The annual LBS Women in Business conference is the premier European forum for the discussion and progression of gender diversity and inclusivity. Each year attendees have the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, panel discussions and workshops to learn from the successes and challenges of today’s thought leaders. In addition, active engagement from both males and females across a wide variety of industries and experience levels provides participants with a unique opportunity to network throughout the day.
We are very proud to announce this year’s speakers
Patience is a non-executive director of Fiat Chrysler and of St James’s Place Plc. She is Chairman of the Financial Times Complaints Commission. She is also a deputy chairman of the British Museum.
She was Business and City Editor of The Times for nine years before taking up the Editorship of the Sunday Telegraph. Then, she decided to see business from the other side, leaving journalism to join the boards of Barclays and the property company, Shaftesbury. In July 2009, she returned to journalism, as Editor in Chief of the Wall Street Journal Europe. However, she left that role at the beginning of 2011 to become a working Conservative peer.
Irina Bokova, born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia (Bulgaria), has been two terms the Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017. She is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead the Organization.
Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Irina Bokova was a Fellow at the University of Maryland (Washington) and followed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). She began her career at the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. She was elected twice as Member of Parliament and she served as the Government's first Secretary for European affairs.
Irina Bokova was Minister for Foreign Affairs a.i., as well as Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, the protection of the world’s cultural heritage as a humanitarian imperative and security issue to strengthen the foundations for lasting peace. She actively promotes culture as a driver for development, along with science diplomacy and cooperation.
She spearheads global awareness and campaigns to counter youth radicalization and prevent violent extremism, hate speech and discrimination, starting with action through education. She is also a leading voice and a global advocate for the safety of journalists and freedom of expression. She has been featured on the Forbes List of the World's Most Influential Women in 2016.
Cilla joined AMV BBDO in 1992 as the agency’s first New Business Director. Twenty five years later, she oversees the AMV Group in the UK.
Cilla sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide and Derwent London plc and is a member of the Facebook EMEA Client Council. She chairs the Women's Business Council. She was the first woman to chair the Advertising Association.
Cilla was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for services to advertising, diversity and equality. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham in July 2017.
Most importantly, she is Fred, Albert and Rosie’s mum.
David Croft is Sustainable Development Director for Diageo, the global drinks company, where he is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers within an international supply network alongside Diageo’s global manufacturing and marketing teams. Diageo works closely with farmers in many countries, developing new supply networks to support local manufacturing.
Previously with Waitrose, Kraft Foods, Cadbury and the Co-operative Group, Mr Croft’s roles included leading technical, marketing and sustainability functions in quality, safety, brand marketing, sustainability, and sustainable agriculture. He has led large multi- stakeholder partnerships on sustainable agricultural and community development, working with farmers, governments and NGOs locally and internationally in numerous initiatives to improve supply chain standards and sustainable agriculture across the food sector. He is also a member of the Food Ethics Council, and the Scottish Food Commission.
Susan Boster is the Founder and Managing Director of Boster Group, an independent marketing consultancy that creates innovative brand partnerships for global corporations, foundations and iconic cultural institutions to achieve revenue, marketing and social impact goals. Since Boster Group was founded in 2001, clients have included BP, EY, Gap, Credit Suisse, Disney, Diageo, BNP Paribas, Insight Investment, Abercrombie & Kent, Thomson Reuters, Moët Hennessy, State Street, Arts Alliance, UBS, American Express, Ambassador Theatre Group, Montblanc, Bacardi, J. P. Morgan, Facebook, Royal Opera House, Arts Council, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sundance, The Young Vic, amongst others.
Previously, Susan was Chief Marketing Officer for News Network, a new media division at News International, and Marketing Director of Barnes & Noble where she oversaw marketing and communications for the launch of barnesandnoble.com.
Susan is Vice Chairman of the Board of English National Ballet, where she also co-chairs the digital sub-committee to drive the organisation forward in its artistic, commercial and internal goals. She is a Trustee of the Donmar Warehouse, and until recently served on the Board of the arts education and outreach charity, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. She is also on the Board of The Representation Project, an organisation that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes. Susan is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of BAFTA. Susan was educated in the United States, where she studied policy and international politics at Boston University and Columbia University as well as classical voice at Juilliard.
Ben Black is one of the UK’s better known childcare entrepreneurs. He is the founder and managing director of My Family Care; founded Good Care Guide and NannyShare and is a non-executive director at Tinies and AnyJunk.
He started his career as a corporate lawyer with the City firm Ashurst. With his brother Oliver he was one of the leading figures behind the modernisation of the UK childcare market launching Tinies in 2000 which has become one the country’s largest childcare groups and the biggest supplier of nannies and nursery staff.
My Family Care was founded in 2006 with support from IBM’s work/life balance fund and has established itself as the leading provider of Work+Family solutions for many of the UK’s best known employers including IBM, Shell, P&G, Freshfields, UBS, Barclays, Clifford Chance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, McKinsey, Deloitte, Citi, KPMG, Rolls-Royce, PwC and Google.
The business has one simple aim, making Work+Family Work. My Family Care provides a number of very practical solutions, all designed to make work and having a family a practical and profitable reality for both the company and the employee.
My Family Care’s emergency child and elder care service has received numerous awards including the Daily Telegraph CPP Trailblazers award, BT Business, Microsoft - The People Business Moving awards, Smarta 100, HSBC Start Up Stars.
In his spare time Ben is a proud father of 3 children, plays enthusiastic if average tennis, runs an occasional marathon and works with the charity PilotLight.
Chris Stylianou is Chief Operating Officer, UK and Ireland at Sky. He has worked at Sky for over 20 years in both Finance and Operations.
He is responsible for Sky’s sales and service operations (including our contact centres, digital capability, in-home service and retail division), as well as our property and data departments, Sky Business and Sky’s ROI Business.
Chris is the Executive sponsor of Sky’s Women in Leadership (WiL) programme, driving Sky’s ambition to reach a 50:50 gender balance. To do this, Chris works with the core WiL team to create a wide variety of initiatives to encourage gender parity and female advancement. Chris actively champions gender diversity at Sky by speaking internally and holds fellow executives accountable to their departmental targets with regular reviews. Through the WiL programme Chris sponsors a number of women, and has 12 women in high profile leadership roles within his department. Externally, Chris is a ‘Male Agent of Change’ and sits on the Women’s Business Council, as well as taking on a number of speaking engagements focusing on how big business can drive change internally and in their communities.
JLL is a real estate professional services company providing advice globally to investors and occupiers. A Fortune 500 company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with more than 280 corporate offices and has a global workforce of more than 70,000. JLL was recently voted LinkedIn Top Attractors 2016 where the world wants to work now.
Guy’s responsibilities are to investors, employees and clients in terms of overseeing best in class real estate services and ensuring the business has a sustainable growth plan adhering to the consistent set of values around teamwork, ethics and excellence. JLL are focused on Building a Better Tomorrow by adopting a sustainable long term approach to real estate advice and positively influencing the built environment at a time when cities are expanding more than ever. 2013 to 2016 - Guy was UK CEO of JLL, which employs 3,000 people and comprises 12% of the global revenues.
During his leadership, he oversaw annual compound annual growth rate of 30% in profits. 1989 to 2012 - following graduation from the University of West England, Guys real estate professional career focused on the retail sector advising retailers on their location strategy and portfolio optimisation as well as advising investors on their strategic acquisition and disposal strategies.
Guy sits on the policy committee of the British Property Federation and is an established commentator on the real estate sector. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Valuation and Estate Management and is an alumnus of London Business School Senior Executive Programme.
Guy is married with 2 teenage daughters and lives in Muswell Hill, London. Outside work Guy is a keen amateur triathlete and otherwise enjoys an ordinary life with family soaking up the culture that London and other great cities have to offer.”
Eliot Sherman holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. His research focuses on inequality in the workplace, primarily with respect to gender. His work looking at whether female managers influence the wage gap between their male and female subordinates was published in the American Journal of Sociology. Other projects investigate the effects of remote working on job performance and work-family conflict; the extent to which bureaucracy in organisations helps or hinders women's career advancement; and whether women's careers improve when their husbands perform an increased share of childcare. He is actively seeking firms with which to collaborate on research.
After graduating with a math degree from MIT in 1994, Terri Duhon joined JPMorgan and spent 10 years working as a derivative trader. In 2004 she became an entrepreneur and in 2016 sold her main business to a partner in New York. She has been on the board of CHAPS Co, the board of Operation Smile, the board of the American Overseas School in Rome and was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Group for the Prince’s Trust. She is the author of How the Trading Floor Really Works.
She is currently a public speaker, a lecturer at The Said Business School Oxford University, on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee and the board of Morgan Stanley International as a Non-Executive Director where she chairs the Risk Committee. In 2018 she was also appointed as Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Morgan Stanley Investment Management for Europe. She lives in London with her husband and 3 children.
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