Challenges and Reflections: 2 studies of modern business women

In addition to our inspiring speakers at the Network She Women Mean Business Conference, we had the opportunity to meet two young women who are both conducting research via Bangor University, Tolulope Oluwafemi and Rhiannon  Willmot.

Tolu would like to invite you to take part in a research programme exploring how women challenge social roles by leading innovative endeavours.  It has become important to know if gender stereotyping and prejudice towards female leaders persist, especially as there are increased positive changes to the status and roles of women.

 As a female business leader, your participation is very important to the success of this research. Kindly help Tolu by taking a five-minute survey to answer questions about your traits, innovation preference and leadership style, using this link: (Survey for female business leaders).

If possible, Tolu would also appreciate it if at least two of your employees can complete a very short survey about your traits, innovativeness and style of leading innovation. This will help to gain a richer overview of your leadership style. (Survey for employees of female leaders).

Any information collected during this research will be treated as strictly confidential and if you are interested in the findings, a report of the study will be provided for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about this research, please contact Tolulope Oluwafemi by email ( or via telephone on 07422 599355.


Rhiannon Willmot
is currently studying for a PhD in positive psychology. As part of this, she is working on a project investigating the use of daily diaries in promoting psychological and physical wellbeing.

After piloting a new evidence-based diary with a student sample, her research team are now keen to offer this diary more widely, and investigate whether and why this kind of tool is effective. Her work with students demonstrated that those who used the diary significantly increased their sense of purpose in life, motivation for health behaviour and satisfaction with life.

Every day we face a variety of challenges. Whilst these might help us to grow and develop as individuals, the pace of the modern world can leave us exhausted and overwhelmed.

However, new research suggests we don’t need to make major life changes to be able to take on the day at our best.  In fact, practicing short simple strategies, like daily reflection, can build our mental and emotional resilience, enabling us to ‘bounce’ when facing adversity or stress.

Daily reflection, also known as reflective practice, involves taking a few moments to think carefully about your day, in a relaxed and structured manner. Bangor University have recently designed a diary to help structure this reflective practice, and invited the audience of the Women Mean Business Conference 2017 to join in the fun!

Perfect for those with a busy life, a daily reflection journal can help you take a step back to relax, focus, and take on tomorrow at your best.

If you would also like to take part in the research and try out your own diary, contact Rhiannon on today.

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