Though health and safety regulations prevent the stoking of an actual fire at Woolgate, don't miss the chance to gather around and hear from an inspiring transplanted New Zealander. This is a unique opportunity to engage in questions and answers with a dynamic woman of three "firsts": First woman political leader of the City of London in its modern period (founded in 1067!) First woman Provost of King's College (founded 1441) First woman to Chair the Royal Opera House. Dame Judith Mahew Jonas will talk about her experiences as a leader in the realm of City politics, active public servant, and the often overlooked benefits of building transferrable skills through undertaking volunteer work. Hear the perspectives of a person who has reached the high echelons of academia, law and business, and the realities of making choices in life from the vantage point of a woman of high achievement.


Chicago Booth Europe Campus
Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall St
London, United Kingdom




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Deadline: 3/17/2009

Speaker Profiles

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas (Speaker)

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas is a New Zealand lawyer who practised in the City of London where she was also the political leader of the City Council. During that time she was Vice Chair of the London Development Agency. She is a Vice President of London First. Judith was Chair of Governors of Birbeck College and a board member of several other universities and schools. She was Provost of King's College Cambridge from 2003-2006. She is currently Chairman of The New West End Company and chairs the Independent Schools Council. She was a non executive director of Merrill Lynch and has just completed 5 years as Chairman of The Royal Opera House. Judith's other board memberships have included Gresham College, the Geffrye Museum and The Natural History Museum.

Lisa Stewart, '81 (Moderator)

Stewart is the founder and director of LOF Group, LLC. (US) and LOF London Ltd. (UK) where she advises executives, senior managers and HR professionals in formulating their diversity business cases, conducting organizational assessments, developing diversity & inclusion strategy (D&I), and building internal capability through creating change agents and networks. Lisa has 20 years of experience in cross-cultural working, ethnic minority career development, women’s leadership development, and D&I strategies. Her clients include financial services (Northern Trust Bank, Capital One, Moody’s Investors Service); Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, (Bayer Corporation, Pfizer, Baxter Healthcare), energy and heavy industry (Shell, Amoco, Texaco, LaFarge Corporation), public sector, food & beverage (Seagram, Tropicana) and consulting (Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, McKinsey). Lisa lives in London and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Chatham College in Pittsburgh.


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