Championing female leadership in resilience

  • 17 Jul 2024
  • , 2 PM (BST)

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Join the BCI Women in Resilience (WiR) Special Interest Group (SIG) for a pivotal and enlightening event as we discuss “Championing female leadership in resilience – skills and tactics for breaking into and influencing the C-Suite”. The number of women within the C-Suite is the highest it has ever been at 28% (McKinsey, Women in the Workplace report: 2023), but how did they get there and how can we influence them and their counterparts? 

Join us to:

  • Hear from trailblazing women who have shattered glass ceilings and navigated their way to the C-Suite.
  • Gain actionable insights and strategies from accomplished female leaders that you can apply to your own career journey. 
  • Explore essential skills, tactics, and case studies on how to navigate and influence the C-Suite.
  • Learn the soft skills to support your career advancement.  

This event will feature guest speakers who are industry leaders, a panel discussion, an interactive workshop, and networking opportunities. Whether you're a woman navigating the corporate sphere, an ally wanting to support change, or an organization seeking to champion women's advancement, this event is for you!


  • 14:00 – 14:10 - Meet & greet (In person only)
  • 14:10 – 14:30 - Speed networking (In-person only)
  • 14:30 – Welcome message | Event streams online
  • 14:40 – 15:00 – Keynote speaker (Kristen Anderson)
  • 15:00 – 15:15 – Speaker session (Rebecca Gee)
  • 15:15 – 15:30 – Speaker session (Emma Stringer) 
  • 15:30 – 16:00 – Interactive workshop on boundary setting (Lucile Kamar) Details of session below*
  • 16:00 – 16:30 - Panel discussion + Q&A
  • 16:30 – End of event streaming online
  • 16:30 – 18:00 In-person networking + refreshments

*Workshop Lucile Kamar, award-winning Diversity & Inclusion Leader and Career & Mindset Coach - Boundaries Mastery: Feeling overwhelmed by work demands?

In this workshop, you’ll discover how boundaries empower you to achieve career goals while prioritising your well-being. Explore the importance of boundaries for work-life balance, and discover different types – physical, emotional, and time-based. You’ll leave feeling empowered to say “no," helping you to create a life that fuels both your success and happiness and can support your path to career success .

Learning outcomes:

  1. Define your 'why' behind boundaries to find balance between career aspirations with personal well-being.
  2. Discover the different types of boundaries and how to apply them in the workplace
  3. Acquire tools and techniques to manage time efficiently, asserting to balance personal and professional needs.

For those joining us in person, there will be the opportunity to win prizes! We cannot wait to welcome you to the event. 
This event will not be recorded and will adopt Chatham House Rules. 


The Coca Cola Company, 1A Wimpole Street, Marylebone, W1G 0EA


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    Kristen Anderson

    CEO and Board Member, European Women on Boards

    Kristen is currently the CEO of European Women on Boards (EWOB), a member of the EWOB Board since 2021 and leads the EWOB Executive Committee.  EWOB is the European umbrella association for gender equality at decision-making level; a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase gender diversity in C-Suite and Board roles throughout Europe and beyond. 

    From 2016-2021, Kristen was Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Barilla and had been a member of its D&I Board since its formation in 2013.  Kristen reported to the CEO of Barilla and led a 12 member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from 8 regions and external advisors.

    After a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Kristen worked in the food industry for over 25 years, leading various R&D teams in diverse geographies such as Australia, Germany, China, India, South Africa, Singapore, Italy and originally the USA.

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    Rebecca Gee

    Operational Resilience Senior Manager, Protiviti

    Rebecca is a Senior Manager and operational resilience specialist at Protiviti with a focus on the financial services sector. She has worked across the three lines of defence to design, implement, assess and improve resilience, business continuity and crisis management frameworks in both the UK and globally, and has delivered large-scale resilience transformation programmes, regulatory-mandated assessments and live responses. Rebecca’s favourite subject is scenario testing and exercising, and how this drives the embedding of resilience.

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    Lucile Kamar

    Award-winning Diversity & Inclusion Leader and Career & Mindset Coach

    Lucile is a career, mindset and leadership coach with over 5 years of experience working with clients on topics such as career vision, navigating change and resilience. Lucile also has over a decade of experience as an award-winner Diversity and Inclusion leader in industries spanning professional services, media and the built environment. Her infectious energy helps her clients truly believe that nothing is out of reach. Lucile is a passionate advocate for women's advancement and is deeply committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace. She is committed to leading her clients on a transformative journey towards realising their full potential. She’s also a certified breathwork coach.

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    Emma Stringer

    Disaster Recovery Manager, Gamma

    Emma Stringer is a Disaster Recovery Manager at Gamma Communications PLC. Passionate about disaster prevention and mitigation, she has undertaken the task of centralising disaster recovery management whilst integrating it into the robust business continuity management programme already in place. In conjunction with her day-to-day role, she also actively participates in specialist groups within the business; the Women at Gamma Community and the LGBTQ+ Community. As well as this, she also takes the time to visit schools across the Greater Manchester area to discuss opportunities and ways to get into STEM Careers and discuss gender bias and how to overcome the challenge to hundreds of secondary school students. Known for her extensive IT and telecommunications skills, professional demeanour, and her willingness to ensure any opportunity to excel is monopolies upon, this has been recognised with her being shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the 2024 CIR awards within her first year in role. 


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