Public Speaking

FE Ecsery HBS 2017Public Speaking, Commercial Coach, Business Mentor, and Professional Development

As a speaker and a mentor, Francesca has inspired many; leveraging her experience and pragmatism to help people realise their potential and meet their ambitious goals

She creates Tailored Development Solutions and  is Lecturer for Academic or Professional Development Organisations





The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering intelligent instruction on how to lead a fulfilled life based in Central London where they offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.

Tackling the Digital Job Hunt –31stJanuary 2012

‘On line reputation, Social Networking : Linked In and Facebook, Twitter, Website, Video Intros, Blogging, Twitter….Where does one start with the Digital Job Search?

These changes have brought new opportunities, but also a range of new challenges. It may be easier to identify companies that match your skills and personalities, but these powerful tools need to be handled with care – as horror stories about candidates having their job prospects torpedoed by inadvisable Facebook photos demonstrate.

This evening’s event is designed to help you tackle the digital job hunt.

  • Which sites get the best results?
  • How should you use your time to maximize your chances of success?
  • How can you use digital tools to show off your true personality, without putting employers off?’


–> WACL (Women in Adverting and Communications of London)

WACL is a not-for-profit organisation for women in the UK Communications Industry and was established in 1923. Since then WACL members have met to network, inspire and support each other. The members represent the most senior female decision- makers in client organisations, media owners, media agencies and communications agencies.

F Ecsery CFM 1WACL NED Talks: Chairing , organising and presenting, with or without inspirational external speakers,  a series of  6 to 9 interactive workshops every year since 2013 targeting current senior female executives, senior “career-break” women, recent or future female retirees, or other senior females with Non-Executive Director and portfolio career aspirations.

  • 11th November 2013 –  “Why do you want to become a NED anyway”
  • 13 January 2014 – ”Becoming a Trustee: is it a first step to becoming a corporate NED?”
  • 11 February 2014 breakfast from 08:30 to 10:00 am. “Networking to become a NED”
  • 11 March 2014 “What head-hunters are looking for in a NED”.
  • 30 April 2014 ‘What Chairmen are looking for in a NED”.
  • 11 June 2014 “Standing out in the crowd: NED CV and interview preparation”
  • 26 of June 2014 ‘How to use Boardex to get a NED”
  • 15th of October 2014 –   ‘The Portfolio Career, what is it really like’
  • 13th of November 2014 – ‘Government appointments, is it a path to commercial NEDs’
  • 9th of December 2014 – ‘Value of having a Marketing NED on Boards’
  • 13th January 2015 –    ‘Importance of sitting on Committees’
  • 10th of February 2015 – ‘Being a NED in Financial Services’
  • 9th of March 2015 – ‘A conversation with Lord Davies’
  • 24 of April 2015 – ‘Private Equity NEDs’
  • 9th of June 2015 – ‘Boardroom Finance’ workshop’
  • 7 October 2015 – “How to get a NED on a PE / investor backed business”
  • 11 November 2015 – “Getting a NED on SME or AIM listed business”
  • 13 January 2016 – “Boardroom Finance”
  • 10 February 2016 – ” Joining a Board as a NED pre-IPO”
  • 20 April 2016 – ” On the Board campaigning trail”
  • 15 June 2016 – ” To NED or not to NED”
  • 10 October 2016 – ” NED in Arts”
  • 9 November 2016 – “Networking with a NED Purpose”
  • 11 January 2017 – ” serving as a NED in a Sport NGB”
  • 8 February 2017 – ” serving as a NED on Public Body boards”
  • 22 March 2017 – “serving as a NED in Digital & New Media start-ups”
  • 15 June 2017 -” What does a good Chairman look like”
  • 27 September 2017 – “Applying Marketing DNA in the Boardroom”
  •  15 November 2017 – Influencing in the Boardroom
  •  11 January 2018 – Board Assessments and effectiveness
  •  21 March 2018 – Finance, Acquisition & Debt talk in the Boardroom
  •  24 April 2018 – What if it all goes wrong
  •  13 June 2018 – Current Board Diversity Landscape
  •  26 Sept 2018 – Boardroom Finance before the interview
  •  3rd of Dec 2019 – The role of the Remunerations Committee
  •  30 January 2019 – Climate Change and Boards
  •  12 of March 2019 – Writing a NED CV
  •  20 May 2019 – Key stepping stones to get your first NED
  •  24 September 2019  – What is on a Chairman’s mind
  • 21 November 2019 – ‘How are women progressing on Boards’
  • 11 February 2020 – ‘ Differences and similarities of a not-for-profit board’
  • 17 March 2020 – ‘ To be a NED with a Marketing Agency DNA’

WACL Workshops / Gatherings : Speaker and panel member at a programme of regular training events for women. WACL members invest their time and energy in helping to develop a series of training event for female high fliers in the communications industry. These Workshops about the things that WACL members wish that someone had told them during the early stages of their careers.

  • How to Present with Confidence, from the big moments to the small’ – 22 October 2018 ( Panel Chair / moderator)
  • Networking workshop – 11 February 2014 (Panel Member)
  • Women on Boards – 26 November 2012 (Panel Chair/ Moderator)
  • Corporate Politics 101 – 23 April 2012 (Panel Member). 
  • Developing your commercial skills –  25 October 2010 (Panel Member)
  • Managing Corporate Politics – 16 February 2010 (Panel Member)

–> Women On Board 

–> NED on Board (The professional Organisation for Non-Executive Directors)

  • 28 February 2017 : NED Panel member: ‘How to get the Best from your CEO and Chairman

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  • 24 September 2019 – Panel Member : ‘NEDonBoard Board Best Practice, Remuneration Committee’

NEDonBoards Sept 2019

–> Professional Boards Forum 

  • 15 November 2019 : Keynote Speakers


–> Women in Private Equity conference 

  • 7 June 2016: Panel member: ‘ Enhancing board diversity, maintaining and growing tomorrow’s talent’
  • 16 June 2015: Panel member: ‘ Board Diversity: benefits and challenges’


–> Transpire Network

  • 24 April 2018: Keynote speakers : ‘The Value of a NED to SME Companies
  • 10 July 2018- Panel Member : ‘The benefit of Diversity on Boards
  • 26 February 2020 . Keynote speaker : ‘You’ve Qualified as a NED, What Next?’

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-> AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives)

  • 27 November 2017 : Panel member:  ‘Beyond the Boardroom, Becoming a NED’





Its purpose of it is to:

  • Advance the educational purposes of the Harvard Business School and business education generally and to uphold and advance the good name and reputation of the School and the Club
  • Expand personal acquaintanceships among the graduates and former members of the School
  • Assist its associated educational foundation the British Friends of Harvard Business School to raise funds for scholarships or loan assistance to British students attending Harvard Business School
  • Facilitate the participation of its members in voluntary activities; and
  • Co-operate with the Harvard Business School Association in promoting the same purposes on the national and international basis.


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Women on Boards (Panel Member)  :  How to Get on Your First Corporate Board  – 14 October 2017

This session included information on profiles/backgrounds that are in demand (including women); overview of what boards are looking for; and the best ways to land your first board seat.  We will share perspectives from the three female panelists who are directors of public companies and from a board recruiter at a search firm.

Life and Career Paths ( Panel Chair) : Navigating the Journey – 2 June 2012

As an HBS woman what has been your experience navigating life and career paths?

How can your experiences inform your peers regarding navigating the many facets of your journey since graduation?

This will be a discussion reflecting on and learning from the choices alumnae have made in support of their professional, personal and family goals and circumstances.


Find Me! – 28 June 2012

Do you ever feel lost in your career? Are you worried that you may be ‘found out’ before you ‘find yourself’?

You are not alone. Despite unprecedented career choices and support services, a majority of business professionals feel more lost than ever in a sea of career issues, and find it difficult to answer the most basic questions of

  • Who Am I?
  • What Do I Want?
  • What Do I Have to Offer?

This is further complicated by Social Media solutions, including Branding, which can transmit this lack of clarity in written content instantly across the globe with unlimited shelf time…

Attendees should come away from this event with the following outcomes:

  1. 1). an introduction to the ‘FIND ME!’ process;
  2. 2). an understanding of how Solid Self Awareness by Work and Life Experience analysis is essential for solving career issues;
  3. 3). initial insights about one’s own issues via the material, examples and group discussion


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London Business School (LBS) is a business school and offers various academic programmes including the Masters of Business Administration (MBA and EMBA), Sloan Fellowship for experienced business executives (MSc), Masters in Finance (MiF), Masters in Management for students with up to two years of work experience (MiM), PhD, and non-masters classes for business executives. Their Speaker’s Club organises for Students, Faculty and alumni.

Find Me Brand Me – 8th of November 2013

One of the main problems is that most people lack Solid Self Awareness; or an ability to articulate basics such as key Skills Sets with evidence; Values, Traits Interests and Patterns; and Role Requirements necessary for top performance. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, even fewer could describe their overall Professional DNA: or who they are professionally, what concretely makes them stand out from others and where they are going in the future.

1). Find Me:

How to create a ‘Solid Self Awareness’ analysis captured in written content about who you are and what you want including data on:

  • Values, traits, interests and patterns;
  • Skill sets with evidence;
  • Role required to make the best fit

2). Brand Me:

How to use your content on and off line to attract the right interview opportunities such as:

  • Human applications-networking, CV writing, headhunting
  • Digital applications-Linked In, on line applications, websites



Imperial College London is a university of world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. Their Speaker’s Club organises for Students, Faculty and alumni:

  • workshops, seminars and meetings in the Toastmasters International style,
  • termly speech conferences, and
  • guest lectures by external speakers.

Analyse Me, Brand Me, Interview Me: The Three Steps to Effecting Interviewing- 1st November 2012 and 15th November 2012

‘Interviewing is a skill needed for life: it starts from when one is a student, applying for a university place, and continues throughout one’s entire working career with most job changes. Many interview guides focus on practicing key questions and technique on the day. Outstanding interviewing performance is done with 3 essential steps which are far more effective and include:

1). Analyse Me:

How to create a ‘Solid Self Awareness’ analysis captured in written content about who you are and what you want including data on:

  • Values, traits, interests and patterns;
  • Skill sets with evidence;
  • Role required to make the best fit

2). Brand Me:

How to use your content on and off line to attract the right interview opportunities such as:

  • Human applications-networking, CV writing, headhunting
  • Digital Applications-Linked In, on line applications, websites

3). Interview:

Me How to articulate your key messages orally in the interview itself in the most effective manner possible by:

  • Understanding the organisation and role and adapting ‘Analyse Me’ data to fit
  • Practicing key questions to answer and ask with high impact language and delivery
  • Presenting yourself as professionally as possible
  • Following up in a memorable manner



Presented an interactive 4 hour workshop within the Corporate Governance curriculum  for their Global MBA program at EDHED the ‘École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales’ in Nice . November 2018

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