• INSPIRING BRIGHT, AMBITIOUS WOMEN TO DO AMAZING THINGS

     

    BroadMinded is a community of talented and passionate women from a wide range of sectors. No two 'Broads' are alike; but what we have in common is a love of what we do, a desire to support each other's successes and an infectious spirit of fun.

     

    Our events offer inspiring talks, practical advice and an environment where women can encourage and learn from each other.

     

     

    Find out more below.

     

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PAST EVENTS

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

    The 100 Year Life: Living & Working in the Age of Longevity

    An evening with LBS Professor Lynda Gratton

    12 Hay Hill, July 26th 2016

     

    Living to 100 years. A terrifying or exciting thought? 50% of those aged 20 today are expected to reach 100, and this shift in life expectancy will affect us all.

     

    Professor Lynda Gratton from London Business School came to tell us what to expect from this elongated life, a subject explored in her new book ‘The 100 Year Life’. Beyond the thought-provoking talk Lynda gave us over dinner at the beautiful 12 Hay Hill, Lynda’s own achievements are incredibly inspiring. Lynda was named amongst the 15 top thought leaders in the Thinkers50 ranking and has had a fascinating and varied career: a wonderful role model for us all

     

    Read on for the 10 things we learned last night that
    this increased longevity means for young women today...

    Kate Philp: From Afghanistan to Antarctica

    An event co-hosted with Man Group

    Riverbank House, April 27th 2016

     

    Kate joined the Army straight from Oxford University and was deployed on front-line operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) put an end to her tour of Afghanistan and Kate’s injuries resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee. At the end of 2013 Kate trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition organised by Walking With The Wounded.

     

    Kate talked to us about drawing on her resilience to overcome both professional and personal challenges, in a fascinating journey that took her from fighting on the front line in Afghanistan to surviving in the hostile environment of Antarctica. And a little bit about Prince Harry too..

     

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    Insights from the most powerful woman banker in Britain

    An evening with Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money and the woman Richard Branson recruited to change the face of the banking industry. 

    Knightsbridge, March 23rd 2016

     

    Jayne-Anne walked away from RBS pre-crisis and led the rescue of Northern Rock, she made headlines with her call for bonuses to be pegged to firms gender balance record, and lives by the mantra ‘Never give up, never give up, never give up… believe in yourself, do the right thing, and have fun doing it’

     

    We were thrilled to have Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin
    Money, come and talk to us. We found her down-to-earth and
    non-nonsense approach very inspirational and her talk incredibly entertaining.

     

    Read more about it here

    Communicating and Debating Confidently

    A 4-week course with Debate Mate

    London.Feb - March 2016

     

    Have you ever wished you said something in a meeting but were too scared to do so? Have you ever let other people dominate conversations even though you know you have better ideas? Are these problems more acute because you're a woman?

     

    BroadMinded partnered with Debate Mate to bring a unique communication, advocacy and leadership training programme which is designed to empower women to take control of their own professional lives. The course developed skills that enable you to influence with confidence, to make an impact in meetings, and to challenge others intelligently and respectively

    Building a Network for those who Hate Networking

    A Practical Workshop with Dr Zella King

    Southwark. 2nd February 2016

     

    People often talk about the pay gap, or the seniority gap, between men and women, but you rarely hear about the network gap. In companies with mostly male leadership teams, women's connections to the centre of power are often weaker than those of men. And women are less likely to use their connections to advance their careers.

     

    Dr Zella talked about those network gaps, why they occur, and guide us in how to build stronger networks for the future.

     

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  • BM ICONS

    Quick fire interviews with some of the inspiring women we meet. To read more from a wide range of BroadMinded Icons, click here

     

    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.

     

    Harriet Minter

    Editor of the Guardian's Women in Leadership

     

    What has been the biggest learning curve in your career?

    Realising that just because I believe in something doesn't mean everyone else will, and sometimes you just have to trust your gut and go for it. It might not make sense to everyone around you but if it feels right to you, do it. Setting up Women in Leadership took my career down a completely different path, if I'd done the practical thing it would never have existed and it certainly wouldn't have lasted two years but I just had a feeling it was going to lead somewhere. Best decision I ever made.

     

    What matters more, ambition or talent?

    Ambition. I sometimes think natural talent actually makes us lazy, there's nothing like a bit of grit and determination to make things happen.

     

    Kathryn Parsons

    Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Decoded

     

    What matters more, ambition or talent?

    Talent. Every time.

     

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

    It will get better. Far better. Beyond your wildest dreams better.  

     

    What's your biggest extravagance?

    Blow drys. Uber. Champagne. Usually in that order.  

  • WHO WE ARE 

    Georgina Parker

    Head of Sales & Bus Dev at Virgin Pure

     Avid reader of current affairs, and keen for a debate on most subjects! Always trying to learn new things - current projects are swing dancing and website building.

    Clare Pelly

    Head of Astronaut Relations 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?!

    Harriet Agnew

    City Correspondent at the FT

     

    Journalist, traveller, bookworm. Intrigued by psychology and behavioural economics. Favourite literary heroines are Lyra from Northern Lights, Cathy from Wuthering Heights and Linda from the Pursuit of Love.

    Cat Graham

    Director of Co-curriculum at Francis Holland School

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

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