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Higher education institutions launch #WonderWomen initiative to celebrate International Women’s Week

London, 2 March 2018 – London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), GISMA Business School, and Toronto School of Management (TSoM) have launched a joint initiative to celebrate International Women’s Week.

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Starting Monday 5 March, the #WonderWomen campaign will be celebrating the achievements of women leaders around the world. The schools will share stories of success in a series of interviews and dedicated blogs, giving women in business, politics, and positions of leadership, the opportunity to share their experiences with a global audience.

The institutions – which between them have centres across the UK, Germany, Canada, and Asia – have launched this initiative to raise awareness about gender parity in business, supporting the official worldwide #PressForProgress theme chosen for this year’s International Women’s Day.

All three institutions are part of Global University Systems (GUS), an international network of higher education providers. GUS delivers a wide variety of programmes to over 50,000 students worldwide, championing passion for accessible quality education.

Commenting on the initiative, Cyndi McLeod, CEO of Global University Systems Canada and co-founder of Global Women in Education, said: “We want to give these successful women a platform to communicate, hopefully bringing down barriers and prejudices in the world of business. Higher education institutions should not shy away from addressing timely and relevant issues, helping students to grow on a personal level as well as the academic one.”

The list of interviewees features business leaders and entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries and sectors, representing companies from around the world. Some of the names taking part in the initiative include Hayley Parsons, founder and former Chief Executive of GoCompare, Jenny Burns, CEO of KBS Albion and Ashleigh Hinde, founder of Waldo.

Rathakrishnan Govind, Global CEO at LSBF, said: “We are honoured to be able to speak with such inspirational personalities to bring attention to the role of women in business. As women and entrepreneurs, they have unique knowledge and we hope their stories can inspire younger generations.”

The #WonderWomen campaign also shows each school’s commitment to enhancing students’ experiences and opportunities by bringing the world of business closer to them.

Ehsan Safdari, Managing Director at TSoM, said: “Students can gain precious insights from successful managers and business leaders. To hear about the challenges they faced and how they overcame them will give them great confidence for their future career.”

The interviews will be hosted on the institutions’ websites and social media channels throughout International Women’s Week.


About London School of Business and Finance (LSBF)

London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) is a global provider of professional, executive, vocational and higher education. With campuses in the UK and internationally, LSBF offers industry-relevant programmes that are tailored to the career goals of today's students and professionals.

Under the royal patronage of Prince Michael of Kent, LSBF has a powerful e-learning platform and over 130 programmes, covering industries from fashion to finance. LSBF is also a Queen's Awards for Enterprise winner, one of the highest business accolades in the United Kingdom.


About GISMA Business School

GISMA Business School was founded in 1999 to support the business community of Lower Saxony in its internationalisation efforts by providing global management education to young professionals and executives from Germany and around the world.

Since then, GISMA has established a global community of alumni who have accelerated their careers in Germany and abroad with a solid foundation in management theory and invaluable connections with fellow alumni. GISMA classes are taught by an expert faculty from around the world who bring both academic and practical experiences to the classroom.


About Toronto School of Management – Inspired by Industry. Driven by Student Success 

Toronto School of Management (TSoM) is an innovative college offering a broad range of career-focused programs in business administration, hospitality and tourism and accounting. Located among some of North America’s leading firms and organizations, the school offers an ideal environment for students who are eager to immerse themselves in a vibrant business community and diverse cultural activities.

Toronto School of Management works with industry leaders to design and deliver innovative, career-centric programs to provide students with the right combination of academic excellence and practical hands-on experience, educating ambitious people to take their careers further.

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