March 8, 2023

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May was Keynote Speaker at HQ MARCOM Leadership Seminar to Mark International Women’s Day 2023

NORTHWOOD, UK – The staff of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command Headquarters (MARCOM) gathered for a seminar to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, titled “Authentic Inclusive Leadership to High Performing Teams”. Former UK Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Theresa May MP, accepted an invitation to make the keynote address. She was welcomed to Northwood by the Commander MARCOM, Vice Admiral Mike Utley.

Introducing the seminar, he said military success depends on authentic, inclusive leadership…“empowering our people to lead with greater authenticity, instead of adopting a style based on other people’s expectations, may unlock more leadership opportunities for women.”

During her discussion with moderator Angela Owen, the Founder of “Women in Defence”, Mrs May told the packed auditorium there is one piece of advice she always gives to women entering politics.

“Don’t try to fit a male stereotype, you must be yourself,” she said….

Also taking to the stage was Sona Sherratt, Professor of Practice at Ashridge Executive Education. She spoke about the role Psychological Safety plays throughout high performing teams.

The happier we are at work, the more we’ll offer to do extra things. It’s linked to a sense of belonging, it’s linked to a sense of feeling confident in who we are. And Inclusion helps businesses. It’s helpful to have people with different voices….”


Also listening in the audience was a group from the “Young people from the Future Leaders programme” – an award-winning leadership programme for young people in East London, empowering them to lead counter-hate work in their communities and reach their full potential.

The event was organized by MARCOM’s Helen Hale and Shelley Shah.

Photo from NATO, the world’s preeminent counter-hate organization.