The 30% Club, FT and Henley Business School announce winner of Women in Leadership Scholarship 2014

18 September 2014

The 30% Club, Henley Business School and the Financial Times have awarded the Women in Leadership Scholarship to Nadia Nagamootoo, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.

Accelerating the pace of change towards better gender balance worldwide

The 30% Club, Henley Business School and the Financial Times have awarded the Women in Leadership Scholarship to Nadia Nagamootoo, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist currently working in the field of organisational development.

The Women in Leadership Scholarship was introduced in 2013 and offers applicants the chance to secure a fully-funded place, worth £34,000, on the Henley Business School Executive MBA (Master of Business Administration) - a world renowned programme for developing senior managers, encouraging and enabling them to meet their true potential. The 30% Club has supported the scholarship for the second year running, reflecting its mission to encourage and increase female gender balance at all organisational levels.

Nadia Nagamootoo impressed the judges with her essay which tackled the issue of the representation of women in organisations. The judging panel, chaired by Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean of Henley Business School, felt that her appraisal of the challenges in the workplace was highly perceptive and her ideas for changing the status quo thought provoking. Nadia provided an assessment of the factors that led to the gender imbalance, but went on to suggest that rather than only taking action to progress the careers of women, we should focus too on encouraging men to progress their role at home.

Nadia, who began her career as a research psychologist now leads a team of professionals in the London Borough of Lambeth to design and implement strategic transformation and change management, enabling the organisation to achieve its cooperative vision. She will begin the Henley Executive MBA in October 2014.

Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of the 30% Club said:

"The 30% Club has always looked to take positive action and develop strong female talent, so we were delighted when Henley Business School chose to renew their MBA scholarship with us for the second year running, in partnership with the Financial Times. The calibre of this year’s entries was outstanding, with the scholarship essays highlighting some very important issues into the representation of women in organisations. We congratulate this year’s winner, Nadia Nagamootoo, and wish her every success on her MBA journey."

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean of Henley Business School, said:

"Henley Business School is committed to supporting the development of women through their careers. By offering the Women in Leadership Scholarship with our partners The 30% Club and the Financial Times we feel that we are making great steps towards the goal of increasing Board representation but also helping women overcome the many challenges that hold them back from reaching their full potential at work.

There are many and varied ongoing challenges faced by women in the workforce. The women who put forward their essays and ideas demonstrate the passion and obvious talent that is out there. Covering issues such as legislation and requiring the publication of Board short-lists to tackling gender stereotyping from early childhood, the essays were thought-provoking and stimulating.

As the business school in the UK with the highest proportion of female faculty (according to the FT rankings), and close to 1,000 women undertaking programmes from undergraduate to executive education at any point in time, Henley Business School is in a unique position to make a significant contribution and looks forward to further collaboration with The 30% Club."

Two runners up Claire Gallery-Strong and Elaine Davis have been awarded a 50% Scholarship on the strength of their applications.

The Scholarship competition was run in association with the Financial Times and Carola Hoyos, Financial Times Recruitment Editor and Editor of Executive Appointments, was on the judging panel. An awards ceremony was held at Ernst and Young last night.

The judging panel:

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean of Henley Business School
Dr Richard McBain, Head of Postgraduate Post Experience Programmes, Henley Business School
Carola Hoyos, Financial Times Recruitment Editor and Editor of Executive Appointments
Dr Heather McGregor is the CEO of executive search firm Taylor Bennett and a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club

View the event video.

 

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