Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre

Seminars

Women in Business Expo has a packed seminar programme featuring inspiring and innovative women from across different industries, all with their own story to share. What's more all our seminars are free to attend!

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09:50-10:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Why Technology should lead the diversity agenda

Pure Storage helps innovators build a better world with data. It’s also where we build the future and change industries . Here we don’t question the status quo, we erase it. Pure is a place where we value unique ideas and celebrate individuality. You can be yourself - and apply your skills regardless of how or where you gained them. Gary Matson, Director, Channel, EMEA Core Markets shares how Pure approaches recruitment and tips to getting ahead in the IT Industry.

Speaker

Gary Matson

Pure Storage Inc

Gary Matson serves as Director, Channel, EMEA Core Markets at Pure Storage, where he heads up the channel organisation in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and France.

Gary joined Pure over three years ago from Arrow ECS, where he was responsible for teams running key data centre…

09:50-10:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

Making it without faking it

Co-presented by Kaye James, Personal Impact Coach.


The biggest obstacle to success is, let’s be honest, ourselves. And it’s not so easy to "fake it ‘til you make it," otherwise we’d all just do it. Join Line and Kaye to discover how to get out of your own way and access your fearless, confident, authentic and resilient self.

Speaker

Line Hilton

Line Hilton Coaching

With a background in performance, as well as a wealth of other experience, Line has a diverse range of skills to build confidence, increase resilience and enhance communication. Line brings a fresh approach to self-development that’s fun, enlightening and memorable.

09:50-10:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

The value of women in business

Speaker

Caroline Pain

Aetna International

Caroline has over 20 years of experience leading sizable teams across a range of disciplines including Marketing, Sales, Analytics, Digital, Planning, Change and Customer Strategy. She has run operational, sales and program teams on both client and agency-side. She has held P&L accountability…

09:50-10:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

A Man is not a financial plan

"I do not want women to have power over men, but over themselves” - Mary Shelley

Why do many women lack financial confidence? This session looks at how passivity over money affects women in both their relationships and in business. And how we can change our mindset to build confidence and financial security.

Getting Better not Bitter - We look at how divorce adversely affects women’s finances, the pitfalls to avoid, how to plan and negotiate your divorce to give you a better financial future.

Speaker

Deborah Taylor

Sakura Financial Limited

Deborah Taylor is a Chartered Secretary. With a career over 20 years working with both private clients and entrepreneurs in both internationally and in the UK she advises on international structuring of their business interests and family succession planning. Following her own divorce,…

09:50-10:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Future of Online Marketing

Join this session to find out how the rise of the internet has changed how we buy, what the latest online marketing trends are, what marketing techniques aredelivering results right now and  what the future of marketing looks like.

Speaker

Adam Lovelock

Coconut Creatives, National Chairs of EWIF

Adam Lovelock is Head of Online Marketing and a Director of Coconut Creatives – the National Chairs of EWIF.

Adam studied Marketing Management (BA Hons) before working in a number of Marketing Management positions after graduating. He then founded his first business in…

10:30-11:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Getting Ahead - Play to your strengths, support each other & own it!

As a woman starting from nothing and building up various businesses by playing to her strengths, Caprice will share her inspirational and motivational story. She will talk about small business start-ups, how the changing economy is affecting us, women supporting women in the workplace and NOT being victims, plus how to take responsibility and own it!

Speaker

Caprice Bourret

Having shot to fame in the 1990s, Caprice’s break-through front cover was Vogue Magazine. She is often referred to as ‘one of the most photographed women in the world’ and has appeared on more than 350 magazine covers across the globe and over 150 TV shows and films. From her humble beginnings…

10:30-11:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Logistics - the secret to your global success

Are you thinking about taking your small business global, but not sure how? It can be daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Come and discover solutions, insights and tools to help you deliver the best customer experience and overcome the hurdles of regulations and export documents.

Speaker

Morgan Rivers

UPS UK Ltd

Morgan oversees UPS strategy and growth direction in the UK & Ireland. Morgan is focused on enabling small businesses to reach their potential. She has vast commercial experience and a track record of accelerating customer growth through bringing specialised logistics solutions to market.

10:30-11:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

How to excel in franchising – An insight into Anytime Fitness

In a world where you can do anything, why choose a franchise? And when you’ve made this choice and raised your chances of success in business significantly, how do you excel in this field and maximise on the support whilst allowing your own entrepreneurship to reign?

Speaker

Stephanie Davidge

Anytime Fitness UK

Stephanie has driven a successful career in both the Independent & Franchise sectors of the Fitness Industry in the UK, working with Boutique and mid-market brands with experience spanning across operations, sales, marketing and corporate partnerships.

10:30-11:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

How to achieve 12x Sales With Effective Digital Marketing in 2020

Successful digital marketing MD, Mark Tillison will be sharing strategies you can adopt in your business. This revealing session will explore which digital strategies are effective for different types of businesses and most importantly, how those strategies could achieve a 12-fold boost in sales.

Speaker

Mark Tillison

Tillison Consulting

Founder and Managing Director of Tillison Consulting, Mark Tillison is an established figure in the Digital Marketing arena. With years of experience in the industry, he is an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker who can invigorate and inspire businesses of all shapes and sizes to maximise their…

10:30-11:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

The 4 Pillars to becoming the ultimate authority in your field

People buy from people they know, like and trust. It was true then, it is true now. However, is more and more difficult to get your audience to know, like and trust you. There is more noise than ever before. How do you stand out?

In this session you will learn:

- The 4 Pillars To Becoming The Ultimate Authority In Your Field and get recognised for the work you do.

- The one thing you need to grow a successful personal brand.

- How to launch your product and services at lightning speed.

Speaker

Simone Vincenzi

GTeX

Simone is a multi-award winning serial entrepreneur and author who had helped people to launch more than 500 profitable businesses before he reached the age of 30.

He writes for Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Huffington Post and regularly features on tv and radio talking about…

11:10-11:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

The wrong way

The challenge of attracting and retaining women in technologies companies has been well-documented. Robin will take a look at the main issues we often hear cited as the reason for the gender disparity in this industry, and question if in fact we are looking at the problem in the wrong way. Do quotas and prescriptive candidate screening actually help to tackle the root cause? What could we do better or what could we do differently altogether? She will share her experiences of working in Silicon Valley for technology companies and provide insights for women wanting to break into technology or grow their current career in technology.

Speaker

Robin Selden

Avast

Robin Selden joined us as CMO in October 2015.

Since joining Avast Ms. Selden has revitalized Marketing launching a new brand strategy and growing customer engagement and awareness across key regions. Prior to that, Ms. Selden was CMO at NETGEAR, where she helped take the company to its…

11:10-11:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Life’s not a sausage machine - Discover 7 creative sparks to unleash your amazing potential to achieve your dreams

We’re all unique yet education often squeezes creativity. We can find ourselves stressed on ‘conveyor belt careers’. Even if we are on the right track, it can feel hard to move forward as demands on our time increase.

But there is another way. If you’re at a watershed period in your life and looking to make a change, or you want to take your business to the next level or perhaps you’re just putting feelers out to see what options there are out there… then this is the session for you!

In this engaging and nugget packed seminar, founder of Creation Station and best selling author, Sarah Cressall, shares proven and tested activities that will help you dream, believe and achieve.

Speaker

Sarah Cressall

The Creation Station

Sarah Cressall is Founder and CEO of The Creation Station a number one bestselling author, speaker, multi-award-winning entrepreneur. Sarah’s purpose is to inspire imagination, nurture creativity and unleash potential.

Sarah established The Creation Station in 2002 to bring creativity…

11:10-11:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Get more clients now!

Would you like more clients?

If you're a Coach, a Consultant or a Health Practitioner, the biggest challenge you probably face is getting enough clients

Chris & Karene have personally trained more than 2000 professionals how to get more clients and earn an extra £50,000-£100,000 within 12 months!

If you would like to know how to double your client numbers and your income within two weeks, make sure you’re at this seminar!

Speaker

Chris & Karene Lambert-Gorwyn

Heart Centred Business

TBC

11:10-11:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

What do millenials actually want?

It's said that Millenials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020 - and yet, companies are still unsure on how to attract, grow and retain these new gen professionals. If they are struggling with millenials, then the Gen Z have no chance. Attend this seminar to understand what millennials truly want from a company - a lifestyle and themselves.

Speaker

Sonya Barlow

Like Minded Females

Sonya Barlow is a Rising Star in technology and the Founder of Like Minded Females (LMF), a social enterprise to empower females and drive cultural change. In 2019, Sonya was able to give her TED talk on how we can use technology to build communities. Some of her awards include The Rising Star…

11:10-11:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Business is personal - be the leader of your life and business

In this session Penny will help people to feel 'normal' with their fears, vulnerabilities and dreams. Her desire is for everyone to come from a place of "I am normal" and then they can be begin their journey to being exceptional.

Penny will share her own story to spark awareness in others, as well as talk about the 5 skills that all business owners must acquire in order to grow and achieve the dreams they set out with

This session is the antidote to the world of hustling, fake images and those who attend will leave feeling excited and relaxed, able to believe far deeper in themselves.

Speaker

Penny Power OBE

The Business Café

Penny Power has a glossy image, her family, her OBE, her business brand; the Founder of three businesses, one global and recognised as the first Social Network for Business, pre-dating LinkedIn by 4 years. and the other a National Education Company that launched the UKs first Digital Marketing…

11:50-12:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you’ – Advancing your career in business

In her seminar, Michelle will be discussing the challenges facing women at different stage of their careers, and offering practical advice on the decision-making needed to overcome these challenges and advance your career. Drawing from personal experiences and learnings, Michelle will focus on:

  • Understanding and appreciating your own self-worth and value to a business
  • Owning your achievements and having the ability to showcase them to your advantage
  • Turning perceived weaknesses into hidden strengths

Speaker

Michelle Willis

Vodafone UK

Michelle Willis is a highly experienced and accomplished professional in the Telecomms industry, currently holding the position of Head of Technology Operations at Vodafone UK. In addition to her current role, Michelle has held senior positions at Pure Planet, Virgin Media, EE and 3 Mobile,…

11:50-12:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Building your professional profile and impact

Joanne Murphy, Chief Operating Officer at the Chartered Banker Institute, in conversation with industry panellists, discusses key areas of career development and the role professional bodies and employers can also play in supporting individuals. From how to build your network, professional profile and creating a personal brand, the seminar will give delegates important insights and takeaways for creating the career they want.

Speaker

Joanne Murphy

Chartered Banker Institute

Joanne Murphy is the Institute's Chief Operating Officer delivering the Institute’s business wide digital transformation strategy and leading the strategic and annual business planning process. Joanne’s remit includes driving our professional inclusion agenda and she has executive…

11:50-12:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

PANEL: Enabling female founders

The Rose Review commissioned by the government carried out by Alison Rose Duty CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO of Commercial & Private Banking identified the 5 key barriers to female entrepreneurs and recommended 8 interventions to enable more females to start up and grow in Business. Hosted by Amanda, Business Growth Enabler we have brought together a panel of experts to Enable Female Founders to start up and grow as entrepreneurs. Explore how NatWest can support female business founders by joining Julie our Head of Enterprise and Community Finance, Kate our Head of Franchise, Victoria our Regional Director of Commercial and Private Banking and Kristine our Entrepreneur Development Manager to give you an insight into the support and options available to you.

Speaker

Amanda Shovelton

NatWest

Amanda is passionate about helping businesses succeed and reach their full potential and has been working with SME's in the South East for the past 12 years. She is a member of the business Women in Surrey Steering committee and an Arise Reading 2019 award winner. She is an advocate of flexible…

11:50-12:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

It’s all a matter of perspective - The power of reframing

We live in a compare and despair society which often leads us to believe we can’t achieve our goals, won’t get the job or can’t build our business. This session is about how reframing our thinking allows us to change our perception and achieve our goals and the support available through British Business Bank.

Speaker

Kimadele Platts

Start Up Loans, part of British Business Bank

Kim is a proud mother and successful entrepreneur empowering leaders to overcome imposter syndrome. With over 25years experience, she has established a reputation as a transformational leader driven by challenges, undeterred by obstacles and committed to furthering standards of excellence.

11:50-12:20

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

The importance of Inclusivity - why business needs to look beyond diversity

Debbie will discuss the differences between diversity versus inclusion and what a good company culture looks like. Whilst diversity should be a priority for all businesses, diversity alone will not result in an inclusive culture. Debbie will explore how to deliver real change across an organisation and its impact on employees.

Speaker

Debbie Klein

Sky

Debbie joined Sky in 2018 as Group Chief Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer; she soon extended her remit to include People. She has responsibility for overall brand and marketing development, as well as leading corporate communications, public affairs, internal communications,…

12:30-13:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Using A.I. to augment recruiting, enhance diversity & mitigate bias

As Head of Talent Acquisition, Lee will explore the need to reinvent recruiting in the 21st century using artificial intelligence. He will then discuss how A.I. can be used to improve hiring, enhance diversity and inclusion, and mitigate bias throughout the talent lifecycle.

Speaker

Lee Andrews

IBM

Lee has been designing and leading the delivery of Talent services for the world's leading enterprises in the Technology sector for more than 15 years. Lee is currently Head of Talent Acquisition for IBM Europe, Middle-East & Africa, leading a team of >300 Talent professionals and accountable…

12:30-13:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

The imperative to be inclusive

Yoga has an image problem. A very different one since The Beatles. It’s no longer “out-there”, it’s mainstream. AND YET yoga remains an exclusive activity. Yoga’s new image of bendy, beachy and blonde excludes the very women it can serve the most. Come and see how MummyYoga is changing the conversation towards a more accessible way of yoga practice.

Speaker

Dr Rehana Jawadwala

MummyYoga

Dr. Rehana Jawadwala is the founder of MummyYoga. She has a PhD in exercise science and has studied with Michel Odent and Spinning Babies. She is helping set National Occupation Standards for yoga teachers and is chair of Chester Maternity Voices. She speaks on exercise during perinatal period.…

12:30-13:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Quick hacks for marketing your product

Join this seminar to learn everything you need to know to market your product successfully. George will explain in detail the top 3 elements of successful growth marketing as well as how to choose the right channels to develop your brand. He will also cover the kind of skills a modern marketer needs or should learn before getting started.

Speaker

George Schmidt

Tide

George is Head of Marketing at Tide, pushing modern business banking to anyone who will listen, day in and day out. A marketing consultant at heart and web developer in a previous life, George had worked for retail, e-commerce and startup clients (e.g. L'Oreal, Agent Provocateur, Mr Porter,…

12:30-13:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Women empowering women

Are women empowering women? Join this session to hear about the importance of intentional support between women and how we can drive real change with eight actions we can start doing now!

Speaker

Margaret Dawson

Red Hat

A 20-year tech industry veteran, Margaret is vice president of portfolio product marketing at Red Hat. She is a proven entrepreneur and intrapreneur, having led successful initiatives at several startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft and HPE. Margaret is a frequent…

12:30-13:00

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

5 steps to freedom in business

As a small business owner at times you’re going to feel stuck and unsure of how to move your business forward. In this session you will learn proven, powerful ways to increase your profits and free up your time to accomplish more of the dreams you have for your business, family, and life.

Speaker

Shane Spiers

Summit SCALE® Coaching

Shane coaches small to mid-sized business owners around the world helping them dramatically grow their profits year on year, build effective teams to help run their businesses and get time back for themselves.

13:10-13:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

PANEL: Women in Banking : Top tips for career success

This session aims to provide the audience with an insight into the different career paths of three Bank of America team members from the Cyber Security and Human Resources teams. Please join us to hear about their experience of navigating their chosen careers and pick up tips to help you with yours.

Hosted by Simon Riggs, Regional Information Security Officer, Bank of America

Other Speakers:

  • Lucy CaldwellEMEA Cyber Threat Intelligence Lead, Bank of America
  • Liz WaltonVice President Workforce Analytics, Reporting & Data Governance, Bank of America

Speaker

Sheenagh Meghen

Bank of America

Sheenagh has worked at Bank of America for 20 years. She is currently an executive in the Global Information Security team with previous experience as a Chief Operating Officer in a range of business areas. Her primary experience is delivering global teams through transformational change and…

13:10-13:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

PANEL: Harnessing your potential – lessons learned from female leaders

Have you ever questioned how you can have a successful career and juggle personal commitments? Or you want to drive the diversity agenda and make a real change in your business? In this honest and inspirational session, hear from our panellists about their personal career journeys, the challenges and the opportunities, and their tips on how to build careers in companies and roles you love.

Roxan Mathys from Robert Half will be chairing a lively debate with our panel of leading businesswomen. Experts from Facebook, CBRE, Gapsquare, Protiviti and an Independent Non-Executive Director will share their insights on how they’ve driven change throughout their careers.

Confirmed panellists:

Speaker

Roxan Mathys

Robert Half

Roxan joined Robert Half over five years ago, as is responsible for the brand awareness, reputation, thought leadership, media relations and content marketing for their UK and UAE markets. Having lived in multiple countries and worked in museums and art, telecommunications, insurance and now…

13:10-13:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Diversity in leadership

Key focus of this session will look at the current landscape of leaders within organisations, lack of visible role model from a diverse background and the role women entrepreneurs now play in becoming visible leaders and challenging the status quo.

Speaker

Cynthia V Davis

BAME Recruitment/Diversifying.io

Cynthia V Davis is a multi-award winning founder and Chief Executive of Diversity and Inclusion consultancy firm, BAME Recruitment and also a Tech Leader for purpose led Digital Career Platform,

13:10-13:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

The A to Z guide for claiming R&D tax credits

This is a lighthearted yet informative guide to claiming R&D Tax Credits. If your business is developing a new, or appreciably improving an existing, product, process, material or device then you really should attend this seminar. The Tax Relief is often overlooked by Accountants & Business Owners.

Speaker

Simon Bulteel

Cooden Tax Consulting

Simon Bulteel is a qualified Accountant who doesn’t do any Accountancy. During roles in Practice, Clinical Research & Motorsport he found a niche for R&D Tax Relief. In Sept 2013 he set up Cooden Tax Consulting, since then he has helped over 100 companies to claim over £11m worth of R&D Tax…

13:10-13:40

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Inspiring change: There truly is no place like home

The care industry is a huge growth area with England’s increasingly ageing population and the demands of modern life. Join Esther Boughton to find out how you can be part of the revolution by offering life-changing solutions to local families, with different levels of commitment depending on your vision for your future.

Speaker

Esther Boughton

Promedica24

Esther Boughton is part of leading live-in care franchise Promedica24, which provides high quality care so people can stay in their own homes. Esther recruits the Franchise Partners & Care Advisors.

14:00-14:30

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Baroness Karren Brady CBE

Speaker

Baroness Karren Brady CBE

Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is one of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK.

Voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world, she is passionate about business and…

14:40-15:10

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Who says you can't have it all?

The choices working women have to make between home and work are a constant cause of stress, leading to guilt and self doubt. Allison Malone, a Stagecoach franchisee, joined the network 14 years ago and has successfully grown her business. She shares her story of how she created a great work, life balance with Stagecoach.

Co-hosted with Jo Scalpello

Speaker

Allison Malone

Stagecoach Performing Arts

Allison Malone bought the Stagecoach Performing Arts franchise in Leatherhead in 2005 with just 24 students attending one Saturday morning school.

14 years on and the busy mum now welcomes over 300 students in 10 schools across two days. She was also a finalist in this years BFA…

14:40-15:10

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

How to go from making ZERO to £20K in a month

Annica made all the mistakes in the book when she started her coaching business. As a single mom of three, alone in a foreign country, having left a secure employment at the European Parliament, she needed to make it work. She eventually cracked the code and celebrated her first 20K month. Today she’s living her dream. She’ll share exactly HOW she did it!

Speaker

Annica Törneryd

ACT2exceed

Annica Törneryd is an award-winning Mindset Coach. She’s been hired by companies like Amazon, Volvo, and the United States Embassy.

Annica is the Luxembourg Ambassador for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization. She mentors in the Young Enterprise Project, Dress for Success, and…

14:40-15:10

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

The power of profile

Personal profile can be one of the most powerful elements in your business armoury, but you have to know what tools and techniques will help you build it, protect it and drive your success. Culturally, many people are brought up not to “toot your own horns” or “shout about our successes”, but in today’s highly competitive world if you don’t stand out you’re likely to watch those with profile pass you by on their way to the top.

Speaker

Vanessa Vallely OBE

WeAreTheCity

Vanessa is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on on a variety of career related topics for over 500 companies worldwide. Vanessa is also one of the UK’s most prominent figures in gender equality and often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and…

14:40-15:10

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

PANEL: Inclusive IBM - Pioneering inclusion and how to build your career journey

For over a century, IBM has believed that diversity and inclusion are business priorities. It’s what sets us apart from the rest.

Since the company began, IBM have trail blazed in their commitment to an inclusive environment, making changes not because we had to, but because it was the right thing to do.

In 1899, IBM set the precedent, hiring three women, 20 years before women were given the right to vote.

Our commitment to inclusion has not changed. Join our panel and hear from some of our top female talent about their career journeys and experience as well as insight to a tech brand that truly pioneers in diversity and inclusion.

Other panellists:

Speaker

Karen Dewar

IBM

14:40-15:10

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

Reinventing yourself at a crossroads

In 2008, Dr. Mandy Lehto was at a crossroads – literally – debating whether or not to give up her high-rolling investment banking job at a red light. Spoiler alert (she did). But she didn’t fully appreciate that the crossroads of reinventing her career meant reinventing her identity too. What got her here wouldn’t get her there. She was confident, but her courage muscles had atrophied, like a lioness in a zoo. This is a talk about “re-lionessing” and stepping into the next iteration of ourselves. How do we release old identities that no longer serve us? What kind of woman are you becoming?

Speaker

Dr. Mandy Lehto

Psychologies

Dr. Mandy Lehto is an in-demand coach and corporate trainer in London.

She specialises in working with high-achievers who are (or are on their way to being) world class. Her expertise is in helping women in the financial industry to progress in their careers, especially through…

15:20-15:50

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Things to consider when franchising your business

Ever considered growing your business through franchise? Could franchising your business work for you? What is franchising? What do you need to franchise your business? Join this session to find out all the things you need to consider when franchising your business.

Speaker

Claire Robinson

The Approved Franchise Association

Claire Robinson has been a member of the AFA’s board since its inception in 2012 and was named Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.

She has been self-employed for many years and involved in the creation and management of several, successful businesses. With an ongoing passion for…

15:20-15:50

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

How to create the career that you want

In this dynamic group coaching session, you will learn how to:

• Create opportunities in the workplace

• Overcome doubt and build self confidence

• Get clear about what you're good at

• Get clear about what inspires you

• Get your career back on track

Speaker

Suzy Walker

Psychologies

Suzy Walker is Editor-in-Chief of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches us to think differently so we can solve our own problems and create a life that nourishes us. She's also a career coach and author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace.

15:20-15:50

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Supercharge your business - build a world class operation

In this engaging and interactive session, Karen shares with you her unique, award winning and paradigm-shifting system for building and growing a world class business – the Growth Framework. You will walk away with the critical principles you need to embed in your business to create a blueprint for change which will propel your business to world-class. Do not miss out on this Keynote if you want to achieve genuine business excellence.

Speaker

Karen Dunne-Squire

Elation Experts

Award-winning entrepreneur, trainer, author and creator of the Growth Framework, Karen Dunne-Squire is uniquely positioned to inspire business owners, leaders and executives to create and develop world-class businesses through focusing on the behaviours that lead to winning outcomes.

15:20-15:50

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

Building a strong personal brand to meet your career goals

Brands don’t just apply to companies. They also apply to people. A personal brand is a mixture of your personal and professional history - your personality as much as your skills and experience. It sums up who you are and what you have to offer.

A strong personal brand can support you to succeed in your current job, whether you want to be given more challenging projects, get promoted, or achieve a pay rise. It plays a key role in getting a new job, particularly if you have had a career break. It is also crucial for freelancers who have to hustle to find new clients and is key for female founders who are the face of their business.

In this session, Kathryn Tyler will explain the role that your brand has to play in your career and help you understand how you can build an authentic brand to achieve your goals.

Speaker

Kathryn Tyler

Digital Mums

Kathryn Tyler is a social entrepreneur on a mission to help mothers find flexible, rewarding careers. She believes that adult learning is the key to achieving this. Through learning, mothers can regain lost confidence and build in-demand knowledge and skills to gain a competitive advantage in…

15:20-15:50

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Can we have it all – what I would tell my younger self

What would I tell my younger self given the pressures and expectations we face today?

We all need to make choices in life and they are not always easy. Whether professional or personal all decisions have a part to play in our lives and the journey we take. I will give you my take on how I would advise my younger self, embarking on her journey in today’s world and the pressures that come with it. The power of making decisions and the power of learning when life takes a different turn to the one which may have been expected. Anything is possible but that doesn’t mean everything is possible. Sometimes tough decisions need to be made but the empowerment to make those choices and knowing you have that empowerment is key.

Speaker

Nina Bahia

NTT

Nina is hugely passionate about how technology can be used to deliver a positive impact on today’s society and enhance the connected world we live in.

With over 20 years’ of professional experience, Nina has worked with global technology vendors and IT Research companies, leading a…

16:00-16:30

Day 1 – 16 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

How to make more money using your expertise!

Would you like to make more money from your expertise?

96% of the worldwide coaching income is earned by just 4% of the coaches. Isn’t it time you were sharing part of that income?

Chris & Karene have personally trained more than 2000 professionals how to add an extra £50,000-£100,000 within 12 months!

If you would like to know how to become known as the go-to person in your industry and double your income within two weeks, make sure you’re at this seminar!

Speaker

Chris & Karene Lambert-Gorwyn

Heart Centred Business

TBC

09:50-10:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Lessons from the front line – in business and at home

Running a Global legal team in a fast paced, disruptive technology organisation isn’t for the faint hearted. Being the lynchpin of the organisations' success by ensuring all of Pure Storages’ business, messaging and interactions are ethical, legal and in line with Pure Storage values while maintaining the unique Pure culture is more than a full time role in itself. But then add into the mix working full time while raising 4 children! Oh, and for good measure – a move from the US to the UK for the whole family…

Gwen will share some of her learnings from the business world – how to have a voice in a male-dominated arena, plus her observations from balancing a senior global position while raising an active, sporty family.

Speaker

Gwen Harrison

Pure Storage Inc.

Gwen Harrison has held senior General Council and Legal roles in large technology companies for almost 20 years, joining Pure Storage in 2015 as Vice President & Associate General Counsel

Gwen recently moved to the UK for a new global role as Vice President, Global Transactions & and…

09:50-10:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

The 4 Pillars to becoming the ultimate authority in your field

People buy from people they know, like and trust. It was true then, it is true now. However, is more and more difficult to get your audience to know, like and trust you. There is more noise than ever before. How do you stand out?

In this session you will learn:

- The 4 Pillars To Becoming The Ultimate Authority In Your Field and get recognised for the work you do.

- The one thing you need to grow a successful personal brand.

- How to launch your product and services at lightning speed.

Speaker

Simone Vincenzi

GTeX

Simone is a multi-award winning serial entrepreneur and author who had helped people to launch more than 500 profitable businesses before he reached the age of 30.

He writes for Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Huffington Post and regularly features on tv and radio talking about…

09:50-10:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

How to spread your message to a global audience and get paid to do what you love

This is an invitation for you to start thinking for the bigger future of a new vision where women can speak their mind, make their money, travel the world and create a positive impact in society.

Speaker

Mirela Sula

Global Woman

Global Woman Founder & CEO, Mirela Sula is a true force in the world of female entrepreneurship. With a background in journalism, media, and psychology, Mirela is a coach, trainer and speaker with a proven record of organising great events to promote women in business - including the Global…

09:50-10:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

How to make more money using your expertise!

Would you like to make more money from your expertise?

96% of the worldwide coaching income is earned by just 4% of the coaches. Isn’t it time you were sharing part of that income?

Chris & Karene have personally trained more than 2000 professionals how to add an extra £50,000-£100,000 within 12 months!

If you would like to know how to become known as the go-to person in your industry and double your income within two weeks, make sure you’re at this seminar!

Speaker

Chris & Karene Lambert-Gorwyn

Heart Centred Business

TBC

09:50-10:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Women in recruitment

Starting an uncertain journey as an immigrant in a wonderfully new world filled with foreign opportunity, away from the sweet scent of home. Paving not only a new path, but a successful path which has seen Emma Kiernan employ over 300 employees and 7 internal staff. Discovering and learning the fine line between being a Mammy and being a successful Business Owner and MD, which has not come without its trials and tribulations.

Founder of Worldwide Education Recruitment, Emma Kiernan has been a storm to be reckoned with. Coming from Ireland, Emma has shaped the outlook of Recruitment and the prospect of Women in business. Arriving in the UK , Emma has risen to the challenge of achieving greatness and success in an unfamiliar country as well as upscaling/ adapting her skills to meet all aspects of her business at every turn. Dealing with the idea of being responsible for every decision made regarding the business, and learning to feel confident and certain with the decisions and believing they will work.

Speaker

Emma Kiernan

Worldwide Education Recruitment

Arriving in UK due to partners new role,setting up home in a different country where I had to start from the beginning again. Helping my daughter find her place. Building a business with support from family & friends. Learning how so many requirements are needed to set up & grow a business.

10:30-11:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

The Imposter Syndrome Wipeout

For most people, setting up your own new business is really daunting. Initially, once set up, one of the hardest things to do is charge for your services. Asking for money is not as easy as people think especially when you're in charge of yourself. My talk will be all about self belief in business and overcoming imposter syndrome to get the most out of your business.

Speaker

Sarah Ali Choudhury

On behalf of Tide

A TV Chef, Multi Award Winner and Indian food expert whose recipes and articles have featured in print and online publications locally, nationally and internationally including Forbes, The Sun, The Telegraph and various others.
Presented BBC's Inside Out highlighting female chefs in UK…

10:30-11:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Authenticity in Business

Michelle’s career in teaching was highly successful which lead her into management. But at what cost? This is where Michelle began to be faced with compromises. Career, family, finances, health and wellbeing. Issues that we all have to face at one time or another, however Michelle took charge and ultimately took back control of her life.

Taking the steps to start her yoga career, Michelle soon discovered that what once was a huge passion, was the key to an authentic business. Started in her attic after 20 years of practicing yoga (usually alone in the house!) she understood quickly that people responded to her delivery of this ancient practice that became very popular, incredibly quickly.

Moving her sessions out of her home and into external venues, she knew that this is where she needed to be. Her authentic self. Her authentic business.

An entrepreneur at heart, she developed her business skills fast. But how did she remain true? Fake it til you make it wasn’t her mantra. The groundings provided to her through the ancient practice of yoga however were there. So why not build on this to form the foundations of what’s now becoming a highly recognised yoga brand.

Michelle’s journey has been challenging, exhilarating and full of wonderful achievement. This continues, and remains true to who she is today, with the promise that those coming up through the Sandstone ranks will have the same genuineness and passion as she holds since she began.

Speaker

Michelle Nicklin SYT

Sandstone Yoga & Pilates

Michelle found yoga in her teenage years, she loved the way it made her feel and its deep spiritual connections to India. Over the years and into adult life, Michelle came back to yoga whenever she felt she needed the support. Yoga followed her through a successful career as a secondary school…

10:30-11:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

Goodbye to the Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome is a phenomenon or psychological pattern where we consistently doubt our accomplishments and consistently believe we will be exposed as a fraud. This phenomenon creates enormous fear and anxiety which affects business performance and our enjoyment of work.

This session will focus on how we develop ourselves and our organisations to remove this fear and anxiety that affects almost 70% of people in business, particularly women.

The content will focus on the root causes and drivers of the Imposter Syndrome plus focus on personal strategies to overcome this challenge for you or your business.

The Imposter Syndrome is felt personally but can be a function of our own esteem, our personal perception or drivers, the culture we operate in and the industry rules or norms.

Our aim is for every attendee at this session who suffers from the Imposter Syndrome to identify a root cause in themselves or their organisation and leave the session with a clear action and focus to reduce and eventually eradicate their Imposter syndrome.

Come join us and support our mission to rid business of this crippling syndrome and put a smile on our faces at work.

Speaker

Jamie Fergus Crockett

Crockett and Co. The London Business Experts

Fergus Crockett is a very proud son, husband and father.

He has spent the last thirty years working in senior executive roles across multiple sectors, in large and small businesses. Always striving to deliver better purpose, clearer vision and significantly better results.

He…

10:30-11:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Women in Engineering - the challenges and the opportunities

In this session Nikki will talk about her career in the automotive industry, the challenges and opportunities she has faced, and why it is important that businesses like Aston Martin can attract more women engineers.

Nikki will also discuss what Aston Martin is doing to encourage the next generation of women to join engineering, and why Aston Martin has an exciting future.

Speaker

Nikki Rimmington

Aston Martin

Ms. Rimmington joined Aston Martin Lagonda in November 2007 and holds the position of Vice President and Chief Planning Officer. Prior to this role, Ms. Rimmington was Director of Corporate Finance and Planning. Before joining Aston Martin Lagonda, Ms. Rimmington worked in management consulting…

10:30-11:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

AI: how will it affect your future

Hear how Angelica combined deep technical knowledge with the human element to successfully explore the capabilities of AI and machine learning at Sky.

Speaker

Angelica Stephenson

Sky

Angelica brings passion, creativity and wide broadcast experience to her current role of driving technology innovation for Sky. She is responsible for firstly identifying and evaluating emerging technologies, standards or methods to address business opportunities within the organisation; and…

11:10-11:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

The wrong way

The challenge of attracting and retaining women in technologies companies has been well-documented. Robin will take a look at the main issues we often hear cited as the reason for the gender disparity in this industry, and question if in fact we are looking at the problem in the wrong way. Do quotas and prescriptive candidate screening actually help to tackle the root cause? What could we do better or what could we do differently altogether? She will share her experiences of working in Silicon Valley for technology companies and provide insights for women wanting to break into technology or grow their current career in technology.

Speaker

Robin Selden

Avast

Robin Selden joined us as CMO in October 2015.

Since joining Avast Ms. Selden has revitalized Marketing launching a new brand strategy and growing customer engagement and awareness across key regions. Prior to that, Ms. Selden was CMO at NETGEAR, where she helped take the company to its…

11:10-11:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

Life’s not a sausage machine - Discover 7 creative sparks to unleash your amazing potential to achieve your dreams

We’re all unique yet education often squeezes creativity. We can find ourselves stressed on ‘conveyor belt careers’. Even if we are on the right track, it can feel hard to move forward as demands on our time increase.

But there is another way. If you’re at a watershed period in your life and looking to make a change, or you want to take your business to the next level or perhaps you’re just putting feelers out to see what options there are out there… then this is the session for you!

In this engaging and nugget packed seminar, founder of Creation Station and best selling author, Sarah Cressall, shares proven and tested activities that will help you dream, believe and achieve.

Speaker

Sarah Cressall

The Creation Station

Sarah Cressall is Founder and CEO of The Creation Station a number one bestselling author, speaker, multi-award-winning entrepreneur. Sarah’s purpose is to inspire imagination, nurture creativity and unleash potential.

Sarah established The Creation Station in 2002 to bring creativity…

11:10-11:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Helping successful people change career

Are you feeling stuck in your career? Or considering a new career direction? The St. James’s Place Academy offers individuals with no previous financial services experience, the opportunity to create their own successful financial planning and wealth management business within the St. James’s Place Partnership, or they can join one of our Partner Practices as an Adviser. Meet the Academy team and explore this exciting opportunity.

Speaker

Carole Stubbs

St James's Place Academy

An experienced businesswoman with a well-documented record of success in shaping and project managing business growth programmes. “What Franchise” 20 most influential and inspirational women in franchising…

11:10-11:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

From the heart - a better way of doing business

Ben Kench is the UK's No1 Sales and Business Growth Specialist and author of 'Selling For Dummies' and creator of The Business Booster a highly dynamic and successful business growth programme that has added literally millions of pounds to hundreds of businesses since it's creation in 2004.

"I believe sincerely that busines is not that difficult if we just approach it in a slightly different way" says Ben..."and if we put seving people at the centre of our business and then deliver with heartfelt integrity, we change the dynamic of every business interaction for the better".

In this entertaining and thought provoking presentation Ben will share proven ideas and techniques that could radically transform your business fortunes...and see you once again fall in love with the idea of having your own successful business!

If you could use a little re-energising, do not miss this seminar!

Speaker

Ben Kench

Become A Business Coach

Ben Kench is the author of "Selling For Dummies" - the single best selling book on sales in the UK and has been at the forefront of the coaching industry since 2004 with his programme The Business Booster literally adding millions of pounds to hundreds of smaller businesses.

However it…

11:10-11:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

The power of thinking big and overcoming limiting beliefs

In today’s society, and especially as women, we are often led to believe in a lot of myths; that we can’t do certain things, that it’s a man’s world, that we should strive for one step up the ladder and see how we go, that we can’t expect to be CEO as very few women are - but I would like to talk about how limiting our beliefs like this can set us back from achieving our true potential. We are often guilty of giving ourselves excuses for not going for something; I’m too old, I’m too young, I have no experience, I don’t have the education - when in reality speaking to yourself in this manner and adopting this ‘limiting mindset’ only sets you up for dissatisfaction and disappointment. I would like to discuss how rather than focusing on the next step up in your career, (one step up syndrome), we should be focusing on thinking bigger than that, as the number of people who do is so small that the competition up there is actually much smaller than you might imagine.

Speaker

Lara Asprey

Asprey Introductions

Lara Asprey is a Dating & Relationship Expert, Social Commentator, Author and Reality Star.

Windsor born, now South-West London-lover Lara Asprey has made a name for herself as a successful businesswoman and the most elite connector within the world of HNW dating.

Upon graduating…

11:50-12:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

PANEL: Enabling female founders

The Rose Review commissioned by the government carried out by Alison Rose Duty CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO of Commercial & Private Banking identified the 5 key barriers to female entrepreneurs and recommended 8 interventions to enable more females to start up and grow in Business. Hosted by Amanda, Business Growth Enabler we have brought together a panel of experts to Enable Female Founders to start up and grow as entrepreneurs. Explore how NatWest can support female business founders by joining Julie our Head of Enterprise and Community Finance, Kate our Head of Franchise, Victoria our Regional Director of Commercial and Private Banking and Kristine our Entrepreneur Development Manager to give you an insight into the support and options available to you.

Speaker

Amanda Shovelton

NatWest

Amanda is passionate about helping businesses succeed and reach their full potential and has been working with SME's in the South East for the past 12 years. She is a member of the business Women in Surrey Steering committee and an Arise Reading 2019 award winner. She is an advocate of flexible…

11:50-12:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Unleash your LinkedIn® savvy

LinkedIn® is a brilliant tool for elevating your business presence, relationships and reputation. Linda will share techniques to help you enhance your personal and business brand in LinkedIn®, dispel some myths and give you some real, tangible take-aways you will be able to implement immediately.

Speaker

Linda Huckle

Linda Huckle Training – Your Key to LinkedIn®

Linda Huckle, known as #LinkedInLinda, is an award winning LinkedIn® Trainer. She has a unique blend of expertise in interpersonal skills, professional networking and social selling that has enhanced and reinforced her reputation as an independent LinkedIn® Trainer, Presenter and Consultant.

11:50-12:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

The mother of a problem

“Hey, where did all the women go?” asks a room of Johns.

Danusia laser beams onto how organisations have a giant opportunity to plug that “leak” of talented women who’re saying FU, in favour of building their own empires. Without a dynamic approach to mothers, achieving gender equality is impossible.

Speaker

Danusia Malina-Derben

School for Mothers

Danusia Malina-Derben is an entrepreneur, straight-talking consultant and Founder of School for Mothers. School For Mothers is reforging motherhood for individuals and organisations. She is also a mother of ten children. Visit Danusia and School for Mothers at stand G136.

11:50-12:20

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Empowering women through trade

By helping to build know-how when it comes to exporting, we can equip women-owned businesses with the tools they need to take their business across borders and grow their customer base. Ingrid will provide insights into barriers to exporting as well as tools and resources for entering new markets.

Speaker

Ingrid Van Der Zalm

UPS Europe SA/NV

Ingrid oversees digital marketing and communications for 56 countries and territories across Europe with a particular focus on small and micro businesses (SMBs). Ingrid is an avid supporter of empowering SMBs, minority and women-owned businesses to gain access to world markets.

12:30-13:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

The best of both worlds - Family & Career

Is it any surprise that as we strive to achieve more as women, to push and break through the glass ceiling and reach higher heights, that something had to give? The average age for a woman having their first child has risen to 29.6, with the majority having children into their 30s and an increasing number in to their 40s.

Join Tharani as she discusses how you can have the best of both worlds, and why you don't need to wait!

Speaker

Tharani Sansom

Datto Inc

Tharani is currently Datto's European Support Director. She started her journey with AutoTask over 6 years ago and has continued to develop her career into a key part of our leadership team since merging with Datto in 2017.

12:30-13:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

Show me the money

We will discuss the impact of late payment on small business and how small business can be proactive to give themselves the best opportunity of being paid on time. We will highlight the free support available to small businesses from the Commissioner including the free complaints scheme.

Speaker

Suzanne Burke

Small Business Commissioner

Suzanne Burke joined the Civil Service in 2000, starting her career working for the Child Support Agency (CSA). In 2001 she joined the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) carrying our various roles as Jobcentre Manager, Diversity & Communications Manager and as a Partnership Manager for The…

12:30-13:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

The Franchise Agreement – what should I expect?

The Franchise Agreement is a lengthy legal agreement that is very much in favour of the franchisor and is un likely to be negotiable. From the moment you sign it, it is legally binding – there is no right to change your mind. Top Tips on what to look for in a franchise agreement.

Speaker

Roz Goldstein

Goldstein Legal

Roz Goldstein spent almost 20 years working for franchisor brands before she set up Goldstein Legal. Roz is a director of the bfa. She is a strong advocate of ethical franchising, and can regularly be seen speaking at franchise industry events.

12:30-13:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Get more clients now!

Would you like more clients?

If you're a Coach, a Consultant or a Health Practitioner, the biggest challenge you probably face is getting enough clients

Chris & Karene have personally trained more than 2000 professionals how to get more clients and earn an extra £50,000-£100,000 within 12 months!

If you would like to know how to double your client numbers and your income within two weeks, make sure you’re at this seminar!

Speaker

Chris & Karene Lambert-Gorwyn

Heart Centred Business

TBC

12:30-13:00

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

Designing your business to get the results you want

Are you so busy working in the business that there is no time or energy left to work on and achieve your goals? In this seminar we will take the time to step back, take a look at how things are in your business right now and give you valuable tips and ideas to grow your business in the future.

Speaker

Cate Caruth

Grant-Jones Accountancy

Cate has over 20 years of experience in business consulting, working for some of the top global firms. As well as working for Grant-Jones she runs her own business. Combining her understanding of the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and her consulting expertise, she shows business owners how…

13:10-13:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Default to open: How being an open leader can unlock your potential

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of enterprise Open Source solutions. Why have we been so successful? The answer is the people. The culture. Red Hat have looked at what makes a great leader and attempted to define it, practice it and evolve it. Join Joanna and Katrina Novakovi a Business Architect at Red Hat in this session to learn more about open source, the 5 key Open Leadership characteristics.

Speaker

Joanna Hodgson

Red Hat

Joanna is a technologist at heart and is fascinated by how technology can be applied to business and social challenges. She has worked in the IT industry 24 years, mainly in technical presales and professional services, including senior business and technical leadership roles. She is passionate…

13:10-13:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

How to use social media to change your LIFE

Estelle will share her impactful and inspiring journey of how she went from relying on a foodbank to feed herself and her 2 kids, to building a 6 figure business in less than 5 years. Social media is one of the most powerful mediums of our time, yet very few have harnessed it's true power for business. Estelle will give actionable tips on how you can use Instagram to grow your following, and turn followers into revenue. Likes alone will not get you paid, but getting to know your audience, and crafting irresistable offers will. Estelle will share her inspirational journey, and she will also give concise tips on growing your business on Instagram that people can implement with ease.

Speaker

Estelle Keeber

Mums in Business Association (MIBA)

Estelle Keeber is a businesswoman extraordinaire, and co-founder of the Mums in Business Association (MIBA). Estelle started MIBA with her sister, Leona Burton, and in 2 short years, they have grown the network to just over 32,000 members worldwide. Estelle and Leona are driven by the purpose of…

13:10-13:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

How to choose the right franchise for you

This session will cover a guide to buying a franchise and how to choose the right franchise for you. There are currently 953 franchise models in the UK and it can be very confusing trying to find the right type for you. The session will also cover the due diligence needed when evaluating different franchise business models.

Speaker

Sarah Brunton

Expense Reduction Analysts

Specialising in Franchise Recruitment, Sarah is passionate about helping professionals make a career a move into self-employment and B2B consultancy. Sarah provides a personal and professional approach for both candidates and ERA utilising market knowledge and full support throughout the entire…

13:10-13:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

How banking can save the world

Joanne Murphy, Chief Operating Officer at the Chartered Banker Institute, in conversation with Lauren Fuller, Customer Journey Developer at RBS, will talk about the importance of sustainable finance and how it can tackle our climate emergency. The opportunity green finance provides for our finance sector and finance professionals should not be underestimated. Joanne will discuss what ideas individuals can use to make a significant impact towards a sustainable future.

Speaker

Joanne Murphy

Chartered Banker Institute

Joanne Murphy is the Institute's Chief Operating Officer delivering the Institute’s business wide digital transformation strategy and leading the strategic and annual business planning process. Joanne’s remit includes driving our professional inclusion agenda and she has executive…

13:10-13:40

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

EXPERT PANEL: The working mum – talent, flexibility and motivation – how do you get the balance?

Speaking on motivation, unlocking talent and flexible working, join this session to hear our experts advice and experience on getting the right balance.

Speakers:

14:00-14:30

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Breaking through the glass ceiling

Does business scare you?

Are you SICK and TIRED of doing it on your own — and yet, can't afford to have the ‘dream team’? Is your entrepreneurial journey draining you and leaving you lost? If that’s the case, you need to change NOW. You know it needs to be done differently…but how?

They tell you to 'Stick to your LANE' but what does it even mean, if you don't know what your lane IS?

In this session, you will discover Your LANE and How to move forward swiftly and effectively, no matter the turbulence or challenges coming your way.

Speaker

Safoora Ahmed

GTeX

Safoora focuses on motivating, inspiring, creating clarity and empowering people to be the best version of themselves, not just in business but also in life. Her aim is to create ripple effects in society whether it is with one person or a large room. This has resulted in multiple projects…

14:00-14:30

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Baroness Mone of Mayfair OBE

Speaker

Baroness Mone of Mayfair OBE

As one of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated Entrepreneurs, Lady Michelle Mone is a shining example of how flair and true grit can lead to global success.

Highly respected for her direct, no-nonsense approach, she has gone from humble bra-designer (as the Founder of Ultimo Lingerie),…

14:40-15:10

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

5 packing essentials for an entrepreneurial journey

When it comes to travelling, packing is a crucial part of preparation for any trip. And as you embark on an entrepreneurial journey – whether in the world of franchising or not – there are certain mist-haves that should make your travels far more smooth, efficient and successful.

Fiona, named Woman Franchisor of the Year in 2018 and a Forbes Contributor, will share her own personal journey which has taken her from stressed-out lawyer juggling a legal career with life as a mum of two, to making the life-changing decision to start a small and colourful business in her home town running art classes for pre-schoolers and then developing ARTventurers as a national multi award-winning franchise brand, together with her own list of five packing essentials that she believes will help you navigate the path ahead.

Speaker

Fiona Simpson

ARTventurers

Fiona is the founder and Managing Director of ARTventurers and mum of two ARTventurers of her own. A former solicitor, Fiona left the security of the legal profession after the birth of her children, driven by the desire to do something creative and work flexibly around her young family. Fiona…

14:40-15:10

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

PANEL: Harnessing your potential – lessons learned from female leaders

Have you ever questioned how you can have a successful career and juggle personal commitments? Or you want to drive the diversity agenda and make a real change in your business? In this honest and inspirational session, hear from our panellists about their personal career journeys, the challenges and the opportunities, and their tips on how to build careers in companies and roles you love.

Roxan Mathys from Robert Half will be chairing a lively debate with our panel of leading businesswomen. Experts from Facebook, CBRE, Gapsquare, Protiviti and an Independent Non-Executive Director will share their insights on how they’ve driven change throughout their careers.

Confirmed panellists:

Speaker

Roxan Mathys

Robert Half

Roxan joined Robert Half over five years ago, as is responsible for the brand awareness, reputation, thought leadership, media relations and content marketing for their UK and UAE markets. Having lived in multiple countries and worked in museums and art, telecommunications, insurance and now…

14:40-15:10

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Customer Success: How to talk to your customers (and keep them)

By 2020, 88% of customers will expect a personalised experience and it is set to take over price and product as brand differentiator. (Walker Customer Experience 2020).

What does this mean for your business?

Companies that focus on customer satisfaction and retention are those that will achieve consistent growth and long-term success.

Learn how through proactive, targeted communication you’ll be able to:

• Help you customers achieve their goals so they keep coming back

• Identify and re-engage customers that are thinking of leaving

• Discover what to measure and which tools you need to keep customers happy

Join Harriet Ansell, Customer Success Manager EMEA at Maximizer CRM as she discusses how using Customer Success methodology has helped fuel long-term success for both company and customer.

Speaker

Harriet Ansell

Maximizer CRM

Harriet is currently the Customer Success Manager EMEA at Maximizer CRM, where she had been with for the past 8 years.

During her time with Maximizer CRM, she has worked within different departments, getting to know customer experience from all perspectives.

Her passion to…

14:40-15:10

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

DEBRA UK as a partner for CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can help increase profits, attract and benefit staff and make your business more successful overall. Attend this session to find out more about CSR, how your company can gain an official accreditation and hear from DEBRA UK (The National charity that supports people living with EB) about how they can support you to achieve your CSR objectives.

Join Caroline Collins and co-presenter Richard Collins for this session.

Speaker

Caroline Collins

DEBRA Charity

Caroline Collins has thirty years experience in academic and corporate healthcare. Her corporate and consultant experience includes pharmaceutical / medical device scientific and clinical development, medical sales and global marketing along with senior roles in medical communications and…

14:40-15:10

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

Taking the leap to run your own business

One of the scariest things a person can do is jump from a secure career to becoming self-employed. Eloise Keyte has taken the reigns to run a business in two very different careers, and will explore the mental blocks you will come up against when deciding whether to pursue your dreams.

Speaker

Eloise Keyte

Sentry Legals

Eloise has gone from strength to strength in her career and accredits her determination and tenacity to her background. Eloise grew up in a less than inspiring part of Buckinghamshire and left school at age 16 with only 5 GCSEs and moved to Ireland to work in pubs and restaurants. She quickly…

15:20-15:50

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Tech Theatre

Sponsored by:

Avast

Global Sisterhood - Build your Tribe

I learned very early in life that if we want things to change, we must start by taking action ourselves. Each of us can make a difference, but Change can only come if we all work together.

I believe that when Women get together, Magic happens. We can connect to each other in very different levels, saying “I trust you”, “I have your back”, “I support you”. Sisterhood is empowering not only on a personal level but also on a global level.

Building your tribe is connecting to other women that share similar values and have a common vision. Collective thinking and encouragement, focusing on what brings us together and respecting our differences. Using this ocean of positive energy to build things and move mountains. Revealing the SuperWomen that we all are.

Speaker

Ayumi Moore Aoki

Women in Tech®

Ayumi Moore Aoki is an entrepreneur, a mother of 4 children, and the founding president of Women in Tech©.

She currently leads both Social Brain, a human-scale, award-winning digital agency, and Women in Tech©, an international non-profit organization whose aim is to bridge the gender…

15:20-15:50

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Business Theatre

Sponsored by:

Chartered Banker

How to protect your business using Intellectual Property

Every business will own intellectual property - the name you trade under, the look or the function of products you make or use, even the brochures you create to promote your business. The Intellectual Property Office can help you understand how your IP can be protected effectively.

Speaker

Emma Richards

Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office is a government department responsible for granting Intellectual Property rights including Trade Marks, Registered Designs and Patents.

Emma has worked for the IPO for 20 years after studying Business and Marketing in the University of Wales in Cardiff.…

15:20-15:50

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Keynote Theatre

Sponsored by:

Vodafone

How to get free PR from the national press

In this dynamic group coaching session you will learn how to:

· Pitch stories to the national press

· Create a compelling back story

· Identify what makes you stand out

· Overcome imposter syndrome

· Beam out your message

Speaker

Suzy Walker

Psychologies

Suzy Walker is Editor-in-Chief of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches us to think differently so we can solve our own problems and create a life that nourishes us. She's also a career coach and author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace.

15:20-15:50

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Expert Insights Theatre

Sponsored by:

Tide

Mental health, wellbeing & the law in your workplace - 5 pointers

Even with a growing awareness of mental health at work, this is still a topical matter which can be challenging, as an employer.

Naheed will provide a summary of your legal obligations, soft skills and example case study on best practice to leave line managers and employers feeling well equipped!

Speaker

Naheed Aslam

NA Northern Advocacy

Naheed got called to the Bar in 2010. She has worked in the legal profession for a decade at leading law firms and as a civil servant for MOJ and UK Space Agency. Naheed is passionate about raising awareness of disability laws and mental wellness, providing training on best practice and soft skills.

15:20-15:50

Day 2 – 17 October 2019

Women in Franchise Theatre

Sponsored by:

PerCurra

A ‘warts and all account’ of the Mumpreneur

Running your own business is thrilling, bumpy and sometimes lonely …. You have to become Jack of all trades in the early days with full accountability for every part of your business.

Sarah gives an open and honest, ‘warts and all’ account of her journey; navigating the ups and downs of running your own business. This real-life story follows Sarah from a busy working mum, juggling three young children with a career in banking, to stepping off the cliff edge into running her own business.

‘This is everything I wish I had known before I started!'

Speaker

Sarah Beattie

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Fun Fest Holiday Club is the brainchild of Sarah Beattie, who set up the business a decade ago, and with the Franchisor team has seen the blueprint adopted as far south as Kent and North as far as Lancashire.

There will be 22 venues across the country by the end of the year with Oxford,…