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Negotation Masterclass with Sue Williams
Tuesday February 5th, 7pm
Central London WeWork (tbc)
After the big success of the first two, we have a third masterclass with Sue Williams, the first female head of hostage negotiation at Scotland Yard.
Hostage negotiations are high stake business deals which are usually conducted with unsavoury characters in a difficult context and against the backdrop of a life at risk. Based on real life incidents and 25 years’ experience, the workshop is designed to transfer the skills used by hostage negotiation experts to the realities of the business environment. Participants in the workshop will learn the techniques used to prepare, conduct, manage and successfully close a negotiation. The emphasis of the workshop is on the core elements of negotiation which are strategy and methodology. You will strengthen your skills and competency and you will acquire the know-how and confidence essential to achieve successful results whilst maintaining enduring relationships with diverse stakeholders
Thursday February 7th, 8am
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR
We realise motherhood is a huge subject, and we want to start the conversation on how best to manage motherhood and our careers - from telling your boss you're pregnant, to discussing maternity leave, returning to work and asking for flexibility... the list goes on. How do we best prepare for and manage this crucially important process? Elizabeth Cowper will be with us to talk as a mother of three, as a Director of HR, and as a founder of a fantastic network called WoMo for working mothers. This is an event for all future and current mothers, we'll be discussing the challenges throughout.
Fertility: your questions answered
Monday February 11th, 7pm
11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR
Fertility is a topic that rarely seems to leave the news, and yet it is often surrounded by speculation and scare-mongering. It’s also a theme that is particularly relevant to women of our age, especially given some of the Daily Mail scare stories! We will have fertility expert Zita West join us, founder of a London fertility clinic who has worked with women across all ages on this personal but hugely important topic. Zita will separate fact from fiction, and help us answer all of our questions.
To read more about the below, and the many more events we've held in more detail, click here
Financial News Year's Resolutions
Wednesday January 16th 7pm
160 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB
It's our annual 'Money! Help!' call to the fantastic 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.
They covered everything we needed advice on - mortgages, savings, work pensions, Brexit fears... how to financially empower ourselves for 2019.
We were also delighted to be hosted by Wealthsimple, an online investment manager
Read their top tips here
BroadMinded in conversation with Alexandra Shulman
18th October 2018
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.
Quick-fire interviews with some of the inspiring women we meet. To read more click here
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
wanted to be as a human being.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Perceptive, direct and caring
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.
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.
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.
WHO WE ARE
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.
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?!
Paris Correspondent at the
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.
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
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