Generation Success Women’s Special 2021
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 we have come up with a unique an exciting opportunity to learn, network and get mentored by leading women professionals from a number of different industries. The event will be built around the IWD2020 theme of #ChallengetoChange.
Now we are proud to announce and shine a light on the women who will be speaking and mentoring at the event.
Laura Trendall Morrison, Principal Consultant and Managing Director at The GameChanger Consultancy
Laura is highly sought after, and hired by international companies, to consult and coach at board level, in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and US – Laura blends a unique set of experience from commercial and high-growth technology business, through to Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility, and is well-known globally for helping business leaders activate new ways of solving business and social challenges.
If you want to transform your business results through sound business practice, backed by real-life experience, Laura is the speaker and consultant you are looking for, to ensure your organisation achieves optimal results.
Having managed portfolios exceeding £100M per annum, successes include risk avoidance of over £10M in one deal, and programmes to reduce costs in excess £5M In a short term programme – experience that you need on your side when facing a business challenge.
Cerys Furlong, CEO of Chwarae Teg (Charity leading gender equality)
Cerys Furlong is Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg Wales’s leading economic development agency for women and charity that campaigns for gender equality.
Prior to joining Chwarae Teg, Cerys was Director for Wales at Learning and Work Institute and has over ten years’ experience working in the education and skills sector. Cerys is also a Governor of Fitzalan High School and Board Member of Chapter Arts Centre. In 2018 Cerys was appointed to the Cardiff City Region Economic Development Board, which oversees the proposals submitted to the city region and advising the joint Cabinet. In addition, with her business partners Cerys has set up a number of successful businesses and runs a small group of pubs and restaurants in Cardiff including currently The Lansdowne and The Grange pubs in Cardiff and Milkwood restaurant in Pontcanna. Cerys was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Cardiff University in 2017 for her services to gender equality. Cerys lives in Cardiff with her husband Tom and two daughters.
Sophia Aluko, COO D&I Ethnicity Lead at Barclays
Sophia Aluko is an award winning business leader and is the Head of Service Management within the Transitions Management Office at Barclays, where she helps Barclays manage the separation from its operations in Africa and Europe covering 14countries.She has held senior roles in several sectors including beverage, technology and banking.
Throughout her career, she has been drawn to organisations undergoing transformation and change. And as a result she has gained extensive experience having held senior roles on transformation programmes including Mergers & Acquisitions, Divestments and Digital Transformation.
In addition to her day job, Sophia is passionate about empowering others to unlock their career potential. She is the founder of The Steer Network, a non-profit and mentoring initiative, set up to unlock the career potentials of individuals from diverse backgrounds. She is also a board Trustee at Global Funds for Women UK; a nonprofit that seeks to create a more gender balanced world. Sophia is a qualified chartered accountant and has an MBA from Imperial College, London.
She is a finalist of the 2019 BBB Awards, Senior Leader category in Finance and the 2019 Precious awards, Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance.
Lin Yue, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs
Lin Yue is an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London. She is responsible for growing and managing key relationships across UK institutional investors.
As one of the senior executives of mainland Chinese origin in the City of London, she has helped elevate women and ethnic minorities in the workplace. She inspired professionals to challenge stereotypes, and to strive for success as their authentic self. She is a thought leader on Diversity & Inclusion, workplace cultures, and decoding differences between China and the West – her insights and speeches are widely sought for their unique perspectives, originality and passion.
Lin has been honoured on many occasions for her work. She was recognised on the HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders List in 2020, as a top 5 Future Leaders for HERoes Women Role Model , on Brummell’s list as one of the 50 most inspirational women in the City of London, one of the 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders by EMpower, and the winner of the “Excellence in Banking” award at the Chinese Business Leaders Awards.
A graduate of Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, Lin is also passionate about applying psychology in the workplace and beyond and making life skills accessible to all.