Shaping The Future of Women at Work Conference


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be: Women who aspire to move into a leadership role or those already in a senior role looking to progress.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Sue Liburd MBE, Award-winning Business Leader, Human Capital Innovation Consultant and Business Mentor (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: The Governments Role In Unlocking The Ability Of Women To Fulfil Their Potential In The Workplace And Helping Businesses Get The Full Economic Benefit Of Women’s Skills
  • Assessing recent hurdles and achievement in the move towards greater female economic empowerment
  • Latest policy and initiative updates – how Government is working to boost workplace equality and close the gender pay gap, the £1.5 million fund to support people back into work after time out caring, latest research on gender parity and its economic impact, etc
  • Recent findings on women’s pay – which sectors are showing the most / least pay disparity
  • How employers and Government are collaborating to remove the barriers that prevent women entering the workplace, and to help women achieve a good work-life balance

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities (invited)


International Perspective: How UK Working Women Fare In Comparison To Their Overseas Counterparts
  • Understanding the drivers behind the UK gender pay gap, and the drivers of pay gaps across the OECD
  • Leading strategies that UK companies and Government can take from their overseas counterparts, to counteract gender inequality
  • Which metrics have been proven, in other countries, to most positively impact women’s role in the workplace (including higher education, flexible working, maternity and paternity leave, labour force participation, childcare costs, etc.)
  • Which countries are succeeding in closing the pay gap and welcoming women into the workplace
  • How overseas Governments have employed policy levers that encourage female entrepreneurship

Catherine Colebrook, Chief Economist and Associate Director for Economic Policy, Institute for Public Policy Research IPPR (CONFIRMED)


Driving Forward The Legal Agenda For Workplace Equality And Understanding The Employers’ Legal Obligations
  • Overview of employers’ legal duties regarding workplace gender equality, including pregnancy discrimination, sexist dress codes, equal pay including pension provision, etc.
  • Assessing the balance of individual rights vs. the responsibility of organisations to promote gender equality in the workplace
  • How companies and Government can create a progressive legal agenda that will benefit women for generations to come
  • Ensuring women have safe and affordable access to justice
  • Defending the rights of women in the workplace during Brexit negotiations

Elysia McCaffrey, Head of Women in Business Division,  Government Equalities Office (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Supporting Women In The Workplace And Overcoming The Barriers To Women Re-Entering The Workplace
  • Real world examples of initiatives to improve the working environment for women, e.g. flexible working options, job sharing, reduced hours, multi-site locations, paternity leave, etc.
  • Improving company maternity programmes and examining the impact of extended free childcare hours
  • Retaining talented women in the workplace
  • Approaches to overcoming ageism in the workplace
  • Ensuring women aren’t penalised for taking career breaks, and supporting their return back into the workplace at the same job level as when they left

Senior Representative, Women’s Business Council (invited)


Case Study: Building A Woman-Friendly Workplace Through Culture Change
  • Understanding how workplace culture (including explicit and implicit gender messages) impact women’s behaviour in the workplace and their career prospects
  • Practical steps to changing individual mindsets and your organisation’s working culture – building a workplace that nurtures female talent and ambition, and maximises the potential of female employees
  • Anti-discrimination policies that can make your organisation a more attractive place for women to work
  • How female employees can take a pro-active role in changing their organisation’s culture
  • Making ‘flexible hours’ work for your company and your employees Smarter working project – implementing a strategic change initiative to save money, protect services and be more sustainable

Professor Susan Vinnicombe, Professor of Women and Leadership, Changing World of Work, Cranfield School of Management (CONFIRMED)


Industry Perspective: Challenging Traditional Leadership Paths And Behaviours
  • Understanding and reducing the barriers to women achieving equal representation in senior positions
  • Overcoming the specific challenges of very young or very old women stepping into leadership roles
  • How women can position themselves as leaders from the day they enter the workforce
  • Addressing ‘leaky’ leadership pipelines within private sector companies
  • Understanding how leadership opportunities come about though informal networks – and encouraging women to participate in these

Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Network Rail (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
Case Study: Recruiting And Retaining Female Talent
  • Practical steps that HR departments can take to close the gender gap, e.g. positive action, building staff networks and creating women’s champions
  • Investing in training and professional development for women
  • Implementing programmes that build and maintain women’s confidence, self-belief and resilience
  • Improving careers guidance – how schools and universities can ensure a stream of potential women employees across all sectors

Angela Pope MCIPD, Head Naval People Strategy (Hd NPS), Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence (CONFIRMED)
Ellie Ablett, Head of People Capability, Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence (CONFIRMED)


How Technology Is Changing The Way Women Work
  • Understanding the link between digital skills and labour market returns
  • How women are using their digital skills to gain an edge in preparing for work, finding work and advancing at work
  • How Government (and the OECD and G20) can influence the pace at which women become digitally fluent
  • Empowering women and girls through digital inclusion policies and practices, in schools and in the workplace
  • Practical steps that women can take to use digital technologies to further their career opportunities (e.g. using digital platforms to access markets, knowledge and more flexible working arrangements)

Angela MacDonald, Director General for Customer Services, HMRC (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
How The Media And Educational Institutions Can Positively Impact Gender Equality In The Workplace
  • Understanding the effect of the media and education systems on the role and participation of women in the workplace
  • Assessing recent efforts and achievements by media companies and educational institutions, to address the participation of women in the workplace
  • Strategies for the media and for education institutions to end narrow or negative attitudes about women and outdated stereotypes
  • Building gender-sensitive institutional cultures and practices that challenge social norms and expectations of men and women
  • Giving young women and girls role models – making media stars of businesswomen and women academics

Professor Carole-Anne Upton, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, Middlesex University (CONFIRMED)



Industry Perspective: Making Space For Women in Male-Dominated Industries
  • Analysis of different male and female employment patterns across various industry sectors
  • Understanding why some women steer clear of traditional male career paths
  • Positive action approaches to attract more women into male-dominated sectors
  • How male-dominated companies can prioritise gender inclusion in their organisation’s objectives and hiring rounds
  • Enabling change and leadership buy-in by working together with male counterparts

Emma Gange, Head of Human Resources, Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be: Women who aspire to move into a leadership role or those already in a senior role looking to progress.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Sponsorship and Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Women in Business Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 


Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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