Oct 06, 2015
London, United Kingdom
The ICEDR NextGen Women Leaders Program is hosted by Pearson
ICEDR sponsor companies may send 4 emerging women leaders
. The primary audience for this program is millennial women (~age 23-35) in line roles. ICEDR sponsor companies may also send 1 talent management executive
. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.
Are you a millennial woman looking to connect with peers from a fabulous group of companies, develop your skills, and be inspired to achieve your goals? Join a peer group of millennial women from world-class companies at the ICEDR NextGen Women Leaders Program hosted by Pearson. At this program, you will glean insights from ICEDR’s new research on millennial women, enhance your business acumen, be inspired by exceptional women executive speakers, network with your peers, and discover practical strategies that will help you achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you in London!
- Reflect on what you value at work and in life
- Discover strategies that will help you achieve your goals
- Network with a peer group of high potential millennial women from large, global organizations
- Learn career strategies that worked for senior level executive women
- Discuss practices taking place at other companies to develop emerging female leaders
Who Should Attend
- Sponsor companies may send 4 emerging women leaders. The primary audience for this program is millennial women ~age 23-35 in line roles.
- Sponsor companies may also send 1 talent management executive.
- Partner business schools may send 1 Executive Education professional.
Group Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, BAE Systems
Abu joined BAE Systems in July 2016. As Group Diversity & Inclusion Specialist he oversees the strategic development and implementation of the organisation’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the UK. He is responsible for the strategic direction BAE Systems takes with regards to its commitment to diversity and inclusion; broadly focusing on recruitment, employee engagement, accelerating the drive to create gender balance at senior levels within the business and embedding the principles of D&I into how BAE Systems runs its P&S business and thinks about its talent pipeline, working with the senior executive teams on equality and HR related issues, as well as communicating all diversity and inclusion strategic plans effectively. Abu is a senior HR executive with over eighteen years’ experience in business and human resource management.
In addition to his role at BAE Systems, Abu supports a number of organisations focused on equality and diversity. In 2015, he joined the board of NTCJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists), to drive forward their work in the D&I area and to set challenging targets. He is a founding member of the National Equality Standard, the National Equality Standard is a ground-breaking initiative developed for business, by business, which sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) criteria against which companies will be assessed. He is acknowledged as one of the leading experts in diversity in the UK and one of the leading speakers in the field – Invited to speak at The Economist Diversity Summit, London Book Fair, ICEDR Global Summit, NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference and numerous corporate conferences.
Abu is the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Pearson, the world’s leading education company (FTSE 100 Company) visit, www.pearson.com
Chief Internal Auditor, Barclays
Sally was appointed Chief Internal Auditor in July 2014. Her role is to run the 650 strong global function as it provides assurance to key stakeholders on the effectiveness of the control environment at Barclays. She is passionate about helping the Bank become Go To through the work it does with the businesses and functions and through the continuous programme of improvement within the function itself. A qualified Executive coach Sally also mentors staff within Barclays and champions Diversity Initiatives across the Bank.
Until February 2014 Sally was the Chief of Administration for BIA. Her responsibilities revolved around Strategy for the function along with Professional Practices including QA, Training and Development, BIA Operations and Communications.
Sally joined Barclays in September 2012, from RBS where she was Head of Operational Risk, Global Banking and Markets. In her 9 years at RBS, Sally has held various audit roles in Wealth and Corporate Markets along with heading up Audit Strategy, Operations and Development. Prior to this Sally spent 18 years at JP MorganChase where she became Audit Partner and Co-Head of Investment Banking Audit for EMEA. Sally graduated from the University of East Anglia with a bachelors in English and Comparative Literature and she holds an MBA from the University of Warwick. Sally has a track record of success in developing and executing strategy, driving operational excellence and audit delivery.
Sarah C. Gregory
Inclusion and Diversity Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Sarah C. Gregory practices mainly in employment law in Baker & McKenzie’s London office. She has been recognized by Legal 500 as one of the leading lawyers in the field of
employment law. Chambers UK describes her as "a pragmatic advisor, a tough negotiator and clients' first port of call." Sarah currently serves as co-chair of the
Discrimination Working Party of ELA's Legislative and Policy Sub-Committee. She is also editor of Tolley's Discrimination in Employment Handbook and author of
the case law section in the IRS Handbook of Flexible Working.
Sarah advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, with particular emphasis on diversity, discrimination and equal pay. She provides high-level advice to clients on high value discrimination claims, confidentiality and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, multijurisdictional redundancies and outsourcing.
Christie Hunter Arscott
Christie Hunter Arscott is an experienced advisor and strategist, specializing in advancement strategies for women and millennials.
As Principal of Quest, ICEDR's global leadership institute for early career women (current) and Deputy Leader of Deloitte Consulting’s National Diversity & Inclusion Service Offering (former), Christie has helped organizations across industries and sectors recruit, retain and advance the next generation of women leaders. Her clients have included Fortune 100 companies, Big 4 professional services firms, national government entities, leading talent research bodies and Ivy League institutions. Her work has spanned geographies – including, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
On the research front, Christie broke new ground as one of the first Rhodes Scholars to pursue a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford, where she researched women and gendered leadership styles. Christie completed a second Master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy, focused on the impact of family-friendly policies on women’s participation in the workforce. Christie’s research and writing have been featured by the World Economic Forum, London Business School Review, Forbes, Diversity Executive, Bersin by Deloitte, Thinkers50 and the Rhodes Project, among others.
Christie received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University, where she studied gender and race relations, and a certificate of Distinction in General Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
In 2014, Christie received her coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. In 2016, Christie was appointed to the Millennial Advisory Board for the Women’s Foodservice Forum of North America.
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson
Kate joined Pearson as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in January 2014. A member of the Pearson Executive she overseas communications, government relations, the Pearson brand, investor relations and the company’s social impact work.
Prior to joining Pearson, James was Chief Communications Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leveraging the foundation's voice in support of the organisation's global and domestic initiatives. Before Gates, she held senior leadership roles in the financial services industry including heading communications globally at Citibank and leading the advocacy and sustainability practice at Standard Charter Bank.
James, who received her master's degree at the University of Cambridge, is an active leader in the non-profit community. She serves as a board member for both Vital Voices Global Partnership and Wedu committed to empowering women around the world and also as a Director of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.
Chaired Professor of Leadership, Cranfield School of Management
Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Chaired Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management. Her research focuses on women and leadership, generations in organizations, leadership and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books (Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. She is an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management. The Times featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch and her research is regularly reported in the media. She sits on the advisory boards of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, as well as the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation. She has provided thought-leadership to businesses and international organizations. Elisabeth Kelan worked at King's College London, London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Zurich University. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
General Manager, Microsoft
Amanda Mesler has 26 years of extensive international leadership and general management experience at CEO and board level and held leadership positions as CEO, COO, Chief Client Officer, and Corporate Strategy Officer.
Currently, she is a General Manager, Central Eastern Europe for Microsoft, a Non-Executive Director for Pace, a FTSE 250 company and Ensygnia, a technology start-up.
Amanda’s early career was with GE, a Fortune 10 company and multi-national conglomerate, as the Asia Pacific Market Manager, responsible for developing business for the electric vehicle controls product line for GE. She had full P&L responsibility and launched the business in Japan, Taiwan and mainland China.
Amanda joined KPMG in 1994 in the supply chain practice serving clients in manufacturing, chemicals, energy, and retail industries and quickly became a partner in 1999. She transferred to Houston in 2000 to create the Oil and Gas practice for KPMG Consulting, which became the fastest growing practice for KPMG. She also spent time as the Global Leader for Energy for EDS to lead the repositioning of EDS beyond a commodity IT provider.
From 2005 to 2007, Amanda was a corporate officer and the VP of Strategy and Organisation design for SYSCO, which is a Fortune 100 level Food Service company. Amanda led engaging strategy sessions annually with the Board of Directors. Her operational responsibilities included leading the transformation of the company from a food service company into a world class supply chain company and assessing the execution risks.
Upon joining Logica in 2007 as CEO, North America, Amanda successfully transformed an unprofitable products business with limited connection to Europe into a high margin service business, leveraging Logica’s European strengths to grow the US client base. The business increased in size and value by 50% in three years and became one of the fastest growing businesses in Logica.
Following her success in North America, Amanda was appointed to the Executive Committee in January 2010, relocating to London, as the Chief Client Officer. Amanda created this function for Logica globally to drive client intimacy throughout the organisation and raise the market profile. Soon after, Amanda was appointed as the CEO, Business Consulting to further reposition Logica and grow business led technology services.
Amanda spent time as the Chief Operating Officer of Misys, a Vista Equity portfolio company to transform the operations of the company to enable significant revenue growth.
Amanda has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing from Western Carolina University. She is a member of YPO-WPO international, and a member of the Women's Network of YPO.
Amanda is passionate about helping other professional women create and achieve their ambitions. She is a coach and Chapter Leader for Lean In, devoted to helping women succeed. She is also an avid marathon runner, running 15 marathons, and the 124th woman who successfully completed a marathon on every continent as part of the 7 Continent Marathon Club.
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Christine O’Brien is an Employment partner in Baker & McKenzie's London office and leader of the international employment law services. Chambers UK and The Legal 500 ranks
her as one of the leading lawyers in her field. She sits on the International Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association, and is a former management committee member of the same association. In addition to her practice, Christine
regularly contributes to PLC as well as Sweet & Maxwell’s loose-leaf volume on the implementation of the Acquired Rights Directive and collective consultation.
Christine advises clients in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including large-scale collective redundancy plans, high-value discrimination claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and garden leave clauses. She also represents clients in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation.
Diversity & Inclusion Director for the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)
Dan Robertson is currently Diversity & Inclusion Director at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, (www.enei.org.uk). He is highly respected as a subject matter expert on workplace diversity & inclusion management, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership.
Dan has a particular interest and expertise in the science and application of unconscious bias and leadership decision-making as well as the role of organisational culture in shaping leadership behaviours and team cultures.
He is acknowledged as an inspirational speaker and expert facilitator. He has supported a wide range of business on their diversity and inclusion journeys and has delivered workshops to global organisations based in London, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Zurich, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, and Bali.
His international work has also included a programme with Initiatives of Change (IoC), helping to facilitate ‘honest conversations’ on diversity and inclusion issues throughout the UK, the USA and Switzerland.
From 2003 – 2008 he worked as an associate lecturer in Inequalities and Diversity Management at the University of Derby.
Deniz Kirdar True
Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Europe
Deniz was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Europe region at Svitzer, part of Maersk Group in April 2014. She is responsible for managing technical, procurement, IT and business implementation functions for a fleet of 130 vessels across 30 ports in Europe. She strives to achieve best in class towage operations, challenging traditional approaches and seeking out new perspectives.
Until April 2014, Deniz was Group Diversity & Inclusion Manager in Maersk Group tasked with driving Maersk’s diversity & inclusion efforts globally across different business units. Her passion for creating equal opportunities is rooted in her Turkish heritage and various personal experiences.
A Graduate in Mathematics, Deniz entered Maersk Group in 2003, where she started working in Customer Service in Maersk Line in Turkey and Switzerland and had responsibility for regional and global key clients. In 2007, she moved to Maersk Group headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark to join Process Excellence in Maersk Line. In this role she received certification as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and assumed Project Leader role in various regional & global strategic projects and change programs in line and terminal operations, finance, sales and customer service. Deniz has been awarded BSc in Mathematics from Middle East Technical University and MSc in Organisational Psychology with merit from University of London. She currently lives in London with her husband, Martin and their cat.
8:30-9:00 Coffee and Registration
-Jackie Dufault, Director of Client Relations and Managing Director, ICEDR Webinar Series
-Abu Bundu-Kamara, Director of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA and APAC, Pearson
9:10-10:00 ICEDR Research: What Do Millennial Women Value?
-Christie Hunter Arscott, Strategic Advisor
10:00-11:00 Pearson Presentation
Leadership and Social Impact:
-Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson
Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership:
-Dan Robertson, Director for the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)
11:15-12:15 Panel: Lessons from Exceptional Women Leaders
- Sally Clark, Chief Internal Auditor, Barclays Internal Audit
- Sarah Gregory, Inclusion and Diversity Partner, Baker & McKenzie
- Deniz Kirdar True, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Europe
- Amanda Mesler, GM, Microsoft
- Christine O'Brien, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
1:15-2:15 Rising Stars - Developing Millennial Women as Leaders
-Elisabeth Kelan, Chaired Professor of Leadership, Cranfield School of Management
2:15-2:30 Action Planning Exercise
-Christie Hunter Arscott
This ICEDR Program will take place on October 6, 2015 at Pearson’s office in London. Registration will begin at 8:30. Please plan to arrive at 8:30 to pick up your materials and enjoy coffee and tea. The program sessions will start promptly at 9:00 and end at 2:30.
Classroom: Conference Suite (10th Floor)
London, UK WC2R 0RL
To get to Pearson’s office, take the tube to either Embankment or Charing Cross and walk along the Strand to number 80 Strand. The nearest mainline station is Charing Cross.
Hotel reservations must be made by the participants. For participants who need to stay overnight, the following hotels are close to the Pearson office:
The Strand, London, WC2R 0EU United Kingdom
Telephone: +44-207 836 4343
Amba Hotel Charing Cross
The Strand, London WC2N 5HX United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 871 376 9012
Marriott Hotel County Hall
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB United Kingdom
Telephone: +44-207 928 5200
Business casual dress is recommended for the program.
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