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Give me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Gillian Tett

Alumni, Archives, Master, Fellows and By-Fellows, Prospective Students, Public, Staff, Students,

21 Nov 2023

  • Start: 18:00
  • End: 19:00

Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Cambridge and online

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 Gillian Tett. Gillian is currently chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times and starting as Provost of Kings College in October 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.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett serves as the chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times. From October 1, 2023 she will become a weekly columnist for the FT while also serving as Provost of Kings College, Cambridge University in the UK.

In her current role she has been writing weekly columns, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues, and co-founded FT Moral Money, a thrice weekly newsletter that tracks the ESG revolution in business.

Tett was the FT’s US managing editor from 2013 to 2019. She has also served as FT’s financial editor, capital markets editor, acting editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

Tett is the author of Anthro-Vision, A New Way to See Life and Business published in 2021, which won the Porchlight best business book award and the Columbia Business School Eccles prize. She is also the author of The Silo Effect (2015); Fool’s Gold (2009), a New York Times best seller and Saving the Sun (2003).

Tett has been named Columnist of the Year (2014), Journalist of the Year (2009), Business Journalist of the Year (2008) in British Press awards and won three American SABEW awards. She has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University based on field work in the former Soviet Union. She was awarded the American Anthropological Association President’s 2021 medal and the 2009 British Academy President medal for her work in social sciences and has received honorary degrees from the University of Exeter, the University of Miami, St Andrew’s, London University (Goldsmiths), Carnegie Mellon, Baruch and an honorary doctorate from Lancaster University in the UK. She is a CFA fellow in the UK.