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, real ambition to succeed in whatever field we're in, and a desire to support each other's successes.


    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


    Wine is always included


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    Financial new year resolutions - starting 2018 on the right foot

    With the FT's Claer Barratt and Vestpod's Emilie Bellet

    Wednesday 10th January, 7pm

    We Work Paddington


    It’s a new year and that means a good opportunity to think about what went right, what went wrong and what you can do better in your financial life. No matter how much - or how little – cash you have, how you manage it is what really counts. Dealing with our own finances is something that we often classify as too difficult, too depressing
    or too boring. But what are the simple steps we can all resolve to take to get more on top of our finances in 2018?

    Back by popular demand we have Claer Barrett, the FT's award-winning personal finance editor, and Emilie Bellet, founder of Vestpod, an
    exciting start up designed to help women get smart about money. Claer is renowned for cutting through the finance world's expensively
    produced 'advice' and telling you how it is.


    Join us for a full and frank discussion that will cover: an idiot's guide to pensions and investments; what is bitcoin and should you be investing; the best savings strategy in a low interest rate environment; how to get a pay rise and promotion in 2018; and navigating the property market for first-time buyers.


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    Act like a Leader, Think like a Leader

    with Herminia Ibarra

    South Kensington Club, November 15th


    The critical career transition into management will be something many of our talented and ambitious Broads will currently be facing. But how do you step up to these bigger roles?


    The inspiring Herminia Ibarra joined us, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the London Business School and an expert on leadership development, talent management and women's career advancement. Herminia talked through the tools that women need to rise to the challenge of leadership and take their skills to the next level. Herminia is a member of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network and is also a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.


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    Communicating & Debating Confidently

    With Debate Mate

    12 Hay Hill, September & October


    Back by popular demand, we ran our third course with Debate Mate on communicating and debating confidently.


    Debating skills cover an important spread of skills required throughout day to day work. On this course you'll learn how to better articulate your point, influence with confidence, challenge others intelligently, and respond to criticism confidently.

    Growing up on 1980s Wall Street​

    With Lawton Fitt

    South Kensington Club, October 18th


    Lawton Fitt cut her teeth at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street during the swashbuckling era of the eighties. It was seven years into the job before she encountered another woman in a meeting, and she was regularly asked for directions to the bathrooms or told to send a fax. Lawton ran the bank's tech IPO business during the first internet boom in the nineties and became the first female partner of the equity division in 1994. She retired from Goldman Sachs in 2002 and took on a very different challenge: running the Royal Academy of Arts in London. An American who splits her time between New York and London, now Lawton's portfolio of corporate and non-profit positions include a board role at the Carlyle Group private equity firm.


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





    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

    Paris Correspondent at the

    Financial Times

    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

    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.


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