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Finance, Innovation

FT Women At The Top 2016

How to Achieve Gender Balance and Redefine Leadership

London |
Speakers include:
Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager

European Commission

Vivian Hunt

Vivian Hunt

McKinsey & Company

Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE


Women are under-represented at senior executive level in UK companies. Meanwhile, the aspirations and expectations of men and women are converging and organisations that cling to outdated notions of breadwinners versus carers run the risk of losing their future leaders to rival companies with more progressive policies.

Research shows that more diverse companies often perform better, yet the top management ranks remain bastions of sameness. Forward-looking businesses are working to increase career flexibility, address the leaking employee pipeline and tackle unconscious bias. As a result, change is coming to business leadership – but too slowly, and even among those companies getting it right momentum can prove hard to maintain.

The Financial Times Women at the Top summit aims to advance the debate and give new impetus to the movement, drawing on the day’s discussions to lay out ways for participants to change their organisations. Through practical examples, insight from business leaders and interactive dialogue we will address the hurdles companies face as they seek to develop their most talented leaders, regardless of gender.  

To open up the summit to your business's future leaders, CEOs and business heads are encouraged to bring a 'Rising Star', male or female, as their complimentary guest.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/29/2016 08:00:0009/29/2016 19:00:00trueFT Women At The Top 2016Women are under-represented at senior executive level in UK companies. Meanwhile, the aspirations and expectations of men and women are converging and organisations that cling to outdated notions of breadwinners versus carers run the risk of losing their future leaders to rival companies with more progressive policies.Research shows that more diverse companies often perform better, yet the top management ranks remain bastions of sameness. Forward-looking businesses are working to increase career flexibility, address the leaking employee pipeline and tackle unconscious bias. As a result, change is coming to business leadership – but too slowly, and even among those companies getting it right momentum can prove hard to maintain.The Financial Times Women at the Top summit aims to advance the debate and give new impetus to the movement, drawing on the day’s discussions to lay out ways for participants to change their organisations. Through practical examples, insight from business leaders and interactive dialogue we will address the hurdles companies face as they seek to develop their most talented leaders, regardless of gender.  To open up the summit to your business's future leaders, CEOs and business heads are encouraged to bring a 'Rising Star', male or female, as their complimentary guest.FT-Women-At-The-Top-20161515374f5d0e238a3b3646c2719d5721MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (30)

Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager

European Commissioner for Competition
European Commission

Margrethe Vestager is EU Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms Vestager holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Vivian Hunt

Vivian Hunt

Managing Partner UK & Ireland
McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt  is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a Senior Partner of the firm. She previously led the firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice in EMEA and continues to advise leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. She also provides strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public, and third sectors. She serves on the firm’s global board of directors.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Ms Hunt is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey & Company’s flagship research on the topic and has co-authored publications such as Women Matter, Diversity Matters, and The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth. She was previously named as one of the top ten “most influential black people in Britain” by the Powerlist Foundation, and The Financial Times identified her as one of the “European Women to Watch” and more recently as one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London.

She is on the board of several important business groups in the United Kingdom, including BritishAmerican Business, the CBI London Council, and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. She is a trustee of The Henry Smith Charity, Chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community’s “Seeing is Believing” programme, and a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. She sits on the Advisory Council of the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, the Teach First’s Business Leaders’ Council, and is on the Board of the US–UK Fulbright Commission.

Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh MBE

Captain of GB and England Women’s Hockey, and Olympic Gold Medallist

Kate Richardson-Walsh has been Captain of the GB women’s hockey team for 13 years and is the most capped female hockey player in her country's history. She was instrumental in helping to build the team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to victory at the Rio Olympic Games.

Ms Richardson-Walsh has made 375 appearances for her country, covering four Olympic Games. After securing a bronze in London 2012, Rio 2016 was her fourth Games and yielded a Olympic Gold medal.  In winning gold she also made history by becoming one half of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing in the same team. Alongside her GB duties she has captained England for 13 years, winning the European Championships in 2015 and securing a bronze and two silvers in three successive Commonwealth Games.

She was shortlisted for the FIH World Player of the Year Award, has twice won the prestigious Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's honours list. She has also been GB Hockey’s Athlete of the Year. Having retired from international hockey after Rio, Ms Richardson-Walsh has now joined the Dutch club side Bloemendaal. Alongside this, she plans to turn her experience towards coaching, encouraging the grassroots development of the game and applying the leadership and performance lessons of a career in elite sport. She serves as an ambassador for the Women’s Sport Trust, supports disability hockey as an ambassador for Access Sport, and sits on the British and European Olympic Athletes’ Commissions.

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

Social Activist

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist in the battle against online harassment – advocating for a safer social media environment. As a public speaker, writer, and contributing editor to Vanity Fair she addresses such topics as survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality.  

In 2014, after a decade long self-imposed retreat from public life, Ms Lewinsky authored an essay, titled Shame and Survival, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped personal experiences and cultural observations regarding the shift towards, what Professor Nicolaus Mills calls, a “Culture of Humiliation”. (June, 2014). The piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Her 2015 TED Talk, The Price of Shame, was viewed over 7.5 million times in the first year since release. She also gave the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at Cannes Lions 2015.

Working with Vodafone in 2016, Ms Lewinsky conceived and helped to create a suite of Anti-Bullying Emojis for Support – to show support to targets of bullying. They are available as a free download in iTunes and on the Imoji app. #BeStrong Ms Lewinsky is an Anti-Bullying Ambassador to both Bystander Revolution in the US and The Diana Award in the UK.

She holds a degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon) and earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is on Facebook and Twitter: @MonicaLewinsky.

Photo credit: Damon Winter: The New York Times: Redux

Jenny Grey

Jenny Grey

Head of HR EMEA

Jenny Grey has been Head of Human Resources EMEA at Citi since February this year. She was previously the EMEA Public Affairs Head from 2012, responsible for protecting and enhancing Citi’s reputation in EMEA. Before joining Citi she worked in the UK government for four years, latterly in the Prime Minister’s Office in 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office as Executive Director for Government Communication. She was Head of Profession for 5,000 communications staff across the public sector.

Ms Grey has 24 years’ experience in communications. She held several Director of Communication and Social Marketing posts in the public sector, including in the NHS and at the Audit Commission. She was also Director of Corporate and External Affairs for Cancer Research UK. Prior to this Ms Grey worked in public relations consultancy, where she specialised in reputation and issues management for multinational clients including McDonald’s, Toyota, BP and Allied Domecq. She started her career in advertising. She has a First Class degree in English Language and Literature from Durham University and an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics.

Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost

Frost Included

Stephen Frost leads Frost Included, an Inclusive Leadership practice. He works with clients to embed inclusive leadership in their decision-making. He was the in-house Head of Diversity and Inclusion at KPMG from 2014 to 2015. From 2007 to 2012 he designed, led and implemented the inclusion programmes for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London Organising Committee (LOCOG).

Prior to this, Mr Frost established and led the workplace team at Stonewall from 2004 to 2007, growing the Diversity Champions programme to the largest of its kind in the world with over 600 members. He also launched the UK’s first LGBT recruitment guide, established the Stonewall Leadership Programme and developed the Workplace Equality Index, which has become a standard across most leading employers. He started his career in advertising, where he worked on disability and age awareness campaigns.

Mr Frost teaches Inclusive Leadership at Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University and Sciences Po in France. He serves as an Advisor to the British Government, The White House, and KPMG’s Diversity and Inclusion Programme. He is the author of The Inclusion Imperative: How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies (Kogan Page, 2014) and Inclusive Talent Management: How Business Can Thrive in an Age of Diversity (Kogan Page, 2016).

Cagla Bekbolet

Cagla Bekbolet

Global Head of the Financial Officers Practice
Egon Zehnder

Cagla Bekbolet leads Egon Zehnder’s global Financial Officers Practice and has significant experience in senior-level appointments in the finance function for international companies. She is very active in the firm’s Consumer Practice, with a particular focus on multinational FMCGs, having led senior level assignments around the world. Within Egon Zehnder’s Board Consulting Practice she is actively involved in Chairman and Non-Executive Director searches for multinationals in a variety of industries.        

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Ms Bekbolet was an Engagement Manager with Monitor, advising clients in the US and Europe on corporate strategy and transactions. She started her career in equity research, covering the Turkish market as part of the Emerging Markets team at BT Alex Brown in London and at Finans Bank in Turkey. She holds a Master's in Finance from London Business School and a BA in Business from Bosphorus University, Istanbul.

Justine Roberts

Justine Roberts

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Justine Roberts is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mumsnet, an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 16 years it has grown into the UK’s busiest and most influential network for parents with over 92 million page views and over 19 million visits per month. In 2011, Ms Roberts launched Gransnet, a website for the original baby boomer generation to discuss relationships, news, culture and not least, grandparenting.

She has beenon the Expert Steering Group on Family Support Services (2011-2012), the Consultative Council of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) since 2011, the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement since 2013, and is on EE’s External Advisory Board. Previously, she served on the boards of Tesco’s Independent Supply Chain Advisory Panel (2013­-2014) and EON’s Customer Council (2012­-2013).

In March 2016, Ms Roberts was recognised as one of the fifty most inspirational women in the European technology sector, by Inspiring Fifty. In 2015, she was named as one of Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain. Before Mumsnet, she wrote about football and cricket for the Daily Telegraph and the Times and begun her career as an economist and strategist for SG Warburg. She read PPE at New College, Oxford and is a mother of four (and two dogs). Follow Justine on Twitter @justine_roberts.

Andrew  Halls

Andrew Halls

Head Master
King's College School, Wimbledon

Andrew Halls has been Head Master of King’s College School, Wimbledon since 2008. King’s was voted The Sunday Times International Baccalaureate School of the Year 2009-10 and The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year 2014-15. Mr Halls was awarded Best Head of a Public School by Tatler in 2011.

He was previously Head of English at Bristol Grammar School, Deputy Headmaster at Trinity School and from 1998 until 2007 was Master of Magdalen College School, Oxford.  Magdalen College School was The Sunday Times School of the Year in both 2004 and 2008.   Mr Halls is the only headteacher to have won The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year title for two different schools. He read English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first. He and his wife, Véronique, live in Wimbledon and have two daughters.  

The Rt Hon. Baroness Shriti  Vadera

The Rt Hon. Baroness Shriti Vadera

Chairman, Santander UK, Senior Independent Director, BHP Billiton and Non-Executive Director, AstraZeneca

Shriti Vadera is Chairman of Santander UK, Senior Independent Director of BHP Billiton and a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca. From 2009 – 2014 she advised governments, investors and companies ranging from the Chair of the G20, European periphery countries on the Eurozone crisis, the Government of Dubai on the restructuring of Dubai World’s debt and Temasek Holdings (Singapore) on strategy to the African Development Bank on raising finance for pan-African infrastructure.

Ms Vadera was a Minister in the UK government from June 2007 to September 2009 in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development Department. She worked on the government’s response to the financial crisis and was a key architect of the 2008 UK bank recapitalisation plan and 2009 G20 London summit. She was on the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury from 1999 – 2007, where she worked on business, productivity and international finance issues, and prior to that was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg/UBS, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Josh Levs

Josh Levs

All In

Josh Levs is a journalist, expert on issues facing modern families and author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses--And How We Can Fix It Together. After 10 years on air and online at CNN, he has turned his attention full-time to the fight for gender equality, with a unique focus on the role of today’s fathers.

UN Women named Mr Levs a Global Champion of Gender Equality and inducted him into the HeForShe campaign. The FT named him one of the top 10 male feminists. A New York Times front-page story declared him a “pioneer.” He joined two Oxford professors in defending the “brand” of feminism at the Student Union, and won.

Mr Levs took on a policy at Time Warner that prevented him from being able to care for his premature baby and sick wife. The legal battle drew global attention, and the company ultimately revolutionised its policy.  He has received many of the highest honours in journalism, including six Peabody Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.  A scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale University. His book, All In, has been praised in the media: NewsOne named it a top book of 2015 and it won the Nautilus Gold Award, given to “books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens." He lives in Atlanta with his wife and children. More information at

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE

Vice President EMEA

Nicola Mendelsohn is currently the Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Facebook. She joined Facebook in 2013 and is responsible for operations across the region. In addition, she is currently the Co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council alongside Secretaries of State for DCMS and BIS – a joint forum between the UK creative industries and government. In 2014 she also became a Non-executive Director of Diageo. She was the first woman President of the IPA (the advertising industry trade body) and the former President of the Women in Advertising and Communications London club (WACL). She and her husband are Co-Presidents of Norwood.

In 2015 Ms Mendelsohn was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries here in the UK. In 2008, she became Partner and Executive Chairman at independently owned British advertising agency, Karmarama. Prior to this she was Deputy Chairman of Grey London. She began her career at the creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), where she spent twelve years. Away from Facebook, Ms Mendelsohn has previously held the role of President of the IPA (the advertising industry trade body) – the first woman president in its 96 year history. She is also a former Trustee of The White Ribbon Alliance, Chairman of Women’s Aid Development Board (a post she held for five years) and former President of the Women in Advertising and Communications London club (WACL). Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband and four children.

Amanda Mackenzie

Amanda Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer, Business in the Community; Chair, Project Everyone

In October 2016 Amanda Mackenzie will begin as Chief Executive of Business In the Community, The Prince's Responsible Business Network. Prior to that she was the first woman on Aviva's Group Executive in 2008, appointed to change the name from Norwich Union to Aviva and was CCMO until 2015. She was then seconded as Executive Advisor to Project Everyone, a Richard Curtis led campaign for the UN to make the UN’s sustainable development goals 'The Global Goals' reach as many people in the world as possible:

Ms Mackenzie has over 25 years of commercial experience, including director roles at British Airways Airmiles, BT and British Gas. She is also a non-executive director of Mothercare Plc and sits on the audit committee. She has been on the board of the National Youth Orchestra for eight years and she was a member of Lord Davies steering group to increase the number of women on boards. She was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to marketing and has been on many lists from Debretts 500 people of influence, Evening Standard 1000 Londoners, and Marketing’s Power 100 for 14 years. Ms Mackenzie has a BSc in Psychology from the University of London, is a graduate of the Insead Advanced Management Programme, a Life Fellow of the RSA and Fellow and past President of the Marketing Society. She is most proud to be top of the list for her family as (probably) making the best brownies in the world.

Heather McGregor

Heather McGregor

The FT's Mrs Moneypenny and Author of Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

Heather McGregor is the Managing Director and principal shareholder of Taylor Bennett, having bought the company from its founders in 2004. She joined the company in 2000, after spending eight years at ABN Amro working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.In her early career she worked in financial PR and investor relations before doing an MBA at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sellside analyst.

Ms McGregor was the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry by equipping talented graduates from ethnic minorities with the skills and confidence to pursue successful communications careers. She was a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the UK’s publicly quoted companies. She is also an experienced writer in the national media and is the FT’s Mrs Moneypenny columnist. She has a PhD from the University of Hong Kong.

Justine Greening

Justine Greening

Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities
Department of Education, Government of the UK

Justine Greening was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities in July 2016. She served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2012 until 2016. She was Secretary of State for Transport from 2011 to 2012, and  Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 2010 to 2011

In 2009 Ms Greening became the Shadow Minister for London, having previously been Shadow Treasury Minister from 2007 to 2009 and a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. She was elected Conservative MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields in 2005 and was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for youth. Before this Ms Greening was a finance manager at Centrica. She studied Economics at Southampton University and has an MBA from the London Business School.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Center for Talent Innovation

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Talent Innovation, where she chairs a private sector task force of 86 global companies focused on fully realising the new streams of talent in the global marketplace. She also codirects the Women’s Leadership Program at Columbia Business School. She is the author of 11 Harvard Business Review articles, twelve critically acclaimed non-fiction books including Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets; Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (named one of the best business books of 2013); and Executive Presence (an Amazon “Best Book of the Month” in June 2014). In 2014 she was recognised as the Most Influential International Thinker by HR Magazine and honoured by the European Diversity Awards with its Global Diversity Award. Ms Hewlett, who has taught at Columbia and Princeton Universities, earned her BA at Cambridge University and her PhD in Economics at London University.

Allyson  Zimmerman

Allyson Zimmerman

Executive Director
Catalyst Europe

As Executive Director, Allyson Zimmermann leads the Catalyst Europe office and is responsible for shaping the strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth and member engagement in Europe. Since 2007, Ms Zimmermann has been instrumental in building Catalyst’s presence and member base in Europe. Working with leading global organisations, she supports Catalyst members in creating more inclusive workplaces so all talent can advance.

Ms Zimmermann delivers master classes, workshops and advisory sessions across a variety of topics relating to the advancement of women and inclusive workplaces — within Europe and globally, and is often quoted in the media. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of sponsorship, engaging men, gender/unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, ERGs and work-life effectiveness. Working across all industries, her areas of expertise include women in leadership, talent management, organisational change and leadership engagement. She holds a BA in Communications and German from the University of Minnesota. Outside Catalyst, she is also a personal coach.

Steve  Peters

Steve Peters

Consultant Psychiatrist and Undergraduate Dean Sheffield Medical School

Prof Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the functioning of the human mind. He works across a range of areas including corporate work, health, education, elite sport and with members of the public, to help people to understand how their mind works. By skill acquisition he helps individuals or teams to get the best out of themselves and others around them.

Prof Peters has worked in elite sport for over 15 years and his clients have included: British Cycling, GB Taekwondo, England Rugby, England Football, British Swimming, UK Track and Field, Masters Golf and World Snooker. For the past thirty years he has worked in Psychiatry, mainly in the NHS. Before moving onto Medicine he began his career teaching Mathematics. He has been with Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in medicine since 1994 and as Undergraduate Dean. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Medicine and Medical Education (Master’s) and postgraduate qualifications in Sports Medicine, Education and Psychiatry. He has a Chair with Derby University as a visiting Professor. 

He is a member of the Royal College and is on the College Membership Panel for examinations; A member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel for UK Sport and an expert witness to WADA (World Anti-doping Agency); Chair of the Anti-doping and medicine Committee for the World Masters Athletics; and is the CEO of his own charity supporting company Chimp Management. He is the author of the best selling personal development book The Chimp Paradox. He competes in Track and Field Athletics and has held multiple World Masters Champion Titles and World Records over the 100, 200 and 400 metres.

Charlotte  Hogg

Charlotte Hogg

Deputy Governor and Chief Operating Officer
Bank of England

Charlotte Hogg became the first Chief Operating Officer at the Bank of England in July 2013. Prior to this she was Head of Retail Distribution and Intermediaries at Santander UK. She started her career at the Bank of England, and has also worked at McKinsey & Company where she was a Principal in Financial Services. She was Managing Director of Experian, UK & Ireland, and prior to this she was Managing Director of Strategic Planning at Morgan Stanley and Chief Executive Officer of Goldfish Bank. Ms Hogg is a member of the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Committees (equivalent of Board) of Oxford University Press and is a Trustee and former Chair of First Story Ltd. She was also a Director of BBC Worldwide and a member of Audit and Remuneration Committees, a former Governor of Nottingham Trent University and, whilst in New York, former Board Member of Partnership with Children. Ms Hogg has a BA in Economics and History from Oxford, she is a Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholar from Harvard University (one of 10-15 chosen each year from the UK) and has an Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Warwick. 

Helena  Morrissey DBE

Helena Morrissey DBE

Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management; Founder, 30% Club

Helena Morrissey has been Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management since May 2017. Before this she was Chief Executive Officer of Newton Investment Management for 15 years, overseeing assets that more than doubled during her tenure. She joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. In 2016 she became Non-Executive Chairman. The previous year she was appointed to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, and in 2014 she became Chair of The IA, the UK’s industry trade body.

In 2010 Ms Morrissey founded the 30% Club, which lobbies for greater female representation on corporate boards. This has now become an international approach, with 30% Clubs in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland, East and Southern Africa, Australia and Malaysia. She also chairs Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender diversity campaign. Ms Morrissey has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In March 2017 she was names 'Person of the Year' in the FT's Boldness in Business Awards. In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. She is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, a Fellow of the London Business School and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants She was appointed DBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York. She is married with nine children.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Virgin Money

Jayne-Anne Gadhia has significant finance and banking experience, built up over a period of almost 30 years. Her drive and commitment to customers and to building a better bank, along with her proven ability to build businesses and lead strong management teams, brings significant value to all stakeholders of Virgin Money.

Ms Gadhia is a Non-Executive Director of Business in the Community, and has roles on a number of advisory groups including the Financial Services Advisory Board, the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, and the FCA Practitioner Panel Advisory Group. She led a review into the representation of women in senior managerial roles in the financial services industry and published her report in March 2016. Ms Gadhia rejoined Virgin Money in March 2007. Virgin One was acquired by RBS in 2001, after which Jayne-Anne went on to lead a number of RBS business units, ultimately joining the RBS Retail Executive Board where she was responsible for the RBS Group’s mortgage business. In 1995 she became one of the founders of Virgin Direct before launching the market-leading Virgin One account in 1998.  She joined Norwich Union in 1987, where she was marketing director of Norwich Union’s Unit Trust business. She trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young (formerly Ernst & Whinney) in 1982,

Gavin Patterson

Gavin Patterson

Chief Executive Officer
BT Group

As Chief Executive Officer of BT Group since 2013, Gavin Patterson has led the continued rollout of superfast broadband – the fastest rollout in the world. He has also led the acquisition of EE, which will enable BT to combine the best fixed network with the best mobile network to create the UK’s leading converged communications provider. He joined BT in 2004, becoming Chief Executive Officer of BT Retail and joining the BT board in 2008.

Under his leadership, BT Retail cemented its market-leading position launching BT Infinity fibre broadband, BT TV and BT Sport; driving growth in IT services and building the largest wi-fi network in the UK and Ireland. Prior to this Mr Patterson was at Telewest and Procter and Gamble. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at British Airways; Trustee of the British Museum; Vice President of the Royal Television Society; a fellow of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals; a member of the CBI President’s Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Colonel Lizzie  Faithfull-Davies

Colonel Lizzie Faithfull-Davies

Army Servicewomen’s Network
Rogerio Ribeiro

Rogerio Ribeiro

SVP Pharmaceuticals (Emerging Markets & Australasia)

Rogerio Ribeiro is responsible for GSK’s commercial pharmaceuticals business for Emerging Markets and Australasia, a business which covers more than 100 countries. He has been in a number of roles of increasing responsibility at GSK, at a local, regional and corporate level.  During his career with GSK, he has been based in Brazil, Argentina, United States, Italy and the UK. He is  a sponsor of GSK’s Accelerating Difference leadership development programme, which is aimed at supporting the development of mid-to-senior level females within the organisation.

Iris  Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Iris Bohnet is a behavioural economist at Harvard Kennedy School, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organisations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. She is the author of What Works: Gender Equality by Design, published by Harvard University Press in 2016. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. Professor Bohnet served as the academic Dean of the Kennedy School, is the Director of its research centre, the Women and Public Policy Program, the Co-Chair (with Max Bazerman) of the Behavioral Insights Group, an Associate Director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty Chair of the executive programme “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards of directors of Credit Suisse Group and University of Lucerne, as well as the advisory boards of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, EDGE and Applied, and numerous academic journals. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Behavior of the World Economic Forum.

Alison  Brittain

Alison Brittain

Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Biggam

Jenny Biggam


Jenny Biggam set up the7stars in 2005 with her business partner Mark Jarvis, and it is now the largest and fastest growing independent media agency in the UK. Previously she held a board position at Carat, and prior to that was at ZenithOptimedia. In the last year Ms Biggam is proud to have steered the agency to become both Campaign Magazine and Media Weeks’ Agency of the Year 2015, The Sunday Times’s 4th Best Company to work for (ranking in the top 5 for the last 4 years) and listed within The Telegraph’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Her aim 10 years ago was to create a business that not only delivered great ideas and fantastic work for clients but that was also a nice place to work. She has achieved this by creating a unique workplace that places people above process, banishing cumbersome rules and processes and spending a lot of time creating a different way of working.

Helen Alexander CBE

Helen Alexander CBE

Deputy Chair
The Hampton-Alexander Review

Dame Helen Alexander is Chairman of UBM plc, non-executive director of Huawei UK, senior adviser to Bain Capital and a member of PwC’s Public Interest Body. She is also Deputy Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review into the representation of women on boards and in business, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Dame Helen is involved with other not-for-profit organisations such as as a Director of the Thomson-Reuters Founders Share Company, the Grand Palais (Paris) and the Said Business School (Oxford) and an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. She was President of the CBI from 2009 to 2011 and was Chief Executive of the Economist Group until 2008, having joined the company in 1985, and served as Managing Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. She has also served on the boards of Rolls Royce plc, Northern Foods plc, BT plc, Centrica plc, as Deputy Chairman of esure Group Holdings plc and Chairman of the Port of London Authority. Dame Helen has an MA from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and in 2015 was awarded the Legion d'honneur.

Lindsay  Cook

Lindsay Cook

Money Fight Club

Lindsay Cook was the first woman to be appointed as Business Editor of the Times and is an award­-winning financial journalist and author. As Co­-founder of, she offers financial well­-being workshops for major British companies with Anne Caborn, the Co­-author of Money Fight Club (Harriman House). She also writes the Money Mentor column for the FT Weekend, advising on personal finance and development, and appears weekly on Share Radio. Ms Cook was Managing Director of more than 40 magazines, websites and several international exhibitions. Before that she was the Group Managing Editor of a national newspaper group. She is the Deputy Chair of the Citizens Advice in West Sussex, which runs eight offices across the county.

Valerie Monk

Valerie Monk

Global Ethics and Compliance

Valerie Monk joined GSK in 2006, after starting her career in the FMCG sector with Proctor & Gamble and Mars. She has worked in a number of business areas at GSK and is currently in a leadership role within the company’s Global Ethics and Compliance function. She recently completed the GSK Accelerating Difference Programme and is an active Job Plus Coach who holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Science and Computing from the University of Kent.


FT Moderators (8)

Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific,
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business. As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years. Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review. Ms Mackay is a non-executive director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Common Purpose and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. 

Carola Hoyos

Carola Hoyos

Editor, FT Executive Appointments and FT Non-Executive Directors' Club
Financial Times

Carola Hoyos started her current job two years ago. She publishes the bi-annual FT Women in Business report, as well as the annual ranking of the world's leading LGBT executives. This year, she launched the FT's first report on ethnic minorities in the workplace with its list of the UK and US's leading role models. 

Ms Hoyos joined the FT in 1999 as UN Correspondent in New York, covering the diplomatic consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the run up to the war in Iraq. She moved to the UK in 2003 to cover the geopolitics of oil and gas and the sector's biggest companies, followed by a stint as Defence Correspondent.

She holds a dual degree in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University in the US and is married with three children. She has won two journalism prizes: Business Journalist of the Year for Breaking News (individual) and the Foreign Press Association Award for investigative reporting (team). She tweets at @carola_hoyos

Peter Spiegel

Peter Spiegel

News Editor
Financial Times

Peter Spiegel has been the FT's News Editor since May, and was previously Brussels Bureau Chief. He returned to the FT in 2010 after spending five years covering foreign policy and national security issues from Washington for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first joined the FT in 1999 covering business regulation and corporate crime in its Washington bureau, before spending four years covering military affairs and the defence industry in London and Washington.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Business Editor
Financial Times

Sarah Gordon is the Financial Times’ Business Editor and an Associate Editor, with overall responsibility for covering business developments in Europe. She took up the role in 2014. Prior to this she was the FT’s Companies Editor and an Assistant Editor, and before that she was the International Company News Editor, overseeing the coverage of international company news in the daily newspaper and on

Ms Gordon previously spent three years as a writer and Assistant Editor on the Lex column, and before that she was Deputy Personal Finance Editor. She joined the Financial Times in 2001 on the UK companies desk.  Before joining the Financial Times Ms Gordon worked in emerging markets fund management for Citigroup's asset management business, and before that she worked as an economist in London, reviewing political and economic events and producing analysis of the global economy. She started her career working for the UN Conference for Trade and Development debt management programme in Geneva. Ms Gordon holds a BA Honours in English Literature from Clare College, Cambridge, and a Master’s degree in Latin American Politics and Economics from Oxford. Follow Sarah Gordon on Twitter at @sarahgor 

Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Assistant Editor and Companies Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Companies Editor for the Financial Times in 2013 and she became an Assistant Editor ih 2016. Previously she was the Chief Regulation Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering the UK Financial Services Authority and working with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this posting she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education, and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Silvia Pavoni

Silvia Pavoni

Economics Editor
The Banker

Silvia Pavoni is the Economics Editor of The Banker, a monthly publication part of the Financial Times group, for which she has written on international trade agreements, sovereign debt crises, capital markets and financial technology. Ms Pavoni is in charge of The Banker’s Latin America section, the research behind the annual ranking of international financial centres as well as video and audio content for She has reported from developed and emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the UK and Hong Kong, among many others, with both written and filmed pieces.

As part of her role, she regularly interviews finance ministers, central bank governors, policy makers and senior bankers. She represents The Banker at various international events, including the annual meetings of the IMF/World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and has chaired numerous conferences and panel discussions on banking, trade and investment. Previously, she was in charge of Centaur Media’s specialist database on public private partnerships, which was tasked with providing data to the UK Government. She has also conducted research for organisations such as the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Trade Commission. Ms Pavoni holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Leyla Boulton

Leyla Boulton

Editor, Special Reports
Financial Times

Leyla Boulton is an Executive Editor of the Financial Times and Editor of Special Reports on countries, sectors, and the big themes of the day. Before spending a decade as a newsroom editor and web pioneer, she was the FT's Turkey Correspondent. She started her FT career as a correspondent in Moscow before serving as the newspaper's Global Environment Correspondent. Previously she covered technology, transport, and environment for Reuters in Brussels.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Associate Editor and Management Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an Associate Editor and Management Editor of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, a blog and in-depth articles on global business, strategy and management. Mr Hill was City Editor of the FT and Editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from 2006 to 2010. Since joining the FT in 1988, he has also worked as Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. Mr Hill is the author of Leadership In The Headlines (2016). He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a degree in English.


Agenda - 29th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 8:50am
    Opening Remarks from the FT

    Angela Mackay, Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Board, Financial Times

  • 8:55am

    Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

  • 9:05am
    Keynote: Where are we now?

    It is time to tackle the structural and behavioural barriers that prevent women – and an increasing number of men – from occupying senior corporate leadership positions. But in an age of intense change and disruption how do companies avoid driving away a large cohort of potential leaders?

    Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President EMEA, Facebook

  • 9:30am
    The Power of Parity: Advancing Women's Equality in the United Kingdom

    A new report. Bridging the gender gap can give the UK economy an enormous boost and every UK region stands to gain. The research explores the economic potential of narrowing gender gaps at a national level, as well as across UK regions in detail; it also examines the opportunity to address gender disparities within various occupations and sectors of the economy.

    Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company

  • 9:55am
    Fixing the Pipeline

    Men and women start their careers on equal footing – at graduate level there is a gender split of 50:50 in corporate recruitment – but beyond that point women start to drop off, leaving only a fraction at senior level. To change what happens at the top, companies – and governments – need to change what happens in the pipeline decades before C-suite promotion to look at the impact of policies on education and at earlier stages of future leaders’ careers.

    • What are forward-thinking companies doing to prevent women from stepping back or ‘dropping off’ at mid-career stage? Are the roles currently on offer at senior level attractive enough?
    • Do women really opt out, or are they pushed out by employers who make a good work/life balance impossible – and how many go straight to their employers’ competitors?
    • Has the push to get women on boards inadvertently led women away from active management? Are women being encouraged to progress in P&L roles?

    Helen Alexander, Deputy Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review
    Stephen Frost, Principal, Frost Included
    Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Business in the Community and Chair, Project Everyone
    Shriti Vadera, Chairman, Santander UK

    Moderated by: Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:35am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:55am
    The Business and Life Case for Agile Working

    Greater flexibility at work can be good for business and for a more fulfilled life. How can leaders best integrate work/life balance into their organisations?

    • How are business owners and entrepreneurs reshaping the workplace to fit modern life?
    • When generous shared parental leave is offered, do the men take it? What policies work best for larger companies compared with smaller firms?
    • Could there be unintended consequences for women if they really are expected to ‘have it all’, or will gender roles have balanced out in tandem with policy changes?
    • How are career structures changing? Is it realistic to expect a major shift towards valuing results over hours put in? Do job shares work in practice?
    • Do line managers understand the business rationale behind gender balance policies?

    Jenny Biggam, Co-Founder, the7stars
    Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, BT
    Justine Roberts, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mumsnet 

    Moderated by: Carola Hoyos, Editor, FT Executive Appointments and FT Non-Executive Directors Club, Financial Times

  • 11:35am
    From MD to CEO: How to make the transition

    What is it about the transition from divisional MD to Group CEO that seems to be so be difficult? What are the key differences and what characteristics are needed to be a successful CEO? How can you prepare for the challenges and why should women be confident and optimistic about making this move?

    Alison Brittain, Chief Executive Officer, Whitbread  

  • 11:50am
    The New Leaders

    The attributes widely valued as being integral to running the UK’s biggest companies are changing. Many of the character traits sometimes associated with femininity are now highly prized in leadership roles, rather than more male or ‘alpha’ characteristics. The example set by those at the top filters down through all leadership levels and can have a lasting effect on how people progress through organisations.

    • How are leadership models changing?
    • What are the top qualities required to be a CEO today? How does this differ from 20 years ago?
    • As companies become more diverse, is cultural and generational empathy more important?
    • How do companies in the UK compare with their international competitors?

    Cagla Bekbolet, Global Head of the Financial Officers Practice, Egon Zehnder
    Lieutenant Colonel Lizzie Faithfull-Davies, Chair, Army Servicewomen’s Network
    Andrew Halls, Head Master, King's College School, Wimbledon
    Helena Morrissey, Chair, Newton; Chair, The Investment Association; Founder, 30% Club

    Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Want a raise? Listen up

    How do men and women negotiate for better pay, and can salary negotiations ever be gender neutral? Is enough being done to fix the wide disparity in pay between the sexes? Does your company have a pay equity process in place, backed up by data? A hands-on discussion focused on narrowing the gender wage gap at the top.

    Lindsay Cook, Co-founder,
    Heather McGregor, The FT's Mrs Moneypenny and Author of Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

    Moderated by: Brooke Masters, Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm


  • 1:55pm
    FT Women in Business, 30% Club and Henley Business School Essay Competition Results

    Prof Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean, Henley Business School
    Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair, 30% Club

  • 2:00pm
    All In: Empowering Dads

    Gender equality at work requires the same at home.  To help women rise to the top of corporations, we must ensure men have equal opportunities and support to be caregivers. But workplaces often suffer from outdated stigmas that prevent men from committing to fatherhood. In this session, we'll learn the untold story of fathers' struggles worldwide. Levs will bust myths and show the truth about how many men want more time at home. It's an essential – and all too rarely discussed – part of ending the "gender police", bringing work cultures into the 21st century, and strengthening the global economy.

    Josh Levs, Author, All In

  • 2:25pm
    Mentors versus Sponsors

    Everyone – regardless of gender and seniority – needs a sponsor. But women are over-mentored and under-sponsored. This session looks at the difference between the two and the value of each. We also discuss how to be a good sponsor and how to make the most of being at the receiving end.

    14:25 - 14.35 Keynote Introduction: Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Talent Innovation

    Followed by a discussion:

    Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Talent Innovation
    Valerie MonkHead of Third Party Oversight, GSK, and Sponsee from the Accelerating Difference development programme, GSK
    Rogerio Ribeiro, SVP Pharmaceuticals (Emerging Markets & Australasia), GSK, and Sponsor from the Accelerating Difference development programme, GSK
    Allyson Zimmerman, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe

    Moderated by: Leyla Boulton, Special Reports Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    How to lead a winning team

    Kate Richardson-Walsh, Captain of GB and England Women’s Hockey, and Olympic Gold Medallist

    Interviewed by:Carola Hoyos, Editor, FT Executive Appointments and FT Non-Executive Directors Club, Financial Times

  • 3:25pm
    Unconscious Bias: Don’t always trust your gut

    Man or woman, we are all guilty of it and the consequences are dramatic. Our audience is put to the test to demonstrate how ingrained our biases really are. 

    Prof Steve Peters, Psychiatrist and Author of The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness

  • 3:45pm
    How can you remove bias from your company?

    Prof Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy and Behavioural Economist, Harvard Kennedy School and Author of What Works: Gender Equality By Design

  • 4:05pm
    Banking and Finance: The heart of the challenge

    Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Money 
    Jenny Grey, Head of HR EMEA, Citi
    Charlotte Hogg, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Governor, Bank of England

    Moderated by: Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker

  • 4:30pm
    Closing Keynote Interview

    Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, European Commission

    Interviewed by: Peter Spiegel, News Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:55pm
    Closing Remarks from the FT

    Angela Mackay, Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Board, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Cocktails and Networking

    17:10 - 17:40 Special Guest Speaker

    Monica Lewinsky, Social Activist

Discussion Topics

  • Unconscious bias: Many are getting it wrong, but there are ways to stop it from hindering the recruitment and promotion of women.
  • Changing lifestyles: Men, women and younger workers want more flexibility. Companies that fail to address the demands for a better work-life balance will fall behind their nimbler peers.
  • The pipeline problem: Education is failing to close the huge skills gap, especially in STEM subjects. But forward-thinking employers are dealing with the problem themselves.

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences at world class thought-leadership events across the globe and this Summit is no exception.

Women at the Top is designed for senior business leaders and representatives from leading corporate organisations, large-scale institutions, SMEs and start-ups, academia and government, including:

  • Chief Executives
  • Chairmen
  • Presidents
  • Vice-presidents
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Heads of Social Responsibility
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of Diversity
  • Policymakers
  • Senior Academics
  • Inclusion influencers

We would like to encourage participants to bring a high-potential individual or 'rising star' along to the event as their complimentary guest.

For more information, contact Amy Brazewell



St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
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Organiser (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Knowledge Partner (1)

About McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public and social sectors achieve lasting success. For 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor.

With consultants in over 110 locations in over 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

Strategic Partner (1)

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Supporting Partner (3)

Saïd Business School at Oxford University blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to use our business acumen and global network to address long-horizon phenomena like demographic change, new technologies and natural resource scarcity. We deliver cutting-edge education and ground-breaking research that transforms individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class university, tackling world-scale problems.  

Since 1964, Egon Zehnder has been helping board chairs and board members navigate the changing best practices and standards of corporate governance and boardroom leadership. At a time when board composition is scrutinized more than ever before, we work with nominating committees to fill vacancies and manage the tenure cycle so that the board stays in step with evolving issues like innovation, cybersecurity and new business models. Our board effectiveness reviews provide a structured process that helps boards uncover and address roadblocks to high performance and to recommit board members to corporate governance excellence. And our global team of over 400 consultants in 69 offices and 41 countries partners with boards to build corporate management teams with the experience and agility to foster innovation and stay ahead of market disruptions. All of these activities are informed by ongoing research into the changing face of leadership in the midst of ongoing complexity and volatility.

About Akris

Akris stands for state-of-the-art fashion that makes perfect sense, effortlessly to the needs of today's women, where true creativity and innovation segue into wearability; It is an independent family owned fashion house established 90 years ago in St. Gallen. Brothers Albert and Peter Kriemler are the third generation to head up the business, with Albert being Head of Design for Akris and Akris punto as well as the handbag and accessories collections.

Akris is exclusive, a quality enhanced by the subtlety of understatement. Albert Kriemler pinpoints his objective: “When a woman walks into a room, I want people to notice her personality first and her clothing second.” In addition to flagship boutiques in major cities worldwide Akris is available internationally in some 300 high-end department stores and fashion emporiums.

Supporting Organisation (2)

The 30% Club is a global campaign, constituted of Chairs and CEOs of corporates and similar organisations, committed to achieving better gender balance at all levels.  We support voluntary steps towards the goal of 30% women on boards and in senior management and believe that business-led change rather than a government quota is the right way forward. The 30% Club campaign is inclusive, collaborative and forward-looking.  We speak out to accelerate the pace of change by encouraging positive behavioural change.

The Club launched in the UK in 2010 with a target of a minimum of 30% women on FTSE 100 boards by 2015. The proportion of female FTSE 100 directors has risen from 12.5% to 27%.

As of 2016 the scope of the original target was extended to FTSE 350 boards by end 2020, and alongside that we announced a new target of a minimum of 30% women at senior management level in FTSE-100 companies by 2020. This new target means that we are increasing our focus on the talent pipeline and looking to actively engage with CEOs in order to drive progress at senior management, as well as all other levels in the executive pipeline. 

Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) is a not-for-profit membership organisation with branches in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Founded in 1980, we aim to foster our members’ ambitious spirit and offer industry-leading events, inspirational thinking and career-changing networking opportunities. WIBF and our corporate members are ambitious for the women working in our sector, and ambitious for the companies they work for.

Special Report

The Financial Times special report on Women in Business was launched to coincide with International Women’s day. To access the report, please go to:
The next report will be published on the day of FT Women at the Top.



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