We're proud to support City & Financial Global for The Vote 100 Women in Business Summit, which is taking place in Royal Garden Hotel, London on 17th April 2018.

Event partners include the Women’s Network Forum, the Government Equalities Officethe Women's Business Council, UN Women UK and 100 Women in Finance.

The Summit will bring together a platform of distinguished women, drawn from a range of business sectors, to discuss the key issues facing British business today, including the critical importance of diversity in the boardroom and among senior management. Given that 2018 is the centenary of the 1918 “Representation of the People Act’, which gave women the vote for the first time, the conference opens with a session that reviews how female leadership has changed over the last century.

The event builds on the success of the previous editions of the Women in Business and the Women in Finance summits, which both attracted 250+ senior delegates across the industries, government officials and regulators from across the UK and beyond.

Confirmed speakers include:

HRH The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, Chair of The Women's Network Forum and Global Ambassador of 100 Women in Finance's Next Generation initiative
Dr Helen Pankhurst, International Development, Women’s Rights Activist and Writer
Vivienne Artz, Global Chief Privacy Officer, Thomson Reuters & President, Women in Banking and Finance
Janet Cooper OBE, Partner, Tapestry Compliance LLP
Shirley Cooper, Board Member and Treasurer, UN Women NC UK
Wendy Hallett MBE, Managing Director, Hallett Retail
Mary Macleod, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry; Former Member of Parliament & Government Adviser
Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Director for Women in Business and International, The Government Equalities Office
Catherine McGuinness, Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee to Future Economic Growth
Sarah Morris, Group Chief People Officer, Aviva plc
Sue O’Brien OBE, Partner, Ridgeway Partners
Lopa Patel MBE, Digital Media Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO, Diversity UK
Sally Penni, Founder and Chair, Women in the Law & Vice Chair, Association of Women Barristers
Amanda Pullinger, CEO, 100 Women in Finance
Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, Co-Founder RhysJones, Non-Executive Director; Mentoring Lead, Women in Property
Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO, Audeliss & INvolve
Serpil Timuray, Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, Vodafone Group
Jill Shedden MBE, HR Group Director, Centrica
Dame Cilla Snowball DBE, Group Chairman and Chief Executive, AMV BBDO; Chair of The Women’s Business Council
Janet Thomas, Managing Director, Infinity Capital Partners
Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
Kim Vernau, Chief Executive Officer, BLP Insurance
Fabienne Viala, Chairman, Bouygues Construction
Denis Woulfe, Co-Chair, Men as Change Agents

The forum’s interactive format will offer attendees an opportunity to have a diverse and well-informed dialogue about the most effective ways of getting men to join in the efforts to address the gender imbalance at all levels of their organisation, as well as making sure that gender diversity remains high on the business agenda despite all the other pressures firms are facing.

Other key topics include:

  • Discussion of key developments over the last 100 years: What are the most important issues women are tackling at present time and how has female leadership changed through the century?
  • Maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth: Why a gender diverse workforce is vital for increasing productivity, innovation and the bottom line for businesses and the economy
  • Focus on how specific technologies, such as artificial intelligence, can transform the workplace and career prospects for women
  • Women’s empowerment through the supply chain – how do companies focus on women-owned businesses to support women’s economic empowerment in the UK and globally and why is it important?
  • How to effectively engage men:  Learning from the best practices in the UK and beyond
  • Promoting "The Power of Equality", effectively and steadily moving towards closing the "three Gs" – the participation gap, the remuneration gap and the advancement gap
  • Dispelling myths regarding boardroom roles: How to get to the top and raise your profile internally and externally. Advice on planning your career journey and tips from role models
  • Reviewing policies and initiatives to address the gender imbalance in your firm: What are the imperatives for building a successful diversity and inclusion strategy?
  • Agile working – benefits for men, women and companies: Returning to work after maternity leave – best practices and the strategies which have worked well across businesses

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