Lead Balance in Business, Founder Alumni Impact Mentoring
“As the founder of this initiative, my mission is to create a community of alumni where men and women come together with one common purpose – that of creating gender balanced businesses. It is a business as well as a social imperative
Entrepreneur with over 30 years in business. Started out post INSEAD with JP Morgan and had stints with Johnson Wax, Mars, Coopers and Lybrand and Caffe Nero. 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the property management business. Recently, very active in the non-profit sector, latest venture UK INSEAD Alumni Balance in Business Initiative and Founder of INSEAD Alumni Impact Mentoring.
“Balance in Business should be the norm, not only because it is the right thing to do for and in any business environment, but because it is the key to better performance through diversity of thinking, experience and perspectives
Gaelle is co-founder and Director of SMP Ltd. She has over 20 years of management consulting and executive coaching experience with a focus on strategy execution and change. Gaelle is regarded as a leading expert and practitioner in her field supporting senior teams to deliver lasting positive impact. She was previously Managing Director for Palladium Group’s Europe business founded by Balanced Scorecard innovators Drs. Kaplan and Norton. She is a Board and Executive Committee member of INSEAD’s UK National Alumni Association, an adviser on the HBA’s Ambassador leadership programme and a mentor on the McGill University Dobson Accelerator program.
“I have always believed in and seen the effectiveness of inclusive cultures. It is a privilege to be a Board member of this initiative and see mentees shift toward achieving their goals and greater self-actualisation
English of Italian parentage with the Latin zest for life and variety. Graduate with joint honours in Technology and Management Science, subsequently fortunate to enjoy three distinct chapters as Commercial Director, International Management Consultant and then Board Level Head Hunter across several sectors. Now advisor to senior people in transition, Boards seeking insight on dynamics and active grandparent, enjoying the contrast of living in London and rural Tuscany.
“Having lived around the world, with two grown-up daughters, diversity and inclusion are something I feel very keenly about and have promoted throughout my career. Our organisations and Boardrooms should simply be inclusive, not just as a way to reflect the world, but to bring the best skills, perspectives and thinking to any team
Steven has lived and worked across four continents from the Solomon Islands to Russia. His varied career has spanned technology, professional and financial services, across general management, marketing and customer engagement. Today, his portfolio includes leading a blockchain start-up and chairing a digital innovation consultancy, together with charity work, coaching and mentoring. He supports individuals, teams and Boards around issues of innovation, growth and identity.
Helen Pitcher OBE
“I am passionate about ensuring talent is recognised and supported to ensure individuals achieve and exceed their potential. Influencing business leaders to create a level and balanced playing field is of paramount importance to the sustainability of society
Helen Pitcher OBE is an experienced Chairman, SID, NED, Board Evaluator and Coach. In her career, past and present, she has worked across FTSE organisations, Large Family owned Enterprises, the Legal profession, Education, Charity, Health, Food and Drink Sectors. Current appointments include, Chairman CCRC and Advanced Boardroom Excellence Ltd., SID One Health Group, NED and Remuneration Committee Chair C&C Group plc and United Biscuits. President KidsOut, President INSEAD Directors Network and Chair of the Steering Group to Accelerate Women into the Chairman role.
“Throughout my career, I encountered challenges where I felt out of my depth or politically isolated. I wanted discreet advice from a successful senior executive with relevant expertise but could not find it. The Impact Mentoring programme addresses that need
David has 35 years’ experience in PR & Communications, assisting individuals and organisations to win arguments, secure new business and raise their profile. He has generated media coverage for clients; influenced the UK government to block EU legislation and change Forces pension rules; helped unknown meetings become prominent international summits; positioned a start-up as the most authoritative source of forward-looking travel information and transformed a retired dentist into a celebrity.
“Balance in business is a 21st century management skill. The next phase of balance is engaging men and leaders to convince other men – and the companies they lead – of its benefits in attracting top talent and targeting high-value customers to boost performance
Avivah is the CEO of 20-first, a leading gender balance consultancy. She is a consultant, author, executive coach and change agent, and has worked with many leading companies, CEOs and leadership teams to build strategically balanced organisations. Avivah has written award-winning books, has a Harvard Business Review and Forbes blog and is the first female columnist for Der Spiegel’s Manager Magazine. She speaks on leadership, gender balance and talent management and lectures at business schools including INSEAD and HEC. She is the Founder and Honorary President of the European Professional Women’s Network and has been recognised by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change.