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

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 8th November 2017 (09:00-12:30)
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To secure your free place, please RSVP to by Wednesday 1st November.

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

Developing women’s networks and associated events have become a popular way to encourage women’s leadership across a range of sectors. The prevalence of these opportunities highlights a positive desire from practitioners and policy makers to un-tap the potential and economic / social gains that women led businesses can 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 fulfil their aspirations.

ESRC Festival 2017Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the University of Birmingham invite you to join them in a collaborative morning seminar as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017, which will shed new light on women’s experiences of networking, identifying the strategies and resources needed to support and unlock the significant potential that women in leadership can contribute to economies.

The event will be delivered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in collaboration with Professor Kiran Trehan and Dr Holly Birkett from the University of Birmingham. The morning will be chaired by Helga Henry - Director of Organisational Development at Birmingham Hippodrome and author of NetworkAbility – Building your Business one Relationship at a Time.  Helga will be joined by Trina Jones (General Manager at The REP), Rosie Kay (Artistic Director at Rosie Kay Dance Company), Jacqui Francis (Public Appointments Assessor) and Tessa Walker (Associate Director at The REP), who will all share their personal experiences of networking, partnerships, relationship building and collaboration.

We invite you to join us to explore the world of professional networks. The event will include a panel discussion and interactive theatre workshop. In an attempt to reinvent the traditional and often uninspiring women’s networking events, and to find out what would be of real benefit to professionals, Not The Normal Network will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences and shape the type of future events that would be of real benefit. 

To secure your free place, please RSVP to by Wednesday 1st November.

 For more information please email or contact Rachel Cranny on 0121 245 2163.

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