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    Coffee With Dawn-Louise Kerr


     An entrepreneur, business owner and social media specialist.


     Dawn - Louise – tell us what you do and what you love about your job?

    I’m a passionate and proactive leader of persuasive digital marketing. A storyteller.

    I run a digital marketing agency and no ‘two days’ are the same. One minute I’m running a ‘marketing discovery’ workshop to help clients create a marketing strategy aligned to their business strategy; another day I might be replying to our client’s customers on social media or live tweeting from a sports event  to product launches and email campaigns for later life advice. I love the variety in my work and I love meeting new people.


    You set up your own marketing business seven years ago –what did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

    Oh my goodness, have I grown up now? There is still so much fun and adventure to be had, I think we sometimes forget this as adults. When I was younger, I always wanted to be a physio, a sports physio actually as I was sports mad in my younger days, but alas university wasn’t an option for me. I actually hated the school I went to. This  makes me smile now as many of my teachers said if I didn’t stay on at school ‘I’d be in a dead-end job by the time I was 20 and on the dole at 30’ – you can see why I hated that uninspiring place. However, it taught me resilience and fired my drive to succeed.


    CWN is a partner with Fractio Vitri – a cross sector network of young women to encourage each other to be ambitious about their careers. Do you have one piece of career advice that you would share with them?

    Yes, get comfortable with being ‘uncomfortable’ and push yourself to do things you may not know how to do, yet. Change is ‘a certain’ thing in life. Roll with it and enjoy the ride. Your rewards are on the horizon.

    My daily mantra is “I am braver than I believe, stronger than I seem and smarter than I think!” Change the I to you and you have your own mantra. I’d love to hear if anyone else has a daily mantra or is it just me?


    You are a passionate advocate of social media – what are you most proud of in that capacity?

    Hmm, there are a lot of “proud moments”, but possibly my standout one would be when I helped a charity turn an image of a beneficiary into a piece of art, animated digitally. This, alongside the social media campaign helped us improve not only the profile of the charity but also raised £thousands of extra donations for them over a 3 month period. They deliver ‘personal’ dreams, a customised experience to their beneficiaries and families. These extra funds delivered an additional 5 dreams, which wasn’t in their budget at the start of the year. Lots of smiles and a lovely feel good factor to boot.


    What is the best and /or worst decision you have ever made?

    Best decision was to start my own business after being made redundant. It’s not been an easy journey, but I’ve learnt so many new skills that I wouldn’t have had exposure to in my corporate world. I’ve met so many inspiring people along my journey and I’ve also put myself into new learning situations to keep pushing myself to grow.

    There are no bad decisions, because to FAIL is your First Attempt In Learning. Whilst these decisions may be tough at the time, you need to push through the hard parts to understand what you learned from them. 


    What do you think women can do to help other women in their careers?

    Oh so much, I think our strength, drive and resilience makes us all unstoppable. If we could bottle our energy along with these traits – we would have a winning formula for women. 

    I think to answer your question ‘CWN’, we help provide the quiet confidence in our fellow females as they grow into their careers. We listen and can, more often than not, stay silent if that is all that is needed from the conversation… that’s powerful.


    Who would you most like to have coffee with and where?

    Could I opt for a Redbush Tea instead? I’m on a health kick! Seriously, I have so many people I want to meet and spend some quality time with; in fact if you are still reading this piece to its end, you are no doubt someone I’d like to have a cup of tea with! I think Michelle Obama is such an inspiring lady; with strong values and seems to have mastered being a ‘Mum’ and ‘Wife’ with all her other activities as an ex First Lady and now role model. I’d love to ask her how she does this so seamlessly and what are her top tips?

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    CWN Newsletter September/October 2019

    The summer drinks event seems a wonderful distant memory partly we hope, because you all managed to get a break and enjoy the lovely weather at home or abroad; but also because so much has happened since then for women across sport, banking and business.

    We started the summer all transfixed by the football played in FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Paris, which culminated in the US women’s national team winning the trophy. The success of women in Paris continued to be played out across Europe in banking and politics as, for the first time, two women were appointed to run the European Commission (Ursula von der Leyen) and the European Central Bank (Christine Lagarde). This is a historic step towards seeing more inclusion at senior levels. Similarly, we are always delighted when our CWN members and partners progress their career journey and none more so than CWN’s former President, Brenda Trenowden, who recently joined PwC UK as a partner in its people consulting business.

    As always, our newsletter has an interview with another inspirational role model, in this edition Jane Olds, who is the Head of HR at CWN corporate partner BCS Consulting and an update on our planned events. We’ve also included top tips for using LinkedIn following requests from members who want to use social media more effectively.

    As always, if you’d like us to cover anything in particular, please do let us know by email.


    Articles in this issue:

    Spotlight on Jane Olds

    External Partners and Events

    3 top tips

    Next events

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    Next Events

    We have a wealth of CWN events coming up – click on each heading to read more:

    26 September: Embodying Leadership Masterclass with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) – back by popular demand, here’s another chance to hone your skills with RADA’s experts.

    1 October: Autumn 2019 Prospective & Current Members Drinks. A great opportunity to bring women in your network to get a taste of CWN and of course for our members to catch-up.

    10 OctoberForensic Readiness – Making your business secure, hosted by Wipro, with Dr Jan Collie who is a leading authority on digital forensics and cyber security. Keep abreast of changes to help your business be prepared.

    30 October: The Role of Emotions in Leadership Masterclass with King’s Business School – our last event with King’s had fantastic feedback so here’s another opportunity to learn from a leading business school.

    And, of course, our next Prospective Members Breakfast is on Wednesday 6 November.

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    External Partners and Events

    We’re delighted that our members have been attending Women on Boards and NEDonBoard events as part of our partnership with them. Here are some highlights for you:

    The next NEDonBoard event covering ESG in the Boardroom on 29 October is for experienced board members only with Darshita Gillies speaking. She is the Founder of Maanch, an UN award winning global impact platform. NEDonBoard also have an event looking at Board Best Practice, Shareholder and Activist Engagement on 26 November.

    Women on Boards are holding a Boardroom Insights: Start-ups event on 17 October. The guest speaker, Lesley Lloyd, a NED and interim CMO who has worked with FTSE and niche brands, will be joined by a panel of experienced board directors. This briefing is for those looking for a broad role in the start-up space and will introduce you to board opportunities across sectors. Also, on 18 October, the Boardroom Insights Webinar covers a Women on Boards success story and their journey to the boardroom.

    For more detail, view our events page.

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    Three top tips for using LinkedIn to develop your personal brand

    LinkedIn is a B2B platform, it is people’s (and businesses’) go-to social media channel to find out more about a person. It’s one of the top online channels to find, and demonstrate thought leadership on your topic of choice. LinkedIn helps you gain authority in your niche, with a large number of engaged executives, influencers and other like minded people who are serious about moving forward with their ideas, and learning new things.


    LinkedIn is where people are actively looking for collaborations, or to employ people or where businesses demonstrate their people behind their brand. They may be on other platforms too, but LinkedIn is a key space for making real business connections that can lead to actual paid work. People who invest time in this channel are motivated to engage and build their online network because it’s first and foremost a business tool to make some solid connections that will help build your personal brand.


    Here are our top tips:


    1. Make sure you have a good head and shoulders shot as your profile picture, it gives a good first impression and helps reduce the amount of times you’ll be ignored -  no one wants to see a grey “cluedo icon” of the person they are trying to find out more about. Be visible to help people build their trust in you.  
    2. When you have been to a networking event – make sure you find all those business card owners on LinkedIn that evening or first thing the next day and connect with them. When you send them a connection request, add a note to remind the person of how you met them like “Hi <name>, great to meet you at today’s <name of event>, Lets connect <name>. Personalising this will prove helpful when you look back through your messages at a later date and remind you of how you met.
    3. Within your personal LinkedIn profile, close down your connections so only you can see them. Often some people will connect with you just to get hold of your online “black book” of connections. If you have mutual ones, these will of course show up, but your thousands of connections are through your hard work, why would you open them up to strangers? Close these down by going to your settings and privacy, on the menu that appears click on the privacy tab (underneath the blue header), then look for the “who can see your connections” – change this to only you and LinkedIn in will automatically save this setting for you.



     If you have any specific questions on LinkedIn or other social media platforms that you’d like us to cover in future newsletters (or you’d like more  tips), then please let us know on

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    Next Events

    We have plenty of events to look forward to. Here are some highlights, to see them all click here. To read more about any event listed below, just click on the heading.

    Our inaugural CWN Member’s Forum on 20 June has sold out but don’t worry there will be another one later this year. The event has been designed with your feedback in mind, for our members to share ideas and learn more about each other.

    It’s out big annual Summer Drinks on 10 July at the beautiful Landsdowne Club in Mayfair. Come along and bring two guests with you so they can enjoy the power of the CWN network and have fun at the same time!

    Looking ahead to the autumn, we start with Suzanne Williams, QPM, sharing her tactics and techniques for Decision Making in Negotiations on 11 September.

    And, back due to popular demand, we team up with RADA in Business on 26 September, save the date in your diary so you can book a ticket when the event is opened.

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    Artificial Intelligence: a timeline with key highlights


    We often think of Artificial Intelligence as a recent development however as this timeline shows, it’s been around for a lot longer than you may realise.

    Many of us not directly or indirectly involved in the development of AI may think that this is a relatively recent discovery. However, that’s simply not the case. Just ask Lady Ada Lovelace. She was on of the first pioneers of AI in the 1840s. In fact, the team “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956 by Stanford professor John McCarthy, and this date is generally considered as the modern birth of AI.

    In terms of the history of AI, a one of the first pioneers of AI was Lady Ada Lovelace 1840s but the term “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956 by Stanford professor John McCarthy, and this date is generally considered as the modern birth of AI.

    And while it is true that AI has grown in leaps and bounds very recently, there are a number of impressive developments that have been around for some time. The timeline below highlights some of the key dates in the history of AI.

    1952 Computers playing games. Arthur Samuel develops the first computer checkers-playing program and the first computer program to learn on its own.

    1961 The first industrial robot, Unimate, starts working on an assembly line in a General Motors plant in New Jersey.

    1965 Joseph Weizenbaum develops ELIZA, an interactive program that carries on a dialogue in English language on any topic.

    1966 The first mobile robot. Shakey the robot was the first general-purpose mobile robot to be able to reason about its own actions. In a Life magazine 1970 article about this “first electronic person,” Marvin Minsky is quoted saying with “certitude”: “In from three to eight years we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being.”

    1972 AI in medical diagnostics. MYCIN, an early expert system for identifying bacteria causing severe infections and recommending antibiotics, is developed at Stanford University.

    1980 Robots read and play music. Wabot-2 is built at Waseda University in Japan, a musician humanoid robot able to communicate with a person, read a musical score and play tunes of average difficulty on an electronic organ.

    1986 The First driverless car, a Mercedes-Benz van equipped with cameras and sensors, built at Bundeswehr University in Munich under the direction of Ernst Dickmanns, drives up to 55 mph on empty streets.

    1997 AI beats a chess master. Deep Blue becomes the first computer chess-playing program to beat a reigning world chess champion.

    2000 Identifying emotions. MIT’s Cynthia Breazeal develops Kismet, a robot that could recognize and simulate emotions.

    2000 Robot waiters. Honda's ASIMO robot, an artificially intelligent humanoid robot, is able to walk as fast as a human, delivering trays to customers in a restaurant setting.

    2009 Robots pass their driving test. Google starts developing, in secret, a driverless car. In 2014, it became the first to pass, in Nevada, a U.S. state self-driving test.

    2009 AI writes news articles. Computer scientists at the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern University develop Stats Monkey, a program that writes sport news stories without human intervention.

    2011 AI wins TV quiz show. Watson, a natural language question answering computer, competes on Jeopardy! and defeats two former champions.

    2016 AI defeats Go master. Google DeepMind's AlphaGo defeats Go champion Lee Sedol via self learning.

    2017 Robots start delivering take-away. Kiwibot & Door Dash food delivery under Starship Technologies in Berkley, California develops self driving delivery robots with a 6 km radius and a maximum delivery load of 10kg.

    Paula Kienert, CWN Events Committee Chair and Executive Director Fidelity Investments

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    Making Sense of AI: The History, the Hype, and the Hard Truth

    Always wanted to know more about Artificial Intelligence (AI) but never dared to ask? This fascinating introduction to AI, debunks many of the myths and looks objectively at key developments and potential outcomes.

    AI. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear or see the term? A film like Ex Machina, Chappie, RoboCop, Blade Runner or 2001: A Space Odyssey? Or perhaps you think of more specific concepts or images along the lines of facial recognition technology, Bitcoin, job losses, autonomous vehicles, killer robots? What is AI, exactly? Margaret Boden, OBE, ScD, FBA, and Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, states quite simply that “AI seeks to make computers do the sorts of things that minds can do.” That’s a pretty broad definition. And now, AI seems to suddenly be the hot topic. Let’s explore why AI has seemingly mushroomed overnight, review a some lesser known historic developments in the field, consider how the future of work is likely to be impacted and finally, reflect on some important aspects around how the media reports on the topic.

    Understanding Frequency Illusion, Selective Attention and Confirmation Bias

    If you’re anything like me, it does seem that AI is cropping up everywhere. It’s like that time I heard about an obscure chamber music-electro-punk band one day. Then, later in the week, a song of theirs suddenly appeared in my recommended Spotify playlist! Was it simply a coincidence ...or did the social media algorithms have me pegged? It could very well be the latter but equally likely, I experienced the “frequency illusion.”  Stanford linguistics professor Arnold Zwicky coined the term back in 2006 to describe the syndrome in which a concept or thing that one suddenly learns about suddenly seems to crop up everywhere. Zwicky attributes this to the combination of two psychological processes - selective attention which is activated when upon noticing a new word, object, or concept; after that, it’s on the radar, triggering an unconscious hypersensitivity to its existence, and as a result, its found more often. The second process, confirmation bias, suggests to your mind that each sighting is additional proof of the impression that the item has become omnipresent overnight. This is also known as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, first established in 1994 after a commenter in an the online discussion board of a US newspaper heard the name of the ultra-left-wing German terrorist group twice in 24 hours.

    While “frequency illusion” or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon may be at work when it comes to the ubiquitous presence of AI, a number of catalysts have contributed to the acceleration in the field, namely significant advancements in computer processing power, the miniaturization of materials, rapid prototyping, increased connectivity and significantly lower cost of storage (P. Anderson).

    AI is not a recent discovery

    In terms of the history of AI, a one of the first pioneers of AI was Lady Ada Lovelace 1840s but the term “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956 by Stanford professor John McCarthy, and this date is generally considered as the modern birth of AI.

    And while it is true that AI has grown in leaps and bounds very recently, there are a number of impressive developments that have been around for some time (Artificial Intelligence: a timeline with key highlights). For example, in 1952, the first industrial robot, Unimate, started working on a General Motor’s assembly line based in their New Jersey plant. Then in 1972, Stanford University developed an early expert system called MYCIN to identify bacteria causing severe infections and to recommend antibiotics. AI beat a chess master when Deep Blue was the first computer chess-playing program to beat a reigning world chess champion in 1997. Right up to the present day where robots not deliver food in Berkley, California and Milton Keynes her in the UK.

    The impact of AI at work

    Given the great recent advances in the field, how should we think about the near term impact on the workplace?  The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report offers some interesting observations from their wide-reaching survey and suggests that the future isn’t all gloomy. For example, while most companies expect that automation will lead to a reduction in the full-time workforce by 2022, 38% of businesses surveyed actually expect to expand the workforce to new productivity-enhancing roles, and more than 25% expect automation to lead to the creation of completely new enterprise roles. By 2022, emerging professions are set to experience 11% growth in the total employee base, whereas the employment share of declining roles is set to decrease by 10%. And the bulk of employment across industries - about half of today’s core jobs - is expected to remain stable in the period up to 2022. While this may be less negative that you may have anticipated (thanks to media coverage, as we will see later), we should still anticipate dramatic shifts as the AI landscape continues to evolve.


    What types of jobs are likely to benefit and what skills will employers value most? According to the World Economic Forum’s research, we’re likely to see increasing demand for roles along the lines of Data Analysts and Scientists, Software and Applications Developers, and Ecommerce and Social Media Specialists. In conjunction, roles requiring distinctively ‘human' skills, such as Customer Service Workers, Sales and Marketing Professionals, Training and Development, People and Culture, and Organizational Development Specialists as well as Innovation Managers will be of value in order to facilitate the change associated with the advances in technology. It could be argued that some of these roles will be AI driven (think chatbot), the survey results also point towards accelerating demand for completely new specialist roles focusing understanding and leveraging the latest emerging technologies: AI and Machine Learning Specialists, Big Data Specialists, Process Automation Experts, Information Security Analysts, User Experience and Human-Machine Interaction Designers, Robotics Engineers, and Blockchain Specialists.


    Which skills will employers be seeking?


    And for those uninterested in a purely tech focused role, here’s a glimpse into skills tipped to be most sought after in a mere 3 years.


    Table 1: Comparison of the top ten skills demand

    Today, 2018

    Trending, 2022

    Analytical thinking and innovation

    Analytical thinking and innovation

    Complex problem-solving

    Active learning and learning strategies

    Critical thinking and analysis

    Creativity, originality and initiative

    Active learning and learning strategies

    Technology design and programming

    Creativity, originality and initiative

    Critical thinking and analysis

    Attention to detail, trustworthiness

    Complex problem-solving

    Emotional intelligence

    Leadership and social influence

    Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation

    Emotional intelligence

    Leadership and social influence

    Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation

    Coordination and time management

    Systems analysis and evaluation


    For most workers, up-skilling will be crucial to navigating the new workplace landscape. And for all workers, there will be “an unquestionable need to take personal responsibility for one’s own lifelong learning and career development”. Many individuals will require support through periods of job transition and phases of retraining and up-skilling by governments and employers who will be looking for the right formula to encourage individuals to voluntarily undergo periodic skills upgrading.

    How can we respond to these changes?

    But forget about the future, what about right now? Paul Armstrong’s book Disruptive Technologies: Understand, Evaluate, Respond is a great place to begin if you’re keen to understand how to grapple with the impact of new technologies in your own workplace.  Armstrong’s book outlines the steps that you can take to engage with emerging technologies today in order to serve the consumer of tomorrow. It is a practical book offering a distinct response to emerging technologies - including Blockchain (Bitcoin), artificial intelligence, graphene and nanotechnology (among others) and other external factors such as the sharing economy, mobile penetration, millennial workforce, ageing populations - that impact business, client service and product models. Armstrong provides a clear roadmap to assess, respond to and problem-solve: what are the upcoming changes in technology, when is the right time to respond to those change, and what is the best response?

    “AI’s future has been hyped since its inception” says Margaret Boden.  We should always be mindful that the media has a tremendous amount of power to direct our shape our most basic views on the topic. Consider these recent headlines:

    • ‘The AI that can tell you when you’ll DIE...’ (MailOnline, 23 Feb. 2018)
    • ‘DeepMind has trained an AI to unlock the mysteries of your brain’ (Wired UK, 9 May, 2018).

    The Oxford Martin School and Reuters Institute recently conducted an analysis of the UK media and its coverage of AI. They determined that news coverage is significantly biased with clear political leanings. Their findings may align with your own observations – but here’s the proof: they found that left leaning media outlets tend to highlight the issue of ethics such as discrimination, algorithmic bias and privacy while the right draw attention to economics and geopolitics, including automation, national security and investment. In addition, content itself is overwhelmingly drawn from industry sources and CEOs amplifying their self interest. To make matters worse, serious cuts to budgets supporting journalists have resulted in an overwhelming reliance on basic press releases for day-to-day science and technology news stories. Some news desks even completely eliminated their science and/or technology desks. In order to present a more balanced view of the AI landscape, greater input is needed from scientists, activists, as well as others for alternative and independent views. The bottom line regarding the media is that in order to be well informed and differentiate between what is possible and what is aspirational, one should seek out varied sources of information rather than relying on newspapers alone.  For example, New Scientist magazine or academic centres such as the Alan Turing Institute.

    In the midst of tremendous change, some basic truths remain – the human characteristics of creativity, persuasion, adaptability, critical thinking and collaboration underpin our positive steps forward. Only time will tell whether AI will help, or hinder, these very human traits and aspirations.  For more, head over to the Barbican to experience their current exhibition “AI: More than Human”.

    Paula Kienert, CWN Events Committee Chair and Executive Director Fidelity Investments


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    We are delighted to confirm our partnership with NEDonBoard, the UK professional body for non-executive directors and board members. This partnership provides CWN members with access to NEDonBoard’s quarterly “Board Best Practice” events and selected Expert Panels. It is a distinctive benefit for CWN members contemplating or honing a NED career with the opportunity to connect with senior female and male Board level representatives.

    NEDonBoard events are targeted on specific topics on Board best practice benefiting those of you who have Board level roles and need to keep up to date and/or wish to learn more about current hot Boardroom topics.

    The first event of our collaboration is on 24 September – NEDonBoard Best Practice Remuneration Committee. The next is on 29 October – NEDonBoard: ESG in the Boardroom.

    Places are limited so please do sign up quickly if you are interested.

    As with the Women on Boards' partnership, we are delighted that we can offer these events at preferential rates to our members.

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    CWN Newsletter June 2019


    At last the evenings are lighter, which means the summer season of social and sporting events has started. The highlight being the CWN’s Annual Summer Drinks on 10 July. Did you know that as a member you have two complementary guest tickets? Make the most of it and bring your contacts so they can experience themselves what it’s like to be part of CWN and, of course, have some fun with like-minded professionals. In the meantime, if you do know anyone interested in becoming a member, our next CWN Prospective Members Breakfast is on 3 July at 8am. In addition, we’re thrilled to give you advanced notice of our AI themed event on the evening of 18 July with Paul Armstrong which our corporate sponsor, ANZ, is kindly hosting. Look out for a ‘Save the Date’ email arriving in your inbox soon.

    Our annual drinks also provide an opportunity to help others, with our silent auction to raise funds for Haven House Children’s Hospice, CWN’s nominated charity. If you have any experiences or prizes you could share for us to include as part of the silent auction, it would make a big difference to what Haven House can provide to children and young people – please email our admin office with the details.

    We’ve had some fabulous events since our last newsletter and we’re delighted that Stem and Glory, who served us a delicious meal at our supper club, now offer 20% discount to all CWN members and guests. Also the Gut Stuff who gave the fascinating introduction to gut health are offering a discount to their Gut Diary Book – for more details click here.

    We are already receiving positive feedback following the recent launch last month of our partnership with Women on Boards and are pleased to announce a similar collaboration with NEDonBoard. Working together with these organisations we are in a position to provide members access to a broader range of options, at preferential rates, to develop their skills and networks. We will keep you updated on our external partnerships by email, in the meantime, we’ve included more detail on our work with NEDonBoard below as well as other interesting stories.

    As always, if you’d like us to cover anything in particular, please do let us know by emailing our admin office.


    Articles in this issue:

    Spotlight on Pinar Ozcan 

    External Partners and Events

    Making Sense of AI: The History, the Hype, and the Hard Truth

    Artificial Intelligence: a timeline with key highlights

    Next Events

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    We are excited to be partnering with Women on Boards to provide CWN members access to Women on Boards’ skills-focused Boardroom Insights series covering Board training. The next event, FTSE and AIM Listed Boards, is on 25 April at 6pm. Find out more about different types of board opportunities across these markets, hear from a panel of experienced board directors and broaden your networks.

    Want to apply for a role in the public sector? Broaden your understanding of the range of opportunities, understand how your skills and experience are transferable and meet other board members at the Boardroom Insights event focusing on Public Sector Boards on 16 May, at 6pm.

    Read more about both events, the panels of experts and book tickets on our events page.

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    Next Events

    Hopefully you’ve seen all our upcoming events on our website. Below is a selection and to find out more about our other events click here.

    Protect Your Business, 12 June
    This event has a computer forensic expert covering how we can protect our businesses – click here for more information.

    CWN Members’ Breakfast Forum, 20 June
    We are particularly enthusiastic about this new bi-annual event. We’ve designed this in response to feedback in our members’ survey. You’re looking for more time to share ideas and learn more about each other. We’re hoping this event will do that (and more!). This link reveals all.

    Communicating persuasively in negotiations, 11September
    Looking ahead to the autumn, we start with Suzanne Williams, QPM, sharing her techniques for decision making and communicating in negotiations. This link has the latest detail.

    Masterclass with RADA, 26 September
    Back due to popular demand, we will team up with RADA in Business, more detail on the Masterclass will be updated here.

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    The 50:50 Project


    We are delighted to share information about a new project at the BBC: the 50:50 Project.

    The overall aim of the 50:50 Project is to increase the number of Women in Journalism.  It is now the biggest collective action on increasing women’s representation in BBC content that there has ever been. It has spread organically throughout the BBC and involves over 410 teams including over 3000 journalists and content makers from across TV, radio and digital.

    The 50:50 Project is delivering remarkable shifts in women’s representation in BBC content. It has tapped into a widespread desire among BBC staff to resolve imbalance. You can sign up to be part of the Project in your personal capacity at an individual level or as a partner organisation. Please scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to download and read more about the 50:50 Project.

    If you would like to be put in contact with the 50:50 Project, please email the Membership Committee.

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    CWN Newsletter March/April 2019

    We can’t believe it’s Spring already. It only seems days ago that we were celebrating International Women’s Day and as in previous years, CWN continued to contribute to the conversations. Our event with Stephanie Flanders from Bloomberg sharing her insights on Brexit and the global economy, generated great discussion amongst members. Similarly, our individual and corporate members sharing on our social media channels what #BalanceForBetter means for them, created great engagement. Thank you for your contributions.

    Over the past few months we have been engaged in a search for a new Board role. We are delighted that Dawn Jackson will be joining the Board as Diversity & Inclusion Adviser on 3 June 2019. 

    For those of you that look forward to our summer party, the date to put in your diary is Wednesday 10 July at The  Lansdowne Club. To book your tickets, click here.

    If there are subjects and topics of interest you would like us to look at in more depth either here, on our website or via social media, do let us know. 


    Articles in this issue:

    Spotlight on Jayne Berkye

    External Partners and Events

    The 50:50 Project

    Next Events

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    CWN Newsletter January-February 2019

    Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019! We kicked off the year with our Members’ Winter Drinks in 23 January at 67 Pall Mall wine club. Member Ana Pacheco reflects on the evening here.

    At the end of last year, we conducted an online survey of all CWN Members. Thank you to everyone who participated and provided valuable insights on their experience as a CWN member. You can read about what we heard from you below.

    We are excited to announce our collaboration with Women on Boards to give CWN members access to Women on Board’s Boardroom Insights series, find out more below, and do check the CWN events calendar for plenty more coming up.

    We are making progress with our search for an Adviser on diversity and inclusion, but would still like to hear from you (until end February) if you or a contact may be interested. Further information is on our homepage. Finally, in our member Spotlight this month we talk about the internet of things with Sue McLean, technology expert and Partner at Baker McKenzie and Women in FinTech Power Lister.


    External Partners and Events

    We are excited to partner with Women on Boards to provide CWN members with access to Women on Boards’ Boardroom Insights series which covers a range of Board topics. The first event of our first collaboration, taking place on 7 March, explores Cross Sector Boards. Participants will be introduced to cross sector board opportunities and will hear from a panel of board directors with a wealth of experience. Read more about the event and book tickets on our external events page.

    We are also supporting Chatham House’s Responsible Business Conference taking place on 28 February. Topics include corporate responsibility in the digital age and the current standards of practice for diversity and inclusion. Find more information on our external events page.

    Our Charity of the Year, Haven House’s annual Women in Business Lunch will take place on 5 March at the RAC in London, hosted by CWN President Emeritus Sandy Lucas. Click here to find out more and to book individual or table tickets.


    Membership Survey

    During the final quarter of 2018 we conducted an online survey of all CWN Members supported by a selection of interviews by telephone. The response to the survey was extremely positive, with nearly 30% of our total membership answering the online questionnaire. This feedback and commentary was further reinforced by Members’ insights received via the one to one calls which formed part of our overall detailed analysis.

    Thank you again to everyone who participated in the survey and provided such rich insights on their experience as a CWN Member. In particular, your thoughts and ideas as to how CWN can continue to provide real value through what we do and support you in your role in the workplace were extremely valuable.

    Click here to review the key findings from our Membership Chair Tracey Groves and importantly what’s next!


    Spotlight on Sue McLean

    Sue McLean is a partner in the IT/Commercial Practice Group at Baker McKenzie. She has been named in the Women in FinTech Power List for three years and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Banking. Get the inside scoop from Sue as she shares her career insights and tips, and what attracted her to working in the digital space.

    Click here to read about how Sue started off in tech; made partner, learned to embrace fear, got the Twitter bug and puts mentoring top of her list to help other women achieve the same heights


    Next Events

    Do check our calendar to review all our upcoming events. Don’t miss out on our International Women’s Day lunchtime talk ‘Beyond Brexit’ with Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor of Economics at Bloomberg on 12 March. Find out more and book your tickets here.

    Other events include our Spring Membership Drinks for Current and Prospective Members on 2 April, and our AGM to be held on the morning of 26 March at Haymarket Hotel.


    And Finally...

    Join hundreds of others to celebrate International Women’s Day at CARE International’s #March4Women event on 3 March at Westminster Central Hall. Hear from inspirational speakers like Lady Hale and Helen Pankhurst, singers like Beverley Knight, and people who have challenged and changed the law to tackle injustice and inequality. The event is from 2.15pm to 4.15pm; tickets are available from the Care International website 


    In Memory

    Joyce Arram, a leading pioneer for training women in law, 1935-2018. Joyce worked as a legal executive for Alexander Johnson Solicitors and was involved in many charity and voluntary organisations. Joyce was an active CWN member from 2006 – 2017 is remembered fondly.