2024 Agenda

Tuesday 12 November 2024

Ambassadors’ roundtables (Invite only)

How do we make leadership positions more attractive to women? 

In this everywomanAmbassador roundtable discussion we are going to delve into a critical discussion: How do we make leadership positions more attractive to women? Despite progress in gender equality, only 31% of our everywoman members believe they possess the qualities needed to become future leaders, with 49% envisioning themselves as senior managers but not beyond.

Our conversation will explore the barriers that deter women from pursuing leadership roles and examine the factors that might put them off. Ultimately, identifying practical solutions to mitigate these challenges, ensuring that women in early and mid-career stages find leadership more ‘attractive’ and are motivated and supported in their leadership ambitions.

Moreover, we will discuss the pivotal role of current female leaders in mentoring and supporting others, creating a more appealing and attainable pathway to leadership. Together, we can inspire and empower the next generation of women leaders, fostering an inclusive and diverse leadership landscape.

Welcome and opening remarks 

Keynote – How to be an inspirational leader in an economic downturn


Keynote  – Generative AI and automation: how are they transforming jobs and the future of work?

  • What is the potential for, and the limitations of, GenAI in our lives and at work?
  • What are the risks of AI, including security, trust and misinformation?
  • How is AI-powered automation evolving and how will it reshape the workplace?
  • Reskilling and upskilling of people required globally for inclusion in our AI future
  • What types of governance and regulations do we need in place to ensure this disruptive technology has a positive impact?


Panel debate – How should leaders respond to the disruption of GenAI and automation?

  • What are the opportunities to leverage these new technologies and what benefits do we expect to see from their use in the workplace?
  • How will GenAI and automation affect the talent pipeline? If introductory level roles are automated, how will organisations bring people into mid-level roles?
  • How can we recognise and adjust for biases in training data and algorithms?
  • Concerns around quality and intellectual property when employees use GenAI tools



Panellists include:

Lunch and networking in the virtual lounge

Join a virtual lounge in the networking area to connect with other women and allies discussing topical issues.  


Specialist pathways

Interactive panel – Ten ways to up your impact in meetings

  • Making your presence felt when you are in a meeting dominated by louder voices
  • Tapping into your self-awareness and EQ to enhance your understanding of how you are coming across in meetings
  • Managing the egos and internal politics in the room, using these dynamics to your advantage
  • How does this change for virtual meetings?
  • When to use the hand-up button and when to speak up without it


Panellists include:

  • Eleanor Hruzik, Head of Business Change, London Metal Exchange  

Panel – The dos and don’ts of leading with empathy

  • Tapping into your empathy as a leader without becoming an ‘agony aunt’
  • Inspiring confidence in your vision for moving the company forward
  • Being authentic and differentiating your leadership style in a traditional work environment
  • Adapting your leadership style for challenging times and major change programmes


Panellists include:

Specialist pathways

Power hour – Stepping up into management: how to be an effective leader

  • How to build connections with people who will support you in your journey into management
  • Developing your own confident, authentic leadership style
  • How to have effective one-to-one meetings
  • Successful models for giving and receiving feedback
  • Influencing upwards and across the business as a manager

Panel – Success stories: arguing the case for continued investment in DEI

  • What data was used to back up the business case for the investment in DEI initiatives?
  • How did we leverage a data set to show that cutting DEI would not be ‘painless’?
  • Which studies show the link between DEI and business benefits?
  • What else helped to prove the case for continued investment in DEI?


Panellists include:


Specialist pathways

Panel – What does the data say? The link between diversity and business performance

  • Data on the relationship between gender diversity and the success of the business
  • Is there a trickle-down effect with gender diversity from senior leadership to other levels of the business?
  • The link between other diversity characteristics and business performance
  • How do diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives affect key metrics such as attraction, retention and productivity?


Panellists include:

  • Angela Harper, Director, Belonging, Diversity, and Equity, UKG

Build your network: the speed networking challenge


Keynote – Making yourself heard: the challenges of overcoming gender differences in workplace conversations

  • How great is the magnitude of differences in speech between men and women in the workplace?
  • Why men talk over women in the work setting
  • How gender stereotypes affect the acceptability of different speech features
  • How gender and race affect communication style
  • Ways that gender and racial stereotypes can be overcome in a business environment


Group coaching

Our global mentors will cover the skills needed for effective leadership, personal growth and to help you to progress. Bring along a willingness to turn on your camera and get involved in the conversation.  

  1. Navigating imposter phenomenon: building the confidence to lead
  2. Age inclusion: how to build it into your processes and culture
  3. Managing and avoiding overwhelm at work
  4. How to move from management into senior leadership
  5. How to retain commitment to DEI as a leader in an economic downturn

Panel – The three most powerful habits of an inclusive leader       

Senior leaders share their everyday practices for creating an environment of belonging and psychological safety within their teams.


Panellists include:


Close of day one