Programme at Women in Business & Tech Expo 2021

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20 October 2021

10:00-10:30

Keynote Theatre

Keynote Address: Women In The Work Place and Domestic Abuse - How Employers Can Help

As Patron of Woman's Aid and as a survivor of an abusive relationship herself, Melanie will give her own thoughts and insight on the impact of being in a work place for women who are suffering from any form of domestic abuse.

Speaker

Mel B, TV Personality, Author, Patron of Women’s Aid, One fifth of Spice Girls

20 October 2021

10:40-11:10

Women in Business Theatre

Intellectual Property Explained

Intellectual Property (IP) touches everything that makes modern life more enjoyable, easier, safer, and more prosperous. In the session you will learn the different types of IP and how they affect your business.

Speaker

Emma Richards, Business Engagement and Communications Manager at the Intellectual Property Office

20 October 2021

10:40-11:10

Women in Tech Theatre

Combining Professional and Personal Passions for Success: Sustainability and inclusion in the workplace

Laura Magnani discusses why it is important to understand both who we are, what our passions are and how we can combine these in our working lives.

Speaker

Laura Magnani, Accenture Technology Solution Architect and UKI Technology I&D Lead at Accenture

20 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Keynote Theatre

The Power of Mentoring

Throughout this interactive and practical session Vanessa will share her top tips having mentored over 100 individuals during her 25 year career in Finance. She will also share her reflections of being a successful mentor for programmes such as Parligender, a House of Parliament Mentoring campaign and the hugely successful CRUK Women of Influence mentoring programme.

Speaker

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity

20 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Women in Business Theatre

How to Protect Your Business from Cyber-Crime

Andy Bone and Jason Crawford will highlight where businesses are most vulnerable and offer tactical ways to help small business owners and decision-makers protect themselves against cybercrime.

Speakers

Andy Bone, Solutions Specialist at Dell Technologies, Jason Crawford, Solutions Specialist at Dell Technologies

20 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

How do you Build a Business around Family Commitments?

Franchising can offer autonomy and more control over work/life balance, allowing you shape a fulfilling career around family commitments.

Speakers

Jayne Aspin-Mayne, McDonald’s Franchisee at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Joanne Jones, McDonald’s Franchisee at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Tina Dekker, SVP, Chief Legal & Corporate Relations Officer for McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

20 October 2021

12:00-12:30

Women in Business Theatre

Inner Critic Masterclass

Clarity on how your inner voice impacts your life. Ditch your inner critic, and shift your mindset for true confidence, wellbeing and success.

Speaker

Harriet Waley-Cohen, Change Catalyst

20 October 2021

12:00-12:30

Women in Tech Theatre

Aim High: Be Your Own Kind of Leader

It has never been more important than now to understand not what you do but why you do it. Discover how you can be the kind of leader you would follow, being your own kind of leader and the powerful impact and influence we all have on each other.

Speaker

Rachel Daka, VP and Head of Projects & Consulting CIS at Capgemini

20 October 2021

12:00-12:30

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Women In Logistics. Seize the Opportunity

The Logistics sector contributes £127 billion annually to UK economy. There are over 205,000 logistics enterprises in the UK and online retail  averaged 28.1% of retail sales in 2020. But despite this only 20% of the workforce are female. What are we waiting for?

Speaker

Gemma Jones, Senior Business Development Manager Programs & Partnerships at Amazon Logistics

20 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Keynote Theatre

How to Attract Investor’s Interest as a Female Startup Founder

Come and learn precisely what it takes to be ready to pitch to investors, how to attract thair interest and make your pitch compelling.

Speaker

Paulina Sygulska Tenner, Founder of GrantTree

20 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Women in Business Theatre

“You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great.” (Zig Ziglar)

A lively no-nonsense session for anyone who wants to take the leap into a leadership role or into self-employment or who just needs to believe that they are credible, capable, worthy and ready!

Speaker

Kim Morgan, CEO & Founder of Barefoot Coaching Ltd

20 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Women in Tech Theatre

Women in Cyber Security: Breaking the Ceiling

Join the conversation with leaders at Bank of America as they share personal stories and perspectives about breaking glass ceilings in cyber security, and career tips for women looking to enter the field.

Speakers

Erin Cassell, Regional Information Security Officer for EMEA and Global Cyber Security Engineering at Bank of America, Ragna Sveinsdottir, Senior Vice President, Cyber Crime Senior Specialist at Bank of America

20 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Get More Clients Now - How To Effectively Market Your Services

If you'd like to have more of your ideal clients walking through your door, join the Seminar and get more clients now.

Speaker

Anna Goodwin, Managing Director at Heart Centred Business

20 October 2021

13:15-13:45

Women in Tech Theatre

Advancing Your Career – Personal insights and tips as a female leader

Speakers

Shriyanka Hore, Tribe Lead – Market Infrastructure Communities and Standards Services at SWIFT, Teresa Meek, Head of Talent & Diversity at SWIFT

20 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Women in Business Theatre

Encourage, nurture, unite: driving representation and inclusiveness within business

Hear Kathy give her thoughts and insight on what more can be done to improve equal representation in traditionally male-led industries.

Speaker

Kathy Quashie, Head Of Indirect Business at Vodafone UK

20 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Women in Tech Theatre

Automation and The Key to Digital Transformation

Join Sam Pirog, global co-head of Digitization and Workflow to hear how engineers at Goldman Sachs are at the forefront of digital transformation, building world-class technology solutions to automate critical business processes.

Speaker

Sam Pirog, Managing Director, Digitization and Workflow Engineering at Goldman Sachs

20 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Keynote Theatre

Championing a More Equitable Workforce

Explore how to effect change and create a more equitable workforce, focusing on core moments in the recruitment journey.

Speaker

Danny Stacy, Senior Manager, Employer Insights at Indeed

20 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

How to solve a problem like...Starting a Business

Join Simone Roche MBE as she is joined by a stellar panel of entrepreneurs who will let you in on all the things they wished they had known when setting up a business.

Speaker

Simone Roche MBE, Founder of Northern Power Futures & Northern Power Women

20 October 2021

14:30-15:00

Keynote Theatre

Keynote Address: Karren Brady, Working Mother

Speaker

Baroness Karren Brady CBE, Vice Chairwoman of West Ham FC

20 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Keynote Theatre

Back Yourself!

Join Emma to hear about her business journey with Killing Kittens and sistr and the importance of being unapologetically selfish when it comes to succeeding at bringing your purpose, passion and personality together in business.

Speaker

Emma Sayle, CEO & Founder of The KK Group

20 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

How to Succeed with LinkedIn

Join Sonya for a LinkedIn Workshop that will help light the fire in your belly for becoming who you want to become.

Speaker

Sonya Barlow, Founder, Like Minded Females

20 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Women in Tech Theatre

Visibility for Women in a Hybrid Workspace

In this session a panel from CGI Women's Network reflect on the seismic changes that have taken place within the workplace as a result of the pandemic, the impacts they’ve had on women in the workplace and why it’s important to stay visible.

Speakers

Stacey Van Bergen, Client and Account Lead at CGI, Caroline Gundu, Senior Consultant – Energy Retail | Former Chair of the Women’s Network, Debbie Street, Director of Consulting Services – Telecoms | Co-Chair of the Women’s Network, Isobel Voyles, VP Consulting Expert Delivery Leadership - Smart Metering at CGI

20 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Digital Inclusion: How to tap into £274 billion of inclusive growth

Digital Inclusion: Case studies and advice on how to achieve 20% inclusive growth and tap into £274bn spending power in the UK.

Speaker

Rene Perkins, CEO & Co-Founder of CityMaaS

20 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Keynote Theatre

Menopause Awareness and the Workplace

Celebrating menopause awareness and creating opportunities for furthering equality in the workplace.

Speaker

Dr. Louise Taylor, GP, Author, Founder of Your Midlife Magic and Co-Founder of Work with the Menopause

20 October 2021

15:50-16:30

Women in Business Theatre

Women, Brands and Activating Social Change

Join the panellists from Bauer as they discuss the reseach conducted by Grazia earlier this year around women’s changing priorities and how they expect brands to change accordingly.

Speakers

Hattie Brett, Editor for Grazia, Lauren Holleyoake, Publisher for Grazia, Victoria Easton-Riley, Content Director for Bauer Radio Scotland, Lucie Cave, Chief Content Officer at Bauer Media

20 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Women in Tech Theatre

How the insurance industry could propel your tech career – 4 inspiring women share their experiences

Speakers

Lisa Hill, DevOps Concepts & Tooling Manager, IT at Allianz, Victoria Chadwick, Recruitment Business Partner, HR at Allianz, Hayley Eastman-Dale, Head of Information Security at Allianz, Michelle Cope, IT Senior Enterprise Architect, Strategy & Architecture at Allianz

20 October 2021

16:30-17:00

Women in Tech Theatre

The Future Workplace for Women

Wondering what the future workplace looks like for women? Hear from Emma Botfield, Managing Director of RS Components, a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM).

Speaker

Emma Botfield, Managing Director, UK & Ireland at RS Components

20 October 2021

16:30-17:00

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Authority in Social Media - gaining more visibility, more followers, more sales

Join this session to better understand why having online visibility will give you more credibility, increase your reputation and boost your professional profile.

Speaker

Candyce Costa, Founder of Female Tech Leaders

20 October 2021

16:30-17:00

Keynote Theatre

My journey and the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace

In this session Donna Kelly looks back on her own career history and the value of diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace.

Speaker

Donna Kelly, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Lead for ‘South & Midlands’ Business Unit, UK for CGI

21 October 2021

10:00-10:30

Keynote Theatre

Relationships with Yourself, Work & Partner

Join Caprice to hear her inspirational and motivational story. She will talk about learning how to survive in business, the effects of Covid, how to maintain confidence, how to get creative and how important it is to stay positive.

Speaker

Caprice Bourret, Award-winning Model, Businesswoman

21 October 2021

10:00-10:30

Women in Tech Theatre

Building teams in Hypergrowth

In this talk, hear about some of the biggest learnings from scaling Shopify Plus and Shopify EMEA in how to build for fast and lasting growth

Speaker

Shimona Mehta, EMEA Managing Director at Shopify

21 October 2021

10:00-10:30

Women in Business Theatre

Heart Centred Sales - How to better serve your clients and make more money

Learn our 5 Step System for Heart Centred Sales so you can better serve your clients and have them happily pay you more.

Speaker

Chris Lambert-Gorwyn, Director at Heart Centred Business

21 October 2021

10:40-11:10

Keynote Theatre

Things Radio Has Taught Me

Harriet Scott discusses her 30-year career in the radio industry and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

Speaker

Harriet Scott, Broadcaster and Presenter for Bauer Media

21 October 2021

10:40-11:10

Women in Business Theatre

Empowerment through Education

Education in its truest sense goes beyond academic work, book learningorexamination results; It is about the preparation of well-rounded, confident people with a leadership mindset for the future.

Speaker

Yejide Akiode, Founder / CEO of Eduspace Limited

21 October 2021

10:40-11:10

Women in Tech Theatre

Designing my work life, a career change story

Find out about Tijana’s journey across sectors, industries and roles and get inspired to start designing your work life.

Speaker

Tijana Tasich, Consulting Director, Experience Design at Zuhlke Engineering

21 October 2021

10:40-11:10

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Why you should use automation to level-up your HR, from old to new

HR pros, snowed under admin tasks, can’t evolve as quickly as they should. Automation might solve the problem.

Speaker

Nicolas Croix, CEO at Moonworkers

21 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Women in Business Theatre

Financial Milestones for Women

The session highlights the importance of having a trusted financial adviser as part of your ‘power team’.

Speaker

Samantha Kaye, Adviser at Her Wealth at Wellesley Wealth Advisory & Fellow of the Personal Finance Society

21 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Women in Tech Theatre

Customer first: The development of the Santander Homes UK and European Business

Explore the development the new Santander European Homes Regional Business Office and how it plans to drive customer obsession.

Speakers

Tracie Pearce, Chief Customer Officer for Homes at Santander, Anouska Ramsay, Director of Culture and Capability at Santander, Andrew Knight, Chief Technology Officer at Santander

21 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Fear of Going it Alone? You’re Never Alone when you Partner with a Franchisor

Hear how sharing in success could help you to start your own business, equipped with an established system and experienced network.

Speakers

Sarah Lloyd, McDonald’s Franchisee at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Jacqui Moore, McDonald’s Franchisee at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Sarah Carter, Vice President - Operations North at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

21 October 2021

11:20-11:50

Keynote Theatre

How Fear and Internal Rhetoric can Lead to Self Doubt and Self Defeat

Join Anoushé to learn about fear and internal rhetoric, how to recognise them and the impact they are having on your life, learn self-awareness and build tools to support you on your career and life journey.

Speaker

Anoushé Husain, Civil Servant: diversity and staff engagement lead, public speaker, paraclimber, disability and intersectional advocate

21 October 2021

12:00-12:30

Keynote Theatre

Glass Ceiling or Sticky Floor?

You’ve heard of the glass ceiling, but what about the sticky floor? Tara McGeehan will share tips for becoming ‘unstuck’ to excel in your career.
Speaker

Tara McGeehan, President of CGI in UK and Australia

21 October 2021

12:00-12:30

Women in Tech Theatre

How Techy do you Need to be to Succeed in a Tech Organisation?

In the session, two of Capgemini’s ‘less technical’ women leaders will discuss the different paths available in a tech business, those roles that are highly technical, those that are highly consulting or advisory and the middle path with encompasses a balance of the two.

Speakers

Joanne Peplow, Director Insights and Data | UK AI & Analytics Team Lead at Capgemini, Anda Ziemele, Senior Insights & Data Consultant & Data Scientist at Capgemini

21 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Keynote Theatre

Shifting the Culture of your Organisation

Learn how to unlock the potential of your people through storytelling, sponsorship and tapping into your internal influencers. Finding out practical ways you can create a more inclusive culture.

Speaker

Katie Lloyd, Development Director for BBC News & Current Affairs

21 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Women in Tech Theatre

Create the Career You Want: Join women working at Thales to hear about their journeys, struggles and successes

Speakers

Victoria Howells, Engineering Operations & Strategy Director at Thales, Nicola Glassborow, Team Leader, Maritime Mission Systems at Thales, Sarah Milnes, System Engineer at Thales

21 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Women in Business Theatre

23onme by Business Yoga

Join us during your lunch break for our 23onme class designed to improve performance and boost your energy levels!

Speakers

Emily Rider, Co-Director of Business Yoga, Ella Mesma, Founder and Co-Director of Business Yoga

21 October 2021

12:40-13:10

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Money Mindset - How to make more & keep more in a heart centred way

In this seminar you will learn how to change your Money Mindset, so you can start keeping more of the money you make!

Speaker

David Roylance, Head of Strategy at Heart Centred Business

21 October 2021

13:15-13:45

Women in Tech Theatre

Finding Your Perfect Fit

Join Natalie for advice on how to develop at work by making the most of what you already have in your career backpack.

Speaker

Natalie Tedstone, Recruitment and Talent Director t IRIS Software Group

21 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Keynote Theatre

Employee Wellbeing: The best investment a company can make

Louise O’Shea, CEO of Confused.com shares how being branded a female CEO was the lightbulb moment for realising that wellbeing in the workplace still has a long way to go. Listen to her advice on how to create a work environment that harbours employee wellbeing and inclusion.

Speaker

Louise O’shea, CEO of Confused.com

21 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Women in Tech Theatre

Woke Women at Work: A Force for Good

Join Helen to see how can leaders create the right conditions for diverse teams to succeed in a polarised world?

Speaker

Helen Trim, SVP Marketing, EMEA & APAC at Coupa Software

21 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Women in Business Theatre

Investing for the Future: How to make your money work harder

Join this session and let us show you the powerful impact that investing can have on your finances.

Speakers

Alice Proctor, Chartered Investment Manager at Brewin Dolphin, Joy Moir, Chartered Investment Manager at Brewin Dolphin

21 October 2021

13:50-14:20

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

How to Use NFTs to Make Your Startup Stand Out From the Crowd!

There is no denying that Blockchain, Crypto and NFT's are here to stay; this session will help startup's use it to stand out from the crowd

Speaker

Lavinia Osbourne, Blockchain, Welltech & NFT Specialist and Thought Leader

21 October 2021

14:30-15:00

Keynote Theatre

Keynote Address: From She-Cession to She-Recovery

Speaker

Baroness Karren Brady CBE, Vice Chairwoman of West Ham FC

21 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Changing Banking for Good: My Story

Join Anne Boden, the first woman to found and build a bank in the UK from scratch, to hear her inspiring story of the determination, innovation and entrepreneurism needed to do what everyone said couldn’t be done.

Speaker

Anne Boden, Founder and CEO of Starling Bank

21 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Keynote Theatre

How To Turn Adversity Into Achievement

Have you ever had to face adversity? On your knees asking for help adversity? Juggling children and career progression adversity? Trying to navigate your way through business adversity? Did you ever have to pick yourself up from rock bottom adversity? Join Scarlett Allen-Horton as she shares her inspiring and vulnerable personal journey.

Speaker

Scarlett Allen-Horton, Founder of Harper Fox Partners and BBC Apprentice Finalist 2019

21 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Women in Tech Theatre

Different Ways in Which Women Can Enter and Build Careers in Technology

Hear how technology is a great career choice for women to contribute, grow and have a great work-life balance.

Speakers

Arti Godkhindi, Business Analysis Manager, Technology at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Tina Marley, PMO Manager, Technology at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Susan Devally, Senior Product Manager, Technology at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

21 October 2021

15:10-15:40

Women in Business Theatre

Why Consider Post-Graduate Business Education

There are endless career options to accelerate your career and thrive as a leader: when to consider business education and is it worth the investment.

Speaker

Lydia Wakefield, Associate Director, External Partnership & Scholarships at London Business School

21 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Keynote Theatre

3 Reasons You’re Not Making Money Using Instagram

Join Author, Speaker and Instagram Expert, Estelle Keeber, as she shares her incredible and easy to understand tips on how every business can make money on Instagram.

Speaker

Estelle Keeber, Instagram Expert & Founder of Immortal Monkey

21 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Women in Tech Theatre

Confronting bias – In products, machine learning, and myself

Join this session to learn how to solve the bias in the surfacing and selecting of images on the world’s leading image buying platform.

Speaker

Andrea Gagliano, Director, Head of Data Science at Getty Images

21 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Business Starter & Franchise Education Theatre

Boost Your Confidence So You Can Boost Your Business

Through this transformational talk, we dive into Nada Lena's science-based methodology, C.O.R.E., and essential elements that are vital to building your success and career confidence.

Speaker

Nada Lana, Founder Rise Up for You, TEDx Speaker, Author

21 October 2021

15:50-16:20

Women in Business Theatre

Being Brave: Leveraging your experience with purpose

Bringing courage and purpose to build a portfolio career leveraging your experience and true to your values.

Speaker

Carolyn Clarke, Founder & CEO of Brave Consultancy