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PPL & Women in CTRL presents Confidence, imposter syndrome and jobs that ‘aren’t for us’- Shattering the Glass Slipper
Join us for our 3rd session from our joint board development programme from Women in CTRL & PPL where we explore confidence & imposter syndrome. Ever wanted to take that next step in your career but felt you don’t quite fit? Maybe you rarely see people like you in senior roles, or have been told you’re just not ‘leadership material’.

In this interactive session, Prof. Samantha Warren (Uni of Portsmouth/ In the Key of She) will be in conversation with Founder of Women in CTRL Nadia Khan to debunk some myths about ‘imposter syndrome’ and women’s so-called lack of confidence when it comes to stepping up to senior roles, especially in male-dominated contexts.

Using the metaphor of Cinderella’s glass slipper and drawing on findings from her research with women producing electronic music , Sam will show how roles appear to ‘just fit’ some folks and not others according to invisible criteria, and how a ‘lack of confidence’ and ‘imposter syndrome’ are fairy tale justifications that can hide systemic inequality and unconscious bias.

If you want to share your experiences (anonymously) for us to discuss in the session you can do so here: https://padlet.com/samanthawarren/l6swi6kqf9ebwggn

Oct 26, 2021 06:00 PM in London

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Samantha Warren
Samantha Warren is Professor in Organisation Studies, Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Portsmouth. She has been investigating the career experiences of female electronic music producers through her platform ‘In the Key of She’, funded by The Leverhulme Trust. Through over 60 interviews with female producers and industry gatekeepers, and via her role as a Co-Chair of the Association for Electronic Music’s Diversity and Inclusion group, this research is informing best practice strategies to help stakeholders find and develop diverse talent in order to work towards greater equality in the electronic music industry. Sam is an exciting and engaging speaker, who is no stranger to imposter syndrome herself, taking up the role of Director of Research of Essex Business School just five years after being awarded her PhD. Her work on the music industry has been published by Mixmag, Beatportal, Dancecult, and The Conversation. She also DJs and produces herself under the artist name
Nadia Khan
Music Consultant, CTRL Music, Chair of AIM/ Founder of Women in CTRL
Nadia Khan is a manager, music consultant and Chair of AIM, working in the music industry for over 20 years, and in music management for over 17 years managing long term client Lethal Bizzle. As a female entrepreneur, she is a pioneer in a traditionally male-dominated areas of the industry. Nadia has led multiple record labels to Top 20 success independently and her own label imprint CTRL Records is focused on spotlighting female talent. As the Founder of Women in CTRL, Nadia is a passionate champion for diversity, equity and inclusion, and her work in promoting gender parity and representation has been widely recognised, not least through her induction into Music Week’s Women in Music Awards Roll of Honour list in 2018. Nadia’s research and data reports have helped to action real change across the industry for both musicans and executives, highlighting barriers for women in music and working with organisations to find long term solutions.