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Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme


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.

Global context, personal growth

To address the global challenge of gender diversity we need to keep focused on the big picture whilst making a commitment to individual growth. We strongly believe that women need to proactively prepare themselves for the opportunities and challenges of executive positions through building confidence, personal power and leadership skills. We take a strengths-based perspective, looking at the positives of female power and encouraging authentic leadership styles that serve both the individual and the organisation.

Our three-day, research-based open enrolment programme has been designed specifically for high potential women in junior and mid-level managerial positions aspiring to reach the top. Our academics and industry partners provide the context of a shifting global marketplace whilst helping you to identify and develop your own personal leadership style.

This research and evidence-based programme takes place in the historic city of Cambridge, providing you with the space and support to fully commit to your personal and professional growth.

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.

Learn more about the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre

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 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 participants will spend time working on and analysing their own psychometric profiling, on their personality and leadership style, as well as self-efficacy.

They will leave the programme with a clear plan of how to further build and enhance their leadership style.

Strengths building

Participants will work through negotiation skills and techniques for improving communication. More specifically, sessions will include topics such as female leadership, confidence-building/executive-centred skill building, as well as how to build and grow high-performing teams. 

Participants will leave the programme with greater self-confidence and effective techniques for continued success in this area.

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 - in the corporate world as well as from a range of exciting sectors. The stories emerging from these unique individuals would not be ones usually released - this would take place in an intimate, confidential setting. In addition, participants will be able to engage in personal conversations during reception and dinner with the distinguished panel members as well as each other.

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. Participants will be connected to other members in this wider group, and be invited to events associated with this. Their leadership journey will continue beyond the two-day programme.


Some of the topics covered on the programme (this list is not exhaustive):

  • 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

Programme information subject to change.


  • A clear action plan for career advancement in rising to senior leadership roles
  • Reflective learning through discussions and debates about how to address the real challenges faced by participants in their current roles
  • Close and informal conversations with senior executives about their journey to the top and their advice on how to tackle the challenges participants face in their career advancement
  • A strong supportive network of peers who will remain on the learning journey beyond the programme
  • A positive, strength based approach to building on leadership skills
  • Incorporates insights and cutting edge, award winning research from Cambridge faculty
  • Historic Cambridge college dinner at the end of the first day, with a distinguished speaker
  • Membership of Cambridge Judge Business School's Wo+Men's Leadership Centre that includes:

    • 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

The Cambridge experience 

The biggest differentiating factor in this programme is Cambridge - the Cambridge experience. Cambridge is one of the most impactful universities in the world. 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.

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.

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

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.

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 Mesler has 26 years of extensive international leadership and general management experience at CEO and board level and held leadership positions as CEO, COO, Chief Client Officer, and Corporate Strategy Officer.

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Currently, she is a Non-Executive Director for Pace, a FTSE 250 company and Ensygnia, a technology startup.

Amanda’s early career was with GE, a Fortune 10 company and multi national conglomerate, as the Asia Pacific Market Manager, responsible for developing business for the electric vehicle controls product line for GE. She had full P&L responsibility and launched the business in Japan, Taiwan and mainland China.

Amanda joined KPMG in 1994 in the supply chain practice serving clients in manufacturing, chemicals, energy, and retail industries and quickly became a partner in 1999. She transferred to Houston in 2000 to create the oil and gas practice for KPMG Consulting, which became the fastest growing practice for KPMG. She also spent time as the Global Leader for Energy for EDS to lead the repositioning of EDS beyond a commodity IT provider.

From 2005 to 2007, Amanda was a corporate officer and the VP of Strategy and Organisation design for SYSCO, which is a Fortune 100 level Food Service company. Amanda led engaging strategy sessions annually with the Board of Directors. Her operational responsibilities included leading the transformation of the company from a food service company into a world class supply chain company and assessing the execution risks.

Upon joining Logica in 2007 as CEO, North America, Amanda successfully transformed an unprofitable products business with limited connection to Europe into a high margin service business, leveraging Logica’s European strengths to grow the US client base. The business increased in size and value by 50 per cent in three years and became one of the fastest growing businesses in Logica.

Following her success in North America, Amanda was appointed to the Executive Committee in January 2010, relocating to London, as the Chief Client Officer. Amanda created this function for Logica globally to drive client intimacy throughout the organisation and raise the market profile. Soon after, Amanda was appointed as the CEO, Business Consulting to further reposition Logica and grow business led technology services.

Amanda spent time as the Chief Operating Officer of Misys, a Vista Equity portfolio company to transform the operations of the company to enable significant revenue growth.

Amanda has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing from Western Carolina University. She is a member of YPO-WPO international, and a member of the Women's Network of YPO.

Amanda is passionate about helping other professional women create and achieve their ambitions. She is a coach and Chapter Leader for Lean In and the Chair of Women Can Ltd., a social enterprise devoted to helping women succeed. She is also an avid marathon runner, running 13 marathons, and part of the 7 Continent Marathon Club successfully completing a marathon on every continent in 2014.

Laurel Powers-Freeling

Laurel Powers-Freeling is the Chairman at Uber UK. 

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Laurel Powers-Freeling, a graduate of Columbia University and MIT, began her career at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in the US, transferring to London in 1987 and taking British Citizenship in 2003. After leaving McKinsey, Laurel progressed through series of senior roles, first as Director of Group Strategy and Planning at the Prudential, then as Group Finance Director of Lloyds Abbey Life, making her the second woman to join a FTSE 100 board as a Finance Director.  Laurel subsequently held senior finance and Divisional Managing Director positions at Lloyds Bank Group (then Lloyds TSB).  In 2001, she joined the board of Marks & Spencer plc (her second FTSE 100 Executive Directorship) to develop a new M&S-branded financial services business, now known as M&S Bank.  Laurel was also given oversight of M&S’s early entry into on-line retailing, She credits her time at M&S—a company well-known for its focus on social responsibility—with giving her lasting insights into the importance of listening to customers and positive engagement with all stakeholders.  Laurel also helped mount M&S’s successful defence against a hostile takeover bid by Philip Green. 

While at M&S, Laurel was invited to join the Court of the Bank of England as a Non-Executive Director.  In the wake of the Financial Crisis, Laurel was invited back to the Bank of England as a Senior Advisor to work with HM Treasury and other regulators to support the early development of the Recovery and Resolution Planning, a set of requirements intended to provide greater stability and transparency in the banking system. 

Laurel has participated as a non-executive director, chairman or advisor on a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and public service boards over the past decade, including her recent appointment as Chairman of Uber UK.  She is also Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation EMEA, an NED of Majid Al Futtaim, a major MENA region property, retail, and ventures group, and Senior Indipendent Director at Atom Bank, a UK digital-only challenger bank.  Laurel has also chaired the National Joint Registry on behalf of the UK Department of Health for the past six years, with a focus on working with health regulators, providers and patient groups to support good patient outcomes for the over 200,000 people who have hip knee and other joint replacement surgeries each year.

Robin Savchuk

Robin Savchuk

Robin Savchuk is the International Treasurer for BNY Mellon. In this role, she is responsible for Corporate Treasury activities and liquidity management across the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

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Robin chairs the Regional ALCO committees in EMEA and APAC. She is also member of other senior management committees including BNY Mellon’s Operating Committee and Corporate ALCO committee. Ms Savchuk is a Director on the Board of BNY Mellon Capital Markets EMEA, BNY Mellon Holdings UK and Deputy Branch Manager for BNY Mellon SA/NV London Branch.

Ms Savchuk is a Canadian national, although has been living and working in different countries and international organisations for over 25 years including ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, Citibank in Bahrain, and Kajima Corporation in Tokyo.

Robin holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
27-29 March 2019 3 days £2,995 + VAT
26-28 June 2019 3 days £2,995 + VAT
25-27 September 2019 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.

*These figures were taken from the two classes of 2018. 

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sofia Moreira de Sousa
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
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
Wiesia Ruta
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 and the 30% Club are committed to addressing gender imbalance and to helping more women reach influential positions.

The Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme 30% Club Scholarship has been established to encourage and support ambitious women who are aspiring towards senior leadership roles. For the programme which takes place on 27-29 March 2019, one 30% Club Scholarship is open to an exceptional female candidate who is currently in a junior or middle management positions within her organisation. Scholars need to be nominated by their organisation, and will receive a fully funded place on the three-day non-residential programme.

For details of how to apply please get in touch with the programme advisor, Jasmin Abdel-Moneim at or call +44 (0)1223 768071.

Please note: the application deadline is Friday 7 December 2018 and the successful scholar will be announced by 21 December 2018. 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

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:

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Sales & Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1223 768071

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

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