Women in Leadership Forum - Getting the Balance Right

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Date of event: 28 September 2015
Event ends: 28 September 2015
Women in Leadership Forum - Getting the Balance Right

28 September 2015

The London offices of global law firm Allen & Overy played host to the latest event in the Henley Women in Leadership Forum calendar, with the latest research from Henley providing the prologue for a panel discussion on the subject of championing.

Opening the event, Henley Business School’s Deputy Dean, Professor Ginny Gibson, began by marking Henley’s 70th anniversary, before welcoming the audience of over 100 men and women. Professor Gibson went on to highlight the benefits of diverse leadership, including better decision-making, and then introduced the speaker for the event, Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, Associate Professor at the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship.


Women in leadership across the Commonwealth

Dr Janjuha-Jivraj presented the results of her recent survey into women in leadership, which had been undertaken across 53 Commonwealth nations between August 2014 and January 2015. The report presented findings from a baseline study of women in leadership roles across the Commonwealth for the private, public and political sectors along with insights gained in case studies and fifty interviews with women in leadership roles from diverse backgrounds.


Panel discussion: sharing examples from leadership journeys

Following Dr Janjuha-Jivraj’s presentation, Professor Gibson was then joined on stage by a panel of five business leaders, all of whom had followed diverse routes to their current role:

  • Bella Vuillermoz, Director of Women in Leadership, Sky
  • Cathy Bell-Walker, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Jeanette Pope, Professional Development Manager, BAE Systems
  • Shelley Frost, International Director and Head of Consulting, JLL
  • Steven Greenbank, Director of Aircraft Programmes, BAE Systems

Each of the panellists described their background and leadership style, and the ensuing session gave them an opportunity to share their own experiences, insights and ideas in response to a series of questions from Professor Gibson and the delegates in the audience.

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Post-event feedback

The event generated much praise from delegates, with comments including:

‘Another really interesting event; Henley does this so well.’

‘I particularly liked the fact that the people on the panel had reached their positions by such a variety of routes. It meant that anyone – everyone – could identify with their challenges.’

‘I felt privileged that Shaheena was sharing her research findings with us before they were made public. It gives me the sense that this group adds real value.’

‘I’m feeling totally inspired now – and I loved the “click, clap, stamp” exercise – I’m going to use that tomorrow with my team!’

‘The biggest take-out for me was that women need to be confident and push themselves more. And that putting role models in front of them can help to instil that sense of self-belief.’

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