iW50 Forum

The Forum was held on 20th March 2018 at the IOD


Our Speakers

Rob Rooney
CEO of Morgan Stanley International Plc, 
Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa
Head of Technology and Head of Diversity

Rob Rooney has spent over 25 years in Morgan Stanley’s fixed income and capital markets departments. He is now CEO of Morgan Stanley International Plc, Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Head of Technology. He is also Head of Diversity and as a thought leader in the field, brings a wealth of insight into the importance of gender diversity.

Click here to see Morgan Stanley’s diversity policy.

Herminia Ibarra
Professor of Organizational Behaviour
London Business School

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.

An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Ibarra among the most influential management thinkers in the world. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

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Jennifer Petriglieri
Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Jennifer Petriglieri is a professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. She directs the Executive Education Management Acceleration Programme, and teaches the High Impact Leadership programme, the Leadership Transition programme, and the Psychological Issues in Management elective course in the MBA programme.

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Break Out Sessions

1.  Directorships

Getting on to the Board

For many executives, taking on a non-executive director (NED) role seems like the logical next step in their career but the journey to the portfolio career can be full hurdles.  In our interactive session, our panel of speakers will share their own experiences and provide their insights into the rewards and challenges likely to be encountered.

2.  Politics

Career Success: The role of workplace politics

Every professional reaches a point in their career when it becomes evident that hard work and performance alone are not enough.  Workplace politics are a fact of life for everyone and a process that must be engaged in rather than ignored.  It is essential to understand the dynamics of your organization, to identify who are the power players with influence over your career and then to build allies and champions who can support your career goals.

3.  Leadership

The Impact of Digital on Leadership

A challenge and opportunity for management in current and future work.
A worldwide demographic shift, combined with a digitally-driven change in desired skill sets, is challenging organisations to re-consider their workforce needs. But what does the ideal workforce look like today and in the future? And how can leaders ensure their organisation is an attractive employment prospect to talent with very different expectations than their predecessors? As we see digital transformation help companies accelerate their transformation journey to fuel productivity, effectiveness and growth. What needs to change when it comes to their leadership and talent?

4.  Sponsoring

Sponsoring: How to accelerate your career

What can hold people back isn’t the "old boy's club" conspiracy but rather a surprising absence of advocacy from men and women in positions of power. Some managers who are qualified to lead, particularly women, simply don’t have the powerful backing necessary to inspire, propel, and protect themselves on their journey through upper management. They lack, in a word, sponsorship.

Our Panellists

Louise Beveridge
Communications Advisor, Business Educator and NED

Fiona Hathorn
Women on Boards

Patrick MacDonald
School for CEO's

Jay Scanlan
Head of Global Growth Ecosystems

Tanuja Randery
Operational Partner,
Apax Partners

Catherine Bradley
FICC Markets Standard Board

Simone Hessel
Head of Digital Transformation
GE Digital

Julianne Miles
Women Returners

Sarah Wilson
Head of Senior Leadership Development
McKinsey & Co

Anthony Lobo
Partner, Deal Advisory

Martha Brass
Former CEO
International Endemol Shine

Lucy Kellaway
Associate Editor, Financial Times.
Co-founder of Now Teach

Tulsi Naidu
Zurich UK

Derek Smith
MD and Global Head of Sourcing & Strategy, UBS

Theresa Froelich
Portfolio NED and Trustee
Starr International Europe, Little Sparta Trust

Fiona Knight
Executive Search & Assessment
Russell Reynolds Associates

Reshma Sohoni

Caroline Turner
Senior Consultant,
Sapphire Partners Executive Search

Mariam Toulan
Former MD/Head of EMEA Loan Syndicate
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The Mentoring Programme

The  iW50 UK Mentoring Programme offers opportunities to those wishing to become Mentors as well as to those seeking support in their own careers through mentoring.

The programme will provide each mentee with two mentors (one male, one female) over a set period. These mentors will offer extensive relevant experience that enables and encourages mentees to achieve agreed goals.

If you wish to express an in interest in being either a mentee or mentor get in touch:

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We are delighted to be working with leading organisations who support our ambition to empower women, enabling them to successfully manage career transition and transformation.

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