Authentic Leadership Conference

CMI Women bubble

Start Date: 29 Nov 2018

Start Time: 1:00 PM

End Time: 5:00 PM

Duration: 4 hours

Capacity: 102

Venue: Woodland Grange, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, , CV32 6RN › View map

Member price: £30.00

Non-member price: £40.00

Event Capacity: Full

Whether you are in a senior leadership role striving for continuous improvement or at an earlier stage of your journey towards excellence, effective leadership is essential for high performance. This year’s conference explores the theme of Authentic Leadership; how to build resilience, step into your own power as a leader and step up to the board positions you always wanted.

Today the world puts huge emphasis on performance and demands more skills than ever before. Yet far too many managers do not get the guidance they need to tackle their challenging roles. One thing we do know though is that diverse leaders with diverse teams deliver the best results.

CMI is committed to developing and enabling brilliant leaders. At the heart of this commitment is a belief that diversity is the foundation for good management as it improves financials, creates better culture and ensures less risky decision making.

To embrace diversity though, we must first have diverse and resilient leaders from a range of backgrounds who are empowered to step up and be recognised for the unique attributes that they bring to the table. You are invited to join us for an afternoon of inspiration, education and networking.

"Graceful Leadership: Effectiveness without burning out" - Dr Joanna Martin, Founder, One of many

In this powerful and often downright hilarious presentation you will gain insight into the little habits we have that hold us back from our best leadership.

You’ll discover:

  • How many of us suffer at the hands of the “Superwoman Myth” and the cost it has on our wellbeing.
  • The single biggest self-improvement mistake most of us make and how to avoid it.
  • The 5 Women’s PowerTypes for leadership and effectiveness.
  • The key to inspiring loyalty and commitment in others.
  • How to lead with grace and clarity.

Get ready for an eye-opening experience, and some easily implementable strategies that will make an immediate difference in your results.

"7 Reasons why being on a board is good for your career" - Fiona Hathorn, MD, Women on Boards

Woman on Boards sets out a roadmap to support female leaders both on Boards and on the journey to secure that ideal Board or C-suite position. They provide practical education, help to open doors and inspire women on a daily basis to step up and into leadership roles where their influence is and skills are really needed.

Fiona’s session will be exploring the key reasons why being on a board is good for your career and some of the skills that need to be developed to get you there. Adding a board or committee appointment to your CV is a sure way of drawing attention and validating your capabilities, whilst catapulting your career up the ladder of success. Individuals that join boards - even of very small organisations - are able to use their experience and technical skills to influence an organisation, whilst at the same time gaining exposure to a wide range of issues from the perspective of a director and building confidence, expertise and networks.

"Building Resilience" - Lisa Whittleton, Director, Illuminate

In the current climate of change and uncertainty leaders need to be resilient and able to build resilience in their business. Lisa will be exploring what resilience is and explaining how to manage pressure and adversity to give your best performance and to support a team to do the same. Lisa will be providing some great tips and tools to ensure that both you and your team continue to thrive regardless of the challenges you face.




 Arrival and registration


 Welcome and introductions


 Lisa Whittleton - "Resilience"


 Fiona Hathorn - "Why being on a Board is good for your career"


 Afternoon Tea


 Joanna Martin - "Graceful Leadership; Effectiveness without burning out"


 CMI Membership


 Event concludes


Dr Joanna Martin

Dr Joanna Martin, Leading Women into a new Global Paradigm

Dr Joanna Martin is a renowned visionary, coach and catalyst whose message and work have directly impacted over 72,000 people on 4 different continents. She is the founder of the fastest-growing women’s network in the UK, and has supported over 30,000 professionals to increase their impact and influence through her organisation One of many. They provide grassroots leadership training and coaching for women managers and entrepreneurs changing their corner of the world.
Before launching One of many, she enjoyed her own entrepreneurial success, having taken her earlier business from zero to 7-figures and two countries in 12 months. She is a committed financial investor in the work of The Hunger Project and has supported them by training over 70 fundraisers and facilitators globally. She’s also a diplomatic wife, a sometimes-too-tired mother, a protective sister, and a caring friend. She has very cool head, but a very big heart.

Fiona Hathorn

Fiona Hathorn, Managing Director at Women on Boards

Fiona is Managing Director of Women on Boards in the UK, Peel Hunt Advisor and is a Trustee of the charity Fight for Sight. She is a passionate angel investor and helped to found one of the first female angel investment clubs. Fiona is one of the judges for The Sunday Times annual NED Awards which takes places at Claridges every year.

Formerly Fiona was a director of Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. In 2012 Fiona decided to launch Women on Boards UK. Women on Boards UK’s aims are simple- to encourage and support women applying for board roles across the Public, Private and Not for Profit Sectors.

Lisa Whittleton

Lisa Whittleton, Director & Mental Wellbeing Specialist at Illuminate

Lisa is a passionate and engaging trainer specialising in wellbeing and resilience in the workplace. Based in Kenilworth, Lisa set up Illuminate in 2013 and supports businesses, schools and national organisations to keep staff happy, healthy and productive.
Lisa takes a proactive approach to equip individuals with tools and techniques to build resilience to deal effectively with the challenges and pressures at work, helping to support resilient leaders to create resilient teams. With a background in Occupational Psychology, Lisa brings the theory to life through her own experience.


  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

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

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