Past Conferences

For the past eighteen years, the London Business School Women in Business Conference has been a prominent forum for female and male professionals and students to engage with important and pressing issues facing women in a dynamic business environment.

Past conference themes have included: "Women: The Next Engine of Growth"; "Global Careers and the Passport to Success"; "Redefining Success: Supporting Career Choices"; "Sprints & Marathons: The Sustainable Career"; and "Inspiration: What Inspires Today’s Female Executives to Drive Business Forwards?"

As a flagship event at London Business School, the conference has attracted participation from inspirational, accomplished business leaders, such as:

  • Estelle Brachlianoff, Executive Vice President and Director of Veolia Environnement UK and Northern Europe

  • Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council

  • Sally Tennant, CEO of Kleinwort Benson

  • Durdana Ansari OBE, CEO of Pearl Education Foundation

  • Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films

  • The Rt. Honorable Patricia Hewitt, former MP and UK Health Secretary

  • Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

  • Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman of the Institute of Directors

  • Marianne Abib-Pech, Founder of Lead the Future

  • Dena McCallum, Founding Partner of Eden McCallum

  • Jo Malone, Founder and Creative Director of JO LOVES

  • Amanda Sourry, Executive Vice President and Chairwomen of Unilever UK & Ireland

Women: The Next Engine of Growth

With women facing inequality at almost every level of business, this year's conference tackles what companies and individuals can do to make a difference: 

  • How can men and women recognise and overcome unconscious biases? 
  • What can companies do to make their workplace more inclusive?
  • How can men support women, and women support other women?

Speakers included Karalee Close (Partner & MD, BCG) and Joanna Cound (Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy, EMEA, BlackRock), Stephanie Horton (CMO, Farfetch), Clare Twelvetrees (Interim CEO, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women), Helen Watson (CEO, Rothschild Wealth Management UK) and more.