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Finance, Innovation

FT Women At The Top

Transforming Leadership

London |
Speakers include:
Marlène  Schiappa

Marlène Schiappa

Government of France

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

New America

Miriam González Durántez

Miriam González Durántez

Dechert; Founder and Chair of 'Inspiring Girls'


The FT Women at the Top summit returns to London on September 27 to tackle one of the most complex challenges we face today: how to fix the gender imbalance in the top ranks of business in Britain and beyond.

If you are interested in aligning yourself with this event from a partnership perspective please contact Peres Kagbala -

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/27/2017 08:00:0009/27/2017 18:30:00trueFT Women At The TopThe FT Women at the Top summit returns to London on September 27 to tackle one of the most complex challenges we face today: how to fix the gender imbalance in the top ranks of business in Britain and beyond.If you are interested in aligning yourself with this event from a partnership perspective please contact Peres Kagbala -

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2016 summary video - How to Achieve Gender Balance and Redefine Leadership



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Full Overview

The composition of top UK management remains stubbornly uniform despite significant progress to make organisations more diverse and inclusive. The costs to companies and the economy of male-dominated leadership are well documented. Yet many employers are still inadvertently turning away future leaders – male and female – by continuing business as usual.

Could recent shake-ups – the Brexit vote, Trump’s victory and rising populist sentiment in Europe – be the shock to the system needed to force organisations to change, or do they instead signal a step backwards? In the UK, with preparations underway for gender pay gap reporting in 2018 and tougher targets for Women on Boards set for 2020, there has never been greater pressure on companies to get themselves in order.

 Join us in September to find out how to navigate these complexities and to look at how leadership could be transformed over the next decade as the impact of policy changes becomes clear. Hear practical examples and insights from the most forward-thinking business leaders, academics and policy makers tackling the gender imbalance and take part in action-focused debate to discover how you can effect change.


Speakers (23)

Marlène  Schiappa

Marlène Schiappa

Secretary of State for Equality
Government of France
Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO
New America

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 to 2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited seven books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, and A New World Order, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,’ in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Miriam González Durántez

Miriam González Durántez

Dechert; Founder and Chair of 'Inspiring Girls'
Tanuja Randery

Tanuja Randery

President, UK & Ireland
Schneider Electric

Tanuja Randery joined Schneider Electric in 2015 from BT Global Services, where she served as President, Strategy, Marketing & Transformation responsible for the growth transformation agenda. Prior to BT, she spent 10 years at Colt Group, in both strategy and operations roles. While at Colt she led the UK/IE Enterprise Business, was MD of Benelux and set up Colt's Global Business division. She also led the acquisition of MarketPrizm, a low latency trading infrastructure company, and was CEO of the entity driving the expansion into Asia and cross asset classes. Earlier in her career Ms Randery was Vice President of Strategy at EMC Corp where she led a number of key M&A initiatives. She worked for seven years as a Consultant at McKinsey, specialising in technology, sales and marketing effectiveness, both in the United States.

Therese Tucker

Therese Tucker

CEO and Founder
Nena Stoiljkovic

Nena Stoiljkovic

Vice President, Blended Finance and Partnerships

Nena Stoiljkovic is Vice President of Blended Finance and Partnerships. In this capacity, Ms. Stoiljkovic has a lead role in generating pioneering solutions that create opportunities for large-scale development and job creation in the world’s most difficult places, and in bringing innovation to tackle climate change. She plays a key part in IFC’s efforts to build a new architecture for development finance with other institutions, governments, and the private sector.

A Serbian national, Ms. Stoiljkovic previously served as a co-Vice President of Global Client Services, responsible for all IFC’s investment and advisory operations. During her tenure, she helped shape the World Bank Group’s strategy, working with the International Development Association (IDA) on a pioneering private sector window to catalyze greater private investment in low-income and conflict-affected countries.

Prior to that, she was a Bank Group co-Vice President for Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which were established as part of a new organizational model in the World Bank to leverage global expertise to help government clients tackle their most significant development challenges. Her role was to bring the private sector experience into the process.

Ms. Stoiljkovic was formerly Vice President for IFC Advisory Services. Under her leadership, IFC changed its advisory delivery model to strengthen client focus and impact by greater integration with its investment work and with the then-new Global Practices.

Prior to this, Ms. Stoiljkovic was IFC’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Under her leadership, IFC supported the banking sector in a region particularly hard hit by financial crisis and contributed to its recovery in cooperation with the World Bank.

Ms. Stoiljkovic joined IFC in 1995 as an Investment Officer, and has since worked in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe, and Central Asia.

Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Stoiljkovic worked as a consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.

John Amaechi OBE

John Amaechi OBE

Amaechi Performance Systems

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, high-performance coach, and New York Times best-selling author. He is CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a leadership consultancy working in Europe and the United States. He partners with organisations to help leaders move from being transactional to transformational. He focuses on improving performance, solving intractable people problems and creates thriving workplaces despite the challenges and disruption of the modern world. Mr Amaechi is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of East London and a senior fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research. Prior to founding his own firm, he spent several years as a professional athlete, becoming the first Brit to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Photo credit: Courtesy of Amaechi Performance Systems

Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock

CEO, Humu; former SVP of People Operations at Google

Laszlo Bock is the CEO of Humu, Inc., a company that makes work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. He is also an advisor and partners with founders and leadership teams of organisations experiencing hyper-growth on how to scale, lead, and build amazing cultures. His New York Times bestselling book, WORK RULES! Insights from Inside Google to Transform How You Live and Lead, has been published in more than 20 languages and garnered numerous “book of the year” honours.

From 2006 to 2016, Mr Bock was Senior Vice President of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company from ~6,000 to ~72,000 employees and ensuring the firm’s culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognised more than 150 times as an exceptional employer, named the #1 Best Company to Work for in the United States seven times and every year since 2012.

He is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigour and Google-paced innovation to people management. He also led “Project Garage”, with a goal of solving unemployment by better matching people and jobs through applied machine learning and people analytics. Garage launched as the Google Job Search API, encompassing tens of millions of open jobs, 250,000 unique professions, and 50,000 skill types.

Mr Bock joined Google from the General Electric Company, and before that he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He has served on the Boards of Pomona College, Evolv (acquired by Cornerstone), and Agilone. In 2010 he was named “Human Resources Executive of the Year” and in 2015 the “HR Professional of the Decade.” He holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Pomona College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
Baroness Dido Harding

Baroness Dido Harding

Non Executive Director
Bank of England

Baroness Dido Harding is currently a Non Executive Director on the Court of the Bank of England and Chair of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee. She was offered a Peerage in 2014 and now sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer.  She was Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Baroness Harding was Sainsbury’s Convenience Director, having been appointed to Sainsbury’s operating board in 2008. She joined Sainsbury’s from Tesco Plc where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited where she gained considerable retail experience. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company Plc and Cheltenham Racecourse. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation Board. In her spare time she is a jockey and racehorse owner.

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Open Bionics
Vivian Hunt

Vivian Hunt

Managing Partner UK & Ireland
McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt is a Director of McKinsey & Company and the Managing Partner for the firm’s UK and Ireland office. Ms Hunt serves leading pharmaceutical and medical products companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. As Managing Partner in the UK and Ireland, she has also contributed strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public, and third sectors.

Ms Hunt serves on McKinsey & Company’s global board of Directors, the Firm Values Committee, and on several personnel committees, in addition to her client responsibilities. As
one of the leaders of the firm’s Women’s Initiatives, she has spoken often on McKinsey & Company’s flagship initiative “Women Matter”, linking the role of women in the workplace to
positive shareholder returns.

Ms Hunt also serves as a trustee of the Henry Smith Charity; as a trustee of Action on Addiction; as a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize; and, is a member of several
important business groups in the UK, including British American Business Association Board, CBI London Council, and business and innovation leaders for Teach First. Additionally, she sits as chair for the UK Black British Powerlist and was previously named most influential black woman in Britain.

Helena  Morrissey CBE

Helena Morrissey CBE

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

Helena Morrissey takes on the role of Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management in May 2017. Before this she was chief executive 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 August 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 CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York. She is married with nine children.

Laura Haynes

Laura Haynes

UN Women National Committee UK
Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Founder and CEO
Future Boards
Kathryn Jacob

Kathryn Jacob

Chief Executive Officer
Pearl & Dean
Angela Saini

Angela Saini

Science journalist and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong
Sue  Unerman

Sue Unerman

Chief Transformation Officer
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.

Chris Ciauri

Chris Ciauri

Kate Glazebrook

Kate Glazebrook

Co-Founder and Head of Insight

Kate Glazebrook is Co-Founder and Head of Insight at Applied, the Behavioural Insights Team’s first tech venture. Applied is a web platform that uses the best behavioural research to help organisations find the best person for the job regardless of their background. It aims to make hiring smart, fair, and easy. To prove impact, Applied publishes the results of experiments and research that inform its product design. Prior to joining Applied, Ms Glazebrook was Principal Advisor and Head of Growth and Equality at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), and has previously worked for UNESCO in South-East Asia, and for the Australian Treasury. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Frank Knox Scholar), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social Sciences (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Clara Gaymard

Clara Gaymard

Co-Founder, Raise; President, Women's Forum for the Economy and Society
Ruth McKernan CBE

Ruth McKernan CBE

Chief Executive
Innovate UK

Ruth McKernan joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Dr McKernan has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is a member of the Science, Industry and Translation Committee of the Royal Society and was a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for five years.

Dr McKernan’s previous roles include Senior Vice President at Pfizer and Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre. Her awards and achievements include CBE in 2013 for services to Business, Innovation and Skills, a Fulbright Scholarship and winner of Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers’ Award. She is a published author with more than 120 scientific papers and 15 patents, as well as a book for non-scientists, Billy’s Halo. She has a BSc in Pharmacology and Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from King’s College, London. 


FT Moderators (9)

Angela  Mackay

Angela Mackay

Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Management Board
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 the 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, Asian Youth Orchestra 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.

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.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

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 

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.

Maija Palmer

Maija Palmer

Social Media Correspondent
Financial Times

Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Assistant Editor and Companies Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Companies Editor for the Financial Times in September 2013 and she became an Assistant Editor in March 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.

Roula  Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is the FT’s deputy editor. As deputy editor, she drives the FT’s agenda-setting journalism, working closely with the global editorial team. Prior to this role, Roula served as the FT’s foreign editor and assistant editor. She was responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, providing strategic direction for the FT's large global network of foreign correspondents.

Prior to this, she spent 13 years as the FT's Middle East editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading the coverage of the Arab spring. Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.  Her specialist areas are Iraq, where she has travelled extensively; the Gulf; North Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Khalaf holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio. 

Leyla Boulton

Leyla Boulton

Editor, Special Reports
Financial Times

Leyla Boulton is Editor of FT special reports. Prior to a decade of news editing and digital experimentation, she was the Financial Times’ Turkey Correspondent (1998-2003). Having focused on Russian at Cambridge University, Ms Boulton joined the newspaper as a correspondent in Moscow (1990-94). She then became Global Environment Correspondent. She was part of the British Press Awards’ reporting team of the year in 1993 for an FT investigation into Robert Maxwell. More recently, she founded’s Women in Business page.


Agenda - 27th 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 Management Board, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Keynote: How to fix the gender imbalance in business

    How committed is the UK government to achieving gender equality? Is it really a priority or is it in danger of slipping down the national agenda? How can the government, regulators and business work together most effectively to improve the gender balance at the top level of business?

  • 9:25am
    Panel: Leadership 2027

    How will the leadership of companies change in the next ten years? What are the qualities we will value in our leaders and, as the senior ranks become more diverse, what will the long-term impact be? The men and women in charge of some of the top companies in Europe look ahead to what senior management teams will look like in the next decade. 

    Baroness Dido Harding, Non Executive Director, Bank of England
    Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Aviva

    Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    Diversity matters: How inclusive leadership leads to inclusive growth

    Increased diversity is correlated with superior company economic performance. But what drives this link, and what actions should companies take to capture the benefits from increased diversity and inclusion?                  

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

  • 10:30am
    Coffee break
  • 10:50am
    A new world order

    Recent global events that have upset the status quo, such as Trump’s presidency and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, could be a wake-up call to business that change must come more quickly. Yet voting patterns suggest that there is a large contingent of men and women who feel left behind. What part does gender inequality play in this? How might these tensions be reconciled?

    • Are we seeing the beginning of a new era for inclusive leadership, or do these recent events signal a step backwards for women?
    • What do advocates of diversity in business need to understand about the social agenda to ensure that the movement is inclusive?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

  • 11:25am
    Women and power

    As more women rise up through organisations and lead, how is our understanding of power likely to evolve? How have perceptions of female leaders and the dynamics between gender and power changed over time?

    Helena Morrissey CBE, Head of Personal Investing, LGIM; Founder of the 30% Club

  • 11:40am
    The global gender equality agenda

    The obstacles standing in the way of women’s advancement and potential are widely understood, but how are they being addressed? Do governments and companies worldwide consider gender equality enough of a priority? How can the public, private and civic sectors work together most effectively to support women’s economic empowerment?


    Laura Haynes, Chair, UN Women National Committee UK
    Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, Blended Finance and Partnerships, IFC

    Moderated by: Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker

  • 12:10pm
    Change beyond the boardroom

    What is the link between getting more women on boards and making executive management teams more gender-balanced? 

    Turid Elisabeth Solvang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Future Boards
    Clara Gaymard, Co-Founder, Raise and President, Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society


  • 12:40pm
  • 1:40pm
    FT Women in Business, 30% Club and Henley Business School essay competition results

    Can gender diverse leadership help ensure that technology is used to benefit society?

  • 1:45pm
    Panel: Women's missing voices in technology

    The UK’s technology sector is a crucial driver of economic growth, but it remains male-dominated – women occupy just 17 per cent of the tech jobs. What are tech companies doing to recruit more women? Is there a risk of in-built gender bias in the development of new innovations, such as artificial intelligence? What barriers do female-led companies face when securing funding and how are they getting around the problem

    Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate UK
    Samantha Payne, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Open Bionics
    Therese Tucker, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BlackLine

    Moderated by: Maija Palmer, Digital and Communities Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times

  • 2:15pm
    Stories from FT and HERoes Champions of women in business: What really works?

    This year, the FT and HERoes, a gender equality initiative, launched a ranking to recognise the leading male and female champions of women in business. The top-ranked company executives will share their experiences of championing women in business and offer practical tips.

  • 2:35pm
    The gender pay gap: How to close it

    UK companies with more than 250 employees will have to publish their gender pay gap data in 2018. What can they do to be prepared?

    Chris Ciauri, EVP EMEA, Salesforce
    Tanuja Randery, President, UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric

    Moderated by: Brooke Masters, Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm
    Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm
    Video talk: Building a great work culture

    Laszlo Bock, Chief Executive Officer, Humu; former SVP of People Operations, Google

  • 3:50pm
    How to hire, keep (and rehire) your future leaders

    What is your company doing to ensure that it attracts – and retains – the best people? From blind hiring to bias training, innovative leaders are trailblazing initiatives to make the hiring process fairer and to avoid losing their most talented employees.  

    • What will make recruitment fairer – is technology helping?
    • How to avoid hiring in your own image
    • How could the goals of companies and their staff be better aligned in their definition of success?
    • Holding on to your best men and women: managing career breaks

    John Amaechi OBE, Psychologist
    Kate Glazebrook, Co-Founder and Head of Insight, Applied
    Athalie Williams, Chief People Officer, BHP

    Moderated by: Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    How science got women wrong

    Angela Saini, Science journalist, author and broadcaster

  • 4:50pm
    How to break the glass wall

    Sue Unerman, Chief Strategy Officer, Mediacom
    Kathryn Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Pearl & Dean

  • 5:15pm
    Closing remarks from the FT

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

  • 5:20pm
    Drinks reception
  • 6:00pm
    Special guest speaker

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 male and female 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


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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.

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IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.We utilize and leverage our products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges.IFC is also a leading mobilizer of third-party resources for its projects. Our willingness to engage in difficult environments and our leadership in crowding-in private finance enable us to extend our footprint and have a development impact well beyond our direct resources.

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Henley was one of UK’s first business schools, established to improve the quality of UK management. We aim to empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction.  We’re widely recognised for our diversity and international reach; we have staff and students representing more than 100 nationalities and 72,000 alumni members in 150 countries.

We are proud to offer a Women in Leadership Scholarship for our Executive and Flexible Executive MBA programmes in collaboration with the Financial Times and the 30% Club. Hear more about Henley from our MBA staff, students and alumni here.

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UN Women is the global champion for gender equality, working to create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. 

The National Committee represents UN Women in the UK – advocating for women's rights with decision-makers from all walks of life, raising public awareness about the issues affecting women and girls around the world, and raising funds for UN Women's work globally. We work to end violence against women and girls, to ensure equal participation of women in the economy, politics and governance, and to achieve a genuinely inclusive global society. Together, we are working to change the way the world works for women.

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. 

WeAreTheCity is a free, centralised hub and includes gender-related news, a networks directory, calendar of events and conferences, returnships, business schools, inspirational women profiles, HeForShe interviews, giving back and jobs. Our aim is to encourage women to progress in their careers through proactive activities such as networking, events, further education and training in addition to helping corporate organisations attract, retain and develop their female employees.

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, the National Association of Women in Construction is one of the world's longest running organisations for women working in construction. Run entirely by volunteers, NAWIC UK and Ireland is a diverse Not-For-Profit Association with a presence in seven separate regions.

We are committed to encouraging individuals to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the Construction Industry through encouraging opportunities to access inside knowledge, share best practice, develop personal and professional skills and to grow professional networks.

We aim to promote the positives in the Construction Industry as a whole and to highlight the fantastic work carried out by professionals working within. Our members which, include both those working directly in the industry and those providing services to it share the team spirit which is characteristic of our industry.

Our key targets are : A shift of focus from gender to ability. Levelling the playing field across the industry. Ending of stereotypes.

To achieve this, our work focuses on: Supporting the development of members. Inspiring the young to look at the industry as a valid source for a future career. Reaching out to the entirety of our peers in order to deliver a real difference.

The International Lawyers Network is an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide. The Network provides clients with easily accessible legal services in 67 countries on six continents.

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.

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Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at


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