Women in Leadership Conference

Women in Leadership Conference

The vision of this conference is to empower and inspire a new generation of women to become leaders in society.

Start 2018 feeling empowered and confident by attending the Women in Leadership Conference.

The Union of Brunel Students recognises that there is a lack of women leaders throughout society and the need to address this gender disparity in leadership roles continues to have urgency. Our Women in Leadership Conference is part of our wider work to address gender inequality here at Brunel and in wider society. The overarching aim of the conference is to provide a safe and inclusive space for you to become empowered to be a leader and provide you with the confidence to enable you to reach your full potential.

 Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • DISCUSS women’s leadership;
  • HEAR from inspiring speakers;
  • DEVELOP leadership skills through a range of workshops; and
  • EXPLORE strategies to overcome barriers for women in leadership.


Download Agenda here



Workshop Descriptions

Leading the Way Delivered by: Kate Gardner (Gardner Training and Consultancy)

For any woman seeking to advance in Leadership, this workshop will equip you with the tools and mindset to lead with confidence. Research demonstrates that women bring unique characteristics to leadership and this workshop will help you to capture them!



Positive Steps Delivered by: Meave Darroux (Brilliant Parents)

Many women are acutely aware of the problems that they face, but are often unable to make changes.

These women have often experienced some of the following:

  • Domestic violence
  • Multi short term relationships
  • Mental Health problems
  • Economic deprivation
  • Poor self image
  • Post-natal depression
  • Being unable to parent successfully

A common factor in all these problems and in a woman’s inability to move forward, is low self-esteem.

Positive Steps is an attempt to address this issue.



7 Steps to Mindful Presenting – How to present with confidence, clarity and impact Delivered by: Maurice De Castro (Mindful Presenter Ltd)

"People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

A powerful introduction into how to confidently prepare and present a high impact presentation or public speech to any audience.

Explore many of the key elements needed to persuade, lead, motivate and inspire people. This seminar will help you to enhance your personal impact and influence while presenting and speaking in public. Mindful Presenter Ltd shares many insights into how to present and speak with clarity, confidence and impact. Mindful Presenter is a London based team of presentation and public speaking experts who all come from senior management roles in the corporate sector. From finance to pharmaceuticals they have trained people from just about all industries and when it comes to speaking with purpose and impact understand exactly what it takes to succeed in the commercial world.



Student Leaders Delivered by: Pauldy Otermans, Carly Schnurr & Rachel Kerslake (Union of Brunel Students)

As a student you may not often think of yourself as a leader, or even consider your university experience to be something that can provide leadership opportunities. However there are a host of chances just waiting for you to grab them! If you want to learn more about the opportunities the Union provides, and how to engage with our leadership openings, then this is the session for you.




Be Adventurous Delivered by: Zara Canfield (Oxfam)

Fear of travel can prevent women from accessing healthcare, visiting family, broadening horizons or even taking job opportunities. This workshop is designed to encourage you to be adventurous and take up opportunities for travel, ignoring the negative stereotypes that can often prevail in today’s society.

“Female travellers have long been subjected to restrictions and double standards, with their gender emphasised over their capability and strength. Female travellers are much more likely to be categorised into reductive stereotypes – such as the glamorous adventuress – than their male counterparts.” Laura Bates, The Guardian



Swimming with Sharks Delivered by: Margherita Barlotti (Engineering Project Manager - CAPEX at Coca-Cola European Partners) & Alyaa Hassona (Vice-Chair of Innovia)

If you are a women working or looking to work in a male-dominated industry then this is the workshop for you! You have to be competent and work hard to succeed in any career but, if you are a woman working in a male dominated industry, you may find that there is a perception that you have to work twice as hard and be twice as competent to succeed.

Event Details

  Monday 12 February 2018

  9:30am - 4pm

  Newton Rooms, Hamilton Centre