Give me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Professor Deborah Prentice
Professional women do amazing things and have cut through many glass ceilings. What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn’t expected of them?
For a student setting out, the life of senior professionals may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started. The trajectory after university is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.
This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent professionals who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to ‘life’, what tips do they wish they’d been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?
The next in this series of conversations will be with Professor Deborah Prentice, who became the University of Cambridge’s 347th Vice-Chancellor on 1 July 2023.
This is a hybrid event, taking place in person in the Wolfson Theatre, but also live-streamed online as a Zoom webinar. Please click on the link below to book for either format, you will be asked to specify which ticket you require.
Places are free but bookings are essential.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
Professor Deborah Prentice
Professor Deborah Prentice became the University of Cambridge’s 347th Vice-Chancellor on 1 July 2023.
An eminent psychologist, Professor Prentice carried out her academic and administrative career at Princeton University, which she first joined in 1988. She rose through the academic ranks and took on administrative responsibilities of increasing scope, chairing the Department of Psychology for 12 years, serving as Dean of Faculty for three years, and then serving six years as Provost, with primary responsibility for all academic, budgetary, and long-term planning issues.
Her academic expertise is in the study of social norms that govern human behaviour – particularly the impact and development of unwritten rules and conventions, and how people respond to breaches of those rules. She has edited three academic volumes and published more than 50 articles and chapters, and she has specialised in the study of domestic violence, alcohol abuse and gender stereotypes.