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The next generation of female leaders

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With the global rates of female leadership set to grow by 36 per cent, it is clear the benefits of gender balance in the workplace are being recognised. Nurturing and supporting this growth is at the heart of the Cambridge Rising Women Leaders two-day open programme. The programme, led by Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, takes a big picture view, looking at the big trends effecting businesses around the world whilst focusing on individual growth. This approach strikes the right balance for female leaders looking to take a fresh view of the world, whilst investing in their own leadership development.

Lien Ceulemans, a senior Director at Salesforce comments: “I was interested in sharing the experience of leadership with other women. It was also an opportunity to take a step back and look at the bigger picture: what does leadership look like in a rapidly changing business landscape.”

The teaching is based on rigorous research and draws on the latest insights from industries across the world. The balance of research, theory and practice is key to the ongoing appeal and success of the programme.

Wiesia Ruta, Head of Incident at GSK, comments: “The programme has redefined how I think about leadership. I will be taking many lessons back to my workplace – it’s been the perfect balance of theory, evidence and practical solutions.”

Farah Khattab, Lecturer at the Lebanese International University, adds:

This has been an incredible experience. The female-focused programme is research-led and evidenced-based, which is what I was looking for. It exactly met my needs.

One of the defining features of this programme is its clear commitment to focusing on the positive aspects of female leadership, and the encouragement of authentic leadership styles. This is in stark contrast to the wider discussion around female leadership that focuses heavily on barriers and challenges.

Reena Suleman, Client Project Manager at the Victoria & Albert Museum comments: “During the programme we can focus on successes, not failures. It’s about recognising and harnessing your strengths.”