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International Women's Day - Women In Leadership

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Join us to celebrate women's achievement with a panel drawing on experiences from their impressive careers breaking gender barriers.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we invite a panel of senior women to discuss future opportunities in education and effective leadership.

On the panel:

Professor Wendy Thomson CBE (chair)
Appointed as Vice-Chancellor of University of London on 1 July 2019, Professor Wendy Thomson has a distinguished career in public service and social policy research in Canada and the United Kingdom. Her experience has combined senior roles in the academy and government.

Betty Vandenbosch
Betty brings more than 25 years of academic leadership, research, and teaching experience to the panel. Most recently Betty was Chief Content Officer at Coursera, where she oversaw the company’s content and credential strategy and partner relationships. Before joining Coursera, Betty was chancellor of Purdue University Global.

Kavita Reddi
Kavita Reddi is the co-founder of Voxta - an AI voice bot startup helping organisations engage users in the UK and India. Before Voxta, she worked at the BBC for 15 years.

Professor Jo Fox
Professor Jo Fox is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Engagement) and Dean, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a specialist in the history of propaganda and psychological warfare in twentieth-century Europe.

A short reception serving drinks will be held immediately after the panel discussion concludes. The reception will also include the unveiling of the recently commissioned portrait of Lillian Penson, the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. Lillian was the only Vice-Chancellor of that era not to have their portrait painted upon leaving office, an omission Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson has been keen to correct. The portrait’s artist, Adebanji Alade, will join us at the event.

Adebanji Alade
Adebanji has sketched and painted almost all his life and he currently works full time as a painter from his studio on Lots Road in Chelsea, London. Whether he works indoors or outdoors, he strives to bring the life, vitality and movement of ‘the sketch’ into his paintings.

Please note this FREE ticketed event will be held in-person in Senate House, London. Please only register a ticket if you can attend in-person.

Event schedule:

  • 18:00 - Doors open
  • 18:30 – Panel discussion
  • 19:45 - Reception and portrait presentation
  • 20:30 – Doors close