Great leaders build great teams
Heather, business woman and mum to two teenagers (boy and girl), discussed 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 free public talk took place on Tuesday 24 November at the University’s Rose Bowl building and can be viewed in full below.
The lecture was delivered to a broad spectrum of guests, from students to business leaders, both male and female. Heather said: “It was great to speak to such a diverse crowd and to have so many men present - men are just as accountable for driving the gender balance and diversity change.
“I was keen for the audience to feel like we were having a conversation rather than being talked at; it is important to me that people get on board with this thinking. As current or future leaders, people need to recognise the importance of building the best performing team around them, if they don’t, economically this country will fall short trading against the world - global companies need global talent.”
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. Heather added: “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.”
The series, sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, sees 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.
The fifth instalment will feature Will Holman, Deputy Agent for Yorkshire and Humber, Bank of England, discuss ‘Economic Prospects’.
The full list of talks in the series is:
‘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).