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.
Watch some of last years' highlights:
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