• 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 plans to expand in Paris and 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.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

    Keep checking back for future events

    The Art of Multi-tasking as a Mother and Entrepreneur

    with Beatrice de Montille & Rachel Vosper

    Tuesday 6th March

    WeWork Bishopsgate

     

    Starting your own business is a major, life-changing decision.
    Non-stop work, constant tiredness, the burden of responsibility firmly
    on your shoulders. It's both the most challenging and rewarding thing
    you can do. It also sounds exactly like having children - so imagine
    trying to do the two at the same time.

    BroadMinded is delighted to welcome Rachel Vosper, one of the UK's
    leading high-end candle specialists, and a single mother to a
    four-year-old; and Béatrice de Montille, founder of award-winning
    jewellery company Merci Maman, and mother to four children between the ages of 6 and 13.

    By recounting their experiences of setting up a company at the same
    time as raising children, Rachel and Béatrice will give us an insight
    into what multitasking really means: time management, learning to say
    no, the art of delegating and forensic organisation. These are skills
    we all want to refine - mothers or not.

     

    Tickets available here

  • PAST EVENTS

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

    Burnout: What to look for and what you can do about it

    with Madeleine Evans, entrepreneur in residence at Zinc VC and Simmy Grover, chief medical officer at Unmind

    Tuesday 20th February

    WeWork Paddington

     

    Work-related stress affects 60% of the population and an even larger proportion of women. Sometimes this is manageable with just a good night’s sleep, a hot bath or a long weekend away to recover. But increasingly we are suffering from more serious symptoms – exhaustion, headaches, sleeplessness, increased negativity. These can all be symptoms of burnout, a phenomenon happening to twice the number of women now than in the 90s, and one that can have more serious negative effects on your emotional and physical health.


    To help us identify when we're at risk of burnout, and to discuss the symptoms and root causes, the role of human psychology and cognition, the impact of technology and most importantly how to make preventative changes and fight back against it, we have two women who have been there.

     

    After years cutting her teeth in private equity, Madeleine Evans is an entrepreneur in residence at Zinc VC, a new fund founded by the renowned VC investor Saul Klein to accelerate entrepreneurs tackling the developed world’s toughest social issues. And Simmy Grover, a psychology researcher at UCL and chief science officer for Unmind, a mental and emotional health startup. Together they are developing a set of personal and professional tools that help women be ‘truly productive’ – clearing their mind, focusing on long-term priorities, and operating in a sustainable way that includes taking time for themselves. Tools to ensure that work-related stress is managed, and doesn’t turn into full-blown burnout

    Financial new year resolutions; starting 2018 on the right foot

    with the FT's Claer Barrett, and Vestpod's Emilie Bellet

    We Work Paddington, January 10th

     

    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 were joined by 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.

     

    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.

     

    Read more about the event here

  • 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

    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

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

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    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.

     

    Read more...

     

  • 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

    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.

  • OUR MEMBERS

    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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