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Professor Sucheta Nadkarni
Professor Sucheta Nadkarni

Welcome to the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre (WLC) at Cambridge Judge Business School! This website introduces you to our mission, the exciting initiatives we have launched and the many ways you can get involved in making a difference. I invite you to spend some time to get to know WLC and all that it offers.

Why did we establish WLC?

There is growing evidence that gender diversity in senior leadership fosters innovation, improves decision-making, reduces corporate misconduct and enhances financial returns. Yet, the rise of women to senior leadership has been slow. A major bottleneck has been the lack of a strong pipeline of qualified female candidates ready to take on leadership roles. The WLC is committed to working closely with organisations, policymakers and individuals to help women realise their potential and become successful leaders. We achieve this objective through:

  • researching the challenges faced and offering practical solutions
  • using these findings to create a series of innovative programmes and workshops aimed for both prospective female leaders and employers
  • creating forums and networks to promote open dialogue and offer solutions .

Our goal is to achieve meaningful impact globally across a wide range of organisations - from large companies to small start-ups, from for-profit to non-profit sectors and from corporations to government agencies.

How is WLC unique?

The WLC is unique in three ways:  

  • Bottom-up platform: at WLC, we encourage everyone - men and women, students, faculty and staff and external constituents - to get involved and become core partners in making a difference. Corporations, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies are also important partners. This inclusive bottom-up platform is really the cornerstone of the WLC.
  • Multi-faceted approach: the activities of WLC span research, programmes and forums to foster thought leadership, dialogue and action. Our faculty have conducted ground-breaking research on a range of important topics such as women in boards and executive positions, women entrepreneurs and social issues such as child marriage and gender equality in professional sports. We have launched innovative programmes aimed at helping women become successful leaders. An example is the Cambridge Rising Women Leaders’ Programme. We have also created several forums for open dialogue across policy makers, corporations and academics, including our flagship annual Wo+Men's Leadership conference.
  • Making the numbers count: right from the start we were very clear that we are not just about counting numbers, but making a meaningful difference in gender equality and women’s empowerment globally. We have taken efforts to improve our own culture by launching the Athena-Swan initiative for the first time in 2016.

How can you join us to make a change?

To enrich and grow the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre, it is important for us to work collaboratively to overcome the challenges still faced in building a gender-balanced workforce. So we invite everyone - whether you are a student, an alumnus/alumna, a faculty or staff member at Cambridge Judge Business School, the University of Cambridge or beyond - to be a part of our community. Let us work together and make a meaningful difference!

Find out more on how to get involved

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management
Director, Wo+men's Leadership Centre

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