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STAGES

Wed 15 May
- 08:00

REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST

Wed 15 May
- 09:00

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Opening Remarks and Chairperson Introduction

Vivienne Artz

President @ Women in Banking and Finance

Wed 15 May
- 09:15

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Opening Address

Professor Heather McGregor

Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School @ Heriot-Watt University

Wed 15 May
- 09:30

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

The New Way of Talking about D&I

Leanne Cutts

Group General Manager and Group Chief Marketing Officer @ HSBC

Times have changed. Should it be Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) or Inclusion and Diversity? Surely we need an inclusive mentality and a welcoming environment before we add the diverse workforce. The case for inclusion is established, but organisations still struggle to tackle the issue meaningfully. While an increasing number of studies point to diversity having a positive impact on business performance, it needs to be coupled with inclusion if financial services companies want to see cultural and societal change. What is the ethos of a healthier human system? Are companies investing in D&I initiatives that give them better ‘stats’? Are we actually getting anywhere, or is it all just talk? Are we on the brink of a breakthrough?

 

Wed 15 May
- 10:00

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

What's Your Action Plan?

Tracy Watkinson

COO for UK Service Company Entity @ Credit Suisse

In this session we will be moving the conversation on from the business case for gender diversity to practical solutions leading to change. Tracy will focus on tackling this issue like any other business problem; led by the business, using data to understand the current state, agree targets and measure the success of actions. With an emphasis on implementing process changes to mitigate for potential bias and ensure a sustainable solution, this should help you create your action plan.

 

Wed 15 May
- 10:30

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Accountability for Diversity and Inclusion

Nishi Somaiya

Head of Private Capital Business ESSG @ Goldman Sachs

We know that diversity and inclusion drives better business outcomes and is an important topic for organisations across the city. We also know that senior leadership and engagement on the topic is crucial – but what about the rest of an organisation? How can organisations make sure that everyone regardless of level, tenure or role contributes to building an inclusive environment and diverse workforce, and how can we drive accountability for action? This session will explore accountability strategies for all levels.

 

Wed 15 May
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 15 May
- 11:30

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Why Gender Diversity is Good for Wider Diversity

Joanna Place

COO @ Bank of England

Simply being exposed to diversity can change the way we think. Study after study has proven that diversity is needed to create teams capable of genuine innovation and modernisation, as it amplifies creativity and encourages imagination and new ideas. Diversity means much more than equal opportunities, going much further than gender, ethnicity or social equality. Leaders need to encourage diversity of thinking and be willing to have entrenched viewpoints challenged. And diversity can only be of benefit if the workforce is empowered to express its diversity; otherwise, companies may end up with teams who look different from each other, but think the same. So diversity is necessary but not sufficient; being truly inclusive and empowering will ensure the real benefits of diversity are realised.

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:05

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Men as Change Agents for the Gender Equality Mission

Asif Sadiq

Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging @ The Telegraph

In an ever-changing world, where gender equality is of the utmost importance both from a male and female perspective, the importance of tackling key challenges through a shared perspective of responsibility is critical to achieving equality. In this session, Asif Sadiq will first prove that we need to understand the challenges that women face and what men can do to address these. He will explore barriers that men face in the world today, such as gender stereotypes that not only result in men being at a disadvantage but further embed stereotypes for women. He will then show that to address both gender challenges, a joint up approach needs to be adapted, that helps support gender equality for women while addressing the male stereotypes.

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:40

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Promoting Diversity and Strengthening Retention

Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE BA, FCA, FCIBS, FRSE

Former CEO @ Virgin Money

Diverse thinking and an inclusive environment generate better ideas and foster stronger team commitment, collaboration and engagement. And these, in turn, power the performance excellence that delivers value to your customers and shareholders. The business case is clear. But how do you do it?

 

Wed 15 May
- 13:10

LUNCH

Wed 15 May
- 14:10

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Bite the Bullet

Lawrence Shaw

Chief Administration Officer - Corporate and Investment Bank @ Deutsche Bank

Studies suggest that women are likely to be far more risk-averse than their male counterparts. Women must become more inclined to take risks, whether it be in work-based situations or in their personal development, by applying for promotions even if they do not feel 100% qualified. Are you ready to take the leap?

Those who tend to take risks can not only often see them pay off and end in successes, but are usually seen as bold and assertive in the eyes of their superiors. Although there is a chance these risks may not pay off, it allows an opportunity to learn from previous failures, and to utilise what has been learned in future situations. Nobody is perfect, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone!

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:45

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Inside the Discrimination Mind

Nuala Walsh

Founder @ MindEquity, Vice-Chair @ UN Women UK

Understanding the causality of discrimination and why it takes place matters as much to the financial services industry as the reporting of its rate of incidence, progression status and unintended consequentiality. From a behavioural science perspective, Nuala will suggest the root causes and triggers of gender discrimination and inequality, sharing several less-popularised explanations as well as a selection of behaviourally-informed intervention solutions which could potentially be adopted within the industry.

 

Wed 15 May
- 15:20

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Mentors & Sponsors: Why We Need Both

Valeria Locatelli

Audit Director @ M&G Investments

It is well known that mentors and sponsors often play critical roles in the development of the careers of successful business people. How can you identify, cultivate and leverage these relationships successfully throughout your career? This session will run through practical advice in relation to how to identify and build relationships with potential mentors and sponsors, at all levels. Valeria will cover the key differences between mentors and sponsors, and how relationships with each can and should be cultivated over time. What is the difference between a mentor, sponsor and a manager? Which of these three is really the most relevant to a successful career?

 

Wed 15 May
- 15:50

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 15 May
- 16:25

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Motivating Millennials

Dawn Miller

SVP, Head of Middle Market/ SME, Industry Practices & Distribution, Continental Europe @ Chubb

Joshua Bright

Co-Founder @ Capital Moments

When organisations start digging into the differences that exist among generations, they tend to overlook the fact that we are all humans. The generational differences are certainly real, but underneath those differences, we share very deeply rooted characteristics, and one of those is a basic yearning to be successful. How do you align your culture with deep, human motivations — across generations — to help make your people more successful? What are the benefits of a multi-generational workforce? And what will the impact be on employee engagement?

 

Wed 15 May
- 16:55

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Closing Address: Raising the Stakes – Collective Action for Inclusion in the Workplace

Melanie Richards

Deputy Chair and Board Member @ KPMG UK

The City is experiencing considerable positive change and is finally seeking to tackle issues such as gender equality; there are pioneering men and women creating new ways of working and thinking.

Melanie Richards, Deputy Chair of KPMG UK, will give an honest and frank perspective on advancing diversity in the workplace and how we all need to challenge ourselves to do something different.

Can we take equality from an ideal into a reality across our workplaces and society? Melanie will provide both big-picture perspectives and practical tips on what we can all do to be more inclusive in the way in which we work and lead. This isn’t just a question of the difference between male and female leaders anymore. There is a need for different styles of leadership more broadly. A shift away from the notion of the heroic leader to something more collaborative, more inclusive and more thoughtful which will also make us better equipped to deal with the global challenges we face.

 

Wed 15 May
- 17:25

Main Plenary: You are Not Defined by Gender

Introduction to Networking Drinks

Wed 15 May
- 17:40

CLOSE OF CONFERENCE & NETWORKING DRINKS

Wed 15 May
- 11:25

Track 1: Finance 4.0

Chairperson Introduction

Karen Penney

Wed 15 May
- 11:30

Track 1: Finance 4.0

You don't Need to be a Tech Geek to be a FinTech Professional

Monica Summerville

Director, FinTech Research @ TABB Group

Diverse research finds average ability of boys and girls in STEM subject is roughly equal, yet vastly fewer women work in technology roles in finance. Social norms often mean women spend more time on interrupt-driven work and family tasks, leaving little-to-no blocks of the immersive 'geek' time required when coding, gaming or exploring a new technology. What can women and companies do to work within this reality yet increase diversity of technology employees and technology consumers?

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:05

Track 1: Finance 4.0

Is a Robot Really Going to Take my Job?

Reserved for Event Partner

It seems like machines are taking all the jobs... or are they? The World Economic Forum says more than 7 million jobs are at risk from advances in technology in the world’s largest economies over the next five years. So what can we do? The one area where human beings still maintain a major advantage over machine behaviour is the role of creator. Career-oriented people in any industry should focus on performing high-value–added tasks and developing creativity-oriented skills that computers cannot currently perform well in order to secure a spot in the global economy. The lesson is to use technology to automate menial tasks in order to free up time and resources to support creative pursuits. So let’s learn to nurture our ‘soft skills’ and keep people one step ahead.

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:40

Track 1: Finance 4.0

How Diversity Transforms Finance 4.0

Wincie Wong

Head of Innovation for Supply Chain Services @ RBS

Diversity is critical to allow companies to adapt to change and innovate in the current world. Banks are more reliant than ever on technology and innovations to deliver great customer experiences. In this session, we will talk about my journey into tech & innovation, founding NatWest’s Girls Can Code network and the industry wide Tech She Can charter, critical to changing the ratio for the next generation.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:10

Track 1: Finance 4.0

Future Use Cases of Blockchain - how Blockchain Could Change the World as we Know it Today

Erica Stanford

Co-Founder @ SWcircle

Paper forms, and cash, will soon be a thing of the past – everything will be digital, recorded on blockchain. With blockchain, individuals can be back in control - of our finances, credit scores, and energy buying and no longer rely on companies who control these industries. Blockchain will also offer new opportunities for us – from renting cars via smart contract to granting remote access to safe Places from a distance. Blockchain is a very powerful tool – it can be used for good or bad – it’s what we make of it.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:45

Track 1: Finance 4.0

Social Innovation: Using Digital to Solve Real-World Problems

Claudia Coppenolle

Director Strategic Execution & Digital Cash Solutions @ Deutsche Bank

What happens when organisations use their expertise and technology for social impact? Hear how you can not only solve real-world problems, deliver against the sustainable development goals 2030, but also create major business opportunities. In this session, we will be sharing insights into how to put digital social innovation into action, and how to raise money and awareness along the way.

 

Wed 15 May
- 15:20

Track 1: Finance 4.0

Rise Up Women Fintech Leaders

Angela Yore

Managing Director & Co-Founder @ SkyParlour

Cecilia Harvey

Founder & CEO @ Tech Women Today

When I say to the Fintech leaders I work with, ‘why is your board so lacking in diversity?’, the same response I often get is that women are simply not applying! And it’s true that women only represent 29% of staff in the sector and white men dominate the boardroom. This talk explores the complexities of diversity in fintech, what is to be done to create equality and finally the vast benefits it brings.

 

Wed 15 May
- 11:25

Track 2: Tackling the Biased Mind

Chairperson Introduction

Julia Streets

Founder, Streets Consulting and Host @ DiverCity Podcast

Wed 15 May
- 11:30

Track 2: Tackling the Biased Mind

Inclusion Beyond Women

Jagdeep Rai

Head of Corporate Banking, Heathrow & South West London @ Barclays

Since women make up 50% of the population, the “Women first” strategy might seem to make sense for senior leaders who prioritise D&I initiatives based on pure numbers of people impacted. But the numbers-driven approach to D&I is just one part of the equation. While many great D&I initiatives do start with small steps, asking people with multiple identities of marginalisation to “wait their turn,” contributes to further inequality. So, all of our efforts must be intersectional, and deliberately focus on those on the fringes. What is intersectionality? Why should D&I initiatives go further?

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:05 - 13:10

Track 2: Tackling the Biased Mind

PANEL: Pride & Prejudice: Being an Ally

Peter Wharton-Hood

Mark Freed

CEO @ E2W

Saadia Mujeeb

Global Head of Risk - Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, PB, CCPs @ NatWest Markets

Pips Bunce

Director / Head of Global Markets Technology Core Engineering Integration Components @ Credit Suisse

"I'm just not sure what I can do about it..."

"Listen, I'm not the one [insert discriminating behaviour or state]! So what am I supposed to do?

It's hard to be part of a system that unconsciously yet actively holds people down. When you're part of the problem and don't want to be... Men often feel like the enemy. It's frustrating being faced with a problem you know you are party to, yet powerless to change on your own.

That's where the concept of allyship comes in. Allyship is a way for men who feel powerless and/or part of the problem to step up and help women challenge discrimination at work. Allyship allows them to speak up and call out gender biased interactions when they witness them, and support the women who are already trying to challenge a broken system. 

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:10

Track 2: Tackling the Biased Mind

Intersectionality - a Personalised Approach to Inclusion

Rukasana Bhaijee

Diversity & Inclusion Senior Manager, People Advisory Services @ EY

Individuals are multi-layered complex beings with unique challenges and strengths. D&I strategies and themes often try and shoehorn individuals into boxes. This approach doesn’t always allow for an understanding of the layers and the whole need of the individual. This session will provide an insight into intersectional thinking to break free of the box and personalise an inclusive approach to enable belonging.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:45

Track 2: Tackling the Biased Mind

Leading by Emotions

Dr Kamel Hothi OBE

Non-Executive Director & Trustee @ TLC Lions

Who would you walk over coals for? You may find them in the Forces, in the home, or as Environmentalists, but where are these leaders in the corporate world? How do we engage emotions to help deliver the change that is needed to raise the bar on integrity, trust & inclusion. Dr Kamel Hothi will explore the impact of empathy and why leadership is all about the human touch.

 

Wed 15 May
- 15:20

Track 2: Tackling the Biased Mind

Flexible Working: Why do we Treat it as a Women-Only Issue?

Carolanne Minashi

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion @ UBS

Flexible working - its benefits are clear. For businesses, it helps to attract and retain talented working parents. As a society, it gets us closer to gender equality by counteracting the tangible motherhood penalty. Yet, while mothers are the group that would most benefit from flexible working arrangements right now, it would be a mistake to see this as only a mother’s matter. Indeed, doing so would miss the point – and the full business benefits – of flexibility. How can we reap the benefits of an engaged, productive workforce? What policies need to be put in place?

 

Wed 15 May
- 11:25

Track 3: What's in HER Wallet

Chairperson Introduction

Wed 15 May
- 11:30

Track 3: What's in HER Wallet

Change on the Horizon

Gurpreet Manku

Assistant Director General and Director of Policy @ British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Women have been under-represented in private equity and venture capital but there are encouraging signs that things are changing. Although the numbers have a long way to go, there are some tremendously successful, ambitious and innovative women taking the private equity and venture capital industry by storm. Will this help contribute towards raising awareness of the lack of diversity in the industry? Surely it will offer young women a growing band of female role models to aspire toward, and assist firms and investors who want to do something more about it. Awareness and action are the stepping stones to bringing about change. Is change on the horizon?

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:05 - 13:10

Track 3: What's in HER Wallet

PANEL: Is Diversity Limiting LP's Fund Selection?

Ashley Knight

Investment Associate @ Mercer

Tamara Gillan

CEO and Founder Cherry London @ Cherry London, Co-Founder @ The WealthiHer Network

Annabel Bosman

Head of Relationship Management @ Julius Baer

As a country, we understand the reasons for the inclusion of women and minorities in the electorate, in our educational system, and in our firms and government agencies. However, the reasons that these same trends would be important to investors aren’t immediately clear. Why are private equity funds not realising the opportunities that come from diversity? How do LPs define diversity? How are LPs pushing GPs for inclusiveness? Let's take a look and understand why diversity is a strength in investing.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:10

Track 3: What's in HER Wallet

Navigating Cultural and Gender Waters in the City

Ana Draskovic

Director, Head of Business Development Countries of Operations @ EBRD

Private Equity investments happen across different geographies and cultures. Women are proven to read cultural nuances much better and build a strong rapport with different groups more quickly than men so we make a great addition to every PE team or the Board we join. But do we really play to our advantage at all times? How could we make a better “pitch” of our skills?

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:45

Track 3: What's in HER Wallet

How Mentoring Can Help You Progress Further

Leslie Kenny

Partner @ Willow Brook Capital

Life is a series of relationships – and that’s as true in the office as it is outside of work. Everyone needs supportive people in their work and personal lives, and these positive partners can come in many forms. Have you ever thought about the benefits of mentoring? Identify what makes a good mentor and discover why it could be the key to your career progression.

 

Wed 15 May
- 15:20

Track 3: What's in HER Wallet

How do we Grow the Pool of Female Role Models?

Anamica Broetz

Director, Head of Business Development & Strategy @ DWS Private Equity

Women are the single most under-utilised asset in our societies and economies. This needs to change. In this session, Anamica will explore why it is uniquely important to foster female role models from an economic as well as personal perspective. She will explore the need for female leadership and address what has to happen for more women to get to the top.

 

Wed 15 May
- 11:30 - 12:15

Workshop 1: Bank on Yourself

How to Network Successfully Internally & Externally

Reserved for Event Partner

For many, effective networking has become essential both within their own organisation (to get things done, for career advancement) and with external organisations and individuals (for business development, client relationship management and stakeholder engagement). This can be a daunting prospect. For many of us, the idea of building relationships at a networking event can be stressful. This seminar is designed to give you the practical skills to develop effective personal and business relationships by networking with confidence and integrity.

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:15 - 13:10

Workshop 1: Bank on Yourself

The Role Model Effect

Lynn White

Founder and Principal Partner @ WDI Consulting Limited

Clare Russell

Consultant @ WDI Consulting Limited

An interactive session to identify the key role models that will accelerate your career which, as research has shown, is critical in supporting the retention and progression of women. WDI Consulting will take you through their women’s leadership coaching approach to identify your role models and introduce techniques for how to leverage them to achieve your life and career goals.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:10 - 14:50

Workshop 1: Bank on Yourself

You are Not an Imposter!

Mariza Fotiou

Digital Chief Operating Officer @ HSBC Private Banking

In a study of successful people by psychologist Gail Matthews, an astounding 70% reported experiencing imposter feelings at some point in their life: that fear that once someone gets to know you they'll realise you're a complete fraud. This session will help you to overcome those feelings. We need to own our talents!

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:50 - 15:50

Workshop 1: Bank on Yourself

Business Body Language

Joanna Polak-Goodman

Founder @ Imagetalks

In the highly competitive world of finance, most of us are unaware that we are judged within seven seconds on how trustworthy and competent we are; and that our body language can have four times more impact on the first impression we make than any other factor. Just as a picture can say more than 1000 words, we can derive more from non-verbal communication than what is said. But how aware are we of our own ‘business body language’? What is our impact on others and how can we read the body language of others? It is not just about the conversations you conduct, but about the way you conduct them.

 

Wed 15 May
- 11:30 - 12:15

Workshop 2: Business Success

Lead at Speed!

Sophie Devonshire

CEO @ The Caffeine Partnership

Louisa Clarke

Partner @ The Caffeine Partnership

In a world which is accelerating increasingly fast, how do you get the pace right? Discover when to slow down to speed up, the skill of doing less to achieve more and what great leaders do to cope with 'overwhelm' with skill and flair. This is an interactive session packed with 'takeaways' and tips.

 

Wed 15 May
- 12:15 - 13:10

Workshop 2: Business Success

Supporting Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Reserved for Event Partner

Financial organisations are challenged managing expectations and demands of all their stakeholders in a constantly changing environment. A permanent haste is taking over. Work life is out of balance, absenteeism grows. Women in finance feel exactly what is going on in their company and in their life. They have all the capabilities to make a change. Why is making a transformative change for ourselves or within our organisation so difficult? And how can we break this negative spiral, and turn it into a positive one? First slow down, then accelerate.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:10 - 14:50

Workshop 2: Business Success

How to Hire, Retain & Support our Future Leaders

Reserved for Event Partner

As an employer, leadership development is crucial for your organisation and is a key aspect of management that all employers must engage in. Without effective leadership development practices in place, your organisation may well be facing an uncertain future, as key skills are lost and invaluable experience fails to be shared and passed on. Let's take a look at some of the key strategies in leadership development once you have hired and identified your own future leaders.

 

Wed 15 May
- 14:50 - 15:50

Workshop 2: Business Success

Making the Intangible Tangible: the Importance of Inclusion

Reserved for Event Partner

The world in which we live and work today commonly contains bias, racism, and discrimination because of fears over people being different, of not being “like us.” People are discounted, excluded, and marginalised because of their differences, not embraced or valued for them. Tangible differences—such as ethnicity—and the intangible—such as diversity of thought—between us have led to a working environment that is conducive to stereotyping and a lack of inclusion. The business case is clear. What makes the workplace inclusive, and how can you recognise and combat exclusionary behaviour?

 


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