CJBS Women’s Leadership Initiative Inaugural Conference 2015

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19 Jun 2015

09:00 -18:00

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Open to: All

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Cambridge Judge Business School

Trumpington St



United Kingdom


The inaugural conference CJBS Women: Achievements, Opportunities, Challenges, took place on 19 June 2015 at Cambridge Judge Business School.

The conference provided an opportunity to engage participants (both men and women) through an open and collaborative discussion of tangible actions through which to promote a shared vision of women’s leadership in business. It looked at how the initiative could support existing gender and equality programmes and projects within and outside of the business school.

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Day 1

19 June 2015

09:30 – 10:00

Register and refreshments

10:00 – 10:45

Opening and welcoming keynotes

  • Masters of Ceremonies: Siobhan Sweeney and Rena Zuabi, Co-Founders of the CJBS WLC
  • Professor Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, KPMG Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Cambridge
  • Brenda Trenowden, Head of Financial Institutions, Europe and Global Head of Funds ANZ; Steering Committee, 30% Club

11:00 – 12:00


Dr Vivien Gruar, Equality and Diversity Consultant, Equality & Diversity Section of the University of Cambridge

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. In May 2015 the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL).

This interactive workshop will introduce the national Athena SWAN Charter, its role within the University of Cambridge and how it can be used to support the aims of the Women’s Leadership Centre and women within CJBS. As well as a Q&A session, there will be an opportunity to consider exemplar actions to support women from other departments and develop specific actions for CJBS.

Dr Shima Barakat, Research & Teaching Fellow, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge Judge Business School

This workshop will explore the practices and myths that surround entrepreneurship and women. Each attendee will understand their own perceptions as well as the collective perceptions in the room, in practice and in the literature of entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurs more specifically. Participants will work in small groups to identify the best ways to promote, support and develop women in entrepreneurship at an individual level, within organisations and in the ecosystem. Men most welcome!

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch provided in the Common Room (2nd floor)

13:15 – 14:15


Smaranda Gosa-Mensing, Head of Professional Development Europe New Delivery Models, McKinsey & Company

What does it take to build women leaders in the business world? What leadership skills do we need to build as a business school or organisation to help women lead effectively? What can we learn from McKinsey’s Centered Leadership approach, and other McKinsey programmes, to understand effective methods of engaging in women’s leadership? This workshop will give a brief introduction to some of McKinsey’s approaches to building women leaders, and facilitate a discussion of how to build on this work at CJBS and in women’s professional and personal lives.

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management, Cambridge Judge Business School

The issue of the rise of women to the boardroom has taken centre stage among academicians and practitioners alike, but has also generated considerable controversy and debate. In this workshop, Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Management at CJBS, will use the key findings of the joint BNY Mellon – Cambridge research project that she headed to study global drivers of female representation on the board. The key findings of this 10-year study (2004 – 2013) of 1,002 companies from 41 countries will be used as a basis to generate interactive discussion and debates on the economic, political, cultural and legal factors that can enable or inhibit the rise of women in the boardrooms. The format of this workshop will be highly interactive with participants exchanging ideas and solutions in small round tables. The purpose is to identify concrete steps and plans of actions to foster women’s rise to the top.

14:15 – 14:50

Summary of workshop takeaways from facilitators

14:50 – 15:45

Keynote speech

Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College

16:00 – 16:30

Closing and the way forward

Keynote speech (via video link) by Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management; Founder of the 30% Club

Workshop facilitators

Professor Neil Stott

Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, Cambridge Judge Business School

Professor Neil Stott was Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust until April 2015. Keystone is one of the largest development trusts in the country delivering community development, social enterprises and property development.

Neil is a Senior Associate of Locality’s consultancy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (SFIPM) and a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Vivien Gruar

Equality and Diversity Consultant at the Equality & Diversity Section of the University of Cambridge

Dr Vivien Gruar is an Equality and Diversity Consultant within the E&D Section of the University of Cambridge. A former scientific researcher, she worked for the researcher development organisation, Vitae, before joining the University in 2012. Vivien has overseen the expansion of Athena SWAN activity across the University; from one award in 2012, the University now holds 16 Athena SWAN Departmental Awards as well as a prestigious University Silver award (one of only five in the UK). As part of the E&D Section, Vivien supports the delivery of initiatives and events promoting equality for all.

Dr Shima Barakat

Director of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Shima is an entrepreneur, director and academic obsessed with making the world a better place. She is the director of two enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes, at the University of Cambridge, supporting the development of technology entrepreneurs and the commercialisation of technology from within the University and its partners. She is Director of EnterpriseWISE as well as Director of ETECH Projects at the Entrepreneuship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School.

An engineer by training to postgraduate level, she also has an MBA and a PhD in Management focusing on corporate strategy and the natural environment. She has spent two decades helping companies, governments and international funding agencies improve their performance in an environmentally and socially sensitive manner. As an entrepreneur, Shima is one of the founders and a Director of Value in Enterprise, the responsible business consultancy company. She was also one the founders of Nahdet El Mahrousa (the most successful social enterprise incubator in the Middle East) and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) in Egypt and the Global Communities Initiative (GCI) in the US which she chaired the board of for a number of years. Shima is interested in critically studying entrepreneurship practice to explore the implications on people and the planet. Currently, she has a particular interest in gender influences.

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing

Global Head of People/HR, ClienTech, McKinsey & Company

Smaranda is Global Head of People ClienTech at McKinsey. For more than 18 years, she has been advising and coaching senior professionals with a combination of deep psychological expertise as well as business and consulting experience. Before joining McKinsey, Smaranda worked in consumer/retail (P&G, LVMH) and as a specialised consultant for change management and coaching, advising senior executives on leadership issues.

She is a caring and passionate driver of initiatives and programmes to help advance women leaders and was a Finalist Coach for the Cartier’s Women’s Initiative. In 2017 Smaranda was appointed as a Fellow of Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. She is a psychologist and holds an Executive MA in Coaching and Consulting for Change (CCC) from INSEAD. Smaranda has also followed her passion in shoe and fashion design by completing courses at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion.

She is a speaker on leadership and has led workshops and programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School, Said Business School, London Business School and the University of St. Gallen.

As much as she cares about women leadership, she is also a passionate mother of three small children and enjoys spending her free time with her son and twin daughters.

Dr Sucheta Nadkarni

Director, Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management and Head of the Strategy & International Business Subject Group at Cambridge Judge Business School Professorial Fellow, Newnham College

Sucheta’s primary research interests include strategic leadership with a special focus on female rise to corporate boards and executive leadership positions. She has published extensively in leading academic journals in management. She is an associate editor of Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management. She also sits on the editorial of four other leading academic journals.

She has worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management, BNY Mellon and 30% club. Her research on female rise to boardrooms has been featured in global media outlets including New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, Reuters, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Scotsman, Economic Times, Times of India, Herald Tribune, Borsen, O Globo, The Times (Kuwait), Business Standard and Folha De Sao Paulo.

Keynote speakers

Professor Christoph Loch

Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

Professor Christoph H Loch is the Director (Dean) of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). Since 2011, Cambridge Judge has progressed as one of the top 20 business schools in the world, with a high evaluation of its research by the UK government (REF) and with research centres that successfully combine the creation of research output of the highest academic quality with a tangible impact on business practice and society.

CJBS actively supports the Cambridge Cluster, helping entrepreneurial talent development and commercialisation of new ideas; enhancing management development, enabling growth, and sharing thought-leadership.

Professor Loch’s research focuses on the management of innovation processes, and project management more broadly; including innovation strategy; projects under high uncertainty; the emotional aspect to the motivation of professional project workers, and project supervision and governance.

Before coming to CJBS in 2011, Professor Loch was Chaired Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, where he also served as Dean of the PhD program and as the director of the INSEAD Israel Research Center. He served as department editor and Associate Editor of Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management, and as chair of the Behavioral Operations Section of INFORMS.

Professor Loch holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree from the Darmstadt Institute of Technology in Germany.

In 2012, Professor Loch was identified in a benchmarking study as one of the top ten innovation researchers world-wide. He serves on the supervisory board of an educational software start-up company and is a member of the Cambridge United Football Club board of directors.

Helena Morrissey

CEO of Newton Investment Management, Founder of the 30% Club

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. Newton manages more than £50bn for pension funds, charities and through funds available to individual investors.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving 30 per cent women on UK corporate boards by 2015 through voluntary, business-led change. This has now become an international approach, with 30% Clubs in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland and Southern Africa. She also chairs Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender diversity campaign.

In June 2014 Helena was appointed Chair of the Investment Management Association, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage £5trn.

In both 2013 and 2014, Helena was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance by Bloomberg Markets magazine. She is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, a Fellow of the London Business School and was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career as a global bond analyst with Schroders in New York. Helena is married with 9 children.

Professor Dame Carol Black

Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci was appointed Principal of Newnham in September 2012. She is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and has chaired the UK Health Honours Committee. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma.

Dame Carol was National Director for Health and Work from 2006 to 2012, and completed two independent reviews for the Government, the first in 2008 on the health of the UK working population, the second in 2011 (as co-chair) on sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of the second report are now being put into place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service. She is Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health and Public Health England, and in 2015 she was asked by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, to undertake a third independent review, on ways of encouraging back into work adults with long-term but treatable conditions such as addiction to alcohol or drugs, or obesity.

She has long been involved in encouraging women to aspire to positions of leadership, in the professions, academia and public life. She is now a member of the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee, and of the organising committee for the annual Women of the World Festival in Cambridge. She chairs the board of Think Ahead, a not-for-profit organisation that encourages graduates into mental health social work. As Principal she regularly gives talks to schools, at home and abroad, often through such organisations as Inspiring the Future and Speakers for Schools, encouraging girls to apply for leading universities and aim for high-level careers fulfilling their potential.

In July 2016, Dame Carol stepped down after ten years as Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Bevan Commission on health in Wales, Chair of the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group, a non-executive director of UKActive and a member of PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board. She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, The Work Foundation and of Uppingham School. In November 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in the BBC Woman’s Hour list.

Dame Carol was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in February 2016 and in May 2016 she gave a special Tanner Lecture in Tokyo – the first time the prestigious lecture series was held in Japan.

An independent review, written by Dame Carol, which analysed the impact on employment prospects for people who have battled drug or alcohol addiction, was published by the Government in December 2016.

Dame Carol was asked to recommend ways people addicted to drugs and alcohol can be helped to find work. She also explored the effect of obesity on unemployment but found no clear link.

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson

KPMG Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Cambridge

Dame Sandra is KPMG Professor Emeritus at Cambridge Judge Business School. She was Director of Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2006, Master of Sidney Sussex College from 1999-2009 and one of the Deputy Vice Chancellors of the University 2008-2012. She writes and consults on organisational behaviour, leadership and innovation.

In 2004 Dame Sandra was invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire as part of the UK national honours system in recognition of her contribution to higher education and management research and in 2006 she was inducted into the International Women’s Forum’s International Hall of Fame in recognition of her achievements in business education and leadership development including being an outstanding role model for women who aspire to lead in the commercial, educational and not-for-profit sectors.

Dame Sandra has wide experience in the commercial, public and charitable sectors, both in leading executive development and through serving on Boards including as Senior Independent Director and Chair of Remuneration Committees. She is a Non-Executive Director of DRS (Data Research Services) plc, TSB bank plc and Winton Capital Management and a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Institute of Government, the Social Science Research Council in the USA and the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah and a member of the UK India Round Table.

Brenda Trenowden

Head of Financial Institutions, Europe and Global Head of Funds ANZ, Steering Committee of the 30% Club

Brenda Trenowden is the Head of the Financial Institutions Group for Europe and the Head of Banks and Diversified Financials E&A for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).

Over the past 25 years, Brenda has established a strong track record in building international businesses and teams, and managing complex client relationships across the globe. She has lived and worked in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe and North America for some of the world’s largest banks including Citi, BNP Paribas, Lloyds Banking Group and BNY Mellon.

Brenda graduated with an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment and is involved in a number of gender diversity initiatives including her role as Past President of CWN and her recent appointment as Chair of The 30% Club. Brenda is also a Member of the Global Council of Queen’s University School of Business, a Trustee of Queen’s University’s Bader International Study Centre in Sussex, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

A Canadian by birth, Brenda now considers herself a ‘citizen of the world’ and lives in Kent with her husband, ‘Trend’ and her two children, Teddy and India.