With International Women’s Day swiftly approaching, many companies are now looking to hold events to celebrate the impact of their female staff have on their business, and to raise awareness for the inequalities that they may face. With this in mind, I have found four of the most interesting guest speakers that can cover topics around International Women’s Day that JLA are lucky enough to work with.
How are women meant to work and have children, excelling at both without the dropping the ball– all without going completely insane? Christine Armstrong explores the sometimes-unseen inequalities that hamper organisations’ ability to enable and empower their staff. Over the past year Christine has focused on how organisations and individuals are coping with the pandemic, hybrid working and schools yo-yoing between open and closed. As a guest speaker, the author of “The Mother of All Jobs” tackles the assumptions that those in charge may make, and how they can make decisions to improve the way that businesses operate.
Initially a barrister, Priya started her food brand Masala Masala, before founding CENTURY Tech, which brings together AI and education to improve the way that people are taught and learn. Priya has a fascinating entrepreneurial journey, now leading a very technical business as a non-technical person. She offers insight into her team’s cutting edge research, as well as what innovation actually is, and how to foster it in a business. Priya has worked with government as a member of the Department of Business, Education and Skills’ Entrepreneur Forum and as a guest speaker, Priya tackles leadership, diversity, talent and culture.
The former CEO of Grant Thornton UK has been a champion of diversity and inclusion for a number of years. Sacha modernised the business, aiming to make it more supportive, inclusive and innovative. While at the helm, the company reduced it’s focus on academic achievement when recruiting, instead looking at what each individual had to offer. As a guest speaker, Sacha brings lessons from her time at the helm and her research, delving into how businesses operate and how they can build resilience (something that all businesses could do with a bit more of at the moment).
Margaret has been an entrepreneur, author and chief executive in the US and UK. As an author, “Women on Top: How Female Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules for Business Success” and “The Naked Truth: A Working Woman’s Manifesto” examine the working world for women, how they are perceived, their accomplishments and how things can and should change further. Her latest book “Uncharted” arrived at the start of the pandemic, a timely examination of how leaders are obsessed with making predictions despite the overwhelming evidence that the complex nature of their environments, people and systems make this impossible. An accomplished guest speaker, Margaret often focus on how businesses fail to see major issues, and how they can bring the most out of their team’s abilities.
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