Helping each other flourish

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Start Date: 09 Mar 2018

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 3:30 PM

Duration: 6 hours

Capacity: 100

Venue: The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ › View map

Member price: £35.00

Non-member price: £45.00

Join us for this event incorporating our International Women's Day celebration.

Working together to support and recognise each other’s achievements has been shown to improve diversity and professionalism at work. Diversity in the work place has been proven to benefit everyone - women, men and organisations.

Our speakers will be covering a range of ways in which we can realise our own potential and help others to achieve theirs, leading to greater equality of opportunity for every one of us.

Anj Handa will present this year's "Eleanor Macdonald Memorial Lecture: The Power of Connection."

In her talk Anj will demonstrate how, by leading social change, you can boost your reputation, personal profile and opportunities at work.

Christine Gilkes - "Getting Women into Top Jobs"

McKinsey estimate that if organisations can bridge the gender gap it could add up to £150 billion to GDP in 2025. So what can we do to help speed up the rate of change and reap the obvious benefits? Christine will be talking about how we can learn from those companies modelling good practice, extol the benefits of having better representation and shift mindsets to bring about significant and sustainable change.

Chris Baines - "Myths about sex"

Chris will be looking at some of the enduring myths about sex which shape both women’s and men’s careers and life choices.

Chris’s session will be followed by a round-table discussion about some of the issues raised.

Meg Munn - "Overcoming the challenges of public and political life"

Meg will talk about the important contribution women make to political and public life and an approach that can help overcome challenges.


Anj Handa

Anj Handa, FRSA, Founder, Inspiring Women Changemakers

Yorkshire businesswoman Anj Handa is a coach, speaker and writer. She is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a dynamic movement of women leading transformational change – at work, in society, and in the wider world.

Anj helps women leaders to become highly effective, authentic communicators though coaching in public speaking, media handling and personal brand.

She writes for The Yorkshire Times and is regularly featured in the media for her employment expertise and award-winning campaigning work.

Prior to setting up her own consultancy in 2011, Anj ran business networks for Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and the former National Employment Panel; working with businesses, media, policy-makers and MPs to influence regional and national employment and skills policies.

Christine Gilkes 2017

Christine Gilkes, BA(Hons), MBPsS, founder of gluetogether limitedd

Christine boosts performance by developing leaders to be more effective in today’s changing environments. She takes the best of what she is continuously learning about human behaviours and makes it simple and achievable for others. Using a wide range of approaches, Christine helps others adapt and make the small changes that improve results. She works with large corporations, small businesses, individuals and has developed a number of special events for women.

It’s very encouraging to see that women are holding more of the top jobs than they did only a few years ago. In contrast it’s also disappointing to hear that there are still 12 organisations in the FTSE 100 with all male boards, the pace of increase has slowed, some organisations are not measuring the figures at all and there is a lack of public disclosure of senior level data.

McKinsey estimate that if organisations can bridge the gender gap it could add up to £150 billion to GDP in 2025.

Christine Baines 2017

Chris Baines, MSc, BSc (Hons), MCMI, Chartered FCIPD, MBPsS, Director, Baines Craig Consultancy Limited

Following a brief stint in the Civil Service, which convinced her that she didn’t want to work in a large, bureaucratic organisation, Chris has spent most of her career in SMEs, where she has enjoyed the autonomy, the opportunities to get involved in all areas of the businesses and the fast pace of change. Her roles have included managing finance, administration and HR and she is now using that experience to help other SMEs.

Having been both fascinated and frustrated by the beliefs generally held about women and their abilities, Chris studied various aspects of sex differences as part of her first degree. She later used what she had learnt to persuade managers to look differently at female job candidates, resulting in an increase in women in technical and senior roles in her employers’ organisations and changes in managers’ attitudes to women’s abilities.

Meg Munn

Meg Munn, MA, BA (Hons), FCMI

An independent governance consultant, Meg is a board member of Esh Construction, and the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA), and a governor of Sheffield Hallam University. Meg also chairs the British Council’s Society Advisory Group. She works on parliamentary processes, political party development, gender mainstreaming and women's leadership in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North and East Africa.

Meg was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley from 2001-15, Minister for Women and Equality (2005-07) and Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007-08). Before entering parliament, she was a senior manager with City of York Council with 20 years’ experience in the social work profession. Meg was the first MP to be awarded Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Management Institute, subsequently becoming a Fellow.
Meg will talk about the important contribution women make to political and public life and an approach that can help overcome challenges.

Additional Information

Take advantage of our "Early Bird" discount by booking before 31st January 2018.

Member price: £35.00; Non-member price: £45.00

After 31st January: Member price: £45.00; Non-member price: £55.00.


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Questions about this event should be addressed to CMI Events at or by telephone on 01536 207485.

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