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Women and Leadership

November 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The session Women and Leadership will explore some of the challenges we are dealing with.

About this event

Women continue to be vastly under-represented in decision-making in politics, businesses, and communities. Research from the World Economic Forum shows that, at the current rate of progress it will take another 108 years to reach gender parity. However, women are powerful agents of change, and the far-reaching benefits of diversity and gender parity in leadership and decision-making are increasingly recognized in all environments. Investment in training and skills building programmes for professional development will help ensure that women can fully engage in the workplace and excel in leadership positions.

This session will explore some of the challenges we are dealing with.

Date: Tuesday 30th November 2021

Time: 18.00-20.00

Venue: Exeter University, Penryn Campus, Daphne Du Maurier building Seminar I (Hybrid) and by Zoom

Directions: Directions Penryn Campus

Speakers: Manda Brookman (Director Permanently Brilliant) Dr. Costa Manolchev, Dr. Sue Kinsey, and the Students’ Society Women and Business

Manda Brookman

“In times of extraordinary challenge, we need to think in extraordinary ways. Again and again, at moments of great social change, women have been on the front line, calling time on old habits, systems and flaws that need rectifying in systems that are unfair, outdated and destructive. And now is no different. Now is a call to action for all positive deviants and creative disruptors. Now is the time for extraordinary change.”

Dr. Costa Manolchev

“The rise of the gig-economy, characterised by short-term exchanges between customers and providers, has been unparalleled. From Uber, to Fiverr and Deliveroo, short-term engagements (‘gigs’) have encouraged flexibility and entrepreneurship, allowing work to be balanced alongside other responsibilities such as child-care, college studies or even a main job. However, this flexibility belies a number of concerning trends. One of these, is the ‘layering of insecurity’ encountered by female workers in temporary jobs. Using the concept of a ‘precariat’ as signifier for insecure work, this talk explores a number of challenges for women in the gig-economy.”

Dr. Sue Kinsey

“Human Resources roles and departments have long been dominated (at least numerically) by women. Historically seen as a welfare and service function, the HR department has often been side lined in terms of its value and contribution to organisations. With significant efforts to professionalise the function and to establish its organisational credibility and legitimacy as a ‘business partner’, some progress has been made towards recognising the managerial and professional contribution of HR to business success. Yet a close-quarters examination of the language used to describe work undertaken by the HR function reveals a legacy of gendered ideas about the work and value of HR. This talk will explore the subtle and not so subtle power of language to situate and construct ‘women’s work’ in marginalising and undervaluing ways.”


1. 18.00-18.20 Buffet and networking (face to face and by Zoom)

2. 18.20-18.30 Welcome by Dr. Allen Alexander: “purpose of the project”

3. 18.30-18.50 Dr. Sue Kinsey: “Gendered Work Roles”

4. 18.50-19.10 Dr. Costa Manolchev: “ Women, Precarity and the Gig Economy”

5. 19.10-19.45 Manda Brookman; “Well Behaved Women Never Making History… the importance of stepping up and speaking out”

6. 19.45-19.50 Society Women and Business: “what they do and how to get involved”

7. 19.50-20.00 Quick round -what training is needed?

If you like to come to the Campus and meet face to face (incl. buffet) please let us know so we can cater for you! : [email protected]

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 913 4905 7372

Password: 729447

About the Project

Meeting Smart Specialisation business needs through Higher Level Skills (SS- HLS)

The SS -HLS Project, part funded through the European Social Fund, runs from September 2020-August 2023. The programme brings together five educational institutions (Truro & Penwith College, the University of Exeter, Falmouth University, Plymouth University and Cornwall College) to engage with businesses and identify training gaps and course development opportunities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


November 30, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Exeter University SS HLS Project