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Register and refreshments


Opening and welcoming keynotes

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



Building gender strategies in organisations: the Athena Swan method

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

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

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

The way forward for women entrepreneurs in Cambridge

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

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


Lunch provided in the Common Room (2nd floor)



Building women leaders: a McKinsey & Company perspective

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

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

The rise of women to the boardroom: global enablers and inhibitors

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

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


Summary of workshop takeaways from facilitators


Keynote speech

Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College


Closing and the way forward

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