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Empowering Girls in Education and Leadership with Cheryl Giovannoni
Episode 1449th November 2023 • The Ben Morton Leadership Podcast • Ben Morton
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In this episode, we are honoured to host Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). Cheryl brings a wealth of leadership and industry experience to the podcast. Born and raised in South Africa, her impressive career includes leading some of the world's largest companies in the advertising and creative industries within the WPP Group.  


About Cheryl Giovannoni  

Cheryl's journey through the corporate world is remarkable. She has held key leadership roles, including being the CEO of boutique design agency Coley Porter Bell, European President of global brand consulting firm Landor Associates, and UK CEO of advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather London. Throughout her career, Cheryl has been a strong advocate for women in the workplace, actively supporting and mentoring individuals from various backgrounds. Her passion lies in the transformative power of education and the critical role that women play in creating a more equal and better world.  


Episode Highlights  


1. Early Leadership Experiences  

Cheryl shares her early leadership experiences that have significantly shaped her as a leader. Discover the key moments and insights that influenced her leadership style and her dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion.  


2. Being of Service as a Leader  

Cheryl emphasizes the importance of being of service as a leader, differentiating it from being subservient. Learn how to strike a balance between serving the organisation's mission and values while maintaining effective leadership.  


3. Connecting Everyone to Purpose, Vision, and Values  

Cheryl discusses strategies for connecting every organisation member to the purpose, vision, and values. Explore practical methods for aligning the team with the organization's mission to drive collective success.  


4. Managing a 'Brilliant Jerk'  

Cheryl delves into the challenge of managing a 'brilliant jerk' – an individual who delivers exceptional results but may clash with the organization's culture. Discover how to address this issue and find solutions that maintain harmony and productivity.  


5. Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Women  

Cheryl highlights the unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for women in the future. Gain insights into the evolving landscape of leadership, gender diversity, and the role women play in shaping a more equitable world.  


This episode provides an intimate look into Cheryl Giovannoni's inspiring journey, her commitment to empowering women and girls, and the transformative power of education. Whether you're a leader, educator, or someone passionate about making a positive impact, Cheryl's insights will inspire and inform your own leadership path.  


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