Helping each other flourish

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Start Date: 09 Mar 2018

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 3:30 PM

Duration: 6 hours

Capacity: 100

Venue: The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ › View map

Member price: £45.00

Non-member price: £55.00

Students price ?: £10.00

Event Capacity: Full

Join us for this event incorporating our International Women's Day celebration.

Working together to support and recognise each other’s achievements has been shown to improve diversity and professionalism at work. Diversity in the work place has been proven to benefit everyone - women, men and organisations.

Our speakers will be covering a range of ways in which we can realise our own potential and help others to achieve theirs, leading to greater equality of opportunity for every one of us.

Jane Wintringham will Chair the conference.

Anj Handa will present this year's "Eleanor Macdonald Memorial Lecture: The Power of Connection."

In her talk Anj will demonstrate how, by leading social change, you can boost your reputation, personal profile and opportunities at work.

Christine Gilkes - "Getting Women into Top Jobs"

McKinsey estimate that if organisations can bridge the gender gap it could add up to £150 billion to GDP in 2025. So what can we do to help speed up the rate of change and reap the obvious benefits? Christine will be talking about how we can learn from those companies modelling good practice, extol the benefits of having better representation and shift mindsets to bring about significant and sustainable change.

Stephen Crow - “How to Strategise”

Strategic thinking is essential in driving success in a dynamically changing environment. Steve will bring the topic of strategy to life in a corporate context but will also link to the importance of having a clear personal strategic agenda.

Paula Grizzard - “If You Don’t Ask the Answer is Always No: Top Tips for asking for a pay rise or promotion.”

Women ask for a raise or promotion 85% less often than their male counterparts – often asking for 30% less. Why are women more reluctant to take charge and say what they want?

This session will offer top tips on how to take charge with top tip to take away – because you are worth it!

Chris Baines - "Myths about sex"

Chris will be looking at some of the enduring myths about sex which shape both women’s and men’s careers and life choices.

Chris’s session will be followed by a round-table discussion about some of the issues raised.

Meg Munn - "Overcoming the challenges of public and political life"

Meg will talk about the important contribution women make to political and public life and an approach that can help overcome challenges.


Jane Wintringham

Jane Wintringham, BA (Hons) Law, MIPW, Founder of Adel Wills Ltd

A former Chair of CMI Yorkshire Women in Management Group Jane is proof that the foundation of success (both for herself and others) depends on developing confidence and talent. A former solicitor, senior manager and training consultant Jane’s career has flourished along with her ability to be remain flexible. She invests her combined talents, energy and network to help others as well as developing her own successful Will writing business Adel Wills Ltd.

Anj Handa

Anj Handa, FRSA, Founder, Inspiring Women Changemakers

Yorkshire businesswoman Anj Handa is a coach, speaker and writer. She is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a dynamic movement of women leading transformational change – at work, in society, and in the wider world.

Anj helps women leaders to become highly effective, authentic communicators though coaching in public speaking, media handling and personal brand.

She writes for The Yorkshire Times and is regularly featured in the media for her employment expertise and award-winning campaigning work.

Prior to setting up her own consultancy in 2011, Anj ran business networks for Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and the former National Employment Panel; working with businesses, media, policy-makers and MPs to influence regional and national employment and skills policies.

Christine Gilkes 2017

Christine Gilkes, BA(Hons), MBPsS, founder of gluetogether limited

Christine boosts performance by developing leaders to be more effective in today’s changing environments. She takes the best of what she is continuously learning about human behaviours and makes it simple and achievable for others. Using a wide range of approaches, Christine helps others adapt and make the small changes that improve results. She works with large corporations, small businesses, individuals and has developed a number of special events for women.

It’s very encouraging to see that women are holding more of the top jobs than they did only a few years ago. In contrast it’s also disappointing to hear that there are still 12 organisations in the FTSE 100 with all male boards, the pace of increase has slowed, some organisations are not measuring the figures at all and there is a lack of public disclosure of senior level data.

McKinsey estimate that if organisations can bridge the gender gap it could add up to £150 billion to GDP in 2025.

Stephen Crow

Stephen Crow, Business Development Director, Clarion

Steve has over 30 years’ experience working for seven different professional services Firms. He spent 12 in a Big 4 environment where he was head of strategy & business development for the northern region of PwC, and prior to that at Deloitte.

He has expertise in all aspects of strategy, business development, marketing and communications; often leveraging this expertise to support client growth strategies. Steve has developed a detailed understanding of the economic landscape in terms of structure and change dynamic, leveraging this to provide insights for clients. Steve invests significant time in training and mentoring colleagues and clients in developing a strategy perspective on business and personal development.

Whilst he has worked across the UK and internationally, his focus for the last 20 years has been the North, working both in the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humberside.

During his career has had a real focus and passion on innovation, internationalisation and environmental issues, and has spoken on numerous occasions in this regard.

Paula Grizzard

Paula Grizzard, Regional Director Women in Business Network

Paula started out her professional life working in Local and later Central Government. Headhunted as the first Director of the Rotherham Economic Partnership, she spearheaded the redevelopment of Rotherham after the coal closure programme.

With over 20 years running her own Management Consultancy Practice she has used her expertise in the field of Economic Development as an advisor to the Department for Communities and Local Government on regeneration Strategies and most particularly Business Development. She has worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe advising Governments on areas such as Governance, Business Development and Employment Strategies.

Combining her passion for business and talent as an entrepreneur, Paula has started up and run a number of successful businesses. The latest is Women in Business Network Yorkshire, part of an international franchise, she brought WIBN to the North of England and 3 years later the Region now has 14 flourishing Groups with over 200 members and growing fast. She has developed a community of businesswomen meeting monthly to think about and develop their business role, product or service.

Christine Baines 2017

Chris Baines, MSc, BSc (Hons), MCMI, Chartered FCIPD, MBPsS, Director, Baines Craig Consultancy Limited

Following a brief stint in the Civil Service, which convinced her that she didn’t want to work in a large, bureaucratic organisation, Chris has spent most of her career in SMEs, where she has enjoyed the autonomy, the opportunities to get involved in all areas of the businesses and the fast pace of change. Her roles have included managing finance, administration and HR and she is now using that experience to help other SMEs.

Having been both fascinated and frustrated by the beliefs generally held about women and their abilities, Chris studied various aspects of sex differences as part of her first degree. She later used what she had learnt to persuade managers to look differently at female job candidates, resulting in an increase in women in technical and senior roles in her employers’ organisations and changes in managers’ attitudes to women’s abilities.

Meg Munn

Meg Munn, MA, BA (Hons), FCMI

An independent governance consultant, Meg is a board member of Esh Construction, and the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA), and a governor of Sheffield Hallam University. Meg also chairs the British Council’s Society Advisory Group. She works on parliamentary processes, political party development, gender mainstreaming and women's leadership in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North and East Africa.

Meg was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley from 2001-15, Minister for Women and Equality (2005-07) and Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007-08). Before entering parliament, she was a senior manager with City of York Council with 20 years’ experience in the social work profession. Meg was the first MP to be awarded Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Management Institute, subsequently becoming a Fellow.
Meg will talk about the important contribution women make to political and public life and an approach that can help overcome challenges.


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