Women in Leadership: The role of HR and Senior Leaders

Explore important challenges of women in the workplace, and the role of HR to drive gender equality in their companies.

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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 panel discussion with Judith Parsons, Faculty at Hult International Business School 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.

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

What you will learn

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.

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Our expert speakers: Judith Parsons

Judith Parsons is a member of the faculty at Hult International Business School, 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.

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Nandini Colin

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.

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Dr Ghada Howaidy

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.

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David Jenkins

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.

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Chris Oglethorpe

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.

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