Here is the programme for our Young Women in Business conference...

08.45 Registration

09.30 MT welcome

Kate Bassett, head of content, Management Today

09.35 Turbo talk: How to manage your squiggly career

The old rules of work no longer apply. Most of us will have a freelance role during our careers and 'side hustles' are more popular than ever. The idea of having a career plan in a world of uncertainty and rapid change feels completely defunct. We reveal how you can embrace the squiggly lifestyle and have a happier career. 

Helen Tupper, co-founder, Amazing If and commercial marketing director, Microsoft

10.00 Turbo talk: 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 Wiggin, founder and managing director, Audrey Wiggin Associates 

10.25 Confidence masterclass: How to fake it until you make it

Although there are many external factors holding women back from getting into the boardroom, the biggest barrier often comes from within – lack of confidence, aspirations and resistance to risk. In this talk, Carrie will share her best tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome, build confidence and develop your executive presence to progress your career.

Carrie Swift, managing director and lead trainer, Love Public Speaking 

10.50 Morning break

11.10 Masterclass: Mastering the budget basics

Whether you're responsible for a budget in a large corporation or an entrepreneur managing your P&L, you need to be on top of the numbers. Here's what you need to know.

Sadie Sharp, transformational developer, Sharp Transformations

11.30 Panel discussion: Keep calm and carry on - How to manage stress

Feeling overworked, overwhelmed and struggling with deadlines? Research from the Mental Health Foundation shows that millennials feel more under pressure at work than their baby boomer colleagues. Our panel of wellbeing experts and psychologists bring you tips on how to cope with a busy workload, master your mindset and deal with stress.

Nici Butchart, managing partner, Gazelle Partners

Louise Hosking, vice president, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Julie Wacker, business psychologist, Robertson Cooper

Chair: Adam Gale, editor, Management

12.00 Turbo talk: why you need a mentor

Mentors can help you take your career to the next level, improve your skills and open up opportunities for promotion. But how do you find the right one, how often should you meet and what is mentoring etiquette? We interview a mentor and a mentee on how they make the relationship work. 

Kim Gray, head of consulting, insurance and head of diversity and inclusion, NTT DATA

Julie McCarthy, equality, diversity and inclusion manager, people culture, Nationwide

12.20 Lunch and mentoring

Come and meet some of the speakers from the morning sessions for practical advice and top tips

Sadie Sharp, transformational developer, Sharp Transformations

Carrie Swift, managing director and lead trainer, Love Public Speaking 

Audrey Wiggin, founder and managing director, Audrey Wiggin Associates 

13.20 The MT Keynote: Why it's a good time to be a girl

Drawing on her experience as a City CEO, mother of nine, and founder of the influential 30% Club, which campaigns for gender-balanced UK company boards, Dame Helena Morrissey sets out how we might achieve the next big breakthrough towards a truly inclusive modern society. 'Why should anyone "lean in" to a patriarchal system that is out of date?' she asks. 'Let's change it entirely for the good of us all.'

Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, head of personal investing, Legal and General 

13.45 Skills session: Fast track to the top

Do you want to join the board or become CEO? What does it take to reach those heights? Renowned corporate coach and international leadership expert Ros Taylor puts forward her ten commandments for future leaders and aspiring directors.

Ros Taylor, CEO, Ros Taylor Company

14.10 Turbo talk: Leadership 101 - Why fear is necessary for success

From the outside, oxford graduate Roz Savage had it all: the career, the nice house, the sports car. But none of it made her happy, so she gave it all up to become an adventurer, becoming the first woman to row (solo) across three oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She gives a motivational talk on resilience, bouncing back and how to weather storms. 

Roz Savage, author, speaker, ocean-rower

14.40 The MT Interview: Living fearlessly

Since taking the reins as editor of British Cosmopolitan in 2015, journalist Farrah Storr has overseen the publication’s surge in popularity and been named one of the most powerful people in the country. The publishing dynamo tells us what she's learned about being a boss and why she's spending more time in her discomfort zone.

Farrah Storr, editor-in-chief, Cosmopolitan UK

15.10 Afternoon break

15.30 Personal development panel: How to supercharge your career

Globally, for every $100 a woman makes, a man makes $258. And male managers are 40% more likely than female managers to be promoted into higher roles. Don't stay silent. Our panel of experts share their advice on how to negotiate payrises, promotions and pitch for flexible working.

Matt Elliott, people director, Virgin Money

Laurell A Hector, managing director, McManus HRD

Louisa Hogarty, group HR director, Noble Foods

16.00 MT interview: Meet the UK's titan of tech

Named as one of the most influential people in tech and described as the 'Wonder Woman' of the sector, Jacqueline de Rojas is on a mission to turn the UK into a digital powerhouse. She tells us about her career journey, her challenges along the way, and why women need to 'take control of the message they leave behind'.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, president, tech UK and chair, Digital Leaders

16.30 Close

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