Gender-balanced business to be addressed at Leeds Beckett public talk
In the fourth instalment of the Leeds Business School Guest Lecture Series, Heather, business woman and mum to two teenagers (boy and girl), will be examining how equality in the workplace and sustainable talent management solutions will allow, not only her children, but the next generation of men and women to take control of their careers - regardless of gender, sector or region.
The talk is free, open to the public and will be held at the University’s Rose Bowl Building at the City Campus on Tuesday 24 November.
Heather said: “My talk will centre on the future of leadership and talent management. As a campaigner for change and mother of two children, I will be addressing the dangers and opportunities facing the future of leadership, the balanced business agenda and the importance of being the change you want to see.”
Founded in 2009, An Inspirational Journey works to positively drive performance through gender-balanced business, with particular focus on middle management through to the executive.
Delivered as a collaborative, sustainable series of programmes, events and online activities, including The Pearls Programme and The Balanced Business Forum (formally The Women's Business Forum), An Inspirational Journey has supported more than 1700 global companies, including RBS, to understand and deliver solutions that collectively help organisations to allow the best talent to lead.
Paul Houghton Principal Lecturer in Accounting, Finance and Economics at Leeds Beckett, added: “Heather is an active advocate in the media and acts as an advisory consultant to the government on issues surrounding women in business. As a regular contributor to regional and national media, including the BBC and The Times, her guest lectures are insightful and thought provoking – Heather is intuitive in her approach.”
The series, sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, will see some of the region’s top business leaders explore wide-ranging subjects, from social enterprise to fraud and corruption. Speakers to date have included Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds City Council and Nicola Rimmer, Director, at Barclays Bank.
Simon Wright, Regional Director, Business and Private Bank at Yorkshire Bank, added: "This is an excellent and varied speaker series. It provides information and ideas which can only benefit attendees, and through those attendees, the wider community.”
The full list of talks in the series is:
‘Choice and Control – The Key to Driving Performance for a Better Balanced Business’ – Heather Jackson, Founder and Chair of an Inspirational Journey. Tuesday 24 November.
‘Economic Prospects’ – Will Holman, Regional Director, Bank of England. Tuesday 19 January 2016 (8.30am to 10am).
‘The Rise of Social Enterprise’ – Paul Monaghan, Expert in Corporate Ethics and Ecology. Tuesday 9 February 2016.
‘Engaging Leaders and Nurturing Entrepreneurs’ – Natalie Sykes, Regional Director, Institute of Directors, Yorkshire and the North East. Tuesday 23 February 2016
‘Fraud and Corruption in the World of Business’ – Chris Clements, Partner, Deloitte LLP. Tuesday 8 March 2016
‘Upside Down Management’ – John Timpson CBE, Chairman of Timpson Ltd. Tuesday 12 April.
‘Leeds: The City of Collaboration’ – Allison Page, Partner, DLA Piper and member of the Two Percent Club. Tuesday 26 April.
‘Governance – A Necessary Evil or a Driver of Performance?’ – Alex Simpson, General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Ethics officer, ASDA. Tuesday 10 May (8.30am to 10pm).