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Samantha Manning, Director, Custom Programmes

We talk to Samantha Manning, Director, Exec Ed Custom Programmes, and a member of the School's Diversity Working Group, about inclusion, diversity and Exec Ed programmes for women in leadership.

Tell us a little about your role and a typical day.

There’s no such thing as a typical day at LBS, which is one of the great things about working here. My role involves anything from designing and facilitating workshops for internal stakeholders and external clients to working with our Associate Programme Directors in designing, delivering and measuring the impact of our custom programmes.

How do you think our current Executive Education programmes reflect the diversity that is so important to the School community?

Our participants bring a huge amount of diversity by way of culture, roles, experience and insight. LBS matches this through its international workforce and, increasingly, through the diversity of its learning methodologies to suit different needs.

Can we expect a new Executive Education open programme for women in leadership soon?

Yes! The exciting news is that we’re due to launch an open enrolment programme for women leaders in 2018/19. In addition, we’ve designed and delivered a number of women’s leadership programmes for our custom clients over the past two years and there appears to be a growing appetite for this.

How has your past experience helped with the development of the women’s leadership programme?

Before I joined LBS, I was Director of Women’s Programmes at the Civil Service College and the National School of Government for many years where I designed and delivered a series of high-profile programmes and international conferences for public sector women. I was nominated as a Royal Society of Arts Fellow in recognition of my contribution to diversity within the public sector. Aside from this, I’ve held a number of senior leadership roles throughout my career so I have personal insight into the specific challenges faced by women in today’s organisations.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love the diversity of my role – for example, the opportunities to work with participants and clients from different cultures and to design programmes with our top faculty – that’s a real buzz. I’ve particularly enjoyed helping LBS design programmes for greater impact. And, I’m enjoying the ambience of Exec Ed’s new open plan office space.

What does being a part of the LBS community mean to you?

It’s great to be part of such a fantastic learning environment and to have developed friendships during my time here through our extensive network of highly talented and creative people.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

The front lawn in the summer.

Tell us something surprising about you.

I am a Strictly Come Dancing super fan and have tried to win tickets to see the show for the past 10 years, without luck, although I managed to see Strictly on Tour thanks to tickets purchased through our Staff Sport and Social Club!