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 brought men and women together to explore the key issues facing women in business and the professions and ensured delegates learnt how to use gender diversity to deliver business benefits; from better decision making to better bottom lines.

Our programme of debate was brought to delegates by a spectacular line-up of speakers who have achieved gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are reaping the benefits.

Delegates networked, shared their experiences and gained valuable insight into the challenges and benefits of achieving gender diversity and how to attract and retain the best talent for their business needs, breakdown barriers they are currently facing and improve their business performance.

2017 attendees included:

Acorns Childcare
Arriva PLC
AT Kearney
AXA UK
B&Q
Baillie Gifford & Co
Birketts
BNP Paribas
Boyes Turner
Brahams Dutt Badrick French
Braintree
BRE
British Science Association
BT
Burness Paull
BuroHappold
Business Stream
c International
Capital Support
Capsticks Solicitors
Carillion
Caroline Arnold Coaching
CBI
Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)
Chime Specialist Group
CLEAN
Coca Cola Coca-Cola European Partners
Costco Wholesale UK
Crossrail 2, Transport for London
CTI
Dell
Department for Education
Doctor Care Anywhere
E2W
EasyJet

EduVivre
Estuary Housing Association
Evidence Talks
ExxonMobil
First Mile
Golin Health, London
Goodfellow Cambridge
Google Cloud
Grass Roots Meetings & Events
H&G Recruitment Solutions
Harvey Nash
Hoburne
Ignite Partnership
Impetus IP
Insight with Passion
KBR
KPMG
Legal & General
Lloyd’s of London
London Business School
LV=
Mastercard
Medical Detection Dogs
Milton Keynes Council
MindWorks Marketing
MK Gallery
Mundipharma International
My Bugle
National Grid
Network Rail
North Midland Construction
Oracle
Oxfordshire County Council
Partners With You
Pemberton Greenish

Pin Digital
Pip & Nut
PJ Care
Poppy’s Funerals
Queen’s Hospital, Burton-on-Trent
RAF
Real World Business
Ride High
RNF Business Advisory
Royal Academy of Engineering
S Bishop & Son
SCM Group
Shift
Shoreham Port
Sky
Smileright
Specsavers
Swan Housing Association
Talking Talent
The Progress Partnership
The Spencer Academies Trust
The Up Group
TOTAL GAS & POWER
Trent Refractories
TSB
Unilever
Ward Hadaway
We are the City
Withers
Women Mean Biz
Women on Boards
X-Forces Holdings
YHA England & Wales

  • Role Models are super important to continue making further gains in relation to Gender Diversity.  It is time to recognise that Role Models aren’t just at the top of organisations, but that we are all role models – men and women – and we all have a part to play

    Vinay Kapoor UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BNP Paribas
2017 Summit Gallery
Summit News
  • 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
2017 Summit Programme
08:45
 
Registration
09:15
 
Welcome
09:30
 
Keynote - One Woman's Story

When it comes to the big political decisions of our times, women’s voices are too often drowned out. Here is one woman who has been determined to make herself heard.*

*We cannot name our keynote speaker due to security concerns

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

10:25
 
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

11:00
 
My journey

The incredible story of one First Woman

11:15
 
Coffee and Networking
11:35
 
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?

12:10
 
Women in Finance

Why balance is better for business 

12:45
 
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

14:55
 
Women in surgery

An interview with Jyoti Shah

15:10
 
Retaining talent

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

15:45
 
Coffee and Networking
16:05
 
The language of leadership

The communication skills that will guide you to the top

16:45
 
My biggest achievement…. My biggest regret

Fast-paced presentations from three First Women

17:00
 
Networking Drinks Reception

2017 Sponsors

2017 Partners

2017 Supporting Associations

2017 Media Partner