2019 everywoman in Risk Forum


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2019 everywoman in risk forum
25 - 26 November 2019, LONDON



The risk function has never been more important. It’s an automatic board appointment for most global businesses. And a perfect vehicle for world class women looking to get to the top.

In 2019, leadership teams are grappling with new conditions of global risk but in order to bring about sustainable change they must also consider opportunities that promote long-term growth and within that it is essential to give women from entry level up to middle manager, access to learning, development, role models and networks to unlock their ambitions and empower them to progress their career in the risk management profession.

Companies today need to be more productive, more innovative and in many ways more open if they are to thrive. The real risk to business is not getting women involved. 

With careers in risk spanning across many sectors and disciplines, the 2019 everywoman in Risk Forum will look at how organisations can harness gender differences to help build effective teams with broader skill sets, differing qualities and greater input resulting in improved risk management and governance. In what is becoming an ever more complex world it is important to have both female and male role models in risk to strengthen the talent pipeline.

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For sponsorship and partner enquiries, please contact Seema Bennett on seema@everywoman.com


When and where
25th November 2019 to 26th November 2019
Start time: 
End time: 
10 Fenchurch Ave
EC3 M5BN London
United Kingdom

Day 1: 25 November 2019

09:30 – 12:30

Workshop 1: Leader to Executive: Paradigm Shifts

A highly practical session where delegates will:

  • Identify the shifts in mindset and organisational knowledge that they must make at this point in their career
  • Discover the insights of those shifts which will push them out of their comfort zones as female leaders.

This session includes a panel discussion of inspiring, female leaders sharing stories of their career journeys, and their experience of shifting mindsets.


13:30 – 17:00

Workshop 2: The Power to Persuade: Storytelling as a Leadership Skill

Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools leaders can harness to help them navigate through a multitude of leadership scenarios and one which, research has shown, women in business can find particularly challenging. 

During this practical session, delegates will:

  • Identify and recognise their own strengths and how best to address these with individuals, teams and within organisations
  • Learn how to captivate your audience, overcome challenges and leave with new ideas, skills, and fresh perspectives
  • Create their own career stories based on a tested formula and share these with another workshop attendee


Day 2: 26 November 2019

8.30 – 9.00

Coffee and registration


9.00 - 9.10


Karen Gill MBE & Max Benson MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd


9.10 - 9.20

Opening Remarks

Keith Davies, Chief Risk and Resilience Officer, M&G Prudential


9:20 – 9:50

Panel: Diversity in the Boardroom – Risking a Career in Risk

In recent years there has only been an ever so slight increase of women in management teams in risk. This session will aim to uncover why this is, how women see risk differently to men, and what needs to be done for people to fall in love with risk rather than merely fall into it.
We will be:


  • Discovering diversity challenges specific to the function – the qualitative and quantitative divide
  • The changing role of risk – the increased opportunities as a result of new requirements
  • Delving into dropping retention rates and discussing how to engage better and smarter
  • Opening up risk as a desirable, successful and exciting career path for all


9.50 – 10.25

The Art of the Possible: Defying Stereotypes and Preconceptions through Inclusion

Pre-conceived ideas of women could have stopped many of our role models being who they were. We are all part of the movement to dispel limiting stereotypes but how do you practice inclusivity yourself?

Turning the conversation from deep domain knowledge to enlightening open thought

  • Challenging perceptions and eradicating negative assumptions
  • Delving into intersectionality in a business and assessing how it all needs to work together


10.25 – 10.45

Using Diverse Perspectives to Ensure Greater Security in Cyber & Data Management

This session will identify the possible vulnerabilities in our identification of cyber risk and the interchange of personal data. But is lack of diversity being overlooked as one of the greatest weaknesses?

  • Reducing silos within the organisation to best combat these threats at all levels
  • Ensuring a cost-effective yet best in class framework


10.45 - 11.05

Morning break


11.05 – 11.25

Getting our Heads out of the Cloud: How Tech is Shaping the Future of Risk
When ‘46% percent of risk managers viewed culture as a main challenge to digitizing’, alarm bells start ringing especially with technology increasing at such a rapid rate.
Here we will explore:

  • Issues such as legacy IT systems, conservative culture and lack of digital skills in risk
  • Future-proofing and managing algorithmic methods, including the potential risks of AI
  • Current tech disruptors and their threats and opportunities
  • The risk of not staying ahead and the competitive pressure this can mean for your business
  • How diversity plays into these aspects


11.25 - 11.50

In Conversation with…


11.50 - 12.20

Panel: New & Emerging Risks - Bringing the likes of Climate Change to the boardroom

The nature of risk is continually evolving, and over the last year we’ve seen aspects such as environmental issues take a bigger stage within the boardroom. Here we have a panel of experts discussing the impact of such issues, how to prioritise them and how to respond effectively.
This will include:

  • Understanding new and emerging risks and the role of a diverse team in identifying and managing these
  • Studying topical and current situations and how to respond effectively to these


12.20 – 12.40

Achieving Risk Transformation through Governance, Conduct and Culture

This session will unveil how through traditional business and ever-growing tech knowledge, the face of risk is encouraging a deep collaboration between governance and culture and thus shaking up the standard organisational set up.


  • Governance and culture - easy to define but tough to implement and maintain
  • Adding diversity into the equation – how does this impact?
  • Engaging risk in wider conversations from the beginning


12.40 – 13.10

Panel: Rising Stars– Making the Risk Ladder Easier to Climb

Having graduated over 3 years ago, this session explores the observations of former students who are now carving their own careers within risk.

How do the next generation define/view risk? And where do they see the industry heading?
In addition to this we will touch on:


  • Understanding how to bridge the gap from people at the top to new emerging talent
  • The importance of creating role models to inspire others to aspire high
  • Discussing and dissecting the most effective ways of growing a team with the right people and instilling the confidence needed to take that extra step up the ladder
  • How to combine talent and empower peers thus creating an all-inclusive and diverse industry
  • Readjusting the scales to prevent imbalance for the future

Chair: Mark McLane, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, M&G Prudential


13.10 - 14.10



14.10 - 15.10

Power Hour 1


15.10 - 15.30

Afternoon break



15.30 – 16.30

Power Hour 2


16.30 – 17.00

How to Find your Funny, Useful, Beautiful and Inspiring?


17.00 – 17.10

Closing remarks

Karen Gill MBE & Max Benson MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd



Networking Drinks & Mentor/Mentees – Connect me

A rare opportunity to forge new relationships with our 10-minute speed networking exercise designed to connect all levels of seniority of our delegates.

Once the 10 minutes is up, you are encouraged to network with a drink.

  • Interactive speed networking session designed to openly discuss with your peers what the problems in risk are with all levels of seniority in the industry
  • A fantastic opportunity to offer up solutions and openly discuss change of thought in a room of like-minded people
  • The potential to create mentor/mentee relationships    
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