On the 27th of September, business students attended an online nationwide webinar from 5 to 6pm where the heard from high level business people who were motivating them for a future in business and sharing their inspirational stories.
Chief Chairwoman of one of the most successful businesses in the country, FTSE insurance company Direct Line Group Lead the event. Danuta Gray has been Chair of the Board at Direct Line Group since August 2020. Danuta was Chair of Telefónica in Ireland until 2012 having previously been its Chief Executive between 2001 and 2010. Danuta also held a variety of senior positions within the BT Group between 1984 and 2001 and has been Senior Independent Director of the Aldermore Group, Non-Executive Chair of St Modwen Properties, and a Non-Executive member of the Ministry of Defence Board.
As Chair of the Board, she leads the board of directors at the company. This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from a C-level speaker with vast experience at the top of a number of billion-pound turnover organisations.
Students heard all about her experiences in the corporate world as a top businesswoman. She looks to inspire the next generation of young talent to set out on their own careers in business.
Students asked questions about the processes they undertook in their large companies during lockdown and if, as women in top business jobs, they faced gender discrimination. Danua replied that she had at the beginning of her career but she stayed going and they could see her potential, she had good bosses who supported her and helped her to achieve her potential. There were compromises such as missing out on time with family and other things but she was determined.