Arts Council England: Women to Watch – March 2011

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre – London

9th March 2010 3.30pm – 8.30pm

Beginning at 3.30pm, the event will feature a keynote presentation and Q&A by Anna Coote, newspaper columnist and Head of Social Policy at the New Economics Foundation. Anna will discuss the wider economic, social and political framework in which the arts and cultural sector are operating and offer new perspectives on the challenges to and potential for the arts in this rapidly changing landscape. More info about Anna here

CLP’s Director Hilary Carty and W2W judges; Jenny Sealey, Kwame Kwei Armah & Sarah Weir, will be hosting discussion tables on themes such as:

  • Balancing career progression with raising a family
  • How to get the best out of networks & networking
  • Beyond W2W – continued leadership development
  • Understanding & influencing national policy & strategy
  • Business development and change management
  • International practice.

An evening reception will round off the day with networking, food, wine and speeches by David Kershaw, Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi & chair of CLP & and Jude Kelly, Director of the Southbank Centre as well as hearing from the Women themselves about what they have gained personally and professionally from the programme.

You can also look at online content from previous sessions including practical advice for female leaders from Heather Newell, Managing Director of AEM International (a UK search firm placing executives in the arts) and Ruth MacKenzie, CEO of the Cultural Olympiad


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Heartening, connecting & encouraged me to think differently

by , 10/03/11 6:38pm
Women to Watch has been heartening, connecting & encouraged me to think differently In this era of recession and cuts, many projects/organisations/people are closing in. I hope in this era that nevertheless women will strive to set up their own businesses and projects, and seek support for them. It’s one of the few ways to […]

Post Natal Career Progression (by Claire Antrobus)

by , 09/03/11 5:06pm
It’s not just your waistline that is never quite the same after having children. In my case my outlook on life has definitely changed too and after four years of ‘working with’ the under fives my performance management skills have reached a whole new level.

View the full set of Women to Watch - March 2011 photos on Flickr. If you have your own photos on Flickr just tag them w2w11march to add them to this collection. read more

Could a shorter working week be the answer to a work-life balance?

by , 04/03/11 1:52pm
An article from Anna Coote, newspaper columnist and Head of Social Policy at the New Economics Foundation, on how a shorter working week could help professionals sustain an effective work-life balance