The University of Southampton

Dame Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture Event

Dame Helen Alexander
17 September 2018
Bloomberg 3 Queen Victoria Street London EC4N 4TQ

Event details

The University of Southampton is pleased to announce the establishment of the Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture. The first lecture will be 17 September in London and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund will be the inaugural speaker.

The lecture is devoted to the memory of Dame Helen Alexander, a much loved and pioneering figure in British business, and supported by four organisations that she was closely associated with: CBI (Confederation of British Industry), The Economist, the University of Southampton and UBM. Dame Helen Alexander was the Chancellor of the University of Southampton from 2011 until her death 2017. She was known at Southampton as a wonderful role model to a generation of men and women who followed her career.

The lecture will be hosted by Bloomberg and is supported by Dame Helen's family and four organisations she was closely associated with; The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), The Economist, the University of Southampton and UBM.

The Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture with the overarching theme of ‘Women on Business.’ Each year the speaker will be a prominent woman, talking on an important aspect of business. This year’s lecture will be hosted by Bloomberg.

Amongst the audience at this year’s Lecture will be a group of students and recent graduates from the University of Southampton Business School, selected to attend after competing for the opportunity. Linda Porter, MSc Business Strategy and Innovation Management; Emmanual Agbonika, MSc International Management; Lisa Veiber, BSc Business Analytics; Catherine Guest, PhD researcher; and Lori Wu, BSc Accounting and Finance, are also hopeful of meeting Christine Lagarde at the event.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton, said:

“As Chancellor, Dame Helen was very popular across the University, and we especially miss her personal warmth and enthusiasm which she shared with our staff, students and alumni. This Memorial Lecture is a fitting tribute to Helen’s outstanding contributions as a leader and businesswoman, whose capabilities and achievements serve as an inspiration to us all.”

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“Helen was a brilliant champion of diversity and fought tirelessly to improve the gender balance in business leadership.  Through this memorial lecture her legacy can continue to inspire change in the boardroom and beyond.   

“I can’t think of a more fitting speaker than Christine Lagarde for Helen’s inaugural memorial lecture.”

The Dame Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture will be recorded and made available via the University of Southampton website after 17th September.

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Speaker information

Christine Lagarde,International Monetary Fund,Managing Director

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