After a long summer break we are back with our next event on Tuesday 27th September. Hosted by law firm Allen & Overy our panel are a mixture of Senior women and men who have worked for FTSE 100 businesses in Law, banking and media. Our panel will be sharing their career journey and offering tips and advice on how to progress to the top of your field and whilst juggling work and a family too!
This evening is perfect for anyone who works for a coporate in any field and wants to reach a senior level, an entrepreneur or for those who want to get some inspiration for their own lives and careers among a group of empowering women and men.
Our Panel are:
Andrew Howard, Associate, Allen & Overy
Andrew is an employment solicitor advising employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. His work is extremely broad in nature, but includes advising clients in relation to complex and sensitive issues such as whistleblowing, discrimination and restraint of trade.
Andrew states that he ‘ loves my job, but it is demanding and unpredictable, making juggling work demands with family life difficult at times. I am a passionate father who believes in talking about parenting challenges in the workplace in a gender neutral fashion’. Andrew recently took six weeks Shared Parental Leave and wrote an article about his experience, here – http://aoemploymenttalk.com/family-friendly/spl-personal-view-father/.
Joanna Wormell, Managing Director, Head of Legal, Currencies, Clearing & ECommerce at Royal Bank of Scotland
Joanna Wormell is Head of Legal for Currencies, Clearing & Ecommerce within RBS’ Corporate and Institutional Banking Division. She manages a team of twelve and advises on a range of legal and regulatory matters. Joanna has previously lived in Hong Kong, Poland, Russia and Australia but is happy in London at the moment. Joanna was involved in setting up the RBS Legal First Step programme which provides a rich work experience week targeted at students from economically deprived areas to provide them with first hand experience of a legal and banking environment.
Vanessa Johnson-Burgess MCIPD, Director of HR & Co-Founder of Availexe
Vanessa is a dynamic, highly commercial and results driven HR Management and employment law expert. A Chartered member of the CIPD she delivers executive coaching and training to support individual career success and empowering of high performing teams. She has senior expertise in Employment law and HR management and regularly leads on workforce planning, talent management and organisation design and development for companies.
Her previously held appointments are in Global organisations across various sectors to include Retail, Charity, Engineering, Hospitality and the Public sector. She has a strong social purpose and has sits as a Trustee on various boards to contribute to the effectiveness of those organisations HR agendas.
She is now a Co- founder and The Director of HR for Availexe. Created in 2014 after being increasingly frustrated by “flexibility shy” employers and the huge loss of talent ( mostly female) at mid and senior levels, the business has been created to address and close this gap. They specialise in C-level executives, department heads and operational experts across strategy, marketing, HR and finance.
Donna McConnell, Editor in Chief of Showbiz news and content lifestyle, WENN/Cover Media
Donna McConnell is the Editor in Chief of showbiz news and content lifestyle agency WENN/Cover Media, and the former Showbusiness Editor of Daily Mail website MailOnline. At Mail Online she managed all the showbiz news and a team of 20 journalists based in the UK and the US helping to grow the website into the world’s most-popular newspaper website.
Born in west London, she decided on a career in journalism at the age of 11 but sidetracked by her love of hip-hop, founded a group called The She Rockers with whom she recorded an album, and toured the UK and US with Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions and De La Soul among others.
She returned to study as a mature student aged 25 after becoming a mother. After earning a degree in Media Studies from the University of Westminster, she landed her first job in journalism as an editorial assistant for Financial Times website FT.com in 2000. Donna joined Mail Online in 2005 after studying at City University for a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism.
Her daughter Clarke, now 22, graduated from the University of the Arts with a degree in TV & Live Events this summer.
Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Founder, Black British Business Awards
Melanie Eusebe is an award winning business expert, professor, and sought-after speaker who works with a wide range of audiences, from students, to entrepreneurs, to executives at Fortune 100 firms, in the area of business leadership & management.
Beginning her career as a banker in Toronto and later on joining a leading global consultancy in London, Melanie is a Strategist with over 20 years experience in helping businesses and individuals, both in the UK and internationally, improve their performance, growth and bottom line. She is a frequent contributor for BBC News & Sky News and in print, her work and advice have been featured in The London Evening Standard, Management Today, The Huffington Post, and City AM.
Passionate about equality and an advocate of a diverse workforce, Melanie is also founder and chair of the Black British Business Awards and a Judge for the Red Magazine Woman of the Year Awards.
We have limited tickets available, so hurry and get yours here!