Women Leaders events series

The Institute for Government is continuing its successful Women Leaders series of events, supported by EY.

We will be posting information of the events in the next series soon. 

Links to previous events are supplied below. 

First series

Women in government and politics. Jo Swinson MP, Stella Creasy MP and Elizabeth Truss MP discussed the challenges they’ve faced building their careers inside and outside Westminster. They also provided their reflections and experiences of becoming leaders in a career that is still under-represented by women. This event was chaired by Rosamund Urwin. 

Leading organisations (a panel discussion between leading women in business and the Civil Service). Helen Ghosh, Lin Homer, Fran Unsworth, Vivienne Cox and Liz Bingham discussed their experiences of building their careers and how organisations benefit from women in leadership roles. They also discussed the different challenges of leadership in the public and private sectors and shared their perspectives on how leadership teams contribute to success. This event was chaired by Miranda Curtis. 

Baroness Ashton in conversation with Peter Riddell. Baroness Ashton spoke about why it matters that women play an active role in government, and what needs to be done in order to achieve this. She also discussed her own experience of leading internationally, in Europe, and as a Minister in the UK government. 

Second series

Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster Council, Leading in Local Government. Philippa discussed her career in local government and other sectors; getting more women involved in local politics; the particular challenges and opportunities London has for women aspiring to reach the top. 

Building a talent pipeline. This event explored efforts to build the talent pipeline of women in Whitehall and considered what more could be done. Speakers included Sir Simon Fraser, Siobhan Benita and Emma Howard-Boyd. This event was chaired by Jill Rutter. 

Crossing the line - how women leaders succeed inside and outside government. The panellists, who had experience of working in both the Civil Service and other sectors, shared their ideas on what the sectors could learn from each other in the quest to deliver a talented and more diverse leadership. The panel was Helen Edwards, Julia Simpson and Helen MacNamara. This event was chaired by Miranda Curtis. 

Meet the mentors: Our panel of top mentors gave attendees practical and useful advice on developing their careers in and around government. The panel included: Margaret Mountford, Clare Moriarty and Peninah Thompson. 

Third series

Women, politics and the media: holding a more equal election. We asked our panel whether gender imbalances in the media and politics would affect how the 2015 election plays out – and what might be done about it. Speakers included: Anoosh Chakelian, Deputy Web Editor, New Statesman, Beth Rigby, Deputy Political Editor, Financial Times, Laura Kuenssberg, Chief Correspondent, Newsnight The event was chaired by Professor Suzanne Franks from City University’s Department of Journalism.

The view from Ottawa - Janice Charette in conversation with Melanie Dawes. Janice Charette was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in the Canadian Government in October 2014. Melanie Dawes is the recently-appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government and the civil service gender diversity champion. At this event, Janice and Melanie discussed the position of women in the civil service in Canada and the UK, and consider how Canada prepares women for top roles. 

Our Women Leaders debate on quotas was held on 20 October. Six distinguished speakers debated the case for and against legally binding employment quotas for women. Read our guest blog here.    

Legally Diverse? A conversation between Lady Justice Hallett and Richard Heaton. This event was held on the 3rd November and the speakers discussed gender diversity in the legal profession. The event looked at removing the barriers to women's progress within the legal profession. Read the event blog for more information.