• 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

    A Negotiation Masterclass with Scotland Yard's first female Head of Hostage Negotiation

    Two separate workshops, 9th October and 15th November

    Work, and arguably life, are a constant negotiation. From asking for a promotion or a pay-rise, to discussions over which projects you work on, not to mention everything that comes with maternity leave and the subsequent return to work. To learn more about these much needed skills, we are delighted to welcome back Sue Williams, the first female Head of Scotland Yard’s Hostage Negotiation Unit. On the back of the huge popularity of our event with her in April, Sue will be returning to offer us two separate evenings in a workshop format, with smaller groups to make sure you get the most of the training.

     

    To read more about these workshops, and book your ticket, select your chosen date below (this event is women-only)

     

    9th October workshop - Central London venue, tbc

    15th November workshop - Soho Wework

    BroadMinded in conversation with Alexandra Shulman

    17th October, 18:30 (talks starts at 19:00)

    The AllBright, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR

    When Alexandra Shulman was named editor-in-chief of British Vogue in 1992, some critics claimed that she was not experienced enough for the role. Others remarked that she didn't "look" like an editor of Vogue.
    Shulman went on to become the longest-serving editor in the history of British Vogue and one of the prominent voices in the fashion industry. Finally stepping down after 25 years in 2017, Shulman presided over an increase in circulation for the magazine, and was known for her strong stance on various issues, for example refusing to publish articles on diets or on cosmetic surgery.

    Join us for a frank discussion with Alexandra in which we'll cover a wide range of topics including proving the naysayers wrong, life at the top, and what she learned along the way. We are delighted that this event will be hosted by the AllBright, a women's networking club that was recently launched by BroadMinded speaker and serial entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow.

     

    Book your tickets HERE (this event is women-only)

    Communicating Confidently, with Debate Mate

    Five week course, every Wednesday at 7pm, starting 24th October

    WeWork Moorgate


    Do you ever suffer from nerves when presenting? Feel you fail to articulate your point in meetings? Find yourself flustered by confrontation at work or home? Back by popular demand, this fun and challenging five week course helps you to develop the skills required to manage these challenges better, making a significant difference for your career and your confidence. This will be the fifth course with Debate Mate; we've each done it ourselves and can't recommend it enough.


    N.B. It's often possible to put this through a training budget at work, so take advantage of it!

     

    Book your tickets HERE (this event is women-only)

    Turning a 'crazy' idea into a successful company

    Wednesday 14th November, 18:30 (talk starts at 19:00)

    Huckletree West, Mediaworks, 191 Wood Ln, London W12 7FP

    Amanda Thomson gained a taste for champagne during her time as an arts journalist at the BBC but left to retrain and enter the wine business five years ago "because I wanted to party but I also wanted to feel good in the morning”. People tried to convince Amanda that her idea of creating sugar-free champagne was mad - or that she might not be capable - but she stuck to her guns. The result is Thomson & Scott, a brand of organic and vegan-certified wines, Champagne and Prosecco that are low in sugar and fanatical about ingredient transparency.
     

    Thomson & Scott has disrupted the male-dominated and notoriously conservative world of wine and created a whole new sector. Along the way it has earned Amanda prestigious awards like the EY Winning Women 2017 and the Le Cordon Bleu Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
    We are delighted that Amanda will come and speak to BroadMinded to give her advice on how would-be entrepreneurs can turn their 'crazy' ideas into successful companies. She'll cover everything from faking confidence, learning new skills and having the confidence to say 'yes' and - more importantly - 'no, thanks' when required.

     

    Book your tickets HERE (this event is women-only)

  • PAST EVENTS

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

    Leadership: How to make the step from doer to leader

    with Heather Jackson

    31st May 2018

    WeWork Kings Cross

     

    You’ve got the experience, you’ve got the skills and you’re ready for the next step up the ladder. But rising up through your organisation, to step into bigger shoes of leadership, is going to require more than just working hard. A supportive boss or small shifts in corporate culture might help a little, but ultimately no one is going to push you to realise your full potential but you. So what can we all do to take charge of our own career progression?

     

    Our speaker Heather Jackson has extensive experience in championing female leadership in the corporate world and is a specialist in helping women in the middle of the pipeline reach for the next stage. Her first business, An Inspirational Journey, worked to address the imbalance of talent that exists at the top of corporate UK and Europe. Working in partnership with RBS, over the last few years the organisation supported more than 1400 companies to redress this dynamic.

     

    Read our top takeaways here

    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 was 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 gave us insights 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.

     

  • 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

     

    Read more...

    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.

     

    Read more...

     

     

    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.

    Read more...

     

    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

    ESG Analyst at Quaero Capital & Consultant at Conser

     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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PRIVACY NOTICE
Effective Date: 01/08/2018
BroadMinded Ltd (”We”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy
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rights and how the law protects you.
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personal data. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding
your personal data and how we will treat it.
For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act) and the EU General Data Protection
Regulation (GDPR), the data controller is BroadMinded Ltd of 2 Frognal Close, London NW3 6YB.
Our nominated Privacy Officer is Clare Pelly and you may contact us to find out more about the way
we treat and use personal data via email at hello@broadminded.org.
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO),
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appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us
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This privacy notice describes the way we treat and use personal data that we collect about any
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Please note that as a parent or guardian of a child who has signed up to use our services, you are
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We will collect and process the following data about you:
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on our website (https://www.broadminded.org/) that you may access directly or through another
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and when you report a problem with our website. The information you give us may include your full
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Information we collect about you. With regard to each of your visits to our website we will
automatically collect the following information:

 technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your
computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone
setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;
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to, through and from our website (including date and time), products you viewed or
searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page
interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse
away from the page, and any phone number used to call our customer service number.
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We will only use personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your
personal data in the following circumstances:
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you.
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do not override those interests.
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 Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other
than in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email.
You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing to you directly, at any time by
contacting us at hello@broadminded.org.
Information you give to us. We will use this information:
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and to provide you with the information and services that you request from us;
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Information we collect about you. We will use this information:
 to develop new products and services based on the information you provide;
 to improve our services based on the information and feedback you provide and the
information and feedback provided by others.
 to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so;
 to administer our website, to improve our website and as part of our efforts to keep our
website safe and secure;
Information we receive from other sources. We may receive personal data about you from selected
third parties that we work with or that provide us with a service (such as payment services) and
public sources (such as Companies House).
MARKETING
We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around
marketing and advertising. We may use your contact details and technical data that we collect about
you, such as your IP address and the way you browse our website to form a view on what we think
you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products,
services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).
You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or
purchased goods or services through us or if you provided us with your details when you entered a

competition or registered for a promotion and, in each case, you have not opted out of receiving
that marketing.
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We may send occasional updates and promotional discounts to you.
You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages to you at any time by following the opt-out
links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time at
hello@broadminded.org
Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data
provided to us as a result of a product/service purchase, warranty registration, product/service
experience or other transactions.
THIRD-PARTY MARKETING
We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any external
company for marketing purposes.
CHANGE OF PURPOSE
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably
consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original
purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is
compatible with the original purpose, please email us at hello@broadminded.org.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain
the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in
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You acknowledge and agree that from time to time we have the right to share your personal
information with:
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its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.
Selected third parties including:
 Rocket Science Group, LLC, for use of their service, Mailchimp (“Mailchimp”) based in the
US, to send you our newsletter, if you consent;
 Strikingly, Inc, for the use of their service, Strikingly, in relation to our website;
 Google LLC. (“Google”) based in the US, for the storage of documents that include your
personal data on Google Drive, the use of Gmail in order to contact you about any services
we provide to you and Google Contacts to store and maintain our clients’ details;
 Typeform, Inc, for use of their ticketing and registration services; and
 select business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract
we enter into with you.
We will disclose your personal information to third parties:

 In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your
personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
 If BroadMinded or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case
personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.
 If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any
legal obligation, or to protect the rights and safety of BroadMinded, our customers, or
others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the
purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
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All personal data we process is processed by our team in the UK however for the purposes of IT
hosting and maintenance this information is located on servers within the European Union.
Some of our external third parties such as Rocket Science Group, Strikingly, Google and Typeform
are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your personal data will
involve a transfer of data outside the EEA.
Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is
afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:
 Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the
European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe.
 Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of
the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared
between the Europe and the US. For further details, see European Commission: EU-US
Privacy Shield.
Please contact us at hello@broadminded.org if you want further information on the specific
mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.
Once we have received your information, we have a Data Protection regime in place to oversee the
effective and secure processing of your personal data and we will use strict procedures and security
features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
However and unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely
secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the
security of your data transmitted to our website at transmission stage; any transmission is at your
own risk.
HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION FOR?
In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data. See below for further information.
We are required under UK tax law to keep your basic personal data (name, address, contact details)
for a minimum of 6 years after which time it will be destroyed.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated
with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely
without further notice to you.
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If at any point you wish to know which information we are processing about you, or if you do not
wish for us to process your information anymore or if you believe the information we process on you
is incorrect or obsolete you can request to see this information and/or have it corrected or deleted
by us by contacting us at hello@broadminded.org. We will fulfil your request to exercise your rights
within a month and at no cost.
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