INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2018

PROGRAMME

Please see the programme below for Management Today's Inspiring Women in Business conference 2018

08.15 Registration

09.25 MT welcome

Kate Bassett, head of content, Management Today

09.30 The MT Keynote: Jo Swinson MP: Equal power, equal rules

She's Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, the party’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, the former Minister for Women and Equalities, and author of Equal Power. Jo Swinson MP shares her views on informal power structures, her call to arms to everyone frustrated by the lack of gender equality, the impact of Brexit, and how she became one of the "gutsiest" politicians in Britain.

Jo Swinson MP, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and author of Equal Power

09.55 Productivity: How to do more and work less

Every single day it feels like we are being asked to do more, in less time and for less cost. So how do we cope with this never-ending pressure? How do we maximise our minutes to make sure we still leave enough time for our personal lives Executive coach Audrey Wiggin offers practical tips on how to combat the busyness, organise our time, and maximise our efficiency.

Audrey Wigginfounder and managing director, Audrey Wiggin Associates

10.20 Panel: How to build an inclusive workplace

The business case for greater diversity is compelling: it counters “groupthink" and informs better decisions. So how do you create a corporate culture that gives diverse voices a platform? How do you stamp out macho language and unconscious biases? And how can you be an inclusive leader?

Dr Maja Korica, associate professor of management and organisation, Warwick Business School

Mairead Nayager, chief human resources officer, Diageo

Richard Robinson, managing partner, econsultancy

Guest chair:

Christine Armstrong, co-founder, Jericho Chambers and author of Mother of All Jobs

10.50 Morning refreshments

11.10 Keynote 

11.25 Pay gap: What next?

Gender pay gap reporting revealed that nearly eight in 10 firms pay men more on average than they pay women. How can we use these revelations to push for change? Does pay gap reporting go far enough? What obstacles still stand in the way? And what else can be done to make sure men aren't paid and promoted ahead of women?

Bev Messinger, chief executive, IOSH

Alexandra Gowlland, deputy director for Women in Business, Government Equalities Office

Guest chair:

Ann Francke, chief executive, CMI

12.00 The lies we tell about flexible working

The hours we work have grown two hours per day on average in 20 years. Throw in email and longer commutes, and we're all more stressed. Research shows that women aged 35-44 are more stressed than anyone else. Is "flexible working" really the answer or is it just adding to the pressure?

Christine Armstrong, co-founder, Jericho Chambers and author of Mother of All Jobs

12.15 View from the top: How I made it as a hotelier

Patricia Page-Champion’s career in hospitality started nearly 30 years ago as a management graduate at Hilton London Heathrow Airport. Hear how she climbed the corporate ladder to become senior vice president for Hilton EMEA, how she found the balance between work and home life, and how she’s inspiring and supporting more women in the industry to reach senior management positions.

Patricia Page-Champion, senior vice president and commercial director, EMEA Hilton

12.35 My story

Jenny Betts, founder, Jenny Betts London

12.50 Lunch and mentoring

Your chance to meet the speakers, pick their brains and get one-on-one advice.

Christine Armstrong, co-founder, Jericho Chambers and author of Mother of All Jobs

Patricia Page-Champion, senior vice president and commercial director, EMEA Hilton

Richard Robinson, managing partner, econsultancy

Audrey Wigginfounder and managing director, Audrey Wiggin Associates

14.00 A CEO's story: The diversity agenda and why it matters

Alison Rose, CEO, Commercial and Private Banking, NatWest

14.30 Panel: 35 Women Under 35: How to reinvent yourself - and stay relevant

85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't even been created yet, according to a report by Dell and the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Survival and success in the world of work depend on constant reinvention. Four of the stars in this year's 35 Women Under 35 list reveal why rigid job titles are out and "multi-hyphen" roles are in; how to mould yourself to new projects; what millennials want in the world of work; and what "success" really looks like.

Lena Brooks, senior director, global strategy, planning and PMO, GBS finance, Walmart

Poppy Gustafsson, co-CEO, DarkTrace

Ann Hyams, investor relations manager, Whitbread

Nami Patel, CFO, UK and Africa & SVP business development, Europe and Africa, Fox Networks Group

15.00 The confidence masterclass

There are many external factors holding women back from getting into the boardroom. But the biggest barrier often comes from within: lack of self belief, resistance to risk-taking and impostor syndrome. Communication specialist Carrie Swift shares her top tips on how to build confidence and develop your executive presence to take your career to the next level.

Carrie Swift, managing director, Love Public Speaking

15.25 Break

15.40 Meet Britain's top opera impresario

Known as one of Britain’s most ambitious, successful and “feistiest” opera impresarios, Wasfi Kani reveals her story of growing up in poverty, making her way through grammar school to Oxford, and “pivoting” from devising office computer systems to opera. The founder of Grange Park Opera and Pimlico Opera tells us about her pioneering projects, leading from the front and why opera is far from elitist.

Wasfi Kani OBE, founder, Grange Park Opera

16.00 The job share: How to make it work for you

Jonathan Aspinwall, deputy editor, BBC Breakfast

Kelly Crawford, deputy editor, BBC Breakfast

16.15 The MT Interview: A life in radio with Fi Glover: Sharing stories I shouldn’t

Starting her career as a filing clerk for local radio stations, Fi Glover is now one of the country’s best-loved BBC broadcasters, currently hosting “Fortunately” alongside Jane Garvey – dubbed “a slightly tipsy extension of women’s hour”. Fi lifts the lid on breaking into radio, the highs and lows of her 30-year career, pay gaps, vulnerability and confidence.

Fi Glover,  presenter of the Listening Project for BBC Radio 4

16.45 Networking and drinks                              

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