• 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.


    Keep checking back for future 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

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

    Wednesday 25th April

    The Family, 35A Cornwall Road, SE1 8TJ


    Sue Williams has been a Hostage Negotiator since 1991, working with both Scotland Yard and the FBI. In 2003, she became the first female to lead Scotland Yard’s Hostage Negotiation Unit. In the same year, she was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her contribution to the fields of kidnap negotiation and the saving of lives.


    Sue now works independently, delivering specialist response services to governments, companies and individuals, and supporting essential humanitarian work all over the world. We are honoured to have Sue join us to share her incredible experiences and teach us how to negotiate more effectively.


    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.



    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

    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.


    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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