CEO of Virgin Money and the government appointed women in finance champion, Jayne-Anne Gadhia has written powerfully about how being herself in a clique of old-boy culture has led not only to personal success, but change in an establishment known for tradition.
In conversation with Professor Katie Normington, Royal Holloway’s Senior Vice-Principal, Jayne-Anne will share her own experiences as an often lone-female, and known ‘trouble-maker’ to empower others to develop, and have confidence in their passions, and personalities. Regardless of gender, background or race our most powerful asset is ourselves; our passions, values, experiences and individuality.
Jayne-Anne has broken the mould by refusing to be anything other than herself. In doing so she is a role model for anyone excited by making business better by being true to themselves. This theme also resonates with the motto of Royal Holloway, Esse quam videri, which means ‘to be rather than to seem (to be)’.
The Fawcett Lecture is named after Dame Millicent Fawcett GBE, English suffragist, political and union leader and writer. It was endowed in 1929 by Theresa Gosse, an alumna of Bedford College, one of Royal Holloway’s founding institutions. According to the terms of the endowment, the subject matter should deal with ‘the change in the position of women’. Previous guest speakers include Dr Germaine Greer, Baroness Shirley Williams and Dame Jenni Murray. As an institution at the vanguard of progressing women’s equality, Royal Holloway is delighted to be able to welcome alumna Jayne-Anne to deliver this year’s lecture.
The 2018 Fawcett Lecture forms part of the university’s programme of events to mark the centenary of women’s voting rights. Find out more about Vote 100 at Royal Holloway.
Admission free but booking is essential.