Are you a latent entrepreneur?
Wednesday 12 February
Navigating the mid-career transition to entrepreneurship. Just twenty years ago, entrepreneurship was the career choice of the daring few. Today it’s considered normal that bright young 20-somethings create major global brands.
What if you’re 30, 40 or 50-something with a top-notch corporate CV, but have a deep yearning to build your own enterprise? With far more at stake, both the decision to take the plunge and the rollercoaster of the initial years can be an emotional minefield, placing a significant burden on partners and family. Our panel will address the personal and practical aspects of this challenging transition. In terms of mindset, what can be done to reduce anxiety and to minimise guilt? On a pragmatic level, what are the long-term career implications should the venture fail? Might it be feasible to turn entrepreneurial failure into a CV asset?
Andrew Howard (MBA 05J) is Head of Sustainable Research at Schroders. In 2013, Andy left Goldman Sachs after six years to found Didas Research, an independent research firm focussing on long-term equity investment. Prior to GoldmanSachs, Andy spent two years at McKinsey New York, and worked as an equity analyst in several European investment banks.
Simon North is a coach and thinker who guides individuals to be their best. He works internationally and publishes widely, focussing on leadership development and culture. He was co-founder of Position Ignition for 10 years. Previously, he worked in HR leadership and general management roles at Rolls-Royce, Shell, PwC and KPMG.
Caroline Turner is Associate Director at Sapphire Partners, a diversity ¬focussed recruitment firm. Caroline’s career spans academia, consultancy and recruitment, specialising in gender and diversity across cultures. She is set up and ran her own business in Europe for 20 years before returning to the UK in 2012.
Colleen Wong (MBA 05D) is Founder of TechSixtyFour and a Sky Women in Tech Scholar. Prior to entrepreneurship, she worked at Credit Suisse and Barcap.
Moderator: Lucy Watson (MBA 05J), Co-founder at Cyoda.
VENUE The Tokenhouse (Cellar Bar)
4 Moorgate, London EC2R 6DA
Nearest tube: Bank
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés