A firm believer in mentoring, Leanor is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation and mentors a number of young women at different stages of their careers.
She has spent a third of her professional life in the private sector and two-thirds working with NGOs and has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for much longer. At the age of 18, she co-founded the Amnesty International Working Group for Children, both campaigning for children who were victims of torture or imprisoned and successfully lobbying Amnesty to make it part of their mandate.
About Leonor Stjepic:
Leonor’s first part of her career was spent in the private sector. She has worked for a packer and shipper of antiques and works of art, a Mexican merchant bank, the record company Decca, and an academic publishing company. Following that Leonor ran her own consultancy company, supporting SMEs with growth and change, in the UK and in Spain. She was also a partner in an art gallery in Knightsbridge, London.
During the war in the Balkans, she volunteered to work with children and women who were victims of the war, and on coming back to London she started working with Fields in Trust (then National Playing Fields Association).
Leanor then became the first Executive Director of the Galapagos Conservation Trust where she worked with the BBC on the first Galapagos series with David Attenborough and transformed the organisation into the voice of Galapagos in the UK. Her next CEO role was as Chief Executive of medical research charity, RAFT, and in June 2018, Leonor took up her third CEO role as Chief Executive of the Montessori Group.
Leonor has personally won a number of awards:
- Female CEO of the Year, Acquisition International 2017
- Most Innovative CEO in the Not for Profit Sector, Business Worldwide 2017
- UK Gamechanger of the Year, ACQ5 Global Awards 2017
- Silver Award Business Female Executive of the Year – Government and Not for Profit, Stevies Awards 2015
In 2019, The International Alliance for Women gave Leonor a World of Difference Award for “making all the difference to the economic empowerment of women” and the Global Forum for Education and Learning named her one of the Top 100 Leaders in Education.
This virtual event is free of charge to OA Registrants and The Leaders Club (TLC) Members. Registrations close Monday 25th January and places are limited. Zoom login details will be sent to registrants by TLC a few days before the event.