Workshop 1: Herminia Ibarra

FRIDAY 31 AUGUST, 8.20AM - 2.30PM


Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra will take attendees through three distinct sessions as part of this exclusive workshop. Ibarra will discuss the barriers and facilitators of career advancement of women, managing career transitions, and building and using strategic networks. Each distinct session will offer the opportunity to deep dive into these topics and learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities on leadership and talent management.

Women rising: Barriers and facilitators of women’s career advancement

For many successful professionals, who have built their career on technical expertise or operational excellence, moving into a bigger leadership role can be a daunting experience. At these key mid-career inflections points, aspiring leaders must adopt a more strategic role and mindset, work through informal networks inside and outside the firm, and adapt or even reinvent their leadership styles.

While difficult for everyone, these transition requirements are even more demanding for women who must establish credibility in settings where they are underrepresented numerically, sponsors and networks are lacking, and implicit models of effective leadership are male-typed. In this master class, we discuss critical issues women confront on this journey to greater organisational impact and personal reinvention, and advance ideas about how organisations can intervene most effectively.

Managing career transitions

Most of us will experience several career changes in our professional lives, whether desired or imposed. That means living through a time of transition, the subjective experience of moving from old to new work roles and self-conceptions. In this master class, Ibarra will discuss the experience of career transitions, the vagaries of finding oneself “betwixt and between” working identities, and the importance of work activities, social networks and personal narratives for exploring new possibilities.

Building and using strategic networks

A network of relationships helps you keep informed, get things done and attain your professional and career goals. People often think that having a good network means being connected to powerful people. In truth, what makes for an effective network is more subtle than that. In this master class, we will examine the characteristics of effective networks, what common barriers keep us from building them, and what strategies we can use to improve the networks we already have.

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior, London Business School

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties. She is a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. Thinkers 50 ranked Ibarra #8 among the most influential management thinkers in the world.

Professor Ibarra is an expert on leadership development. Her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader explains how to step up to a bigger leadership role. Her best-selling book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career describes how people reinvent their careers. Author of numerous articles in top academic journals, Ibarra also writes for business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, and speaks internationally on leadership and talent management.

A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.