The 2020 Agenda

The ear of radical

Periods of massive disruption rip us from normality and make it harder for us to control even some of the most basic things in our lives. Whether a war, a natural disaster or a pandemic, extreme events strip us back to our common humanity, reminding us that we are vulnerable and that we need each other. But by eradicating our sense of ‘normal’, disruption can also be a powerful portal to new ways of thinking and being. Rather than iterating on the status quo, we can design for new circumstances or new desires, unhampered by the prejudices or limitations that have been baked into systems made for a different era. Our Summit this year embraces the radical. What could change look like if we dare to be bold? And what can we learn from the radical thinkers of our time?

Timings for the day
Welcome address by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder of Women of the Future Programme
08.50 - 09.00
Welcome from Andy McGowan, Senior Managing Director and Accenture Operations COO
09.00 - 09.05
Introducing this year’s theme – Jules Chappell OBE, CEO of London & Partners Events
09.05 - 09.35
Keynote speech
09.35 - 10.20
Keynote speech from Sir John Sawers, Chair of Macro Advisory Partners, former Head of MI6 and UK Ambassador to the UN. Speech followed by Q&A from the audience.
10.50 - 11.30
In conversation with Rt Hon Jess Philips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, followed by Q&A

Radical thinking for society Covid recovery will be a key issue for every society around the world, with the risks of inequalities becoming worse. But within the turbulence has built a pressure that some things can never return to how they were. We must recover better.

11.30 - 12.15
Police, protest and progress A look at where we are now and where we go from here in the context of a global, multi-ethnic, anti-racist movement happening in 2020
12.15 – 13.00
Breakout discussions led by the Women of the Future network, Said Business School, Financial Times, Foreign Office and sponsors. Discussion on the morning’s session, thinking particularly about how radical societal and economic shifts may affect the global fight for gender equality. Are there new obstacles to be aware of or new opportunities to be grabbed?
DAY TWO- Welcome back and quick recap on day one - Jules Chappell



09.05 - 09.15
How to think radically. Practical session led by Tom Fletcher, CMG, Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, former advisor to No10 and Founder of the Foundation for Opportunity
10.00 - 10.45
Resilience in radical times. Natasha Muller, Investor and Mental Health activist in conversation with Mat Flamini and Mesut Ozil on what they have learned from elite sports that can help us all in our daily lives. Followed by Q&A.
10.45 – 11.15
Misan Harriman on radical creativity, followed by Q&A.



Navigating and harnessing radical change panel.
Wrap up with audience take aways and final thoughts
Every year, in the evening of the same day, we hold the Women of the Future Awards ceremony, recognising the achievements of successful young women in Britain today. Attendance to the Awards is not included in the Summit delegate place but you can purchase a separate ticket to attend.
Attendees Week of Women 2016
Melanie Richards, Summit 2015
Sir John Sawers and Roula Khalaf Summit 2016
Summit attendees
Summit attendees
Summit attendees
Viola Llewellyn, Summit 2015