Dr Kathryn Waddington, Reader in Work and Organisational Psychology, was invited to take part in a panel for Modern Woman’s ‘The Business Series’.
Dr Waddington covered personal and professional development at the panel. She gave insights from Psychology regarding personal and professional development, particularly with regard to the importance of having clear goals, self-confidence and resilience. Self-compassion and being kind to yourself are also important, as well as having a mentor, and recognising the value of creating and maintaining good networks and interpersonal relationships.
The panel was hosted by Rosie Coxshaw, Founder and Editor of Modern Woman, in conversation with inspirational women from diverse industries and backgrounds. The panel was followed by an audience Q&A, networking with drinks and soulful sounds with DJ Ronnie Herel from Mi-Soul Radio.
On the panel with Dr Waddington was Louise Nylander, Global Marketing Director of Unruly, Maria Hazistefanis, Entrepreneur and founder of Rodial Beauty, and Chris Lambert Gorwyn, Co-Founder of Heart Centred Business.
Dr Waddington has a strong commitment to helping young women find, access and use resources that will help them advance in their personal and professional development, and she is currently writing a book about the need for compassion in universities and the importance of self-compassion.
She is one of the founding members of the Women of Westminster network, which lobbies for gender equity and promotes diversity and inclusivity with a focus on the conscious and unconscious biases that affect the working conditions and career prospects of female colleagues.
Dr Waddington is currently leading and researching the impact and benefits of a reverse mentoring scheme, which involves BME Psychology students at the University mentoring senior leaders, including the Vice Chancellor and other members of the University Executive Board.
Reflecting on being a panel member, Dr Waddington said: “I was delighted to be asked but felt a little bit nervous at first. Then I realised I was simply doing what I was suggesting in terms of personal and professional development by making the most of the opportunities that come your way. It was also a great opportunity to share what we do here at Westminster.”