the youngest member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Group. He is Chair of the African-Carribean Alumni Network (A-CAN), trustee of the Ovo Energy Foundation and of Elevation Networks, a charity he founded at 19, to tackle gender and race inequality within the workplace.
David’s executive career from 1974 to 2006 was spent in financial and general management in Unilever, NatWest, Christie’s and GUS. Since 2007, he has had a non-executive career. He is currently the Chairman of two companies: Hammerson plc (since 2013) and Domestic & General Group (since 2015).
He has in the past been Chairman of J.Sainsbury plc (2009-19), 3i Quoted Private Equity plc (2007- 09) and of Logica plc (2007 -12), and a NED at Experian plc, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and Burberry Group plc. He is the co-chair of The Parker Review Committee on ethnic diversity on UK Boards.
Bridget Rosewell CBE, MA, MPhil, FICE, FACSS, FSPE
Bridget Rosewell is an experienced director, policy maker and economist, with a track
record in advising public and private sector clients on key strategic issues. She is Chair of Atom Bank and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission, a non-executive director of Network Rail and a founder and Senior Adviser of Volterra Partners. She was appointed CBE in December 2018 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Academy of Social Science and the Society of Professional Economists.