12 February 2016
Former Labour Cabinet Minister, Tessa Jowell will share her views women’s leadership at Lucy Cavendish College, part of the University of Cambridge, on 18 February 2016 in a free event open to both the College community and the general public.
As the only college in Europe for women aged 21 and over, Lucy Cavendish has long championed opportunities for women to pursue positions of leadership. However, a generally positive report on the Gender Balance on British Boards in 2015, still highlighted that women account for just 8.6% of all FTSE 100 executive directors, suggesting further work is required to encourage more women to become leaders.
Tessa brings a wealth of experience as a political leader, with a career encompassing numerous ministerial roles, including health, education and culture. Her most senior role in Government was as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 2001 to 2007, which included her pivotal role as Minister for the Olympics – with responsibility for delivering the 2012 Games in London.
Having stood down from the House of Commons in 2015, Tessa ran as one of six candidates in the election to become the Labour candidate for Mayor of London, coming second to Sadiq Khan MP. Her past experiences promise to provide a fascinating view on on how we capture the ‘lost potential’ of female leaders in the future.
Jackie Ashley, President of the College comments: “This is a great opportunity to hear Tessa Jowell’s views on the barriers facing women who wish to rise to the top. We look forward to hearing her ideas on how we might turn ‘lost potential’ into increased equality for female leaders in all sectors.”
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About Lucy Cavendish
Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.
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