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Developed with The Fawcett Society, this conference has been designed to address the daily attitudes, behaviours, barriers, taboos and disadvantages experienced by women at work which undermine equality.

Speakers include:

From left to right: Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society; June Sarpong, TV presenter and author; Ann Francke, CEO, Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Topical points of discussion that the programme will aim to explore include:

  • The #metoo movement has left employers unsure about how to tackle sexual harassment at work.
  • Progress women have achieved is limited to white women with BAME women virtually absent at the top management and policy table.
  • Pay gaps for BAME women remain huge with multiple discrimination in play.
  • Maternal employment is at its highest ever, yet pregnancy discrimination is widespread and often medicalised.
  • Flexible working is becoming a growing expectation for employees, yet organisations still find it hard to manage and employers still don’t promote it.
  • Renewed energy and focus on closing the gender pay gap, yet progress remains stalled.
  • Men often want to be supportive of their female colleagues yet struggle to know how to be good allies at work.
  • Fathers want to spend more time caring for children, but the take up of shared parental leave is vanishingly low.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth, miscarriage and post-natal trauma, periods are common experiences for women yet still not managed well at work.
  • The menopause is a feature of most working women’s lives, yet it remains an invisible Issue in the workplace.

See the full programme here

Other speakers include:

  • Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community
  • Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte UK
  • Clare Collier, Legal Director, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Gemma Abbott, Hackney North Project Coordinator, The Red Box Project
  • Bina Mheta, Partner, KPMG
  • Adrienne Burgess, Joint Chief Executive and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute
  • Liz Rivers, Women’s Leadership Coach, Speaker, Mediator; The Mediation Chambers, Core Solutions Group
  • Carolyn Saunders, Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Scarlett Harris, Head of Policy, Maternity Action
  • Joeli Brearley, Founder, Pregnant Then Screwed and Gendering Change