Breakout Sessions

Our breakout sessions are designed to enable participants to walk away with actionable ideas on affecting change within their personal lives and workplaces. On the conference day, there will be two set of breakout sessions from which participants will have the chance to chose from the options listed below.

After purchasing your tickets, you will receive an e-mail within 5 working days asking you to rank the options for each breakout session in order of preference. Please note that once they are confirmed, breakout session will not be available for change. 

 

11:50 - 12:45 MORNING SESSION

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Option 1
Working "Gender Equality Advocate" into your personal brand in a positive way

To achieve gender-equality, it is crucial that men and women collaborate and become change agents for those around them. Randall S. Peterson and Karen Parker from UN Women will present real-life scenarios for you to ponder upon, and which call upon you to take on the role of a gender-equality advocate.
 
Share what holds you back in speaking up against the unconscious biases or the casual sexism that so frequently exhibits itself in our workplaces, or what is it that encourages you to be unafraid of speaking up. We have made progress in generating awareness about these issues, but we need a commitment to action- join UN Women in pledging to do something different!

Dr. Randall S. Peterson
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic Director of the LBS Leadership Institute at London Business School
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Karen Parker
Executive Coach, Vice Chair at UN Women National Committee UK
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Claire Barnett
Strategy & Partnerships at UN Women National Committee UK
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Option 2
Negotiating for yourself

In a world where people are changing jobs more frequently than ever before, Negotiation is a valuable and crucial skill to master. In this session, Jeanette Cowley, CEO of ‘Go For Growth’, will work with participants to define and refine their negotiation strategy. Securing a promotion, pay-rise, recognition, a role on an important project or perhaps flexible working options, can all make for difficult conversations at work.
 
Negotiation is as much about your state of mind as it is about a process. This is your opportunity to delve deep into your motivations to negotiate, figure out what you really want and care about and start to draw out a plan for same with research-proved strategies that Jeanette will share and encourage you to practice during the session.

Jeanette Cowley
CEO of Go For Growth
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Option 3
Connecting for success: Mentors, meet-ups, and more

There is no substitute for hard work.” What Thomas Edison said still holds true but it is no longer enough in today’s world! From tackling imposter syndrome to challenging the gender pay gap, from de-risking your career choices to improving career satisfaction, this session will demonstrate how building connections is key to career success!
 
Hear from Nadija Yousif, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, as she shares her view on the importance of having mentors and sponsors. Kath Sloggett, Founder and CEO of Runneth, will then take you through an interactive workshop. She will help you free up time to invest in career relationships, and share new approaches to mentoring and networking. You will leave the session with a concrete action plan to apply to your career.

Kath Sloggett
Founder and CEO of Runneth
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Nadija Yousif
Partner & Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group
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14:40 - 15:35 AFTERNOON SESSION

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Option 1
Confronting and preventing everyday biases

Why do less women make it to the top, have a harder time to get into networks and have slower promotion rates? Biases occur when two groups of people (e.g., men and women) act identically but are treated differently. Evaluation differences may lie not in how women act but in how people perceive their actions. In this session, Dr. Laura Wendt – the global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at A.T. Kearney with a PhD in Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunobiology – will take participants through ATK’s proprietary framework that provides a toolkit for overcoming “everyday biases” and raising women to the top. 

Laura Wendt
Global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at A.T. Kearney
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Option 2
Addressing mental health stigmas to create compassionate workplaces

Gender stereotypes are a key factor that can impose stress on the mental health of our employees. Society pressures men to be the provider, even if it’s at the cost of spending less time with their families; and tells women they must strive to “have it all” while making it look effortless.

This session will aim to address the questions: How do we ensure our employees are able to bring their whole selves to work? And how do we approach the topic of mental health at work in order to build more compassionate workplace environments?

Samantha Brown
Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and Co-Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills' Ability Network
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Option 3
Building high-performing teams: Why diversity without inclusion is bad for business

“Diversity” has long been a buzzword among leaders and HR departments for years. But the research shows that without inclusion, diversity can lead to slower decision making, more conflict and increased fragmentation.

In this session, we will have Amy Stanning from Barclays and representatives from the London start-up scene share their perspectives – and rigorous data – on why diversity and inclusion are critical for building effective, high-performing teams.

Maya Gura
Co-Founder and CEO of MissBeez
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Amy Stanning
Head of Region for Home Solutions West at Barclays
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Emma Roberts
Program Lead of Lean In Europe
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Sonia Maciuszewicz
Talent Lead at Entrepreneur First
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