The Wise Leader - A practical guide for thinking differently about leadership
In The Wise Leader – a practical guide for thinking differently about leadership we will share an alternative perspective on leadership qualities and provide practical tips to harness the diverse experiences of others and your own to get you thinking differently. We have all witnessed varying levels of leadership in organisations but what is it that determines a ‘great’ leader? Experience, self-awareness, relatability, or something else?
This webinar is hosted by Paul Lawrence and Suzi Skinner, authors of ‘The Wise Leader,’ a book which explores the topic of wisdom as a leadership quality and how that relates on a practical level.
Do you aspire to become a great leader and want to unlock your potential? Join us in this breakfast webinar and find answers to these questions and many others you may have.
- 8.30am – Welcome and introductions from Kate Webber
- 8.35 – 9.45am – Suzi and Paul to work through the following conversation topics:
- Commitment to reflective learning – both at an individual and group level
- Know yourselves – we all react differently depending on the situation
- Transcend yourselves – reach out for others’ opinions and be curious
- Think Meta! – we can’t fully control any situation but can influence
- Do dialogue – learn to listen.
- 9.45am – Questions and discussion
- 10am – Close
Dr Suzi Skinner (PhD) is a published author, researcher, international leadership practitioner and Managing Director of Roar People – a global leadership consultancy in Sydney and Seattle. Suzi works with organizations internationally to accelerate change toward more inclusive leadership practices and build cultures of leadership at every level.Magui Santos Silva, Software Engineer at Calastone.
Suzi coaches and facilitates at executive and board level in a range of leading international organizations including Cisco; Dell; Expedia; Microsoft; Kimberly Clark; Ernst & Young; BUPA; Lloyds International; AbbVie; Pepsico and many more. She has been a pioneer of executive coaching globally and is one of a small number of executive coaches who is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with both the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Association for Coaching (AC).
Suzi was awarded the Outstanding Women Leaders Award by the World Women Leadership Congress (WWLC) for her work in providing leadership development programs for women in India and internationally.
Paul is a facilitator, coach, change consultant and researcher with more than 30 years’ experience in organisations. He worked for a multinational energy company for 14 years where he performed roles in marketing, operations, finance, and strategy, culminating in the role of GM for a Tokyo-based retail business in the energy industry. During his time working for BP, the company more than doubled in size, engaging in multiple joint ventures and acquisitions. This period of complex change grounded Paul in change management and formed his approach to helping leaders navigate the challenges of working in a volatile and ambiguous environment.
Paul is a thought-leader in leadership and leadership development. He has written extensively about leadership and has been running leadership programs for more than 20 years, including small company, regional and global interventions.
disABILITY: Let me define who I am
To coincide with National Inclusion Week, WiAS was pleased to host its first event discussing visible and invisible differences, disability and neurodiversity and barriers people face in the workplace.
The theme of disability is not a new one but has seen an increased focus in recent years. This is thanks in part to the adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies within firms and through social media influencers’ content – creating awareness of how people are seen in the workplace.
Our own research suggests that individuals wish to be defined less by their perceived differences and more by what their strengths are. This moves the focus onto people’s abilities rather than others’ perceptions.
This webinar was hosted by Paul Wilden, an experienced NED, and disability campaigner.
- 12.30pm – Welcome from Paul Wilden
- 12.40pm – Paul and Magui Santos Silva have a fireside chat about hidden differences and their individual experiences and how micro-labelling doesn’t necessarily help in the way it was intended.
- 1pm – Ross Hovey will discuss how he has used his experiences to make positive change through his role at Lloyds Banking Group and explains how we can all be better allies to the disabled community.
- 1.15pm – Questions and discussion
- 1.30pm – Close
The conversation topics:
- Disability employment gap is worse for men than women
- Around 5m disabled people are in employment*
- Disabled people are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people*
- The disability employment gap is 30%**
- According to the Disability Perception Gap Report by Scope, a third of people believe disabled people are less productive than non-disabled
- Disabled men in the UK are more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled men, disabled women and non-disabled women (based on data from ONS in 2022)
- Around 15-20% of the population is considered to be neurodivergent***
- Neurodiverse people are more likely to be unemployed than people with any other disability***
Sources: * Scope.org.uk, **Labour Force Survey 2022, ***Mydisabilityjobs.com
Paul Wilden – host
Accomplished NED and Trustee combining charitable interests with global business leadership and acumen. Proficient and experienced in balancing and maintaining business profitability whilst ensuring strong governance and oversight of risk management in rapidly changing environments in EMEA and APAC. Broad international experience, culturally aware and a proven track record of delivering growth and bottom-line results whilst expanding product and geographic focus. Deep understanding of global, regional, and local Capital Markets across bond, loan, and fund products.
Magui Santos Silva, Software Engineer at Calastone
Magui is a Software Engineer for the Order Routing and Share Class Conversion products within Transaction Services at Calastone. She fully embraces the mission of finding innovative ways to automate and streamline the global funds marketplace with the intention of reducing frictional costs for the entire industry and investors.
Before joining Calastone in 2021, Magui spent 15 years working in management and policy roles within the higher education and the charity sectors. In 2023 she was the joint winner of the Women in Asset Servicing Finding Your Voice workshop.
Ross Hovey, Accessibility Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
During a career of 22 years Ross has delivered in a variety of roles within Lloyds Banking Group but is now an established thought leader and subject matter expert on Disability in the Workplace with extensive expertise in implementing and managing a workplace adjustment process. He has a great understanding of Accessibility requirements in both the built and technology environments. He has experience in chairing disability networks, panel speaking and panel moderation.
His work in the field of Disability has gained significant respect and alongside his career job he leads Changing Places International mission to set the Global standard for full accessible toilets and is a member of Gatwick Airports Independent Accessibility Panel.
Summer networking evening & 5th birthday celebrations!
Women in Asset Servicing, thanks to support from Schroders, were delighted to announce the Summer networking event on the 12 June. This was particularly special this year as we were celebrating WiAS 5th birthday! This event was a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our successes during the past year, including the explosion in our membership numbers and the continued support from the Embark Group.
Doug Abbott, Head of UK Intermediary at Schroders and Jackie Leiper, CEO of Embark Group, joined us at the event as well as many other women from our network. We were also delighted to be joined by some of the successful young women, who took part in our recent Finding Your Voice event in April as well as many of the networks we have partnered with during the last 12 months.
- Welcome – a short introduction from our sponsors, the Embark Group and our hosts, Schroders. Welcoming everyone to the event will be Jackie Leiper, CEO Embark Group, who is looking forward to meeting and hearing from our members.
- Thank you – a brief thank you from founder of WiAS, Kate Webber, for the continued support from its members and sponsors the Embark Group.
- Networking – We hope this event will give you a chance to catch up with other like-minded individuals who are equally concerned about social demographics in the workplace. Our two-hour networking session will give you a chance to see some friendly faces and meet the new members of our network.
Navigating the route to parenthood: wellbeing at work
For many people, having children is simply a natural part of life. But what happens when you struggle to conceive or need to look at alternative options? More importantly – how do we deal with the impact on our wellbeing in the workplace?
To coincide with Women’s Health month, WiAS invited its members to ‘Navigating the route to parenthood: wellbeing at work’ on 23 May 12-30-1.30pm, to hear about three different journeys to parenthood and how it has impacted them individually. One of whom changed her career, following her own experience after having two children via surrogacy, to promote fertility inclusion in the workplace. We then heard about the journey for a same sex couple wanting to start their own family. And lastly, we discussed the difficult topic of what happens when your endeavours don’t result in the outcome you hoped for.
- Introduction from Kate Webber
- Fiona Skinner – hear her personal fertility journey and how she is now supporting employees in the workplace. (20 mins)
- What does a modern family look like? Seamus Kearney-Martone talks about his journey to start a family as a same sex couple. (20 mins)
- A fireside chat with Jo Roddan, who, after three failed rounds of IVF and an adoption attempt made the most difficult decision of her life, to stop treatment. (10 mins)
- Questions. (10 mins)
Founder and CEO – The Fertility Coaching Company
Fiona founded the Fertility Coaching Company with one goal, to improve fertility support in the workplace. This passion to change things came out of a 15-year journey where she experienced almost all fertility treatments, and her two wonderful daughters were finally born out of surrogacy arrangements abroad in 2018 and 2022. Fiona retrained as a Life Coach and NLP practitioner. Fiona and her business partner Bryony are very proud to have developed the first UK CPD accredited Fertility Awareness e-learning training which they hope will educate and drive a positive culture shift around fertility and family building in the workplace. They were delighted to have been awarded the UK Small Business Diversity and Inclusion Champions for their training offering this year.
Séamus Kearney Martone
Project Manager within Alternatives / Hedge Fund Services group – Northern Trust
Seamus has over 15+ years industry experience in various roles across the Financial Services. Within his company, Séamus proudly chaired the Northern Trust Pride Ireland network for three years (2017-2019) and represented his company as co-Chair of FuSIoN Ireland.
External to his role, Séamus and his husband adopted a baby girl from the USA in August 2021 and is a much loved and fun filled toddler. His work has led him to become representative and advisory lead with within various LGBTQ+ parenting committees. Séamus is an openly gay man and values all areas of diversity and inclusion. Having grown up in rural Ireland and relocated to Dublin for university and work, Séamus has seen attitudes change in Ireland, specifically with regard to LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Investment Lead – Hargreaves Lansdown
Jo is an asset management and platform specialist. Her area of expertise is managing the commercial aspects of third-party relationships to include upfront fee negotiations, onboarding, and ongoing relationship management.
She spent most of her career at Fidelity International where she held a variety of team leadership and senior relationship roles in their retail, institutional and workplace investing platforms and prior to that the asset management business. The roles involved managing fund partners, key accounts, third party relationships client services and corporate communications.
Jo is passionate about people and bringing your true self to work. At Hargreaves Lansdown she has been voted the Colleague representative for the Client and Commercial team and represents their views at the Colleague Forum.
Jo is married to Sean and has a dog called Maddie. She loves entertaining, interior design, sailing, keeping fit and shoes!
Finding Your Voice Showcase
On April 20 we hosted our showcase event in association with IMpower incorporating FundForum where we heard from one of last year’s runners up for the Finding Your Voice event, Chimmy Ngoma from Calastone, to hear how taking part in the event has had a profound effect on her confidence and opportunities since last April.
Jenny Adams, Global Executive Producer. Impower FundForum also talked about the inequality of voice being one of the most powerful elements of inequality of all kinds.
Alison Campbell, a public speaking training expert, then helped us discover the secrets of professional public speakers and how you, too, can improve your presentation skills and ‘own the room’.
The final part of the evening featured a showcase of six speakers from the WiAS network, LGBT Great and Black Women in Asset Management. Using the skills they have learnt in a separate workshop with Alison Campbell, they will deliver a two minute presentation about a subject of their own choosing.
Two winners were then chosen from the candidates: Megan Pope from First Wealth and Margarida Santos Silva from Calastone received the prize of a free place at FundForum International 2023 in Monaco (worth c.£4k). This was an invaluable opportunity to listen to and network with leaders across the Asset and Wealth Management industry.
There was also time after the presentations for networking with fellow WiAS.
- 5.30pm Registration
- 6.15pm Opening keynote: The challenge around ‘Voice Equity’ in business and society
Jenny Adams, Global Executive Producer. IMpower FundForum
Inequality of voice is one of the most powerful elements of inequality of all kinds
- 6.20pm Keynote: ‘The positive effect of participating in Finding Your Voice’
Chimmy Ngoma, Sales Enablement Associate, Calastone (10 mins)
- Facing your discomfort zone
- What opportunities could lie ahead
- How finding my own voice has increased my confidence
- 6.30pm Training: ‘Own the room: Take control and step into a world of confidence!’
Alison Campbell, IFF Training (the professional training division of Informa): Discover the secrets of great Public Speakers through learning an easy and effective process that can be followed and executed by anyone.
- 7.00pm Showcase: ‘Finding Your Voice’-
The six participants of the afternoon’s workshop have two minutes to own the room and tell us about something they are passionate about. How convincing or charismatic are they and do they inspire us to take action and to think differently? Who will win the prize of a free ticket to FundForum?
- 7.30pm – 7.50pm – Judging and winner announced
- 8.00pm – 8:30pm Networking and close
City CV X WiAS present “Incredible Interviews”
Are you planning your next job move and feeling concerned or anxious about the interview process? Has it been years since your last interview? Do you need an interview refresh? Is your interview technique letting you down?
We know how daunting it can be to go to a job interview, particularly if you are a bit out of practice and not sure what to expect. The right preparation will make all the difference and give you the confidence to answer those tricky questions. We are here to help.
We were excited to welcome back Victoria McLean, CEO of City CV, an award winning CV writing and interview coaching consultancy. Victoria is no stranger to WiAS and has previously delivered sessions on ‘The perfect CV’, ‘How to harness the power of LinkedIn ‘and most recently ‘Understanding your imposter’. In this session, we learn interview tips and strategies from Victoria who has coached clients at all levels from a wide range of industries to help them secure their dream job.
- 12.30 Introduction – Kate Webber (5 mins)
- 12.35 Victoria will cover:
- Get into the mind of recruiters and hirers from the get-go
- The simple technique to answer any and every question
- Use the FAB system to demonstrate your value
- Avoid interview clichés
- Show don’t tell in behavioural interviews
- Be smart: the critical prep you must do for an interview
- Interview pitfalls: the three mistakes that 95% of interviewers will reject on
- How to frame your career break and return to work, including ‘flexibility’
- 1.25 Q&A
- 1.30 Close
Mentoring - How to unlock your potential, Mentoring - How to unlock your potential
Considering where to start and who to approach to be a mentor, can appear daunting, but the benefits of finding the right one can be huge. Forging a successful mentor/mentee relationship can help you to grow your skills, make better decisions, give you new perspective on your abilities and even offer potential new career paths.
Have you ever thought about finding a mentor? Wondered what coaching is all about or heard colleagues talk about their sponsor? WiAS, Simplify Consulting and The Mentor Standard hosted an insightful webinar where they tried to demystify mentoring and help identify options to help unlock your future potential.
- 12.30 Welcome and overview – Kate Monserrate (Simplify Consulting)
- 12.35 Introduction to mentoring and the difference between mentoring, coaching and sponsoring – Amira Norris & Julie Goddard (The Mentor Standard)
- 12.55 Listen to two real life case studies about short sharp mentoring and longer term coaching
- 1.15 Amira and Julie will give you tips about connections; power of the network
- 1.25 Launch of the mentoring scheme – Kate Webber
- 1.30 Close
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