1. Conferences

The Rector’s Dinner

Update: April 2020 - The Rector's Dinner 2020 Cancelled

The Rector's Dinner hosted by City, University of London was due to take place on Wednesday 6th May 2020 but following direction from the government, all City, University of London events have been either cancelled, postponed or moved online. Please contact the Events Team should you have any queries.

About the dinner

Supporters of City will attend the event in the Egyptian Hall in Mansion House, hosted by our Rector, The Rt. Hon.The Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell.

This year we are delighted to welcome Dame Vivian Hunt DBE, the managing partner for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, as our keynote guest, who will speak alongside President Professor Sir Paul Curran and Student Speaker Ms Michelle Fredman.


Dame Vivian Hunt

Dame Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company, UK and Ireland. Previously named “the most influential black woman in Britain”, and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London,” she advises corporate, public, and third sector clients on topics of performance improvement, productivity growth and leadership. Vivian has co-authored McKinsey’s Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age, showing that both human capital and technology are at the heart of improving productivity in the United Kingdom. Her pioneering work tying diversity to strong financial performance The Power of Parity, Why Diversity Matters, Delivering through Diversity and Diversity Wins (published March 2020) is also recognised globally.

Vivian is on the board of several important business groups in the UK, including the CBI, the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and is Chair of British American Business. She is also a member of the UK government-backed Industrial Strategy Council and the Trilateral Commission. Vivian is Chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community’s “Seeing is Believing” programme and Chair of Teach First. She is a Trustee of The British Museum and sits on the governing board of the Southbank Centre and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She is an inspirational speaker and a powerful advocate for non-traditional voices in the corporate world.

In 2018, Vivian was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

Vivian is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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