Successful women to encourage female students to reach their full potential

With women widely under-represented among company CEOs and management, female students from Nottingham Business School (NBS) are to meet successful women to encourage them to reach their full potential in the workplace.

With women widely under-represented among company CEOs and management, female students from Nottingham Business School (NBS) are to meet successful women to encourage them to reach their full potential in the workplace.

The Women in Industry event on Friday 29 January will give students access to advice from high-profile role models including Judy Naake, entrepreneur and founder of tanning brand St Tropez, Paula Vennells, chief executive, Post Office Ltd, Kath Durrant, group HR director, Wolseley Plc, and Debbie Smith, formerly Director of Stores, Boots UK.

The event hopes to raise aspirations and build confidence among females at an early stage.

Although generally high achievers academically, females can often lack the confidence to network and push themselves forward in the workplace.

Dr Faye Taylor, joint organiser of Women in Industry and senior lecturer in Marketing

Dr Faye Taylor, joint organiser of Women in Industry and senior lecturer in Marketing at NBS, Nottingham Trent University, said: “Although generally high achievers academically, females can often lack the confidence to network and push themselves forward in the workplace. Gender equality is improving but overall women are still paid less than their male counterparts and we need to build their self-belief that they are worth just as much.

“This event will show our students what females can achieve in the workplace and help them to realise that this kind of success is also within their reach.”

Compered by BBC East Midlands Today presenter, Anne Davies, the event will begin with a keynote speech by Judy Naake on her professional and personal experiences. It will be followed by a panel question and answer session with all the guests, also including Caitriona McCusker, partner, PricewaterhouseCooper, Debbie Mogg, director of Resources, Rutland County Council, and Sue Shepherd director, East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Women in Industry is part of Nottingham Business School’s personalisation initiative, which aims to help all of its students fulfil their potential through support and experience tailored to their skills and ambitions.

Dr Julie Lewis, personalisation and experiential learning coordinator at NBS, said: “Our ambition is that the event will help our students to value the importance of determination, networking and organisation, communication and people skills to succeed in industry. It will also provide a forum to discuss issues and challenges related to equality and diversity and how this impacts on the modern workplace.

“Many of our students have a keen interest in topics such as ‘breaking through the glass ceiling’ and are exploring these as part of their final year research projects.

"In essence, our intention for the event is that it provokes a lively and informative discussion about women in industry and that it encourages our students to go forwards with confidence.”

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Successful women to encourage female students to reach their full potential

Published on 26 January 2016
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