The 2021 Agenda

Nourishing our next-generation leaders

This year’s Women of the Future Summit is dedicated to giving next-generation female leaders a boost of energy and support, recognising that we have all been digging deep for a long time through the Covid-19 pandemic and its knock-on consequences. Our aim is to be deeply practical, sharing insight, inspiration and connections that can accelerate delegates’ leadership journey and support their personal wellbeing.

The Programme
Opening and welcome from our host Tania Bryer, Television Broadcaster and Executive Producer, CNBC Meets
09.05 - 09.10
Welcome address by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder of Women of the Future Programme
09.10 - 09.15
Welcome address by Andy McGowan, Senior Managing Director and Accenture Operations Group Operating Officer
09.15 - 09.20
Introduction to this this year’s theme by Jules Chappell OBE, CEO of Kokoro
Session One: Re-broadening our perspectives

In times of stress and complexity, it can be very natural for our perspective to narrow. Yet having the ability to take a step back is a key element for great leadership. Session one is aimed at helping us re-broaden the way in which we think and in turn, giving us a greater chance of coming up with a fresh and creative angle that adds value.

09.20 - 10.00
Opening keynote speech by Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford and author of Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World.

Questions from the audience.

Your questions quick fire round! Over to you… this is a session led entirely by questions from the audience - a chance to ask about some of the important issues of the day

Facilitated by: Tania Bryer

Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-founder at CogX, Chair of the UK Government’s Artificial Intelligence Council, author of How to Talk to Robots
Michael Pellman Rowland, Partner and Head of Impact Investments at Baseline Wealth Management, Forbes contributor on sustainable food
Michel Rentenaar, Ambassador of Netherlands to Iraq; former Advisor to  the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO; former Climate Envoy and Director for Climate, Energy, Environment and Water; former Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan, Afghanistan
Neema Kaseje, Surgeon and Health Systems Expert, Kenya

Pressure under perspective hosted by Brooke Masters, Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times.

A panel of leaders share their advice and experience. Speakers include:

Ronan Harris, CEO of Google UK
Renee Mellow, Managing Director Accenture Marketing Operations

Questions from the audience.

11.20 - 11.40
Session Two: Meeting people who want to help

The Women of the Future Programme connects next-generation female leaders from around the world and has done so for 15 years, supported by an extraordinary network of sponsors, partners and allies. At this year’s summit, we want to share the power of this network with our delegates, curating practical conversations about some of the immediate or longer-term challenges faced by our Summit attendees.

11.40 – 12.15
Welcome back and small group sessions

Delegates join their chosen session for a small group conversation. The four session categories are:

Leadership: meet global leaders, coaches and neuroscientists who can deepen your understanding of great leadership. Opening thoughts by Dr Claire Kaye, Executive Coach.

Raising money: meet global investors, financiers and accelerators who can advise you on how to navigate the system. Opening thoughts by June Angelides MBE, Principal at Samos Investments and Founder of Mums in Tech.

Finding new business: meet global entrepreneurs and senior business people who have developed their tricks of the trade. Opening thoughts by Stella Smith, CEO, Pirkx.

Raising awareness: meet journalists, expert campaigners and marketers who can advise you on your strategy. Opening thougths by Grant Fletcher, Chief Storyteller, WeAreStoryMakers.


Message from Sir John Peace
Small group sessions two

Delegates join their second conversation group for the final session of the day. The four session cat.egories are:

Leadership: meet global leaders, coaches and neuroscientists who can deepen your understanding of great leadership. Opening thoughts by Sir John Peace.

Personal impact, networking and public speaking: meet super-connectors and thought leaders who can help you shine. Opening thoughts by Oli Barrett, The Connector Unit

Negotiating: meet trained negotiators from different walks of life for advice on securing the best outcome. Opening thoughts by Catherine Howarth, CEO, ShareAction

Managing change: meet the experts who advise leaders on navigating their teams through complexity and disruption. Opening thoughts by Nick Grant, Executive Director, Strategy and Transformation, Cancer Research UK.

Close of day 1
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