Working through negotiation skills and techniques for improving communication you will explore topics such as:
- Female leadership
- Executive-centred skill building
- How to build and grow high-performing teams.
Shared experiences – ‘words of wisdom’
The group will have the opportunity to listen to, debate and exchange views with some of today’s most successful leaders, in an intimate, confidential setting.
Upon completion of the programme, participants will automatically become members of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre.
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 three-day programme.
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The programme is intended for early to mid-level tenured female executives, who really want to understand their leadership profile, who want to gain confidence, want to gain self-understanding in their roles as leaders in organisations.
As I said, we are going to focus very much on their strengths, and then we are going to touch on other areas of leadership, such as negotiations, such as resilience, team building. And it will be a mix of interactive exercises and classroom-style teaching.
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.
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.
*These figures were taken from the 2019 cohorts.
Patrizia is a University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Before joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Patrizia pursued a PhD in Organisational Behaviour at the Olin Business School of Washington University in St Louis, which complements her background in economics and business administration.
The primary focus of her research is interpersonal relationships in organisations: how people can establish meaningful and productive relationships with their colleagues and the psychology of social relations in the workplace. She examines the role of biases and perceptions in the way people interact with one another at work. Her research integrates theory from social psychology, evolutionary psychology, social networks, and decision making to understand the nuances of how our perceptions affect our behaviour, interactions, work relationships and, ultimately, work outcomes.
Patrizia has taught professionals and executives around the world in topics such as negotiation, power and politics, social networks, and leading change. At Cambridge Judge Business School, Patrizia has taken over the academic directorship of the highly successful Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme, established by Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, which is centred around the unique challenges that women face as they rise as leaders in organisations and the factors that enhance their credibility and effectiveness as leaders. Besides teaching on the Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme, Patrizia teaches Negotiation in the Executive MBA Programme, Power and Politics in the Cambridge Senior Management Programme, and various sessions designed to help leaders to have an impact in their organisations in other flagship Executive Education programmes.
Smaranda is the Global Head of People ClienTech at McKinsey, based in London.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Dame Sandra Dawson
Dame Sandra is KPMG Professor Emeritus at Cambridge Judge Business School. She was Director of the School from 1995 to 2006, Master of Sidney Sussex College from 1999 to 2009 and one of the Deputy Vice Chancellors of the University from 2008 to 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. 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. She is a Non-Executive Director of DRS (Data Research Services), TSB bank 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 American University of Sharjah. She is a member of the UK India Round Table and has previously been a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, an ICAEW Regulatory Governance review and an Advisory Board for the Aga Khan University on building a business School to meet the needs of emerging economies. Previously she has been Chairman of Riverside Mental Health NHS Trust; Vice Chair of Oxfam and served as a Non-Executive Director of Barclays plc, JPMorgan Claverhouse Investment Trust, the Financial Services Authority, the Public Health Laboratory Service and Cambridge Econometrics and a member of the UK’s Senior Salaries Review Body and the DTI Task Force ‘Accounting for People’.
Watch an interview with Dame Sandra on the importance of celebrating women across the world.
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.
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 is Non-executive Director at Legal and General, Non-executive Director at Marston’s and an Independent Business Advisor.
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 Tesco.com. 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 is a Senior Manager at PwC UK, Financial Services.
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 sits on the Boards of Uber UK, the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), The Rank Group, Affinity Water and Wizz Air.
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 is an experienced international dispute resolution lawyer and former Senior Partner at DLA Piper, which is one of the world’s largest law firms.
Janet served as Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board of DLA Piper from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2017-18 and was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board for 20 years. Before being elected as Senior Partner, 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 as an honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2018 in recognition of her 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.” In 2018, she was awarded Woman Solicitor of the Year at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Legal Awards.
Highlights of her client work include the Republic of Zambia’s successful anti-corruption proceedings against the Country’s former President and the successful resolution of the maritime boundary dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia.
Beyond the law, Janet is Chair of the Trustee Board of The Children’s Society, Deputy Chair of Council of City, University of London and a Trustee of its Students’ Union. She is also member of the Audit Committee of the University of Cambridge, where she studied law in the first year of women to be admitted to Trinity Hall.
Amanda is a Non-Executive Director of National Grid and Fintech CEO.
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 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.
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 is a Senior Director at Motorola Solutions based in London, specialising in delivering mission critical technology and communications to the emergency services.
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 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.
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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