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Wednesday 04 May 2022
  • Guest speakers to gather in London for key debates on how organisations can work together to improve workplace gender equality.
  • May 19th event will tackle challenges the pandemic has had on women’s leadership roles 

4th May 2022: The Chartered Management Institute, is to host its inaugural CMI Women Conference in London. “Future Leaders in the Decade After Covid” takes place on May 19 at County Hall, Westminster Bridge, London, and we are delighted that our Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO will be attending the event.

The event will examine and debate the challenges that the covid19 crisis has  brought about for women in progressing their careers to managerial roles and leadership positions.  Speakers from a broad range of sectors will discuss what they believe employers and individuals must do to progress women’s leadership. To understand what must change, and how we can implement change, the conference will seek to answer crucial questions such as:

  • What are the barriers that female managers and leaders face?
  • What are the opportunities for change?
  • How can we support women across their careers?
  • and what needs to change in the public and private sectors, in innovation and entrepreneurship, education, technology, and the future of work to create sustained and embedded progress?

Speakers include Labour MP Stella Creasy; Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Bloomberg, Pamela Hutchinson; Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Hayaatun Sillem; Chief Financial Officer at Family Assurance Friendly Society Ltd, Jim Islam; Group Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Group, Alison Rose; Director of Research and Economics at McKinsey’s United Kingdom and Ireland, Tera Allas; Author, motivational speaker, food expert and women's advocate, Pinky Lilani and Chief Digital Officer at Microsoft US Jacky Wright.

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of CMI, commented:

“The pandemic has seen gender equality in the workplace take a backward step. In disrupting workplace culture the pandemic has been a huge catalyst for change in our approach to work.  This conference will help us all  to better understand how we can utilise this disruption to embrace and create a positive change towards an equitable, inclusive, and productive future. “

The conference will also focus on how women’s leadership can shape our response to the collective challenges we face in business, Government, public services and the wider society.

TICKETS: Click here to book a ticket in person or here to book a virtual place at the conference. Space at the event is limited so those wishing to attend are advised to book promptly.

VENUE: County Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 7GP, UK.

For enquiries about the conference, please contact the CMI Events Team:

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About the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the Chartered professional body for Management and Leadership, counting over 170,000 managers and leaders in its membership community. There are currently over 12,000 Chartered Managers and growing. Backed by a unique Royal Charter, CMI is the only organisation able to award Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade, which is proven to boost individuals’ career prospects, management capability, and impact in the workplace.