INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE - DIGITAL FUTURES

PROGRAMME

Here is the programme for Edinburgh 2017. Stay tuned for updates and speaker additions.

08.15 Registration

09.20 MT’s welcome address

Matthew Gwyther, editor, Management Today 

Kate Bassett, features editor, Management Today

Bill McDonald, managing director, Accenture Scotland 

09.30 The MT Interview

The high-flying boss of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports reveals her journey to the top, her challenges and her leadership tips.

Amanda McMillan OBE, CEO, AGS Airports

10.00 Battling the bias

Why businesses must stop recruiting 'lookylikies' or risk stifling creativity.

Jennifer Thomas, head of internal communications & experience, Direct Line Group 

10.15 Entrepreneurs: Going for growth

Building your own business is tough. Our panel of business experts discuss their biggest mistakes - and share tips on how to kick-start your company's growth.

Jo-Anne Chidley, founder, Beauty Kitchen

Ali Findlay, managing director, The Lane Agency

Gemma Hamilton, investor, BGF

10.50 My journey: from politics to the premiership

Jacqui Low, executive chairman, Indigo and board member, Partick Thistle 

11.10 Morning refreshments

11.30 The tech masterclass

A TED-style power speech to boost your digital knowledge

Rachel Barton, managing director, Advanced Customer Strategy, Accenture 

11.45 The evolution of technology

Are your team equipped for the future? Our panel will discuss digital skills and the changing tech landscape. They will also look at coding: should everyone learn it? How can we become more digitally savvy? 

Rachel Barton, managing director, Advanced Customer Strategy, Accenture

Dr Lorna Gibson, Code Club Scotland co-ordinator, Raspberry Pi Foundation 

Karen Stilman, head of delivery for technology, Sky

12.15 When the chips are down

Two inspiring businesswomen share their darkest moments - and how they bounced back.

Emma Lawton, author and freelance creative director 

Helen Barber, vice president, Nuveen 

12.45 Poet's corner

A shining star in the Scottish literary world, Claire will give a poetry reading before running a group activity to boost your creative skills.

Claire Askew, poet  

12.55 Lunch and mentoring

Dr Lorna Gibson, Code Club Scotland co-ordinator, Raspberry Pi Foundation 

Emma Lawton, author and freelance creative director 

Jacqui Low, executive chairman, Indigo and board member, Partick Thistle 

Jennifer Thomas, head of internal communications & experience, Direct Line Group 

14.15 Agents of Change 

What UK firms must do to empower women - and why men can be their biggest allies.

We will also announce the MT and Women's Business Council Agents of Change power list 

Cilla Snowball CBE, group chairman and group chief executive, AMV BBDO and chairman, Women's Business Council 

Richard Robinson, managing partner, Oystercatchers

Roger Whiteside, CEO, Greggs

Aki Stamatis, chairman, Fourfront Group

14.45 Confidence: Why we lack it; how we can get more of it

Julie Grieve, founder, Information Apps 

Charlie Smith, director of marketing, VisitScotland 

Alice Fotheringham, co-founder and head of nutrition, Piccolo 

15.15 How I made it ..... in finance

Two speakers tell us about their careers in the finance industry 

Helen Rose, COO, TSB 

Debbie Crosbie, COO, Clydesdale Bank 

15.40 The truth about working mums

Marital problems. Depression. Sleep deprivation. Social judgement. Christine reveals the real truth about working mothers

Christine Armstrong, contributing editor and Power Mums columnist, Management Today 

16.00 The MT interview

Meg Lustman, CEO, Hobbs 

16.30 Conference ends                      

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