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Sharon Jandu, RSA Fellowship Councillor, invites Fellows to join her at the Superfast South Yorkshire programme (SFSY) Art of the Possible Women in Leadership & Business roundtable on 26 July.

Celebrating 100 Years of the vote for women… now achieving gender balance and the business benefits it gives.

Much has improved in people’s lives since the women’s right to vote in the UK 100 years ago, but progress towards gender balance and inclusion in leadership is painstakingly slow. Despite high profile sharing of rational evidence of business outperformance and best practice ways to establish gender balance, hearts and minds of leaders of business and education have not been won.

Workarounds are obvious, as seen by boards mainly appointing females as NEDs, annual reports stating it simply as work in progress CSR, as well as still seeing hesitation in women stepping forward.

There are many great initiatives and groups working to highlight evidence for business benefits, or to support women, but they often work in isolation and are based on opting in, so appeal to and reach only the engaged pioneers. A different approach is required to cut through existing mindsets and change behaviour at pace, for hesitant leaders and women.

The event aims to help businesses embrace digital transformation for growth, to remain competitive and to encourage innovation and enterprising ways of working. You will learn how technology can make a difference and what you need to do to be more productive, efficient and competitive. 

Date: 26 July
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Venue: ASOS/XPO Logistics, Park Spring Road, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, S72 7GX.
RSVP: Email Sharon Jandu:

Sam Bramwell, Director of Sales and Operations at Microsoft will be chairing the roundtable and Ken Perritt, Account Director at XPO Logistics will be hosting.

The discussion will focus on:

  • Women and enterprise
  • What are the challenges and barriers facing SME’s and what support do they need
  • How do we help propel women forward in their business journeys
  • Following the discussion, a factory tour around ASOS has been organised

There will also be information on the SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers which can be used to claim funding towards an upgrade in connectivity or to introduce new innovations to your business.

Spaces are limited. To register your place:

Please contact Sharon Jandu: or call 07807 474885 for more information.


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