From Here to Where? Enabling Career Journeys
  • Rolle Marquee, Plymouth University

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In this next event in our ongoing programme of Plymouth Conversations, we will deconstruct the challenges we face in our career journeys, and the ways in which organisational cultures can support the development of our careers in the public and private sectors at varying points in our working lives. 

This event is ideal for actively reflecting upon your own career development, exploring shared experiences and hearing about the differing approaches women in particular are taking in determining where our career journeys take us as we continue contributing to increasing gender parity for all. 

The keynote presentation will be given by Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Professor of Equality and Diversity Management, Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice and acting Assistant Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Business at Oxford Brookes University. 

Other confirmed speakers are:

  • Dawn Bebe - former MD of EMAP and now running the successful 'On Shore' PR consultancy
  • Donna Kehoe - SW Regional Agent for the Bank of England
  • Vikki Matthews - former Nike Talent Planning Director and the University's former Chief Talent Officer.

Do join us for an afternoon of thought provoking, challenging and bold discussions and action. 

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Keynote: Professor Simonetta Manfredi

Simonetta’s research interests and expertise focus on gender and leadership, age discrimination and retirement policies, work-life balance, and applied diversity policy research in the Higher Education sector. She has published widely in these areas, and secured funding from the European Commission, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and Equality Challenge Unit among others. 

She is co-author of Managing Equality and Diversity (Oxford University Press) – winner of the Charted Management Institute Management Book of the Year Award in 2013 (under the management and leadership category), and co-editor of a 2016 collection on the Challenges of Active Ageing for Equality Law and the Workplace (Palgrave Macmillan).

About the Plymouth University Women’s Network

The Plymouth University Women’s Network was established in 2015 to support female staff by providing a forum for discussion, debate and individual development. 

It also provides a unified voice to help raise the issues that women face in their careers and is linked with the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

The aims of the network are to provide:

  • A platform for the voice and views of women within the University to be represented and channelled.
  • A forum for debate on issues that are pertinent to women in the workplace.
  • A forum for networking across the organisation for women to share experiences and offer support to one another in confidence.
  • Targeted development activities and events for women including peer coaching, mentoring and support.

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About the Plymouth University Women’s Network Mentoring Pilot Scheme

Enabling women to realise their potential at Plymouth University and beyond

This Women’s Network 12 month pilot scheme began in October 2016 and has attracted 35 mentors and 23 mentees from the University’s Academic and Professional Services branches. Following the evaluation of the scheme in October 2017, the intention is to expand the mentoring scheme beyond the Women’s Network, to become available widely throughout the University community for both women and men. 

About Sprint

The Sprint programme is an action packed four-day programme for women currently studying at the University. It is designed to help female students take control of their personal development. There are separate programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate female students, and a programme specifically targeted at undergraduate women studying a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) degree. 

Licensed trainers from the Careers & Employability Service guide students through the programme to explore and develop their skills and increase their confidence in a safe environment. Students meet other like-minded students and industry professionals from a range of areas and a variety of backgrounds. 

To learn more about Sprint, please contact or call Helen on +44 (0)1752 587962 or Pippa on +44 (0)1752 587963.

Location of the Rolle Plaza Marquee on campus

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