Each year, the Cambridge Executive MBA hosts an event for professional women to meet, network and explore the opportunities an Executive MBA (EMBA) can offer to help them advance their careers. This year, to ensure as many people are able to join us as possible, we are hosting the event online. While the format will be a bit different to usual, a brilliant speaker and group of panelists will ensure this will be a thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking event. We hope that you will join us.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Vanessa Marcié, Founder of Leading with Humour, as the event’s keynote speaker. Vanessa will introduce the concept of organisational humour, an underestimated and underused asset that can have a transformational effect on company culture and help employees work better together. This keynote will be filled with actionable advice that will help leaders get the most out of themselves, their teams, and their organisations.

There will be opportunities to try out some of the techniques in small, informal breakout room groups, so please be ready to engage with your fellow attendees!

You will also hear from a panel of Cambridge EMBA alumni, all inspirational business leaders from different industries, who will discuss how they manage challenges and overcome barriers within leadership. You will hear how a formal business education helped them strengthen their cross-functional skillsets, grow their networks and achieve professional and personal goals.

Before the event starts, you can book a one-to-one conversation with a member of the Executive MBA Admissions Team. This is an opportunity to discuss your interest in and eligibility for the Executive MBA programme, and ask any questions you have. If you would like to book a one-to-one, please select ‘Yes’ in the relevant field in the registration form and we will get in touch to discuss a suitable time.

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Dr Vanessa Marcié, an expert on Humour and Leadership, is the founder and CEO of Leading With Humour, an innovative consulting firm that helps executives to harness the power of humour in their change management strategies. She is an international speaker and pioneer of theories of change through humour. Vanessa bridges entertainment, business and academia. She has given over 100 presentations to an international audience of over 30 nationalities. She has worked with many large private/public sector organisations such as Linkedin, Inmarsat, France Public Investment Bank (BPI) and the UK Department of International Trade, and is a guest speaker at several top universities.

Vanessa is an alumna of the Cambridge Executive MBA, graduating in 2018. She is a Cambridge Wo+Men’s Leadership Center Associate and a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE Institute) which recognised her research work in innovation.


12:00-18:00 | Bookable 20-minute slots with the Admissions Team (optional)
19:00-20:00 | ‘How to use humour to be a better leader’ keynote speech by Dr Vanessa Marcié
20:00-20:10 | Executive MBA programme presentation
20:10-21:00 | Women and the Executive MBA panel discussion

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Date: 18 February 2021
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

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Date: 18 February 2021
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00