Women in Leadership: The role of HR and Senior Leaders

March 8th, 1 pm GMT

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The past year has seen a sharp rise in the number of research papers and media attention on the topics of women's representation in leadership.

However, the challenges of ensuring gender equality in workplace participation, especially at higher levels, are still very much a common concern. Research shows that only 1 in 5 C-level leaders are women. We are still a long way to go.

Join our 60-minute panel discussion with Judith Parsons, Faculty at Hult Ashridge together with senior leaders from global organizations to celebrate the growing recognition of women leaders as well as exploring important challenges of women in the workplace, discussing the role of HR to drive gender equality in their companies.

In this free-live webinar we will explore:

  • Where we stand today in terms of equality in the workplace
  • Key opportunities and challenges for women in diverse age groups and experience levels
  • Best practices to empower, support, and encourage women to move into more senior roles
  • The role of HR, people, and talent teams, in reviewing their own processes, initiatives, and KPIs as well as leading an organizational behavior change.

When? March 8th, 1 pm GMT / 2 pm CET

Our expert speakers:

  • Judith Parsons, Faculty at Hult Ashridge
  • Nandini Colin, Senior Advisor and VP HR, CSR & Transformation
  • David Jenkins, Client Director, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion at Atkins
  • Ghada Howaidy, Founder of the Women on Boards Observatory
  • Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director at Gowling WLG

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Our expert speakers:

Judith Parsons, Faculty at Hult Ashridge

Judith Parsons is a member of the faculty at Ashridge, specializing in leadership, organizational development, and change.

Judith’s passion for working in the field of gender and womens’ development spans her entire career. From a career background in economic development, she has been responsible for engaging more women in professions where they are underrepresented, supporting womens’ entrepreneurship, and accelerating career progression to senior levels. In her work with Ashridge, she is proud to work with both aspiring and established women leaders in both the UK and internationally with a particular interest in how women step up to leadership and the choices they make to define their unique sense of purpose and presence. She is currently embarking with colleagues on a research study of the experiences of women leaders in the Middle East.

Judith joined Ashridge after a career in both Government and private sectors enjoying two periods in Chief Executive roles both of which involved significant challenges of transformation,n and performance recovery.

Earlier in her career, she experienced firsthand the benefits of her being part of an initiative to raise the profile of women at the senior level and enjoyed superb mentoring and challenge from industry leaders at a critical point in her career.

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Nandini Colin, Senior Advisor and VP HR, CSR & Transformation

Nandini has worked in several countries as SVP HR, Transformation and Diversity, and as Partner Consulting, being in charge of the EMEA and Asia areas, in large French and American organizations. She is currently the Academic Director of a leadership program at ESCP Business School. Nandini is a Senior Advisor in the Scientific Committee of a start-up in the EdTech industry. She is also the International Delegate of Esprit de Service France, a do tank, a label, a space of innovation and networking, and a training partner gathering members of the service industry.

Nandini has served in different Executive Committees, most of the time being the first woman in the role, at Schlumberger, Orange, Colgate-Palmolive, Goodyear-Dunlop, Sodexo, and Sopra Steria Consulting. Nandini has helped CEOs achieve successful changes in the context of mergers and acquisitions, creation of subsidiaries abroad, restructuring, innovation, and digital transformation. In 2018, she co-founded an Advanced Non-Executive Management Certification for HR in Boards, with the HR Excellence Club and ESSEC Business School in France. Throughout her career, Nandini has held a number of non-executive roles, as the Chairman of an Ethics Committee in India, and as Board Director in various Nomination Committees in Europe. She has published and coordinated books and articles about diversity in governance, leadership, and human capital.

Dr. Ghada Howaidy, Founder of the Women on Boards Observatory

Dr. Ghada Howaidy is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and External Relations at the American University in Cairo School of Business. Before joining AUC in 2008, she was the founding director of international relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt.

Ghada has MA and MSc degrees in Middle East Studies and public management from AUC and the London School of Economics, as well as senior executive training at Harvard Business School. She holds a professional doctorate in Organizational Change from Ashridge School of Business. She is the founder of the Women on Boards Observatory in Egypt which produces annual monitoring reports, maintains a database of board-ready women in Egypt, provides board placement service and awareness and training on gender diversity. The Observatory has regional partnerships with The Boardroom Africa and the 30% Club MENA.

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David Jenkins, Client Director, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion at Atkins

David is a Client Director with Atkins, a member of the global SNC-Lavalin Group. A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession, David has around 35 years’ experience working across the Transportation Sector in a range of technical, project management, business, and people leadership roles, leading teams of up to 1000 employees across the UK.

For the last five years, he has also been the business lead for SNC-Lavalin’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy and plan within its UK & Europe Region, impacting over 10,000 staff. Under David’s direction, the business has just launched its latest and boldest ED&I #DifferentmakesadifferenceSNCL Strategy for the period up to 2023. 

Externally, he has been a member of the Steering Group for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s D&I Leadership Group for a similar period, having chaired the action group that produced the “Creating Cultures where all Engineers thrive” report in 2017, and following on from that he chaired the group that has produced “Creating Inclusive Cultures: Team Workshop Series”, which was launched in 2020.  He is a champion of the importance of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces and practices that allow everyone to reach their full potential and is an advocate of ED&I Strategy being collaboratively co-created and implemented by business leaders, HR professionals, and an organization’s employees.

Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director at Gowling WLG

Chris is currently HR Director at Gowling WLG having joined in 2015. He coaches and develops senior leadership teams and boards, helping them to achieve business success through their people, talent, and inclusion strategies.

Chris has spent his career in the City working across different sectors, predominantly in complex global international financial services companies as an HR Director and Chief Operating Officer. Chris thrives on change and progress that has a positive purpose. He joined the People in Law committee in 2019 and is part of the Wellbeing Opinion Leaders group. Further afield he is a judge for the Business Culture Awards and an Advisory Board member for a local secondary school.

Born and educated in Lancaster, Chris moved to Hertfordshire over twenty years ago, having completed his degree in Birmingham and his CIPD qualifications in Suffolk.

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