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Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme

The September 2019 programme is now fully booked - please get in touch if you'd like us to contact you in the event of any cancellations.


  • Three-day programme 
  • For high-potential women in junior and mid-level managerial positions 
  • Build confidence and develop your own personal leadership style

This research and evidence-based programme gives you the space and support to fully commit to your personal and professional growth, proactively preparing for the opportunities and challenges of executive positions.

We take a strengths-based perspective, looking at the positives of female power and encouraging authentic leadership styles that serve you and your organisation.

I don’t think there has been a better time to invest in yourself as a leader. By 2025, 75 per cent of our workforce will be millennials. The evidence shows that the skillset of women make them best-placed to lead in that environment.
Farrah Khattab, Lecturer, Lebanese International University

The context

What's the challenge?

Research shows that diversity in senior leadership encourages innovation, improves decision-making, reduces corporate misconduct and improves financial returns. Despite this fact, gender diversity is still a worldwide challenge at both an organisational and an individual level.

Whilst we have witnessed great strides in achieving gender balance in the workplace, the progress is slow and there are still systemic barriers in place for women looking to achieve more senior leadership roles.

The average percentage of women on boards of the 1,000 largest global companies is 16.8 per cent. The percentage of women in executive positions is even lower, standing at 11.7 per cent.

Even in progressive market places like the UK, the challenge is significant. Women on average earn 18 per cent less than men, and women managers are 40 per cent less likely to be promoted than male managers.

The future is bright

Despite the significant challenges, we believe positive progress is being made, with the number of female executives globally set to rise by 36 per cent. 

We believe that supporting and nurturing a growing pool of talented female professionals is a crucial step in achieving greater diversity and it is what drives our work at Cambridge Judge Business School. 

We believe that a lot can be achieved by taking a collaborative and positive approach to understanding and empowering female leadership.

Wo+Men's Leadership Centre

Participants of the programme become lifelong members of Wo+Men's Leadership Centre (WLC), which aims is to foster the next generation of women leaders and expand the pool of women with the requisite leadership skills.

The Centre conducts cutting-edge research to generate insights on creating the cultures, institutions and organisations that will enable more women to become successful leaders. By bringing students, corporations and policy makers more closely together, WLC disseminates the findings and creates forums to translate ideas into practical solutions.

  • Invitation to yearly networking events and skill-building workshops such as the Wo+Men's Leadership Conference
  • Regular updates and sharing of cutting-edge research articles by CJBS faculty
  • Platforms and forums for knowledge and job sharing with the women's leadership participant community

Learn more about the Wo+Men's Leadership Centre

I chose to attend this programme to build the skills necessary to enhance my performance as a leader and as a mentor to others. This has turned out to be the most important experience in my professional career so far! I look forward to implementing what I have learned.
Katharine Mulcahy, Senior Finance Manager, Microsoft Ireland
the four pillars of leadership: self-awareness, strength building, shared experiences and continued learning

Four core themes - or 'pillars' - form the basis of the programme:


This is the foundational part of the programme, where you focus on your own personality and leadership style and develop a clear plan to develop this further.

Strengths building

Working through negotiation skills and techniques for improving communication you will explore topics such as:

  • female leadership
  • confidence-building
  • executive-centred skill building
  • how to build and grow high-performing teams.

Shared experiences – 'words of wisdom'

The group will have the unique opportunity to listen to, debate and exchange views with some of today's most successful leaders.

The stories emerging from these unique individuals would not be ones usually released - this would take place in an intimate, confidential setting.

Continued learning

Upon completion of the programme, participants will automatically become members of Cambridge Judge Business School's Wo+Men's Leadership Centre, founded in 2015. 

This serves as a platform to enable women's empowerment and leadership in the business world globally. You will be connected to other members in this wider group, and invited to events. Your leadership journey will continue far beyond the two-day programme.

The programme, instructors and fellow students were very inspiring. I feel very motivated and empowered for having attended this programme – thank you!
Safja Agius, Trademarks Manager, Rainforest Alliance
I remember the dynamic of the group a lot and its positive vibes - I simply loved it, one of the best courses I have ever taken.
Doris Haselsteiner, Managing Director, voestalpine UK
Doris Haselsteiner


The three-day programme covers topics including:

  • Executive coaching and career strategies
  • Female leadership advantage
  • Negotiation skills
  • Building, working with and growing high-performing teams
  • Strategies for career success, discussed with a distinguished panel
  • Strength-based approach
  • Confidence building and getting heard
I was interested in sharing the experience of leadership with other women. It was also an opportunity to take a step back and look at the bigger picture: what does leadership look like in a rapidly changing business landscape.
Lien Ceulemans, Senior Director, Salesforce
Lien Ceulemans

Programme information subject to change.

What a fantastic couple of days. I had high expectations and was thrilled that these expectations were significantly surpassed. The diversity of first-class speakers and facilitators and variety of topics addressed in the two days meant this was a huge privilege to be a part of.

Brilliantly organised and facilitated, the programme was a perfect mix for me of theory, practice and insights from a variety of experts. I'm really looking forward to continuing my development on the back of what I learnt and catching up with the programme alumni at future CJBS Wo+Men's Leadership Centre events.
Belinda Benton, IT Senior Manager, ARM
Belinda Benton


  • A clear action plan for career advancement in rising to senior leadership roles
  • Reflective learning to help you address real challenges in your current role and advice on advancing your career
  • Close and informal conversations with senior executives about their journey to the top
  • A strong, supportive network of peers
  • A positive, strength-based approach to building on leadership skills
  • Cutting edge, award-winning research
  • Historic Cambridge College dinner at the end of the first day
  • Membership of Cambridge Judge Business School's Wo+Men's Leadership Centre

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

I attended this programme because I am ready for the next level in my career and needed a confidence boost. This programme was all so relevant and useful and has given me a different perspective. This is probably one of the best leadership courses I have attended and all the speakers were authentic and an inspiration.
Michelle Forward, Head of European Money Transfer, BNY Mellon
Michelle Forward

The Cambridge experience

The biggest differentiating factor in this programme is Cambridge.

Our faculty are experts in their field and we attract the best and brightest from around the world, engaging deeply with policy makers and corporations to make the crucial shifts in mindsets and approaches.            

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known worldwide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the faculty of the University and the Colleges.        

Cambridge Judge Business School is a great business school at the heart of the University and is in the business of transformation - of individuals, of organisations and society. It means we work with every student and organisation at a deep level, identifying important problems and questions, challenging and coaching people to find answers, and creating new knowledge.

Cambridge and its historic colleges are both beautiful and inspiring for those seeking new knowledge. As part of this programme participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Cambridge environment with cultural activities such as a walking tour and the formal dining experience at one of the historic Colleges.

I believe it is a great programme for women leaders looking to develop their careers and grow as leaders. Sucheta (Academic Programme Director) displays a positive attitude and is very energetic, it is easy to relate to her and she creates an open and sharing environment, which is key to achieving the programme objectives. Cath’s (Cath Bishop, speaker) background in competitive sport is very relevant to the workplace, I found her session very useful to look at performance from a different perspective.
Isabel Evangelista Molinos, Head of Business Management & Client Operations, HSBC Bank Middle East
Rising women leaders

Who should attend

This programme is designed for women who are intent on growing their professional capabilities within their organisations, and also their personal capabilities beyond corporate life. We are expecting a truly global audience, with high potential women around the world convening in Cambridge.

Participants should be in the early to middle phases of their careers in management roles, with around three to 10 years' experience  in an entry to middle-management role.

The programme takes an uplifting strength based approach to the opportunities which are there to be seized for women.

This is a programme every woman leader should consider. It is packed full of important insights, thought-provoking case studies, challenging debates and, very importantly, a lot of fun. It's an invaluable programme for women, so don't miss the opportunity to book.
Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive at Peterborough and Cambridgeshire County Council, Speaker on the Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme
Gillian Beasley

*These figures were taken from all previous cohorts of the programme.

This has been an incredible experience. The female focused programme is research led and evidenced based which is what I was looking for. It exactly met my needs.
Farah Khattab, Lecturer, Lebanese International University
Farrah Khattab

Faculty & speakers

Academic Programme Director

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sucheta Nadkarni is the Sinyi Chaired Professor of Chinese Management and Head of the Strategy & International Business group at Cambridge Judge Business School. Professor Nadkarni is also a Professorial Fellow at Newnham College. 

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Sucheta is also the faculty lead of the Women's Leadership Initiative at Cambridge Judge. She served as the associate editor of the Journal of Management (2011-2016) and is the incoming associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal (2016-2019). She sits on the editorial of four other leading academic journals.

Her primary research interests include strategic leadership with a special focus on female rise to corporate boards and to executive leadership positions. She has published extensively in leading academic journals in management. Her research on female rise to boardrooms has been featured in global media outlets including New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reuters, Economic Times, Times of India, Herald Tribune, Borsen, O Globo, The Times (Kuwait), Business Standard and Folha De Sao Paulo. Her recent research on "The rise of women in society: enablers and inhibitors, a global study" won the Highly Commended Award for "Thought Leadership" at the Investment Week Marketing & Innovation Awards, 2015 and was cited in the 2016 Lord Davies Women on Boards report commissioned by the UK government. She has worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management and BNY Mellon and the 30% Club. She worked closely with two MBA students (Rena Zuabi and Siobhan Sweeney) to initiate the 30% Club Scholarships at CJBS.

Watch an interview with Sucheta at the distinguished panel at the Women Changing Europe Symposium organised by Columbia University, Barnard College.


Smaranda Gosa-Mensing

Smaranda Gosa-Mensing

Smaranda is the Global Head of Technology Talent for McKinsey’s New Ventures, based in London. 

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For more than 15 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 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 programs to help advance women leaders, e.g. as a Finalist Coach for the Cartier’s Women’s Initiative. Smaranda is a Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School, where she is helping to drive the Women's Leadership Initiative. She is a psychologist and holds an Exec.MA in Coaching and Consulting for Change (CCC) from INSEAD. 

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. 

Cath Bishop

Cath Bishop

As Chair of Cambridge University's Women's Boat Club, Cath enthuses students to wave their training oars defiantly in the face of a challenge. Fluent in five languages, few people are as well-equipped to inspire others all over the world and influence them to pursue higher goals.

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Cath has a BA in modern languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge, a masters in international politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a PhD in contemporary German literature from the University of Reading. Cath won medals at the World Championships twice, a silver in 1998 in the women's pair with Dot Blackie, and gold in 2003, again in the pair, with Katherine Grainger. She won silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women's pair with Grainger. In 1999 she was the World Indoor Rowing Champion. From 2001 through 2014 Bishop forged a career with the Foreign Office, for whom she worked in London; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Basra Iraq. Her roles included: Politica, Projects and Press Officer at British Embassy, Sarajevo, from 2004; Political Adviser to the High Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina from 2006; Head of the Political Section at the British Consulate in Basra from 2007; and Deputy Director of the Stabilisation Unit in London from 2009-2011.

Cath Bishop is a versatile speaker with key lessons for companies floundering in the rocky waters of business. Sharing practical strategies to help teams make a splash with exceptional results, Cath relays the need for clarity and honesty to achieve success. Delivering outstanding performance under extreme circumstances is Cath's lifeblood - both from her gruelling Olympic training regime and through her struggle for survival as she sheltered from shelling on her diplomatic mission to Basra.

Cath returned from two Olympic games without a medal and decided that, after rigorous physical and psychological training, she had to unlock the secret to her non-success. In her search for new tactics, she ultimately adopted the well-documented 'marginal gains' attitude that saw her sail smoothly onto the podium. No stranger to tough situations, the decade Cath spent as a British diplomat in Bosnia and Iraq has equipped her with the highest level of strategy-building, resilience, and a determination to do her job in the face of danger and adversity. Both rowing and international diplomacy are effective analogies for interdependency and collaboration in business. In a unique amalgamation of her diverse experiences, Cath deftly relates genuine insights into setbacks and how to respond to them.

Leandra Ashton

Leandra is an actress, writer, director and communication workshop facilitator. She founded Flying Cloud Theatre in 2009, bringing the communication and storytelling skills refined in theatre to business, government and education. 

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Flying Cloud has produced and toured two new plays, run extensive outreach work and delivered innovative training experiences for businesses and organisations across the UK, Europe, USA and Middle East.

Clients include: Ahli United Bank, Champagne Bollinger, Essence Digital, Lindum Group, The Samaritans, Taylor’s Port and University of York. She has worked with diplomats, entrepreneurs, board directors, MBA students and school children, helping them all to express themselves with authenticity and confidence.  

As an actress Leandra has taken various lead roles for the BBC, ITV and major theatres across the UK and abroad. She read Modern and Medieval Languages (Spanish and Italian) at Newnham College, Cambridge before earning a scholarship to train on the three year acting degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), graduating in 2004. At the heart of everything she does is her belief in the power of creativity and communication to transform lives.

Distinguished guest speakers (March, June or September)

Gillian Beasley

Gillian Beasley

Gillian is the Chief Executive at Peterborough and Cambridgeshire County Council and is the principal policy adviser to the 69 County Councillors and the statutory Head of Paid Service.

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She is accountable for the Council's half-a-billion pound budget as well as the work of around 10,000 employees across the Council and Cambridgeshire schools who deliver a wide range of services to the community.

Gillian is a solicitor by profession and quickly moved from the private to the public sector after qualifying in 1983 and beginning her career in local government as a trainee lawyer with Leeds City Council. It is for services to local government that Gillian was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours, 2008.

Carolyn Bradley

Carolyn is Non-executive Director at Legal and General, Non-executive Director at Marston's and an Independent Business Advisor. 

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Prior to Carolyn's current portfolio of directorships, her executive career (from 1986-2013) was with Tesco Stores, where her positions included Group Brand Director, UK Marketing Director, Commercial Director, and Chief Operating Officer at Amongst other projects she led the launch of the Tesco Clubcard, the Every Little Helps service campaign, and the development of the grocery home-shopping business.

Carolyn is Trustee and Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee of Cancer Research UK, and Non-Executive Director of the Mentoring Foundation.

Khayala Eylazova

Khayala Eylazova

Khayala Eylazova is a Senior Manager at PwC UK, Financial Services. 

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Khayala is responsible for developing and driving insurance and investment management, consulting propositions, services and opportunities, working closely with industry leadership team and senior clients across all line of services. Khayala is also leading the firm's 'Women in InsuranceTech' initiative, which aims to empower the next generation of female leadership, bring more women into insurance and technology, inspire, advance and provide mentorship, support in their career progression.

Prior to joining PwC Financial services, Khayala worked at Microsoft EMEA, APAC and CEE HQs for almost 10 years,  holding various senior roles within consulting, global business development and channel sales covering different sectors and segments. She led teams comprising business development, sales, marketing and geographical expansion. She was awarded ''Best Start-Up'' at one of the Venture Creation Weekends at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2016 in proposing a bracelet for epilepsy sufferers.

She holds an Executive MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School and an MSc in International Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

Susan Hooper

Susan Hooper

Susan sits on the Boards of Uber UK, the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), The Rank Group, Affinity Water and Wizz Air.   

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Prior to this, Susan was Managing Director of British Gas Residential Services, a £1.8bn revenue division, leading the Service and Repair, Central Heating Installations, Electrical Services, and Dyno-Rod business units. Susan joined British Gas from the Acromas Group where she was Chief Executive of the Travel Division, responsible for Saga Holidays, Hotels, Cruises, the AA Travel division and Titan Travel. Previously, she held senior roles at Royal Caribbean International, Avis Europe, PepsiCo International, McKinsey & Co and Saatchi & Saatchi, living in over seven countries worldwide.

She was chair of LuxuryBARED and has held several non-executive directorships, including Courtaulds, Royal & Sun Alliance, Transcom, First Choice, S.C. Johnson and Whitbread. Susan was also a member of the advisory Board of the LUISS Business School in Rome.  

Susan has a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. She is fluent in German and Italian. Susan lives in London with her husband and two sons and loves being in the outdoors, enjoys mixing sailing, travel and photography, and has realised a passion in designing jewellery.

Janet Legrand

Janet Legrand is an experienced international dispute resolution partner and a Senior Elected Board Member at DLA Piper, which is one of the world’s largest law firms.

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She previously served as Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board of DLA Piper from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this, she was head of the firm's Specialist Litigation team and won Legal Business' prestigious Dispute Resolution Team of the Year Award. She was appointed to the honorary rank of Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2018 for her numerous achievements within her legal practice and beyond. She was described by the Ministry of Justice as a pioneer in enhancing the role of women in law, and in promoting social mobility, diversity and inclusion within DLA Piper and the wider profession, through the board of PRIME.

Janet Legrand studied law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) before embarking on a career as an international disputes lawyer. Highlights of her client work include the Republic of Zambia's successful anti-corruption proceedings against the Country's former President and proceedings in the International Court of Justice against the Commonwealth of Australia concerning issues of sovereignty, national security and alleged espionage.

Beyond the law, Janet is Chair of the Trustee Board of The Children's Society, a member of the Council of City University of London as well as a Trustee of its Students' Union, a member of the Audit Committee of the University of Cambridge, a Marshall Aid Commemoration Commissioner and board member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Amanda Mesler

Amanda is a Non-Executive Director of National Grid and Fintech CEO.

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Amanda Mesler has 26 years of extensive international leadership and general management experience at CEO and board level.

She is about to start as the CEO of a fintech after serving as the CEO of Earthport (a payments fintech) and selling the company to Visa.

Amanda is a business and commercial savvy executive with significant P&L responsibility. She has built a solid track record of success leading digital transformations, operationalising change, building startups within global businesses, and rapidly growing businesses in several industries, including technology businesses.

Amanda has held leadership positions as CEO, COO, Chief Client Officer and a Corporate Strategy Officer as well as serving as a Non-Executive Board Director of four companies.

Her executive leadership spans across all major business areas, such as operations, strategy, M&A, marketing, sales, partnerships & alliances, consulting, supply chain, and services and support.

Amanda has had a truly global experience, travelling across six continents, including responsibility for teams in more than 40 countries while living in the UK. She also has strong technology experience at the executive level in software and services in areas such as cloud, mobility, social, big data and analytics, AI, IOT and customer insight.

Emma Pegler

Emma Pegler

Emma began her career as a lawyer. After graduating from Oxford, she qualified at Linklaters international law firm and then accepted a position as Investment Banking Counsel at Merrill Lynch.

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In 2004, Emma joined HSBC's investment banking division, where she has responsibility for Global Banking Compliance and Global Research Compliance and is a Managing Director.

Emma is focused on the careers of women at HSBC, both within Compliance and in the broader Group. She contributes to women's compliance and legal networking organisations across the City, mentoring junior lawyers and compliance professionals. Her goal is to increase the numbers of women in senior positions and to improve their promotion prospects, recognising that women are inadequately represented at the top of most organisations. She has run workshops in London, Hong Kong and China to help women to set their own goals and negotiate their careers, and has mentored over 50 women around the world, which has given her a profound understanding of what it is that holds women back. 

Uzma Sattar

Uzma Sattar

Uzma is a Senior Director at Motorola Solutions based in London, specialising in delivering mission critical technology and communications to the emergency services. 

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Uzma has worked in the field of technology for 20 years, leading large multidisciplinary teams to deliver complex, innovative transformation programmes into wide ranging industries, including finance, pharma, government, transport, engineering, construction and health. During her career she has worked at  Computacenter, EY, PWC and Microsoft.

Alongside her career in tech she has developed numerous programmes and strategies on diversity, gender balance, and building inclusive teams, highlighting their value at all levels of a corporation. The core focus of which is always on coaching leaders to embed diversity programme within business strategies owned by the executive, with objectives driven with the same momentum as revenue and growth. Whilst ensuring the programmes are both tactical, making a visible and demonstrable difference now, as well strategic, creating longer term investments in developing and harnessing future female talent.   

Uzma also coaches individuals and groups to be stronger when facing their own challenges or supporting friends and colleagues through difficulty. Empowering individuals to have the confidence to deal with bias or discrimination through having open conversations that will lead to creating safe environments in business to allow everyone to be the best they can be.



Martha Wikstrom

Martha S. Wikstrom

Martha (Marty) S. Wikstrom is a seasoned brand and retail executive with over 30 years’ experience in global executive roles. She is a founding partner of Atelier Fund, specialising in the acquisition and development of luxury brands.  

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Ms Wikstrom currently sits as a Board Director of Fortnum & Mason, the 300-year-old quintessential English purveyor of food, drinks and gifts, Johnstons of Elgin, which has been making Scottish cashmere, tweed and woollens since 1797 and Farrow & Ball, a global leader in high quality paint and wallpaper. She is also a Board Director of The Rug Company, purveyors of handmade, designer rugs and Cath Kidston, the home of modern vintage. She was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Bally International Ltd. and Space.NK.

As Chief Executive Officer, Ms Wikstrom led the Fashion and Accessories brands of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. She also served as both a Non-Executive and then Executive Director of the Board, sitting on the Nominations Committee, the Group’s Management Committee, the Chairman’s Committee and the Strategic Product and Communications Committee. 

Ms Wikstrom served as the Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director of Harrods. She was a Board Director of Harrods Holdings, Harrods Estates and Kurt Geiger where she was also the interim Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Harrods, Ms Wikstrom spent 19 years at Nordstrom where she rose from a part-time sales assistant to President of the Full Line Stores Group. 

In 2017, Ms Wikstrom was inducted into the World Retail Congress Hall of Fame.

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The two day programme was an excellent immersion into fostering confidence building and leadership skills for women managers. The exercises made me reflect on my psychometric profile, leadership style and self-efficacy. The strength building component of the course, confidence-building/improving executive-centered skills and how to build and grow high-performing teams, including techniques for improving communication were particularly relevant to me. I found the course had a good balance between theory and research based approach with concrete data and the exercises we did allowing to put into practice what was discussed. I would definitely recommend it to anyone for whom the development of a career plan and leadership skills for future roles of responsibility are relevant.
Sofia Moreira De Sousa, Deputy Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to South Africa
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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
25-27 September 2019 (fully booked) 3 days £2,995 + VAT
25-27 March 2020 3 days £2,995 + VAT
24-26 June 2020 3 days £2,995 + VAT
23-25 September 2020 3 days £2,995 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is 20%; e.g. £2,995 + 20% = £3,594.

* Fees (which are exclusive of VAT and accommodation) include instruction, materials, lunch, breaks and a college dinner. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 233KB) (updated 31 January 2018)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 250KB) (updated 31 January 2018)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

During the programme we focused on successes, not failures. It’s about recognising and harnessing your strengths.
Reena Suleman, Client Project Manager, Victoria & Albert Museum
Reena Suleman
I loved the positivity and strength-based approach to this programme. It's a such a unique offer and resonated with me at this point in my career. Sucheta (Sucheta Nadkarni, Academic Programme Director) is excellent and provided a fantastic academic perspective – she is clearly a leader in this space.
Jullie Tran Graham, Head of Programmes, HelpForce

The 30% Club was established in the UK in 2010, with a goal of achieving 30 per cent women on FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015 in order to create a more balanced and diverse workforce. When the initiative was first launched the figure stood at just 12.5 per cent. Today it stands at 25.4 per cent. These significant results have been achieved by encouraging chairmen to appoint more women to boards, and by supporting businesses in implementing schemes to improve diversity at all levels within their organisation. But there is still work to be done.

Cambridge Judge Business School is collaborating with the 30% Club to address the imbalance and to provide opportunities for talented women to access the benefits of a world-class business education.

Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education is offering one full scholarship (worth £2,995 each), for the three-day Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme on 25-27 March 2020.

This unique three-day open enrolment programme has been designed specifically for high potential women in junior and mid-level managerial positions aspiring to reach the top, or senior positions, within their organisations. The programme is unique because it:

  • Integrates insights from cutting-edge evidence-based research and rich practical lessons. 
  • Provides participants the opportunity to hear personal stories and have open dialogue with successful industry leaders.
  • Creates a life-long supportive partnership with fellow participants and the CJBS community.

The successful candidate will be nominated by their organisation, be ambitious and eager to grow their personal and professional capabilities, and have a minimum of three years’ experience in a management role.

For details of how to apply and receive the application form, please complete this short form. For any further questions, please get in touch with the programme advisor, Claire Wright at or call +44 (0)1223 330741.

Please note: the application deadline is Friday 10 January 2020, and the successful scholar will be announced by Friday 31 January 2020. The deciding panel will consist of Allison Wheeler-Heau, Director of Open Programmes, and Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, the Academic Programme Director.

We are delighted about the partnership on this programme. The scholarships aim to help junior and middle level women realise their aspirations of rising to top positions and to help companies improve the pipeline of female executives.
Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair, 30% Club
Fantastic programme, I would absolutely recommend it to colleagues. It’s important to take the time to reflect on one’s own style, where one shines and where one needs to grow. This programme has provided that opportunity for me.
Laura Pickett, Talent Manager, McKinsey
The programme has redefined how I think about leadership. I will be taking many lessons back to my workplace – it’s been the perfect balance of theory, evidence and practical solutions.
Wiesia Ruta, Head of Incident, GSK
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If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Claire Wright

Business Development Director
Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)1223 330741

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