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Leadership and empowerment for women in business to be explored at guest lecture


An award-winning Yorkshire businesswoman will explore leadership and empowerment for women in business at a guest lecture at Leeds Beckett.

Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson, who is Yorkshire and Humberside’s Managing Partner for global firm Ernst and Young LLP (EY), will speak about how the role of women has developed in business at the event on Tuesday 5 December.

Suzanne, who manages 450 staff across two offices in Leeds and Hull, was recently named ‘Woman of the Year’ in the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business awards, in the Professional and Not for Profit category.

Suzanne said: “I’m really looking forward to speaking at next week’s lecture.  The position of women in business has moved considerably in the past decade, however there is still a significant way to go to achieve gender parity. 

“It’s a known fact that companies with gender balanced leadership teams have better business outcomes and margins yet they still make up less than a quarter of leadership roles in the UK.  By working together to push the gender agenda we can achieve a better outcome for businesses and workforces alike.”

Suzanne’s leadership has seen her take on roles such as co-founding the EY Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) – an international business with more than 5,000 staff - and she is also Partner sponsor for EY’s Women’s network, as well as co-chair of EY’s UK women’s network.

In addition, Suzanne is also spokesperson for EY Foundation’s Smart Futures, which helps disadvantaged pupils gain career insights and access to opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to.

The guest lecture will focus on examining the benefits of a balanced workforce at all levels and how the role of women has developed over recent years, both in large corporations and smaller firms.

The lecture will take place at the Rose Bowl on Leeds Beckett’s City Campus on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm.

For more details and to register to attend the event, click here 

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