Celebrating International Women's Day

On 8 March 2019 we welcomed three female Business School alumni back to campus to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The inaugural event, chaired by the Deputy Dean of the Business School, Professor Julia Bennell, gave students and staff the opportunity to hear from three successful and inspiring female alumni from across the world.  

Wilmu Wu (MSc Strategic Management in the Global Environment 2017, International Business 2014) discussed how to make the most of your student experience and how she used her time at the Business School to launch a successful career as an Associate at Grant Thornton LLP in London. Wilma, who is originally from Jiangyin City in China, urged students to get involved with extracurricular activities during their time at the University, crediting her role as a Leeds University Union trustee as one of the main reasons she was successfully able to progress so quickly in the UK.  

Lucia Fuertes (MBA 2016) joined us from Spain to talk about her experience as a female graduate working internationally and the positives and negatives of working as an international consultant. Lucia has worked across a variety of industries, including marketing, advertising and finance, in many different countries across the world.

To conclude, Liza Kellett (MA 1998, Portuguese and Spanish 1988) spoke to the audience about what it takes to become a successful CEO. Liza who is now in her third CEO position at Trust Leeds, told the audience the reasons why CEOs she admires have been successful, and how she has tried to mirror their actions in her own career.

The event was well received by over 100 students and staff, with a lively Q&A following each speaker.

Julia Bennell commented: “We were delighted by the success of the event and how engaged our students and staff were with our inspiring alumni. We’re already planning next year's event!”

View photos from the event on our Flickr page.