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"It’s not me, it’s you" - Understanding the development of women’s leadership careers in events

"It’s not me, it’s you" - Understanding the development of women’s leadership careers in events

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In this workshop, we discuss our research into women’s experiences of leadership in the event industry. Despite being an industry dominated by women in the workforce, it still lacks representation of women in leadership roles and we were curious to explore why that was.

There are persistent barriers to women's development as leaders that have an impact across all industries.  We investigated whether the pressures of live event delivery and the nature of work in events meant that the industry has its own set of barriers and enablers to women becoming leaders.   We recruited an expert panel of women in the UK and Australia who shared their perspectives on developing leadership careers in events, and the development of women’s’ leadership capabilities.

During this workshop, we’ll talk you through our findings and support you to share your own experience as PCOs, who often work with very specialist sectors.  We will offer insights into how women have been able to overcome some of the persistent barriers to develop leadership careers in events, and the reasons why they sometimes couldn’t.  Our aim is to start conversations that will ensure that women are given equitable access to the pathways to leadership.

Presented by:

Emma Abson - Sheffield Hallam University

James Kennell - University of Surrey

Objectives:

1. Develop understanding of womens' progression into leadership careers in Events.

2. Reflect on your own career development, and the factors that support or hinder this.

3. Consider approaches to supporting the development of womens' leadership capacities in events

Organised by: Heather Lishman of ABPCO
Phone Number: 01386858886

Prices

This event is free for ABPCO members. For non-members, please find a list of tickets for this event below.

Ticket Price
Any non-member £10.00

Attendees

The following delegates are already attending this event.

Mrs Nichola Bartlett

Mrs Nichola Bartlett

AUGIS

Mrs Clare Beach

Mrs Clare Beach

Azura Events

Ms Pauline Beattie

Ms Pauline Beattie

Conference Care Ltd

Miss Clara Bowyer

Miss Clara Bowyer

Oxford Martin School

Mrs Sammy Connell

Mrs Sammy Connell

NASUWT - The Teachers' Union

Miss Abigail Courage

Miss Abigail Courage

Leeds Beckett

Ms Jemima Dewhurst

Ms Jemima Dewhurst

Manchester Central

Ms Therese Dolan

Ms Therese Dolan

Therese Dolan Ltd

Ms Kaylie Hodges

Ms Kaylie Hodges

NASUWT - The Teachers' Union

Mrs Gayle McGuinn

Mrs Gayle McGuinn

EICC

Ms Sally McNamara

Ms Sally McNamara

Conference Care Ltd

Ms Laura Nason

Ms Laura Nason

The Events Company

Mrs Lisa Nieddu

Mrs Lisa Nieddu

Property Care Association

Mrs Maria O'Brien

Mrs Maria O'Brien

NRLA

Ms Nicola Pearce

Ms Nicola Pearce

University of Aberdeen

Mrs Jessica Penney

Mrs Jessica Penney

BSI

Mrs Emma Robson

Mrs Emma Robson

Alzheimer's Research UK

Mrs Kate Sargent

Mrs Kate Sargent

Bioscientifica Ltd

Miss Hana Taylor

Miss Hana Taylor

AUGIS

Ms Nicola Williams

Ms Nicola Williams

Seren Events Ltd

Ms Antonia Willis

Ms Antonia Willis

ICC Belfast

Mrs Laura Wilson

Mrs Laura Wilson

Aberdeen Convention Bureau

Ms Katia Yakovleva

Ms Katia Yakovleva

Logistics UK

Name Organisation
Dr Emma Abson Emma Abson PhD
Dr James Kennell University of Surrey
Ms Gemma Lamb The Royal College of Physicians
Ms Lesley Mitchell Hosmarkhotels
Miss Nicola Skinner Middlesex University
Ms Natalie Wing GES
Miss Iulia Zorzoana The Meetings Industry Association

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