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 financial communications, 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.

Ali Findlay, managing director, The Lane Agency Ltd

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 Charalambous, vice president, institutional sales and consultant relations - EMEA, Nuveen 

12.45 Poet's corner

12.55 Lunch and mentoring

Rachel Barton, managing director, Advanced Customer Strategy, Accenture

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 

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 

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

Julie Grieve, founder, Information Apps 

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

Two speakers tell us about their careers in the finance industry  

Helen Rose, COO, TSB 

15.40 Afternoon refreshments

16.00 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 

16.20 Rise of the unicorns

What needs to be done to help create Scotland's next unicorn business.

16.40 The MT interview

17.10 Conference ends                      

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