Chief executive of premium womenswear retailer Toast, Suzie de Rohan Willner, has joined forces with Central Saint Martins to encourage more women to go for CEO jobs in the fashion industry.
De Rohan Willner is launching a mentoring competition on 2 February as part of the university’s Women in the Arts scheme.
The chief executive is one of 15 female bosses taking part in the programme.
Jennifer Tuckett, director of University Women in the Arts, said: “I think one of the key points of interest will be looking at why so many women study the arts, but decide against pursuing it as a career, particularly when it comes to leadership roles. Suzie will be able to share her experience on the progression she has made, how she has achieved her successes, and the challenges and obstacles faced over the course of her career.”
De Rohan Willner, added: “The scheme has recognised the challenges faced by women to secure senior roles in the arts, but I hope to empower the next generation to strive for these positions by sharing my own experiences.”
Read De Rohan Willner’s first interview as chief executive of Toast here.