Women at Oxford Saïd

Creating a climate of change

We are committed to increasing women’s influence and impact in the world.

Oxford Saïd is supporting this year's International Women's Day campaign, 'Balance for Better', with our own series of inspiring events to create a climate of change for women in the world of business.

Many of the events are open to the public where stated, some are uniquely for members of our School community. All events welcome everyone to participate, whatever their gender, as we believe it is everyone's responsibility to understand the issues and help create the climate for change. 

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Inspiring Women at Oxford Saïd: Creating a climate of change

Series of events

Hear from our faculty, students, employees and partners on how they are creating a climate for change. Register to join.

Fandom, women, and the Shakespearean theatre

Open to all

27 February, 12.30-13.30

Professor Emma Smith explores the significance of female theatre-going in the early modern period.

Gender negotiations workshop

MBA students only

27 February, 17.30-19.00

Designed primarily for women MBA students, the session addresses how different aspects of negotiation are often gendered in approach and resulting outcomes.

Is gender still relevant in marketing?

MBA students and faculty

28 February, 12.30-13.30

A student-led discussion on the relevance of gender in marketing and the implications for brands.

'What women want?' exhibition

Open to all

28 February – 8 March

This exhibition focuses on how the way brands talk to women has changed over the past 100 years through advertising.

Located in main reception, Saïd Business School.

'What women want?' panel event

Open to all

28 February, 18.15-20.00

We will present findings from a research study carried out by Kantar as part of the of the What Women Want? initiative and also take a future-focused view of marketing to women. 


All students and alumni

4-15 March

Take part in an initiative to edit and add to Wikipedia to reflect and include some of the remarkable impactful women whose presence on existing pages is missing or incomplete.

Storytelling for impact

Open to all

5 March, 18.30-21.00

Two internationally acclaimed filmmakers, Dawn Porter and Lindsey Dryden, discuss how the power of film gives voice to the voiceless.

Women on boards: The superheroes of tomorrow?

Open to all

6 March, 18.15-20.45

In this keynote speaker event, Professor Renée B. Adams uses her research into boardroom gender politics to demonstrate the role of research in developing informed gender balance policies.

Owning your career: Celebration breakfast

Students, faculty, and staff

8 March, 8.30-9.30

Professor Sue Dopson and COO Sara Beck, discuss career choices at our special breakfast event to mark International Women's Day.

Owning your career: Online workshop

Open to all

Available from 8 March

A free, short module for women leaders led by Women Transforming Leadership Programme Director, Kathryn Bishop. This includes a reflection tool to help assess your current career position.

Oxford Inspiring Women: Identity at work

All students

21 March, 18.30-21.30

Join us for a lively panel discussion into one of the most topical subjects currently for leaders and organisations globally, as we tackle the challenges, and opportunities, diversity and identity bring into the workplace.

Transformation in a time of change

All students

26 March, 17.15-19.45

Judith McKenna, President and CEO of Walmart International will talk about leading transformation in a time of change.

Registration information to follow.

Prospective EMBA students at women's recruitment event


Kathy Harvey addresses group

As part of the Inspiring Women series, we offer a programme of events.

These include speaker sessions, skills and development workshops, networking and corporate engagement events, and student recruitment. We want to ensure that our students have access to the best business minds in the world and encourage them to engage with our incredible line-up of events.



Research projects conducted in our different research areas offer new perspectives on the issues of women’s leadership and women’s economic empowerment.

Talent development

The Inspiring Women skills development programme is open to all students at Saïd Business School.

Both men and women are welcome to join the sessions, which focus on issues of interest to women seeking to build confidence and leadership potential. Sessions cover negotiation, networking, confidence for success, work-life balance, understanding boards, and imposter syndrome.

The programme draws on expertise from within the School – faculty and staff – and it also features outside speakers from a range of sectors.

Claire Davenport, Celia Francis and Ariane Gorin at Inspiring Women event

Past activities have included:

  • a 'Pathway to the board' workshop with Claire Davenport (CEO of Hello Fresh), Celia Francis (CEO of Rated People), and Ariane Gorin (President, Expedia Partner Solutions, Expedia Management Board)
  • a salary negotiation skills workshop for current MBA students in partnership with leading salary negotiation experts – The Gap Partnership
  • a brand and impact workshop for current MBA students in partnership with three Cargyll consultants: a psychologist, performance coach and voice/impact coach
  • Associate Dean Kathy Harvey in conversation with Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club and Head of FIG Europe, ANZ Bank

International Women's Day 2018

Baroness Shriti Vadera at International Women's Day 2018

Baroness Shriti Vadera talks to Associate Dean Kathy Harvey, students and alumni.

Scholarships for women

We are committed to helping women succeed in their career pursuits, starting with supporting their business education through scholarships and awards.

The School has a range of scholarships available for exceptional female students across our degree programmes. 

We have partnered with Forté and the 30% Club to provide brilliant women with the support they need to pursue a first-class business education.

Explore our growing list of scholarships and fund your career transformation.