The 2020 Agenda

The era 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 ideas, unhampered by the prejudices or limitations that have been baked into systems made for a different era. This year, our Women of the Future Summit embraces the radical. What could change look like if we dare to be bold? And how do we keep ourselves rooted and resilient amidst the turmoil?

The Programme
Opening and welcome address by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, Founder of Women of the Future Programme
08.55 - 09.05
Welcome from Andy McGowan, Senior Managing Director and Accenture Operations COO
09.05 - 09.10
Introducing this year’s theme – Jules Chappell OBE, CEO of London & Partners Events
Radical thinking for the world

With our institutions and systems under pressure like at no other time since the Second World War, what is the outlook for global collaboration? What are the opportunities and risks posed by radical thinking?

09.05 - 09.35
Keynote conversation - Martin Sandbu, Economic Commentator for the Financial Times and Author of ‘The Economics of Belonging’ and Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry.

Questions from audience.

09.35 - 10.20
Keynote speech – Sir John Sawers, Executive Chairman, Newbridge Advisory; Former Head of MI6 and UK Ambassador to the UN.

Questions from the audience.


Opportunity for delegates to join coffee breakout rooms

Radical thinking for society

Covid recovery will be a key issue for every society around the world, with the risks of inequalities being exacerbated. Surely our aim cannot be to return to how things were? In this session we will consider how we can recover better.

10.50 - 11.30
Comedian, writer and actor, Sindhu Vee, in conversation with Rt Hon Jess Phillips, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley.

Questions from the audience.

11.30 - 12.15
The opportunity for paradigm societal shifts - Misan Harriman, Founder of What We Seee in conversation with Lavinya Stennett, Founder of the Black Curriculum and Lisa Witter, co-author of The She Spot

A look at how attitudes in society are shifting across the world, and the role that politicians, civil servants, entrepreneurs and activists may play in addressing the inequalities exacerbated by covid-19.

Questions from the audience.

12.15 – 13.00
Breakout discussions led by the Women of the Future Network, alumni of the Kindness & Leadership 50 Leading Lights and sponsors

Discussion centred 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 grasped?

End of Day 1
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