International Women’s Day – Invest in Black Women

Monday 11 March

Join us for our in-person International Women’s Day celebration, celebrating women, and explore why and how we better Invest in Women!


Do you want to be a part of driving positive change for Black Women in the Workplace? Well, join She Leads for Legacy in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and the North West Business Leadership Team for International Women’s Day 2024.

Join us for an inspiring evening exploring this year’s theme ‘Invest in (Black) Women’, where we’ll be delving into the essential topic of overcoming barriers to inclusion for Black women in the workplace.

There is ongoing stagnation in the career trajectory of black women. This event aims to foster open dialogue, share insights, and develop actionable strategies to create workplaces that empower and uplift all women. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative experience that champions diversity and propels us towards a future where every woman can thrive at work.

The event will take place at MMU Business School on Monday 11th March 2024, at 6pm-8pm.

Limited places available, so get booked in to reserve your place.

Register for event Here


Professor Hannah Holmes

Professor Hannah Holmes is Dean of Business School and Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor within the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Business School holds the prestigious Triple Accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.

Hannah is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and Chair of the Economic Review Editorial Board. Hannah holds several external Board and Trustee positions including Prospere Learning Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University Board of Governors.

Dr Iwi Ugbiagbe-Green

Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education and nearly 15 years’ experience of supporting students’ transition to graduate labour market. In the last five years her work has focused on race and its intersection with other characteristics within the context of student education, experience, transition and progression to graduate labour market and postgraduate study. Iwi is an expert on race equity issues that impact students in higher education and graduate employment. Her work is inter-disciplinary and collaborative.

Professor Julia Rouse

Julia is Professor of Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Business and Law.

She is the leader of the BOOST programme commissioned by Greater Manchester Housing Providers to increase the representation of colleagues from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

She is founder and Vice-Chair of the Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN), an international community of more than 800 international stakeholders interested in advancing and employing scholarship on women’s enterprise and the gendering of small enterprise, Julia is committed to developing the international women’s enterprise research community.

Dr Faye Bruce

Faye is the Chair of the Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN) a national organisation which was formed in 2017 as a result of her PhD. CAHN has an ambition to eradicate health inequalities within a generation for Black people and works at both the strategic and operational level to effect that change.

Faye is currently Patient Public Voice (PPV) Lead for NHS Maternity Transformation Programme, North West. She is the Co-Chair for the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Ethnic Black and Asian Maternity Workstream and sits on the Race and Health Observatory Maternity Stakeholder group.

Faye is an Associate Non-Executive Director for Northern Care Alliance and a Member of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Race Panel. She is involved in several pieces of research which include the role of Co-Investigator in nursing and racism at Sheffield Hallam University and also maternity research with RCOG and THIS Institute (Oxford University) on maternity related developments to reduce risk in maternity service.

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