Lady Barbara Judge is one of the most brilliant, energetic, and accomplished women of today’s international corporate world. This past February, she was appointed as the first female Chair of the Institute of Directors.
An American-British Lawyer and businesswoman, Judge has spent her life as a pioneer for women in business and boasts an exhaustive list of senior executive positions, from board member to director to chairman.
She broke barriers by being the youngest ever U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission commissioner, as well as the first female executive director of British merchant bank, Samuel Montagu & Co. She was also senior vice president of Bankers Trust International Banking in New York.
Lady Judge is a strong advocate for women in business and she has stated that she believes women have a responsibility to help other women. She has noted that her mother drives her work by teaching her that
Women should work not because they were poor or alone … [but] because they had a brain and they should use it and they should earn their own money, because money was independence and they should be independent
She also believes that women can have a serious career and also be a serious mother.