Kent Business School celebrates equity in leadership

Emily Collins

Speakers and students at the Guest Lecture

On Friday 23 February, Kent Business School welcomed students, alumni and guest speakers to debate how we can collectively forge a more inclusive world for women. The event was one of a series of Master of Business Administration (MBA) guest lectures and designed to tie in with the theme of International Women’s Day 2024, #InspiringInclusion.

The event saw Kent’s MBA Women in Leadership Scholar, Varsha Nayak and MBA students, Thet Htar Nyein and Amir Shoaei, appear alongside MBA Director, Debbie Kemp to welcome a online global live audience, bringing together Kent Business School’s community of MBA students, alumni, and the broader community of business leaders.

The panel were joined by three guest speakers:

  • Kent MBA alumni, Morenike Ajayi MBE, Director of Corporate Services at Gravesend Churches Housing Association and Founder of Career Nuggets, whose services to race equality and inclusion were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2022
  • Kavitha Chahel, another Kent alumni and successful author and coach, who has worked in business development, marketing, business leadership and business strategy in the corporate, public and charitable sectors for 20 years. She is also a Non-Executive Director of ASHA projects, a charity that provides refuge to women and children fleeing from domestic violence
  • Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Greenpeace International with experience in technology and innovation spanning 20 years in Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. She has also worked for UNICEF, the UN World Food Programme, Danish Church Aid and ActionAid International.

MBA student, Thet Htar Nyein, said of the event, ‘I’m so grateful to have been a part of the International Women’s Day event. The speakers’ authenticity and vulnerability made their stories even more impactful. This event has reminded me of the importance of lifting others as we climb.’

Guest speaker, Kavitha Chahel, said ‘Thank you to the MBA students at Kent Business School for inviting me to be a guest lecturer on the topic of diversity and inclusion in leadership. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to meet so many future leaders.’

MBA guest lecture speakers and students

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