INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE - DIGITAL FUTURES

PROGRAMME

Here is the programme for London 2016. 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

09.30 The MT leadership interview

Baroness Dido Harding, CEO, TalkTalk Group

Dido is one of the country's most powerful women and was featured on MT's very first 35 Women Under 35 list. As boss of TalkTalk Group, she has overseen some challenging times and lived to tell the tale. Dido talks about her career highs and lows, what it takes to be a leader, coping with last year's cyber attack, and her insights into life in the hot seat of a FTSE company.

10.00 A special place in hell

Debbie Crosbie, COO, Clydesdale Bank

Debbie explores the dark side of sisterhood - and why women are often each other's biggest critics. 

10.20 Entrepreneurs: Going for growth

Building your own business is tough. From digital dilemmas to HR howlers, our panel of business experts discuss their biggest mistakes - and share tips on how to kick-start your company's growth.

Cassandra Stavrou, co-founder and CEO, PROPERCORN

Jane Porter, founder, Studio 104

Marion Bernard, head of strategic investment, BGF

10.55 Morning refreshments

11.20 The evolution of leadership and the role of diversity

Rachel Barton, managing director, advanced customer strategy, Accenture

11.30 How I made it in rail

Adeline Ginn, founder, Women in Rail and general counsel, Angel Trains

A rare female in the male-dominated rail industry, Adeline explains how she's smashed glass ceilings and what she's doing to encourage more women into the sector.

11.50 When the chips are down

An inspiring businesswoman shares her darkest moments - and how she bounced back.

Kellie Rixon MBE, founder, Rixon Associates

12.15 35 Women Under 35

From tech talent to supermarket supremos, Kate Bassett presents the stars of 2016

12.30 Lunch and mentoring

Confirmed mentors include:

Jane Porter, founder, Studio 104

Kellie Rixon MBE, founder, Rixon Associates

Rachel Barton, managing director, advanced customer strategy, Accenture

Adeline Ginn, founder, Women in Rail and general counsel, Angel Trains

Joining our mentors are MT's 35 Women Under 35 cover stars:

Aneeqa Khan, founder and CEO, eporta

Ashley Lopez, chief executive officer, Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Lily Mottahedan, barrister, 1 Hare Court

Nicole Tallant, buying manager, Asda

13.45 The energisers: Mindfulness

Dr Tara Swart, founder and CEO, The Unlimited Mind

Neuroscientist and leadership coach Dr Swart shares her practical tips on how to achieve mental resilience.

14.00 How I made it in digital

Nancy Cruickshank, founder and CEO, MyShowcase

She's the brains behind SmartMove, Handbag.com (sold to Hearst in 2006) and MyShowcase. A digital pioneer, Nancy shares her startup secrets, her biggest mistakes and advice for budding entrepreneurs.

14.20 How to make part time work

Going part time doesn't have to spell the end of a stellar career. Here's how to make it work for you and your employer. 

Amelia Torode, chief strategy officer, TBWA\ London

Katie McQuaid, UK director, Fulfilment by Amazon

Anita Waters, group legal director, Virgin Management Limited

Mark Webb, head of group social media, Dixons Carphone

Panel chair:  Karen Mattison MBE, co-founder and CEO, Timewise

14.55 Afternoon refreshments

15.10 The truth about working mums

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

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

15.20 How I made it in retail

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, founder, Sugru

Jane tells us how she invented the 'most exciting product since Sellotape' and took the world of retail by storm.

15.40 How to super-charge your career

What does it take to get to the top of the corporate ladder? And what can your company do to help you get there? Three high-fliers share their tips on promotions, pay-rises and how to get ahead. 

Jackie Ronson, digital director, EE

Myriam Madden FCMA CGMA, immediate past president, CIMA

Karen Ward, associate, Corporate Research Forum and director, Aditi Unlimited

16.10 Agents of change

Chris Stylianou, chief operating officer, UK and Ireland, Sky

Chris gives his take on what UK firms must do to empower women - and why men can be their biggest allies.

16.20 The MT leadership interview 

Angela Hartnett MBE, chef proprietor, Murano

Angela found fame as a protégée of Gordon Ramsay and won her first Michelin star in 2004. We quiz her about how she copes with the brutal pace of life as one of Britain's top chefs.

16.50 Conference ends                                       

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