Impact of diverse teams



Impact of diverse teams


DATE: Wednesday 8 March 2017
TIME: 17:30 - 19:30
VENUE: Mills & Reeve, Cambridge

The latest in our series of Women 4 Technology events will focus on the impact of diverse teams and female Founder/CEOs.  Guest speakers are Professor Barbara Sahakian (Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge); Simon Thorpe (Managing Director of Delta 2020 and UK Business Angel of the Year 2016/17) and Poppy Gustafsson (CEO EMEA at Darktrace).

Bailey Fisher Executive Search, Grant Thornton, Mills & Reeve and FieldHouse Associates are pleased to be partnering to host a reception focusing on the impact of diverse teams and female Founders/CEOs.

Research shows that inclusive, gender diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams, demonstrating superior team dynamics and productivity as well as improving financial performance. The benefits are particularly evident when women occupy a significant proportion of top executive positions.

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is collaborating with Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at University of Cambridge on a unique research project to identify cognitive or environmental factors influencing female CEOs/Founders in pursuing their roles.

Professor Sahakian will launch the research at this event, and we will focus on the impact of diverse teams with guest speakers Poppy Gustafsson, CEO EMEA for Darktrace and Simon Thorpe, Managing Director of Delta 2020 and UKBAA Business Angel of the Year 2016/2017.

Simon Thorpe is an active angel investor in UK companies with a focus on the technology sector. His current portfolio consists of over twenty companies and to date he has achieved five exits. Simon is known for supporting female founded businesses, having backed ten female founders.  A member of the board of Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Capital Group and the predominantly female network, Angel Academe, Simon participates as a mentor for the University of Manchester, Cambridge Judge Business School’s Accelerate Cambridge programme and Angel Academe’s female entrepreneur programme.

Poppy Gustafsson is CEO EMEA of world-leading cyber security company Darktrace. Founded in Cambridge in 2013, Darktrace uses new machine learning techniques based on the biological principles of the human immune system to addresses the challenge of detecting previously unidentified cyber threats within computer networks in real time.  The company has won multiple awards internationally for its technology and team performance, and last year announced $65m new funding from investors including Mike Lynch’s Invoke Capital. Darktrace has a gender diverse board and leadership team, with a significant proportion of top management positions occupied by women.

Professor Barbara Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Barbara has an international reputation in the fields of cognitive psychopharmacology, neuroethics, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry and neuroimaging.

Attendance at this event is by invitation, for women and men in board and senior leadership roles in technology, life sciences and digital health.  For more information on this or future Women 4 Technology events, please contact Helen Poole.

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