Women in Leadership
Virtual Event:
Achieve your next steps

Thursday 16th February 2023
11:00-13:00 GMT / 12:00-14:00 CET

Welcome To Women In Leadership: Achieving your next steps

What's the right way to identify role models to help shape your career and provide inspiration? What practical steps can you take to advance your career to the next stage? And how can you leverage your network to access support when you need it, and on your terms?

We're not promising we can solve all of these, but we can share important tips and tricks that will make a difference.

Women in Leadership is a collaboration between four global business schools: Cranfield School of Management (United Kingdom), Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University (Netherlands). ESMT Berlin (Germany), and Imperial College Business School (United Kingdom).


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11:00 GMT / 12:00 CET
Introductions and welcome
Hetty Brand-Boswijk, Director of Coaching | Lead Coach Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
11:10 GMT / 12:10 CET
Understand and leverage your network

Networks are a powerful tool to advance your career and there is no one-size-fits-all model, in fact women and men approach this in very different ways.

Join Prof Gianluca Carnabuci as he takes you on a journey to understand and leverage your own network in a way that works for you.

Gianluca Carnabuci is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at ESMT Berlin, the Director of Research, and holder of the Ingrid and Manfred Gentz Chair in Business and Society
11:35 GMT / 12:35 CET
Broadening the 'Tightrope': strategies for being respected AND liked
  • What is the 'tightrope' and how does it manifest itself
  • How does the tightrope bias lead to undesired outcomes for organisations as well as for the women working in them?
  • What does research tell us about how to approach communication and negotiation to avoid the tightrope?
  • How can you 'practice' creating a broader way of communicating and negotiation?
Dorothy Grandia, Associate director of programming at Erasmus Center for Women & Organisations Rotterdam School of Management
12:00-12:05 GMT / 13:00-13:05 CET
12:05 GMT / 13:05 CET
Practical steps to take your career to the next stage

Talking about your next career move may be easy, but how can you take practical steps towards achieving it? Whether you're looking to change your job role, location or sector, this session will provide you with tangible steps to help you:

  • Find your passion
  • Identify your strengths
  • Understand and clarify your career goals
Lisa Umenyiora, is Executive Director of Careers and Student Life at Imperial College Business School
12:30 GMT / 13:30 CET
The importance of role models
  • The importance of role models, and how to choose them
  • The right role models for your career path
  • Building your own internal board of directors
  • Real stories featuring alumni
Professor Sue Vinnicombe CBE, Professor Women in Leadership, Cranfield School of Management & Dr Deirdre Anderson, Director of the Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Research Centre (GLIC), Cranfield School of Management. Alumni: Dr. Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner of TLcom Capital & Krishnanjani Velivela, Principal Engineeering Technical Manager at ZF Group
12:55 GMT / 13:55 CET
Closing remarks
Hetty Brand-Boswijk

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Contact Business Schools

To learn more about the Business Schools, please follow the below links:

ESMT Berlin


Cranfield School of Management


Imperial College Business School


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University



Hetty Brand-Boswijk
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Professor Sue Vinnicombe CBE
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Dr Deirdre Anderson
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Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci
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Dorothy Grandia
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Lisa Umenyiora
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Dr Omobola Johnson
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Krishnanjani Velivela
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