• BroadMinded. A community for curious and ambitious women.


    BroadMinded is all about bringing together talented and dynamic women from a wide range of sectors. No two ‘Broads’ are alike; what we have in common is a love of what we do, real ambition to succeed in whatever field we're in, and a desire to support each other's successes.


    We organise regular events, courses and workshops in London with current plans to expand in Geneva. We find brilliant speakers who can inspire us to do more and help us to do it well, and we put on events where we can be honest about the challenges we face, and encourage and learn from each other's experiences.


    Find out more below


    Keep checking back for future events

    Negotiation Masterclass

    Multiple dates

    Central London location tbc


    October 23rd am - Book here

    November 19th pm - Book here

    January 22nd am - Book here


    Hostage negotiations are high stake business deals which are usually conducted with unsavoury characters in a difficult context and against the backdrop of a life at risk. Based on real life incidents and 25 years’ experience, the workshop is designed to transfer the skills used by hostage negotiation experts to the realities of the business environment. Participants in the workshop will learn the techniques used to prepare, conduct, manage and successfully close a negotiation. The workshop focusses on the core elements of negotiation which are strategy and methodology.

    Click on the links above to learn more about the format of each event

    Sharing the parental load

    Event rescheduled - new date TBC


    Much has changed for the better for working women, but when it comes to parenting, women still take on the bulk of the load, often compromising their careers in the process. For some this choice is willingly made, but for many the idea of sharing the load appeals and yet it seems impossible to achieve. A range of factors contribute - from government legislation to societal expectations to a partner nervous about the impact on their career.


    Join us for a discussion on how best to overcome the challenges parents face and how to make sharing the load both appealing and achievable. To dive into this topic two couples join us to speak frankly about how they made it work for them. Cat and Henry Hoare, senior finance professionals, took shared parental leave for their two children. Jamie and Greg Kennaugh found a balance between them which has been influenced by Jamie’s specialism in family law.


    This event is (of course) open to men, so please bring your partners. They will need to buy a ticket too. We guarantee the insights will be worth the babysitter.

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    To read more about the below, and the many more events we've held in more detail, click here

    Dealing with Conflict – Navigating Conflict and Building Better Relationships at Work

    Wednesday 2nd October 2019

    The Allbright Mayfair, 24-26 Maddox Street, London W1S 1QH


    How can you deal with disagreements in a professional and productive way that builds relationships instead of breaking them? Amy Gallo, contributing editor at Harvard Business Review and author of their Guide to Dealing with Conflict, combines the latest management research with practical insights to deliver evidence-based advice on difficult conversations, collaborative relationships and negotiations for women at work


    Read more about the event here

    The Sponsor Effect: Breaking through the last glass ceiling

    Tuesday 24th September 2019

    The AllBright, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR


    Economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of 12 critically acclaimed books, joined us to explain why sponsors are your proven link to success and how to find and develop a relationship with a sponsor and as a sponsor. A labour economist with more than 25 years’ experience in global talent management, her latest book ‘The Sponsor Effect’ was applauded by Sheryl Sandberg who said ‘having a sponsor can make a big difference to your career.’


    Read more about the event here

    How Science Got Women Wrong

    Tuesday 9th July 2019

    AllBright Mayfair. 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair W1S 1QH


    From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story. Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, we are delighted to welcome science journalist Angela Saini who will take us on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered. She will explore what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, and reveal an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded.


    Read more about the event here


    A view from the Top: The Future of Women in the City with Peter Harrison

    Tuesday 2nd July 2019

    1 London Wall Place , London, EC2Y 5AU


    Peter Harrison is one of the asset management industry’s most active proponents of women in business.

    We were delighted that Peter joined BroadMinded for a wide-ranging discussion on the challenges of trying to bring diversity into the City of London.


    The interview was led by Sarah Gordon who had just stepped down as the Financial Times’ business editor and an associate editor with overall responsibility for covering business developments across the UK and Europe.


    Read more about the event here


    How to present without losing your nerve​

    Wednesday 19th June

    AllBright Mayfair. 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair


    Have you watched a presenter walk casually up to the stage, look out to the audience with gravitas, and start speaking in a clear, articulate and confident manner and thought…. I’m never going to be able to do that! We watch in absolute awe. Because when we do it, we usually feel overwhelmed with nerves. Our voices falter and our body language gives us away. Why can’t we too speak like Michelle Obama?


    Few people are born with these skills; instead they learn and they practice. We were joined by Laura and Peta from the Pitch Process, both professionally trained actresses who have been helping people like us for nearly ten years on how to stand up confidently, speak clearly and present in a way that makes people listen. Presentation skills aren’t just for CEOs and TV presenters. These are skills required in almost every job, and usually a skill that elevates your profile and boosts your career path.


    Read more about the event here

    Why Incompetent Leaders Rise to the Top, and How to Fix it​

    11th June 2019

    The AllBright, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR


    Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic outlines our tendency to equate leadership potential with certain personality traits statistically more likely to be found in men. He explains how overconfidence, extraversion and charisma are qualities that can later backfire once the person has the job. As a result, organizations suffer for promoting the wrong people, and highly competent women, and men, are overlooked. The result is a flawed system that can reward arrogance rather than humility, and loudness rather than wisdom.


    Read more about the event here

    The Battle for Equality: Lessons from the history of feminism​

    Tuesday 14th May, 18:30-20:30

    AllBright Mayfair. 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair W1S 1QH


    History is full of brilliant women who fought for the rights of women and laid the foundation for the continued pursuit of equality we’re part of today. Where did this idea of equality start?


    Bee Rowlatt, a writer and journalist, embarked on a journey in search of the life and legacy of the first celebrity feminist: Mary Wollstonecraft. From the wild coasts of Norway to a naked re-birthing in California, via the blood-soaked streets of revolutionary Paris, Bee learned what drove her hero on.


    Bee spoke about what has been won and lost over the centuries in the battle for equality, and how Mary Wollstonecraft argued and fought for the freedoms of women, laying the pathway for where we are today.


    Read more about the event here

    Flex: a flexible approach to work, life and everything

    Thursday 7th March 2019

    The AllBright, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR


    Do you ever feel trapped by the culture of the nine to five routine or by the expectation of women bearing the ‘emotional load’ at home? We think it’s time for a rebellion – we need to bend these rules and reshape them so that we can all live, earn money and be happy in a way that fits us and our lives. But how?

    Following the success of her earlier BroadMinded event on the power of unconscious bias, we were delighted to welcome back Annie Auerbach to talk about “Flex: a flexible approach to work, life and everything”. She covered how to make a more flexible life work for you, your career and your family.


    To learn how you can reinvent the rules and live smarter, happier lives read more about the event here

    Managing Motherhood

    Thursday 7th February 2018

    The AllBright, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR


    We realise motherhood is a huge subject, and we want to start the conversation on how best to manage motherhood and our careers - from telling your boss you're pregnant, to discussing maternity leave, returning to work and asking for flexibility... the list goes on. How do we best prepare for and manage this crucially important process? Elizabeth Cowper joined us to talk as a mother of three, as a Director of HR, and as a founder of a fantastic network called WoMo for working mothers.


    Read more about the event here

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    Georgina Parker

    Head of Sustainability at Quaero Capital

    Avid reader of current affairs, and keen for a debate on most subjects! Passionate about encouraging greater diversity across organisations, as well as sustainability.

    Clare Pelly

    Head of the Astronaut Office at Virgin Galactic

    Loves working on exciting endeavours, and fitting in as much backpacking as possible. Big fan of a good fact. Did you know that only 10% of people who have been to space are women?!

    Cat Graham

    Head of Philosophy & Religion

    at St Paul's Girls School

    Teacher, philosopher, feminist. Passionate about developing confidence and compassion in young women. Learning to play the ukulele.


    Members and their stories

    Henry Hoare It was the most rewarding four months of my life and I would recommend it to anyone. Cat and I are clearly lucky that we both have good jobs and careers to which we are committed, and that we work for companies that are supportive of parents. Shared parental leave is not something...
    Last year I launched Vestpod (www.vestpod.com) with the mission to help women get smarter about money. In a cool and friendly weekly newsletter, we help women to better understand their personal finances so they can reach their financial goals. It’s really tough to find someone trustworthy to...
    My first job was in the film industry, working as a casting assistant. I discovered I had a knack for working with young people and spent a number of years specialising in casting young people in TV and film roles. I think people find it strange that I took the jump from working in casting to...
    Since 2010 I have been managing my own company, Fox & Squirrel Ltd, which gives creative walks for the culturally curious. I set up Fox and Squirrel Ltd with my friend Jojo Provatidou. We met during our MA at King's College London and in that year we enjoyed becoming Londoners. We absorbed the...
    In thinking back on my career path, it has been anything but linear, not quite conventional, and far from prescribed. I’ve found that in my search for the elusive notion of a purpose, the most rewarding moves have been those that have taken others, as well as myself, by surprise. After graduating...
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    Quick-fire interviews with some of the inspiring women we meet. To read more click here

    Ariane Daguise

    Founder of Colombia Executive Coaching

    What advice would you give to your 30 year old self?
    Believe in yourself, and more importantly believe that every new
    endeavour you take on will be a success - either directly or via the
    learning you will have from its challenges.


    What has been the biggest learning curve in your career?
    Realising that what got me to be a successful woman in business was
    not going to keep me there, unless I remembered who I was and who
    wanted to be as a human being.


    Describe yourself in 3 words?
    Perceptive, direct and caring



    Lynda Gratton

    Professor of management practice at London Business School, and co-author of The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity

    What has been the biggest learning curve in your career?

    Every time I've changed direction it's been a big learning curve. So I had to really learn how to focus when I studied for my doctorate, and then once I worked for a large company I had to learn how power networks work, and when I joined London Business School I needed to learn how to teach a class of MBA students. Since then I've had to learn how to write a book, and that's something that I constantly try to do better.


    What advice would you give to your 30 year old self?

    Just trust the world, try and become the person that you are, continue to work hard.




    Cecile Reinaud

    Founder of Seraphine, a maternity clothing designer

    Do you believe in quotas?

    In an ideal world, there’d be no need for quotas. I’ve never used them for hiring at Seraphine, and over 80% of my employees are women! I’m a strong believer in hiring the best person for the job, and as a result, I have a fabulously diverse workforce of all ages, races, and backgrounds – we have representatives from over 15 nationalities at head office alone.


    What matters more, ambition or talent?

    I’d say that a healthy mix of the two is a recipe for success. But the most important factor is the hard work and dedication that you’re willing to put in to turn your dreams into a reality.



    Anita Nassar

    Founder of Teach For Lebanon UK and former managing director of hedge fund Citadel.

    How would you change government policy to help women in the workplace?

    I would impose on employers to provide career coaching for women. What holds most of us women back is ourselves as we lack self belief and lose sight of our objective and the ability to move on. In finance we are competing with men who never fail to take credit for their performance. Women in general wait to be recognised rather than being proactive. This needs to change in order to encourage more women to have a career in finance. Success is about believing in your career so completely that there is no other possible outcome.


    Do you believe in quotas?

    Yes, boardrooms are a men's private club.




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