Women's event

Oxford Inspiring Women: Identity at work - London event

About the event

Identity at work: Is it really possible to 'bring your whole self to work?'

We all wear many hats inside and outside the office. With individuality and intersectionality in mind, is it truly possible (or even practical) to aim to 'bring your whole self to work.' What are the risks of doing so? What are the risks of failing to do so?

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. 

The discussion will be led by Sandra Phillips (MBA 2018 and Former Co-Chair of the Oxford Saïd Women’s Leadership Oxford Business Network)

The panel discussion will be moderated by Amy Major, MBA Recruitment Manager at Saïd Business School, and will include representation from leaders in different industries to provide a diverse perspective and conversation into identity.

Join us to hear from:  

  • Katherine Leivesley: Managing Counsel - Kingfisher
  • Shelley Bates: Personnel Career Field Manager - British Army
  • Coco Liu: Chief Regional Officer, Asia Pacific - HLB International

There will also be an opportunity to network at the event with Oxford representatives that will be able to discuss the range of programmes available for continued learning.

Registration will open at 6.30pm. Due to the limited availability of tickets, we ask that you complete the registration form in order to secure your place. 


  • 6.30pm – Registration
  • 7.00pm – Event start
  • 8.00pm – Networking Drinks Reception
  • 9.30pm – Close

For further information about this event please contact Amy Major. We look forward to meeting you in London. 

Visit our Inspiring Women page dedicated to promoting gender parity in the global business landscape, sharing news and commentary from Saïd Business School and the wider web.


Katherine Leivesley

Katherine Leivesley

Dr Katherine Leivesley is Managing Counsel at Kingfisher, heading up the legal team’s sourcing centre of excellence supporting the unified offer transformation project which centralises and unifies the Kingfisher Group’s global purchasing of goods for resale across multiple countries and prominent brands such as B&Q, Screwfix and Castorama. Previously, Katherine worked at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells), lectured at universities on corporate law topics and most recently worked as Director of Operations (Legal) at Swarovski.

Shelley Bates

Shelley Bates

Shelley joined the British Army in 2003 and became a commissioned Officer in 2006. She has completed various roles within a HR sphere and is currently working in Internal Recruitment. Shelley has deployed on Operational tours and many overseas exercises. In her spare time Shelley is a National level horse rider in Endurance and has represented England. 

Coco Liu

Coco Liu

Coco is a visionary and creative leader with key strengths in strategic planning and international business development. 

Since 2006, she is a member of the leadership team of HLB International, a global advisory and accounting network with 700 offices in 150 counties. As the Chief Regional Officer Asia Pacific and Head of Global Business Channels, Coco has a strong focus on innovation and thought leadership, to drive the network’s mission to ensure HLB cements its position as a leading player in the professional services sector.

As a multilingual professional and passionate globetrotter, Coco has a deep understanding of different ways of doing business across the globe under the influence of cultural dynamics and social attitudes.

Coco holds an MBA with Distinction. In 2018, she was named the winner of CEO Today Asia Awards, a recognition of strong and innovative leadership amongst business leaders around the globe.