Line-up

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Registration and breakfast

Delegates register, network and breakfast in exhibition area

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Welcome

Welcome from your host for the festival Julia Streets

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Opening keynote: How to have a voice

Ayesha Hazarika, comedian, broadcaster journalist and political commentator

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Breaking the glass ceiling: an economic case for gender diversity

Women are underrepresented at all levels of the global financial system, but nowhere is that more stark than at board level, where figures show that women account for less than 2 percent of financial institutions’ chief executive officers and less than 20 percent of executive board members. The predominance of men in senior positions in financial services companies is a symptom of broader problems. Overly narrow criteria for advancement, outdated leadership models, inflexible working practices and bias in talent management all contribute to a lack of diversity, highlighting a recognised need for improved values and behaviors. Tackling these issues is not just “the right thing to do”; it also benefits the organisation, its employees, its customers and investors.

Megan Butler, Executive Director of Supervision, FCA

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Plenary Panel: Ethnic Women in Investment

Women are still a significant minority in the UK’s financial sector. But if you’re from an ethnic minority AND female, you’re probably among only a handful in your organisation. What is the impact of this on the human being, the person and the woman? How do you deal with the potential isolation and cultural gap in your daily work life? And what is changing in the workplace – among both employers and workers – to bring about change for a more inclusive workforce.

Bev Shah, Founder & CEO, City Hive – Women in Asset and Investment Management

Marisa Hall, Director, Thinking Ahead Institute

Geraldine Napier-Payne, Portfolio Manager, LGT Vestra 

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Refreshments and Networking Break in Exhibition Hub

Next Generation

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Lifting the Lid on Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome has been the subject of research for over 40 years, but the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved can be debilitating, causing stress, anxiety, low self-confidence, even shame and depression. This session will lift the lid on imposter syndrome, give tips on how to combat it, and consider if it has underpinned failure in some diversity inclusion projects.

Tamara Gillan, Co-Founder, Wealthiher Network

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Let’s get real about equality

Today’s leaders are clear on how they are focussed on supporting a diverse team and inclusive culture, but it’s time to get real about it. For the first time since Mercer conducted its ground-breaking When Women Thrive study five years ago, we’re seeing significant progress in female representation, however, we’re still a long way from parity. We need to also focus on inclusion as a whole. Our research shows that three key components, when put together, will drive real change, and this session will go through this in detail.

Michelle Sequeira, UK D&I Analytics Lead, Mercer

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Are men doing enough to drive change?

This event is called Women in Investment, so why you may ask are we running a session looking at what men can do? In reality men are still pulling most of the strings in the investment industry and therefore their buy-in is extremely important. This session will address what male managers could be doing to further their female colleagues careers, how men can support D&I initiatives and how they can champion inclusivity in their industry.

Michael Kinney, Principal, Mercer

Justin Onuekwusi, Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds Legal & General Investment Management

Andy Clark, CEO, HSBC Global Asset Management

Inspirational Leaders

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Panel: Tales from the top

Warts and all stories from women at the top of their industries, including highlights – and lowlights, lessons learned and advice they wish they’d had.

Emma Douglas, Head of DC, Legal and General Investment Management

Gretchen Betts, Managing Director, Magenta Financial Planning

Ruth Handcock, CEO, Octopus Investments

Chair: Kat Lloyd, Editor-in-Chief, Investment Week


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The sticky middle

Over the years we have seen many women initiatives ranging from women only networks, mentoring/sponsorships, board readiness programmes to help women break through the glass ceiling. However, no one talks about the “sticky middle” and the difficulties, not to mention the sacrifices that have to be made if women are to successfully navigate the graveyard of middle management. Anna will talk about this “sticky middle” and how often the business DNA resides in middle management and without recognising and understanding this DNA, businesses will continue to introduce women focused initiatives that work in silos. Anna believes that real change will need to come with commitment from the top but also bottom up and it starts with everyday behaviours and actions!

Anna Sofat, Founder, Addidi Wealth

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Presentation skills

This session will give practical advice and tips on becoming a more confident speaker, including: 

·Controlling nerves

· Getting rid of hindering habits

· Sharpening your message

· Achieving results

· Developing your own voice and style

Lea Sellers and Rosalind Adler, The Confidence People

Organisational development

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Entering the industry

This session will showcase the Investment20/20 Traineeship programme; sharing how the industry can better promote the variety of roles available in investment management and look to hire for potential rather than polish. We will also hear from some school leavers and graduates who have had the opportunity to benefit from the programme, sharing their stories and experiences.

Karis Stander, Managing Director, Investment20/20

Manuela Gutierrrez Lizarazo, Compliance Trainee Assistant, Barings

Daniel Oduleye, Operations Apprentice, Jupiter

Pippa O'Riley, Corporate Governance Analyst, Schroders

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Barriers to diversity in portfolio management
  • The lack of diversity (across all dimensions) in the investment industry and why the Diversity Project was needed
  • Barriers to diversity in portfolio management and how they are not being addressed by current diversity initiatives
  • Addressing specific barriers including gaps in track records and the lack of portfolio manager turnover
  • What has been achieved so far and what next

Jane Welsh, Project Manager, Diversity Project

Yasmine Chinwala, Partner, New Financial

Luba Nikulina, Managing Director, Global Head of Research, Willis Towers Watson

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Now that I have your attention
  • 1982. My father left my mother, my sister and me. I was four years old.
  • 1985. Tottenham riots.

Now that I have your attention… Gavin Lewis is a Managing Director at BlackRock and will talk about his experience living on a council estate in a single parent family in Tottenham. He will describe his journey from dealing knife crime and racism to a career in the corporate world. He will ask how far we have progressed when tackling the issues facing minorities and will also discuss the influence his mother had and still has on him today.

Gavin Lewis, Managing Director, BlackRock

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Extended lunch with ‘building your network’ session

During this lunch session delegates will be invited to join a speed-networking session, consisting of 5 minute networking intervals – we recommend talking to a variety of industries and seniority levels. The session is designed to address some of the following areas:

  • How to navigate the challenges of traditional networking.
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with supportive connections.
  • Building a network inside and outside your organisation.


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Is the financial services industry to blame for the gender investing gap?

Research shows that the investment gap in the UK is estimated at around £15bn, an issue compounded by data which reveals that despite living longer than men, women are still saving up to five times less for later life. In this session, we’ll explore some of the factors contributing to the gender investing gap, including whether the industry is inherently male biased, and examine what can be done about it.

Davinia Tomlinson, Founder, Rainchq

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6 Moments that Matter to secure women’s and everyone’s financial future

Changes in our financial lives means that in future many of us will work into our 70s, live to 100, and face the prospect of old age care. And yet the average pension for a 65 year old woman is 1/5th of a 65 year old man, and women’s care costs are over 1.5x greater. With the gender pay gap not expected to close until 2050, a 25 year old woman today can expect to have 20% lower pension than a 25 year old man in 40 years time; and it will be 2100 at least before we achieve pension parity. In contrast by 2025, a minority of women and 53% of millionaires will be female. Women’s financial life journeys are different to men’s, women also engage differently, trust differently, protect and invest differently. This session will highlight the 12 financial Perils and Pitfalls facing women in today’s society and 6 Moments that Matter where women and everyone can make interventions to improve financial life. It will consider what we can do, at home and at work, as well as how financial services firms can support their employees' financial wellbeing and customers' financial outcomes.

Jane Portas, Partner, Assurance, PwC United Kingdom

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Refreshments and networking break
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Mentoring academy

This session will address what people should look for in a mentor, how to become a mentor and how to become a mentee. Hosted by CityHive, Mandy Kirby will kick off this interactive session by explaining the mind set and preparation needed to become a successful mentee and how many people might already be doing light mentoring without realising it. This session will then break out into roundtable discussions hosted by our guest mentors covering:

  • Career specific – big picture
  • How to deal with a bad manager
  • Feeling undervalued in the workplace • Not being listened to in meetings
  • I need feedback – but how do I get objective feedback
  • I don’t know how to progress

Hosted by: Mandy Kirby, Chief Strategist, CityHive


Mentors:

Alex Noble, Director, Noble & Associates Ltd

Liz Field, Chief Executive, PIMFA

Lee Georgs, COO, Redington

Jon Terry, Partner, PwC

Bilquis Ahmed, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan

Amanda Cassidy, Commercial Director, Quilter Financial Planner

Jenny Condron, Chair, Association of Consulting Actuaries

Beth Brown, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown

Hema Shah, Client Account Manager, BlackRock

Alex Leay, Head of Client Propositions for Client Segments, HSBC Global Asset Management 

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Closing Keynote: The dual role of financial institutions
  • Business case for diversity and inclusion and how that impacts the profits, productivity, innovation of a company
  • Where do we stand now?
  • Financial sector getting their house in order: gender pay gap, ethnicity pay gap, sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Taking collective responsibility on what a good company looks like

Henrietta Jowitt, Deputy Director-General, Commercial - Executive Committee, CBI

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Closing remarks

Please note: programme is subject to change