Having herself benefitted from the support and mentorship of colleagues in developing a highly successful career in the fields of Sales and STEM, where women have traditionally been underrepresented, Kimberley has been keen to pay this forward to the next generation of up-and-coming women. In particular, she is a strong advocate of mentoring, having mentored approximately 50 people over the course of her career, the majority of whom have been women. In addition to being a mentor herself, Kimberley has also encouraged others to do the same, by becoming a sponsor of GSK’s mentoring programme in the US. Externally, Kimberley sponsored the partnership with the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity), which has a mission to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry in Europe through education, leadership and business development. Kimberley prioritised investment from her operating budget to support the enterprise partnership with LEAD, ensuring GSK were one of the early ‘Gold’ sponsors of the network. Most recently, Kimberley has also supported LEAD by producing an ‘Inspirational Journeys’ video, which showcases her own success story and was circulated to LEAD’s 2,700 members, as well as being available to all to view on their website.
Roni is an Engineering & Environmental Geologist, working for clients in the Construction Industry. She is hugely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and speaks regularly within her company, and the institution boards/committees that she is part of, on the importance of not making preconceived adverse decisions against candidates based on their gender. She empowers women to believe in themselves and to go for opportunities that they would normally feel insecure to go for. In her previous employment as Associate Director of a major UK Engineering Company, her team comprised a good mix of men and women. In her own business, she has a diverse team who are recruited based on their technical abilities. Externally, Roni has both initiated, and partakes in, initiatives empowering women and mothers. She is part of FSBWomen taskforce, helping to raise profile and support women in business across the UK. She is a volunteer for the YMCA, working to get young women who have lost hope, back on track. She is also part of the Women in Engineering society, helping to raise profile of engineering and construction as a suitable career for women. Additionally, Roni is a regular speaker, coach and mentor.