Women in Leadership Forum - Be Brave

Event factfile

Date of event: 8 November 2016
Event ends: 8 November 2016
Start time: 15:30
End time: 20:00
Women in Leadership Forum - Be Brave

The next Henley Women in Leadership Forum explores the theme of identity and confidence. The event will be held at U+I, 7a Howick Place, London.



The theme of this event emerged out of the conversations following our breakfast event in June, when we heard about an Arctic Challenge for women designed to address unconscious bias within one company.

Inspired by the experiences we learned about on that day, our ongoing discussions quickly focused on the different factors that influence women in their leadership journey, and to what extent questions of confidence and identity determine the decisions women take about their career progression. 

Part 1 - Workshop - Imposter Syndrome and Unconscious Bias: A Potentially Toxic Mix
The event will start off with some relevant research updates and a workshop by Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Director of the Centre for Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. 

In this interactive workshop, Christian will briefly discuss two psychological concepts that can get in the way of our success and wellbeing. Imposter Syndrome and Unconscious Bias have been studied for decades and yet, they may still be holding many of us back. This workshop will raise awareness about the potentially toxic interplay between Imposter Syndrome and Unconscious Bias. More importantly, attendees will be given an opportunity to discuss practical ways of working with these thinking patterns in order to identify individualised strategies to enhance their own wellbeing and success. 

Part 2 - Panel discussion
During the second part of the afternoon our panel will look at confidence in decision making, confidence in asking for help in order to be supported, and addressing ‘imposter syndrome’; while linking this topic to the media and the importance of external influences. The panel will bring together women in leadership roles from different sectors and industries.


  • Sue Asprey PriceExecutive Director, Source8
  • Rita GoyalDoctoral Researcher, Henley Business School
  • Tracy LewisNon-executive Director, Staffline Group Plc 
  • Catherine MasonFormer CEO, Allied Healthcare Group


14:45 - Registration
15:15 - 18:00 - Research update, workshop and panel discussion
18:00 - 19:00 - Networking reception

There will also be opportunities to network with other attendees during a coffee break, and a drinks reception will follow the panel discussion.

£25 - Alumni and current programme members
£35 - Guest