Women of the Future Summit

Real Business

May 15, 2013 | 8.15am-2pm
London Hilton on Park Lane

Women of the Future Summit 2013

Inspiring female leaders; and creating organisations where women can thrive

While debate rages about women’s representation in boardrooms and public life, a new generation of female global leaders is already reshaping the future. The second Women of the Future Summit brought together political and business leaders, entrepreneurs and champions of change for a half-day of invigorating debate.

Highlights from the 2013 Summit

The second Women of the Future Summit showcased, and brought together, the new generation of political and business leaders, entrepreneurs and champions of change. Speakers included Business Secretary Vince Cable; Meera Sanyal, former CEO, RBS India; Divinia Knowles, COO/CFO, Mind Candy; and Kate Robertson, co-founder, One Young World. 260 delegates attended the day.

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2013 Programme

08.15 Registration, coffee, networking

08.45-09.05 Opening welcomes

09.05–09.25 Keynote + Q&A: “The victory of inclusive leadership”

In a changing world economy, it will be the natural collaborators who rise to the top. Leadership insights from a true leader on the world stage.

09.25-09.45 Boardroom diversity: a man's perspective

09.45–10.35 Presentations: “Visions of the future”

Presentations from a new generation of business visionaries

10.35–11.15 Coffee break

11.15–12.00 “Inclusive, diverse, effective”

Global best practice in creating a female-friendly organisation

Part 1 - Presentation: “How women transform organisations”

An exclusive presentation by Dr Andrew White, Saïd Business School, featuring research prepared for the Women of the Future Summit, on the superior performance of diverse organisations.

Part 2 - Facilitated panel discussion: “What best practice looks like” - Case studies & tools for changing the culture of male-dominated industries and companies”

  • Retaining your best talent through all her life stages
  • Lessons in creating a flexible, supportive “family” culture
  • Embedding world-class mentoring
  • Changing a “macho” culture
  • Addressing unconscious bias
  • Ensuring successful maternity returns

12.00–12.30 Facilitated panel discussion “Women at the edge of the future”

A group discussion of young, digital, leaders, realising dreams and building businesses fit for the 21st century.

12.30–13.00 Closing keynote: “Natural disrupters”

In all corners of life, in all corners of the globe, industry norms and traditional ways of working are being challenged. A new global order is being born. Women, as natural challengers to accepted norms, will be the natural leaders in this new world. To close the 2013 Women of the Future Summit, our keynote speaker will encourage women across the world to seize the initiative and lead the global transformation.

13.00–14.00 Lunch and facilitated roundtables

Roundtable topics: Personal branding; Selling with gravitas; Making flexible working work; Personal and professional balance; Finding the courage to be a leader

14.00–14.05 Closing comments

2013 Speakers included

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Justine Angelli

CEO and founder, shareagift.com

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Deborah Baker

Group Director for People, BSkyB

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Yonca Brunini

VP Marketing EMEA, Google

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Vince Cable

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Caroline Daniel

Editor, FT Weekend

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Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster

Founder, The Walkabout Foundation

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Pinky Lilani OBE

Founder, Women of the Future Programme

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Avril Martindale

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Subramanian Ramadorai

Vice-Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services

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Kate Robertson

Group Chairman, Havas UK & Co-Founder, One Young World

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Meera Sanyal

CEO, RBS India

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Bee Thakore

Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Premier Farnell

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Amelia Torode

Head of Innovation and Venture Strategy, Chime Communications

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Vicki Treadell

British High Commissioner to New Zealand

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Dr Andrew White

Dean of Executive Education, Saïd Business School