How to cultivate authentic gravitas

Tuesday 27 July 2021 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Webinar

Join Margaret O'Riordan and Melia Easingwood to explore the power of gravitas and how you can build your gravitas with authenticity. Margaret and Melia will give you some practical tools and exercises to start you on the journey, enabling you to hold your space, find your voice and ensure that your contribution has an impact. During the session you will learn:

  • How to use your body to project gravitas and remain calm under stress
  • When and how to utilise your voice authentically, and how to recognise when you should pause, listen and encourage participation
  • What it takes to craft your unique style and be true to yourself by leveraging your strengths and knowing your purpose

Where recordings are made, these are a member benefit that are accessed through the member-only platform, CFA UK Discover.


Registration: 16:55

Event: 17:00 - 18:00 


Melia Easingwood, Career Coach

Melia coaches leaders who are going through a transition either within or across organisations, where building executive presence is frequently a key focus.

Before becoming a coach, Melia’s career span management consulting, strategy and executive search. As a consultant and strategist her role involved working with and presenting to executive boards, so she learned how to cultivate gravitas early on in her career.

Latterly, as an executive search consultant specialising in placing board level management and non-executives into PE-back companies, she interviewed candidates and advised them on how to demonstrate gravitas in order to succeed in securing their desired roles. 

Melia has a BS in finance & management from NYU’s Stern School of Business, a masters in business administration from INSEAD, and is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme, which is accredited by the Association for Coaching. She supports clients through her own business, Flow Business Coaching, and through Coaching and Beyond, a collaboration of seven business leaders turned coaches.  

Margaret O’Riordan, Career Coach 

Margaret coaches emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to increase their self-awareness, build executive presence and develop confident communication skills to achieve their vision of success.

She is pragmatic and empathetic in supporting her clients to find their goals and commit to making changes. This may include presenting with confidence, developing an effective leadership style, influencing stakeholders, and managing career changes. She coaches in leadership development with Coaching and Beyond, and as a communication specialist with BetterUp. 

She has over 20 years of experience in asset management, private equity and training in the city. Through her drama school, she is skilled in working with people of all ages to develop the range of their voices, achieve clarity in delivery and connect emotionally with their audience.

She is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach programme, which is accredited by the Association for Coaching, a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a Coach for the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. 

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