In recent years, female entrepreneurship has been on the rise. according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics there are over 1.25 million women in self-employment, including business owners, so why do female entrepreneurs continue to face challenges in starting and growing businesses? 

The University of Birmingham’s Centre for Women's Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CWEL) in conjunction with The Institute of Leadership & Management invite you to join us to hear from leading academics, professionals and entrepreneurs about how they will be collectively working together with local and national policy-makers to promote female entrepreneurship and inclusive leadership. 

This event is by invitation only. To book your place or find out more, please contact k.l.kealey@bham.ac.uk

Speakers

Meera Sonecha

West Midlands Combined Authority

Kate Cooper

Head of Research

Kate Cooper is head of research, policy and standards at The Institute of Leadership & Management where she shapes an innovative research programme to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens.

Kate joined the Institute from a career in university programme leadership in the areas of management, strategy, leadership and professional development.  

She is a conference keynote speaker and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.

 

Rosie Ginday

Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Rosie Ginday, Social Entrepreneur, Pastry Chef reducing re-offending in young offenders, founder and Director of Miss Macaroon. Rosie Ginday is no average baking businesswoman. Rosie founded Miss Macaroon to combine her passion for beautiful hand-crafted food, baking, and her desire to help disadvantaged young adults in her local area, Birmingham. 

Rosie is a winner of the Enterprise Catalyst Social Entrepreneur 2015 awards, the Asian Business Young Entrepreneur Midlands Award 2016 and winner of the Ernst and Young Midlands Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016

James O'Toole

Principal Coach at TRADESCEND and Co-Founder of KOTOMEC

Kiran Trehan

Kiran Trehan joined Birmingham Business School in March 2012 from Lancaster University Management School where she was Deputy Head of Department and Director of HRD and consulting. She is a leading expert on diversity, enterprise and leadership development. She currently holds the post Professor of Enterprise and leadership Development and is Academic Director for the Centre for women’s enterprise and leadership (CWEL) and Co- Director of The Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA) is a new-generation response to transforming communities and corporations through mutually beneficial enterprise activities. She is Co- Editor of Action Learning: Research & Practice -: The first international journal dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and practice through action learning.