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Women leaders inspire WestKing students

A host of female leaders visited Westminster Kingsway College recently to share their experience of succeeding in their careers, to share their knowledge and to inspire and empower the next generation of women leaders.

The panel comprised women in a wide range of fields, including government, civil engineering, marketing, psychology, biophysics, performing arts, law, corporate affairs and  e-commerce. They shared the secrets of their successes, the barriers they overcame and the people who inspired them along the way.

As well as giving women a safe space to discuss the issues that they face, the event – which was part of the college’s Women’s History Month celebrations – showcased some of the industries and positions that women are in, demonstrating to students that anything is possible and that they are not limited by their gender, race or class.

In the packed theatre at Kings Cross, female – and male – students asked the panel a wide range of questions, from “What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?“, “How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way?” to “How do you achieve work-life balance?” and “What was your dream job as a child and why?

The line-up included women from a dazzling range of careers and industries:

Siu Mun LiHead of Projects – Multiplex
Tara UsherHead, Highways England Shareholder Team – Department of Transport
Jo OuvryDirector of Corporate Affairs – Deloitte
Meena KamathProfessional Support Lawyer – DLA Piper
Paola VerganiSenior Lecturer in Biophysics – UCL
Diana LeeChief of Staff – Ambassador Theatre Group
Deborah HusbandsSenior Lecturer in Psychology – University of Westminster
Sangeeta PillaiFounder – Soul Sultras
Natasha TylerAssociate Partner – Powell Williams
Regina OladipoHead of EU Exit Digital Strategy – Govt Digital Services
Keisha ShokunbiPolice Officer, Metropolitan Police

Some of our speakers took the time out to share with us their top tips for success:

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