What makes a woman a trailblazer, does the glass ceiling really exist, should there be legislation for women on boards and is the pay gap really a caring gap? These are some of the questions which will be addressed by a distinguished panel of guest speakers at the inaugural Cambridge chapter of 85 Broads at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge on 23 May 2009.
85 Broads is an international network of more than 20,000 visionary women who aspire to use their talent and leadership savvy to affect professional, educational, economic and cultural change for all women globally.Key note speaker, Janet Hanson, Founder of 85 Broads and a leading entrepreneur with a distinguished Wall Street background, commented:
“In this uncertain economic climate, there is understandable anxiety about job security and career progression. We were aware of a surfacing demand for advice from the female student population across the University. In response to this we decided to take a ‘call to action’ and organized this one day event with leading women providing their best “survival tactics” through open surgeries, networking and personal and professional development sessions.”
The day will bring together a melting pot of intellectual capital from women academics and students from across the University, alumnae and professional women. It will consolidate some best practices for women; from female graduates first starting out on the work ladder, through to career breaks and making a successful return, to getting to the top.
The panel debate, entitled “Women Making Career Choices, Taking Risks and Defining Success – on Their Own Terms”, which will be chaired by Alison Maitland, Director of The Conference Board’s European Council for Diversity in Business, includes such inspirational women as Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, author and CEO; Lena Henry, associate partner at McKinsey and Christina Dodwell, explorer, broadcast and founder of the Dodwell Trust.
Renowned “Happiness Guru” Professor Srikumar Rao will lead a personal development session specifically designed for women entitled “Are you ready to succeed? Unconventional strategies for achieving personal mastery in business and life”.
Lena Henry will also deliver a session entitled: “Do you want to navigate your unique path to leadership? Understand how to use your strengths to your advantage? And improve your relationships?” During her presentation she will share findings from the McKinsey ‘Centered Leadership’ initiative which set out to consider what drives and sustains successful female leaders.
Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, Professor of KPMG Professor of Management, Judge Business School and Master of Sidney Sussex College, concluded: “We quite simply should have more women in the higher reaches of all organisations, but not from pools of quotas which often seem to me to help neither women nor their employing organisations. Instead, we must support women who are already in what is called the pipeline. But as that ‘pipeline’ is rarely linear or unitary we should rethink that analogy. Support needs to be imaginative and to be found both in and out of the workplace. At present, women who are in small minorities can experience a special vulnerability; having a tougher time than their male counterparts when they stumble because any mistake is so much more visible. By addressing this male to female ratio, we will see an evolution in the perception of women in the workplace.”
The event also celebrates the progress of women in the University as it marks its 800th Anniversary year, recognising the outstanding contributions made by female Cambridge alums to the country and the world in medicine, law, government, religion, education, science, journalism and the arts.
Women from across the university and professionals from all disciplines are invited to attend.
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