Lena Benjamin

Managing Director, Ones Company Ltd

"I learnt a lot about human behaviour and managing people and the MBA has helped to develop my strategic capabilities. It has strengthened my character and my resilience."

Lena graduated from Westminster Business School's MBA in 2010, and is passionate about using her skills to help women rise to the top in business.

After her MBA studies she met Crystal Wu through LinkedIn, and the pair have worked together to launch the London Professional Chapter of MBA Women International, an American not-for-profit organisation focused on professional development, educational opportunities and networking for women in business.

The London chapter will be the first outside the US. Lena, who has worked in traditionally male dominated industries, such as engineering, hopes the chapter will encourage and empower women to get to board level: "Working together collaboratively, women can achieve anything," she adds. Lena is also using her entrepreneurial skills to help further her aim; she is Managing Director of her own business, Ones Company Ltd, a specialist consultancy running events for the personal and professional development of women.

Of her MBA studies at Westminster Business School, Lena says she enjoyed being challenged and being made to "think outside the box".

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