“Start the month with …”

“Start the month with …” takes place on either the first Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of each month, on a rotating basis. It allows members the opportunity to meet female colleagues from across the University and invited speakers to offer experiences of career journeys, advice and support. Where possible the network will try to record and share sessions.

May 2018: How to make your own rules by Addi Manolopoulou

Inspired by a Women at Leeds Network event, Addi has created a wellbeing programme, organising and leading various wellbeing activities for the School of History. In November 2017, in recognition of the collective and continuous efforts for a healthy work-life balance, Addi collected the first Wellbeing Achievement Award in the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Health and Safety.

Addi doesn’t hold back, her talk is an honest account of achievements and the setbacks. She challenges stereotypes and prompts a change in attitudes. Addi’s gripping story highlights the power of positive thinking and  – in her own words – ‘demonstrates that even if life isn’t handed to us on a plate, we are capable at any time of doing what we dream of.’


March 2018: Working with Emotional Intelligence

An audience with Sarah Gray.  Sarah is Head of Leadership and Professional Practice in our Organisational Development & Professional Learning Team. As an organisational development practitioner and qualified coach, Sarah works with many people who want to achieve a better balance between who they are in all aspects of their lives and their formal work identity.  In her experience, those who are most effective have high levels of ‘emotional intelligence’, in this session, Sarah shared some of her reflections on the importance of developing and using your emotional intelligence to be resilient and effective at work.