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FT Women at the Top 2020

Gamechangers

London |
Speakers include:
Angela  Mackay

Angela Mackay

Financial Times

Isabel Berwick

Isabel Berwick

Financial Times

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Financial Times

Overview

Progress is fragile when it comes to equality — and it is not irreversible. The fight towards gender parity at work in the UK has made some significant gains — spurred on by mandatory pay gap reporting and some successful high-profile equal pay challenges— yet women are still severely underrepresented in the top ranks of business, government and law, accounting for just 6 per cent of chief executives in the FTSE 100. At the same time, political swings in the west alongside a rise in populism have fostered a climate of uncertainty that makes it harder than ever to predict the future. As the global economy faces new challenges in the wake of Covid-19, and as the UK prepares for a post-Brexit future, keeping gender equality high on the agenda and maintaining progress towards established goals is becoming increasingly complex. 

History teaches us that times of crisis often give way to innovation and opportunity. In such a context, the role of individuals becomes more pronounced. But how can you transform chaos into progress and opportunity? How do you make it a priority of all employees, regardless of their gender? And how do you, as a leader, ensure you are proactively driving the gender agenda forwards in your actions, behaviours and decision-making?

Potential gains in the fight for gender equality are there for those plucky enough to make them happen — join us in October to find out how. Hear game-changing women and men share their stories of success and setbacks, learn which strategies and policies really work from the leaders who are making progress, and participate in forward-looking, outcome-driven debates that ensure you return to work with plenty of ideas to implement.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 10/07/2020 08:00:0010/07/2020 20:00:00trueFT Women at the Top 2020Progress is fragile when it comes to equality — and it is not irreversible. The fight towards gender parity at work in the UK has made some significant gains — spurred on by mandatory pay gap reporting and some successful high-profile equal pay challenges— yet women are still severely underrepresented in the top ranks of business, government and law, accounting for just 6 per cent of chief executives in the FTSE 100. At the same time, political swings in the west alongside a rise in populism have fostered a climate of uncertainty that makes it harder than ever to predict the future. As the global economy faces new challenges in the wake of Covid-19, and as the UK prepares for a post-Brexit future, keeping gender equality high on the agenda and maintaining progress towards established goals is becoming increasingly complex. History teaches us that times of crisis often give way to innovation and opportunity. In such a context, the role of individuals becomes more pronounced. But how can you transform chaos into progress and opportunity? How do you make it a priority of all employees, regardless of their gender? And how do you, as a leader, ensure you are proactively driving the gender agenda forwards in your actions, behaviours and decision-making?Potential gains in the fight for gender equality are there for those plucky enough to make them happen — join us in October to find out how. Hear game-changing women and men share their stories of success and setbacks, learn which strategies and policies really work from the leaders who are making progress, and participate in forward-looking, outcome-driven debates that ensure you return to work with plenty of ideas to implement.FT-Women-at-the-Top-20204a42e19986179a932af2e8784882c75aMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 7th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Opening remarks from the FT

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

    Introduction to the 90-day challenge

    To ensure that the day is as proactive as possible, we will be inviting participants to take part in a 90-day challenge. In the final session, we will ask for participants’ commitments over the next 90 days to drive progress within their organisations.

    Isabel Berwick, Work & Careers Editor, Financial Times
    Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Opening keynote: Turning words into actions
  • 9:20am
    The gamechangers – activism and action (business)

    In this interview series, we will hear from people at the vanguard of progress who are battling different frontiers and shaking up the status quo.

  • 9:40am
    Interview
  • 10:10am
    Break
  • 10:30am
    PANEL: Making business better for everyone

    Numerous studies have demonstrated the widespread business and economic advantages of gender equality at the top of business. Yet conversations around women’s empowerment and initiatives to bring change are still — including those at this conference — mainly populated by women. Real, meaningful progress requires everyone to take a proactive interest. So how do we do it? What are the tried and tested methods of bringing more men into the debate? And why is this so important?

  • 11:10am
    Research insights from McKinsey & Company
  • 11:30am
    The gamechangers – activism and action (policy)
  • 12:00pm
    Lunch
  • 1:00pm
    The gamechangers – activism and action (social justice)
  • 1:20pm
    The future of work – and why it matters for equality

    Covid-19 has thrown old-style business practices out with immediate effect. Thrust into unchartered territory, many companies have been forced to stress-test their hitherto often only theoretical flexible working policies and infrastructure for employees logging on remotely. Many have found it easier than they would have predicted, with unexpected upsides for staff and overheads. In such a scenario, it is hard to imagine business ever returning to “usual”. Looking ahead, what implications could this have on women, in particular? Plus, the latest innovations from Big Tech companies around holograms, video, speech that will transform the way we connect at work.

  • 1:55pm
    Problem-solving: what really works?

    What to do if you have tried to make progress but are struggling to shift the dial? Here we will look at why some widely-accepted methods don’t produce results, and what practical alternatives work instead. How do you successfully change culture, to be more inclusive?

    3 x Lightning Talks [e.g. How to tackle gender fatigue and backlash, How to fix middle management, How to make flexible working really work]
    Followed by group discussion at tables

  • 2:30pm
    Pay: the new frontiers

    We review the latest on the UK’s mandatory gender pay gap reporting, now in its third year and the government’s next steps. Following recent high-profile cases at organisations such as the BBC, we also look at equal pay: what are the pros and cons of pay transparency – and how to approach equal pay discussions if you are the employer or employee? We tackle complaints, corporate gaslighting and break down the difference between equal pay and the gender pay gap.

    We will then open up the floor to the audience to share observations and challenges on confronting pay, to work through potential resolutions using all of the valuable experience in the room.

  • 3:05pm
    Break
  • 3:25pm
    PANEL: How to be an inclusive leader

    How do you ensure that you are being inclusive in your leadership approach? Messages from the top are one thing, but what can you do to encourage those you manage to adopt more inclusive behaviour and strategies – and prevent enlightened policies getting stuck in the ‘permafrost’ middle management layer?

  • 4:00pm
    The four stages of your career

    How to strategise your career, whichever stage you are at. Going with the flow vs long-term planning. Do you need an MBA, or a coach? What skills do you need to learn now to prepare for future jobs and opportunities? When are career breaks a good idea – and are they easier/harder for women? How to manage a ‘jungle gym career'.

    Stories from people at each career stage, and the tips they have learnt along the way

  • 4:35pm
    The gamechangers – activism and action (industry)
  • 4:55pm
    Surviving the knockbacks – building your resilience

    Failure is a key ingredient to success. Nonetheless, it can be hard to weather. A practical session on building and maintaining resilience.

  • 5:15pm
    FT review of the day’s themes. 90-day challenge audience sharing/pledges
  • 5:25pm
    Closing remarks from the FT
  • 5:30pm
    Drinks reception
  • 6:00pm
    Evening keynote & Q&A
  • 7:00pm
    Drinks and networking

Moderators (3)

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 FTChinese.com, 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.

Isabel Berwick

Isabel Berwick

Editor, Work & Careers
Financial Times

Isabel Berwick is Editor of FT Work and Careers, where she commissions and oversees coverage of the world of work and business education. She joined the FT in 2000 from the Independent on Sunday, where she was Personal Finance Editor, then Business Editor, and since then she has worked in various positions on the paper including Commissioning Editor for FT Life and Arts, Deputy Editor of FT magazine – and most recently as an editor on the Opinion desk.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Why attend

  • Join the vanguard of those driving progress and participate in cutting edge debate on gender diversity. Show your commitment to making work and home life fairer for women and men.
  • Listen to inspirational gamechangers talk about their journey, with honesty about setbacks and what they have learnt along the way
  • Understand why a fairer work culture benefits everyone, and why it’s good for business. Hear from and network with advocates of best practice on pay gap transparency, shared parental leave, flexible working, role models, and more
  • Hear about the tried and tested methods that really make a difference in achieving a better gender balance in your business
  • Discuss the new frontiers of pay: gender pay gap reporting, equal pay, and the pros and cons of greater transparency
  • Learn how to be an inclusive leader and find out what changes you need to make now to attract and retain younger employees
  • Find out what you can do to take action and pick up practical tips to help you drive progress and lead by example
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Advisory Board

  • Harriet Arnold, Assistant Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times
  • Claudine Adeyemi, Associate at Mishcon de Reya; Founder of Career Ear
  • Priscilla Baffour, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Financial Times
  • Inga Beale DBE, Board Director, London First; former Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s of London
  • Sir Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Systems
  • Susan Davies, Managing Director, Santander Business, Santander
  • Sundiatu Dixon-Fyle, Senior Expert, Diversity and Inclusion, McKinsey & Company
  • Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute
  • Tiina Lee, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Ireland, Deutsche Bank
  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Business in the Community
  • Beatriz Martin, UK Chief Executive Officer, UBS
  • Katie Martin, Markets Editor, Financial Times
  • Malcolm Moore, Technology News Editor, Financial Times
  • Helena Morrissey DBE, Financier, author and Chair of the Diversity Project; former Head of Personal Investing, LGIM
  • Adam Parr, Entrepreneur and venture capitalist; former Chief Executive Officer, Williams F1
  • Elizabeth Uviebinené, Marketing Manager; Co-author, Slay In Your Lane
  • Sam Smethers, Chief Executive Officer, Fawcett Society
  • Nicola Smith, Head of Equalities and Strategies, TUC
  • Denise Wilson OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review
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Fees

Ticket Type

Standard rate

Super Early Bird Ticket - Save 20% (Register before 3 June)

 

£449 +VAT

Early Bird Ticket - Save 10% (Register before 29 July)

£599 +VAT

Standard Summit Single Ticket

£649 +VAT

 

 

 

Discounts are available when registering multiple delegates.

  • 3-5 places save an additional 10% per ticket
  • 6-9 places save an additional 20% per ticket
  • For 10+ tickets save an additional 30% per ticket.

Discounts will automatically apply when booking.

       

 

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Knowledge partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 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.

Supporting Partner (1)

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs.

 

Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people. We aim to reflect and celebrate diversity in our workplace in order to create an inclusive culture that adds real value to our business. We believe that having a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives makes us stronger and helps us attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.

 

At 30 June 2019, Santander UK has around 24,000 employees. It serves around 15 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking; and 62 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Venue

Marriott Grosvenor Square
Grosvenor Square
(Entrance on Duke Street)
London W1K 6JP

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 6363

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