Roehampton Students’ Union is thrilled to invite all self-defining women to the first ever Women’s Leadership Conference held here at the University! The event is aimed at all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced – in all aspects of their lives. WLC 2017 will examine how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be!
Here at the University, we are very proud to report that around 70% of our students are female. However, there is still a gap in representation of the genders on various boards and committees, including the Students’ Union. In order to inspire more self-defining women to go for leadership roles, or develop the ones they already hold in their personal and/or professional lives, we believe it is absolutely necessary to engage and inspire with workshops, speakers and reflectional exercises.
To be a leader simply means that you do not remain silent, and to realise that we are all leaders in our own right. Building a community of self-defining women who fight on all levels to dismantle structures by learning to look around you for inspiration is a way towards creating a truly equal society.
The conference aims to discuss issues around gender inequality in several different areas, ranging from why there is a need to represent the under-represented, understanding and developing your leader identity and how to stay resilient in the face of everyday sexism. Alongside this, external and internal guests will tell their stories and open up for questions from the audience.
In a traditionally male dominated society, women are constantly asked to ‘soften their image’ and to apologise when faced with challenging confrontations. Female behaviour will often be labelled as arrogant or aggressive, whilst the same behaviour from a male counterpart may be seen as assertive.