Celebrating and Promoting Gender Diversity in the Workplace

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Start Date: 10 Mar 2017

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 3:30 PM

Duration: 6 hours

Capacity: 300

Venue: Queen's Hotel , City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ › View map

For CMI use only price: Free

Member price: £30.00

Non-member price: £40.00

Students price ?: £10.00

Event Capacity: Full

Incorporating our annual celebration of International Women's Day

More and more research is showing the benefits for everyone – women, men and organisations - of improving gender diversity in the workplace.   Our 2017 conference aims to bring you a variety of speakers to energise and inspire you to reap the rewards of gender diversity in your own workplace and career, as well as learning some techniques to help you to protect and promote yourself in today’s high-pressure business environments.

We are delighted that this year's conference will again by Chaired by Charlotte Sweeney OBE.

"The Eleanor Macdonald Memorial Lecture

 Ann Francke CMgr CCMI  FIC, Chief Executive of CMI

"My Journey - the Power of Self Belief

 Dr Ira Laketic-Ljubojevic, DPhil, BSc (Hons), M Prac NLP, Director, I Realised Coaching & Consulting Ltd

"How a Genuinely Diverse Workplace Benefits Everyone

 Adrian Wales, Director, LPD Associates Ltd

"Well-being in the Workplace

 Song Gulc, Owner, Song Thai Spa

"Personal Impact"

 Dr Mary Holmes, Director, Development Solutions (Headspace) Ltd

"Gender assumptions in leadership – how can we disrupt the status quo to benefit everyone?

 Charlotte Turnbull, Coaching and Mentoring Consultant

Song especially composed for the day

 Manuka, Singer and Songwriter

"Converting Good Intentions Into Great Achievements"

 Robert Lattibeaudiere, Performance Specialist, The Human Experience

The day will also feature an introduction to the CMI’s new, free diversity toolkit “Blueprint for Balance” and the presentation of the Regional Women in Management Excellence Award 2016.


Speaker Charlotte Sweeney

Charlotte Sweeney OBE - Founder & CEO of Creating Inclusive Cultures (CIC) & Founder of Charlotte Sweeney Associates

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte back as the Chair of this year’s conference. Charlotte previously headed up Diversity and Inclusion for Nomura and was special adviser to former Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf. She launched CIC in Leeds to support organisations that see inclusivity as a strategic advantage and plan to turn conversations around diversity into positive action. CIC has already arrived in Leeds and will be rolled out across Manchester and Birmingham in the first half of 2016.

Ann Francke NEW

Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Author of: Financial Times Guide to Management: How to Make a Difference and Get Results.
Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability to deliver profitable revenue growth and build organisational capability in professional services, media, retail and consumer sectors. At CMI, she uses her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond. Ann has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE report from Cranfield and is an expert on current challenges facing women in the workplace.
Ann is also Strategic Advisor to Tongal, a member of the CRUK Women of Influence Board; member of WACL and an Advisory Board member of Lancaster Management and the Open University Business Schools.
Prior to CMI Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution, held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars. Ann began her career at P&G and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.
Ann holds a BA with Distinction from Stanford, an MBA/MS from Columbia and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from UWE.
Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.

Ira Laketick Ljubejevic

Dr Ira Laketic-Ljubojevic, Director, I Realised Coaching and Consulting Ltd

After fleeing war-torn Sarajevo and eventually finding a home in the UK, Ira had to find and train for a new career. She has fifteen years’ experience in senior roles in the fields of management and people development and her expertise spans public and charitable sectors – she has worked in health, social care & support, housing, informatics and academia. She is now an independent development consultant, life & business coach, public speaker and facilitator with a passion for supporting people to improve their quality of life and to facilitate equality of opportunity for them.

Adrian Wales

Adrian Wales, Director, LPD Associates Ltd

Adrian is a professional Coach and Director at LPD Associates Ltd, who support organisational and people development through coaching and training programmes. Previous to this, Adrian was a senior manager in Post Office Ltd, leading and developing large and diverse teams in delivering some high-profile and politically sensitive projects.
Adrian has over 25 years’ experience in promoting cultural change within organisations and is a passionate advocate of the promotion of gender diversity in the workplace.

Song Wellbeing at Work

Song Gulc, Owner, Song Thai Spa

With reported stress levels rising and employers becoming more aware of the benefits of promoting well-being at work, one of the techniques to aid relaxation is massage. Song and her colleagues visit workplaces and deliver authentic Thai massage to improve blood circulation and muscle strength, relieve muscle tension, remove toxins from the muscle mass and increase joint mobility and flexibility. Their aim is to leave you in a state of sublime relaxation and Song will be demonstrating how we can all benefit from a short, tailored treatment.

Dr Mary Holmes

Dr Mary Holmes, Director, Development Solutions (Headspace) Ltd

Whatever we do, effective communication is vital to our success in business. Appreciating how to enhance our personal impact can improve how we handle one-to-one discussions, meetings and presentations. Personal impact can ensure we achieve our desired outcomes, influence others and build positive relationships.
Mary will draw on her theatrical training and her extensive leadership development experience to introduce the foundations of how we can each develop our voice and approach for personal impact. A free take-away after lunch of some simple warm-up exercises to get you started.

Charlotte Turnbull

Charlotte Turnbull, Coaching & Mentoring Consultant BA, PgDip, MSc, FCIPD, MCMI, MAUA and winner of the 2015 Regional Women in Management Excellence Award

Building on elements of her recent MSc research into leadership development mentoring for women, Charlotte will explore how perceptions around gender can influence how people access and perform in leadership roles. Charlotte will reflect on the impact of the work which supported her award win in 2016 and encourage you to consider what steps you could take to make changes on a personal and organisational level.
With over twenty years of experience in HR and people development, Charlotte has extensive experience of working creatively with all levels of staff to support maximising their potential and achieving high performance outcomes. Having built her career in the higher education sector, Charlotte’s coaching and mentoring practice has widened her areas of experience to the charity and social sectors as well as private business. Charlotte’s coaching offer is centred around ‘safe challenge’, and encourages new perspectives on difficult issues and undiscovered strengths. In addition to her consultancy work, Charlotte has a part-time role as Faculty Head of People Development & Performance at Sheffield Hallam University and is a Trustee Board Member of Sheffield Hospitals Charity.


Manuka, Singer/Songwriter

Manuka will be performing her own composition, written specially for our event. A new singer/songwriter based in Leeds, Manuka has been singing from a young age at her local Sikh temple, which inspired her love for music. From the age of 16 she learned Indian Classical Music and in 2010 went to Kolkata, India to study Indian classical music for seven months. More recently she has been teaching herself the acoustic guitar and song-writing and has been performing her own and others’ compositions, mixing influences from the East with the West.

Robert Lattibeaudiere

Robert Lattibeaudiere, Performance Specialist, The Human Experience

Robert will be speaking about what there is in all of us that helps us achieve our goals and providing a simple four step process each of us can use to guarantee results. Having become fascinated by the question of what separates elite sportsmen and women from the rest, through his involvement in and love of sport, Rob realised that it wasn’t their skill set but their mind-set which made the difference. Through studying personal development, he found that the same principle applies to success in business. As a coach, he has worked with individuals and businesses to help them to understand how the mind and brain work and to enable his clients to perform at their absolute best in their personal, professional and sporting lives.

Additional Information

Refreshments will be available upon arrival and throughout the day. Lunch is also included

Discounts are available for bookings of 10 people.  Please contact CMI Events on 01536 207394 to take advantage of this offer.


  • Buffet
  • Refreshments provided
  • Wifi

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to CMI Events at cmievents@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207411.

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