To network or not to network? Advancing women's leadership

To be confirmed (University of Birmingham campus)
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 8th November 2017 (00:00)
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For more information on this event, please contact Dr Holly Birkett.

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The University of Birmingham are delighted to present this event, part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science 2017.

This interactive event draws on research from across the social sciences to explore the growth trend in female self employment in small and medium enterprise. Developing women’s networks and networking have become a popular way to develop entrepreneurial leadership to support the development of women’s enterprise across the UK. The prevalence of women’s networking opportunities highlights a positive desire from practitioners and policy makers to un-tap the potential and economic / social gains that women led businesses could bring to the local and national economy. However, it is not always clear how effective these networking opportunities are in actually helping women develop their leadership capacity and fulfill their aspirations.

This interactive event will shed new light on women’s experiences of networking, identifying and examining the strategies and resources needed to support and unlock the significant potential women entrepreneurial leadership contributes to economies. The session will be delivered by Prof. Kiran Trehan and Dr. Holly Birkett from the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Jane Booth (Women Ahead) and Trina Jones (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). The event will include a variety of interactive activities designed in collaboration with leading female artists at Birmingham Repertory Theatre for whom public engagement is integral to their artistic practice. The event has been designed to be accessible to the widest possible range of audiences and will consists of presentations, theatre performance, and panel and audience discussion and debate.

The event is the first of 3 creatively curated workshops on women’s leadership run in collaboration between Birmingham University Business School, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Women Ahead, and KPMG. These events will cover:

  • Women in Business
  • Women in Sport
  • Women in Digital media