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Glyndŵr University to host pioneering business event

Glyndŵr University will play host to a pioneering business event.

The Leading Wales Awards’ free ‘Leadership Café’ series comes to Wrexham on Wednesday February 19.

Special guest is Paul Bennett, Director of Executive Education at Southampton University.

Organised by the Awards’ Executive Chair Barbara Chidgey, from Learning Pathways Cymru, and the afternoon features a talk by Mr Bennett on ‘What makes a great leader?’ before a facilitated discussion and networking .

Leadership Cafes are being held across Wales during the nomination period for the 10th Leading Wales Awards, with each event providing an opportunity for participants to reflect and explore critical issues relating to leadership and leading in Wales.

The North Wales launch of the competition took place at Moneypenny in Wrexham recently.

 “It’s fantastic to be in our celebratory 10th year of the Leading Wales Awards,” said Barbara.

“Each year since 2005 the Awards have recognised, identified and celebrated individual leaders in all sectors across Wales whose leadership is making a real difference to other people, to their business or organisation or to their community.

“Just one of the things that has become very clear to me, looking back over our extensive alumni of leaders in Wales, is that an essential core value that underpins the personal leadership of all these very different finalists and award winners is their passionate belief and dedication to their cause or vision, and the fact they care greatly about their customers, clients and employees or co-volunteers.”

She added: “We highlight leaders who are clear that it is all about the vision and achieving it, not about them.”

Glyndwr’s Business Development Manager Christina Blakey said the timing of the event is crucial given the region’s economic climate.

“Leadership has never been more important in the business world,” she said.

“There is clear recognition that the skills and behaviors of talented people are fundamental to business recovery and high performance.

“Identifying, recognising and rewarding these behaviors can be challenging, which is why Glyndŵr University is supporting the Leading Wales Awards 2014.”

Christina added: “With the guidance of our leadership expert Paul Bennett, we look forward to discussing leadership in all its guises with our local and regional business community.  It promises to be a very interesting and thought-provoking discussion.”

Judges of this year’s awards seek nominees whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales, impacting positively on moving forward their community, business or organisation.

For more information, visit or follow them on Twitter @LeadersinWales



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