Congratulations to our Women in Leadership Scholarship winners

12 October 2016

Congratulations to our Women in Leadership Scholarship winners

Congratulations to Ivana Chalmers and Rhian Burrell, who were announced as our Women in Leadership Scholarship winner and runner-up at the Financial Times Women at the Top Summit in London! Ivana received a 100% Scholarship onto our Flexible Executive MBA Programme, with Rhian receiving a 50% Scholarship.

Congratulations to Ivana Chalmers and Rhian Burrell, who were announced as our Women in Leadership Scholarship winner and runner-up at the Financial Times Women at the Top Summit in London! Ivana received a 100% Scholarship onto our Flexible Executive MBA Programme, with Rhian receiving a 50% Scholarship.

Now in its fourth year, the Scholarship is a collaboration between Henley, the 30% Club and the Financial Times that offers MBA Scholarships. It is designed to pave the way to a greater visibility of women in leadership across all industry positions and reflects our shared mission to encourage and increase gender balance.

Ivana and Rhian impressed the judges with their essays about how women would shape the future of business over the coming ten years and video clip discussing the typical words used to describe successful women versus successful men. An edited version of Ivana’s winning essay was published in the Financial Times, where she discusses that despite slow progress on gender parity there is an increasing body of evidence that women are making a difference on innovation, sales and profit, customer satisfaction and sustainable business models. The pace of change across the globe is unequal and cultural norms mean that women are still responsible for the majority of the world’s unpaid work. However, Ivana believes that in the coming decade more businesses will realise the contribution women make to their success and this will quicken the pace towards gender parity.

Ivana is a Strategic Planning and Risk Analyst at the Royal Veterinary College where she works with senior leadership on strategic planning and risk, improving process and policy to support strategic objectives. Whilst Rhian has several years of experience as a geophysicist in the oil & energy industry. Both started studying for their MBAs in September this year.

Ivana Chalmers, winner of the full Scholarship, comments:

"I am invigorated and inspired by this opportunity. I can't wait to put the learning into action and will certainly find a way to pay it back by investing in the development of others in the future. Henley Business School are doing a fantastic job of investing in equality and bringing value to business and society as a whole."

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

"Helping women to develop their leadership potential has been at the heart of our programmes for many years. Ivana and Rhian demonstrated their passion for the role women can play in shaping the future of business over the next decade, as well as producing thought provoking videos exploring the language used to describe male and female leaders. We are excited to be able to support their development through the Henley MBA and I look forward to seeing them taking full advantage of the Henley experience."

Further information about the 2017 scholarship and entry will be available in spring 2017. To register your interest in receiving information when it becomes available, please get in touch with the MBA Recruitment Team.

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