Improve your bottom line and make better business decisions by learning how to create a more gender diverse environment in your company

The First Women Summit brings men and women together to explore the key issues facing women in business and the professions and will ensure you learn how to use gender diversity to deliver business benefits; from better decision making to better bottom lines.

See our programme of debate below which will be brought to you by a spectacular line-up of speakers who have achieved gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are reaping the benefits.

Network with 300 business leaders and entrepreneurs, share their experiences and gain valuable insight into the challenges and benefits of achieving gender diversity and how you can attract and retain the best talent for your business needs, breakdown barriers you are currently facing and improve your business performance.

2016 Speakers Included

2017 Summit Programme
08:45
 
Registration
09:15
 
Welcome
09:30
 
Keynote - From Great Men to Transformational Women

An analysis of how leadership characteristics have changed over time - from the Great Man theory to a more collaborative leadership style embraced by women

09:50
 
Recruiting strategies – innovative approaches to hiring the best talent for your business

Alternatives to conventional recruitment strategies which favour male candidates, negatively impact diversity in your business and fail to provide you with the best talent

10:30
 
My journey

The incredible story of one First Woman

10:50
 
Coffee and Networking
11:20
 
How to avoid a lost generation

Deeply engrained gender stereotyping and intense image-consciousness among young girls – exacerbated by the relentless pressures of social media – risk creating a generation of women who lack the ambition and confidence to become the female leaders of tomorrow

12:00
 
Does size matter?

What big and small businesses can learn from one another in the quest to create a diversified workforce that adds to their bottom line?

12:40
 
Educating the RAF

RAF Wing Commander Sarah Maskell on creating a D&I infrastructure in the armed forces

13:00
 
Networking Lunch

Featuring comedy from one of the UK’s top female talents

14:00
 
Funny women

A leading comedian tells her story about making it in a man’s world

14:20
 
Assembling the dream team

Merely having a mentor is no longer enough. Aspiring leaders need a coach, sponsor and champion too

15:00
 
Retaining talent

Representatives from some of the most male-dominated industries discuss strategies for retaining their female stars

15:40
 
Coffee and Networking
16:00
 
The language of leadership

The communication skills that will guide you to the top

16:40
 
My biggest achievement…. My biggest regret

Fast-paced presentations from four First Women

17:00
 
Networking Drinks Reception
  • “It is up to men and women to partner to breakdown some of the barriers of development and advancement, and it’s that partnership that will help us to get more and more women visible for senior leadership roles

    Mark McLane Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays
  • "First Women champion women in industry, they have excellent guest speakers which we have seen today and they address all sorts of issues surrounding women in the workplace"

    Sally Booth Head of Brand, Elegant Resorts
Firms who attended in 2016

2to3days.com
Adnams
Aman Foundation UK
Angela Mortimer
Anthena Business Psychologists
Arriva
BBC
BBC Radio 4
BNP Paribas
BVCA
Balance Recruitment
Barclays
Bennetts Associates
Blackstone Solicitors
Bloomberg
Blue Acorns
Bluebox
Bosom Buddies UK
Boult Wade
Tennant Bristol
Thali Company
British Business
Bank Browne Jacobson
Bupa
BuroHappold Engineering
CBI
CBM
CTI
Centrica
Chwarae Teg
City Women’s Network
Claire Lea Associates
Clarify
ClearScore
Cooley
Corporate Traveller
Creative Visions
Global DRMM Architects
Dell
Dentons
Dephna
DevaniSoft
Diamond Logistics Digital UK
EMC
Elegant Resorts
EquityFD
Eversheds
First Mile
Flowers by Neeva
Jay Fly Research

Freeformers
GE Capital
Global Woman
Goodfellow Cambridge
Grace Belgravia
Gravity Planning & Research
Green Gourmet
Happy Bodies Gym
Hardwicke
Harvest Digital
HerbTality
Herbert Smith
Freehills Hoare
Lea Innovation
Norway UK & Ireland
Investec
Jeanius Consulting
KM Media Group
KPMG
L.E.K Consulting
LV=
Liz Wood HR Services
MASECO Private Wealth
MK Community Foundation
MK Dons
Manchester Business School
MasterCard
Miller UK
MircoLoan Foundation
Mishcon de Reya
Mott MacDonald
MyScience.co
My Financepartner
National Energy Foundation
Natwest Bank
New Horizons London
Newcross Healthcare Solutions
Newton Investment Management
Nicole Farhi
OneMK
Onion Academy
OpenMarket
P&O Ferries
PJ Care
Pagefield
People Tree
Pertemps
Poppy’s Funerals
Poyry Management Consulting
PwC

Quintessentially Events
RBS
RSM International
Redington
Rettig UK
RhysJones Consultants
SEMLEP
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Schneider Electric
Sheridan & Co
Shire Professional Chartered Psychologists
Skyscanner
Sound Space Vision
Splash Damage
St Richard’s CE First School
Start Up Loans
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Stephens Scown
TSB
Talarius
Tanglewood Healthcare
The Alphabet Collective
The Business Magazine
The Chambers of Michael Mansfield Q.C.
The Harefield Academy
The Huffington Post
The Oil and Pipelines Agency
The Stables
Tinder Foundation
Treadgold Executive Development
Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions
UKTI
University of Oxford
ValiRx
Veolia UK
Virgo Health
Vodafone
We Are The City
Westminster Business School
Westward Consultants
Wilson James
Winton Capital
Women In Business
Women on Boards