9th July 2019

09:00 - 15:45 | Etc. venues, Marble Arch


Supporting Women in the Workplace Conference


Because gender equality is good for everyone

Demonstrating genuine ambition and progress towards achieving gender balance in leadership, decision making and the wider workforce is imperative for businesses, employers and employees. As we know, there is an evidence-based link between companies with more balanced gender distribution in their management, and their business performance. Despite this gender diversity remains a key challenge and an ongoing issue across the country, and the gender-pay gap is still high on the political agenda.

We know that there are practical challenges and barriers which are not easy to tackle, particularly for smaller organisations, and embedding a cultural shift takes time and resources. That's why our Supporting Women in the Workplace Conference has been designed to help businesses and managers learn how to navigate these challenges, and assess practical, tested methods to improve diversity across their organisation.

Understand the business case for gender diversity as well as the latest legal requirements

Gain confidence when it comes to the recruitment process and how to attract top female talent

Learn to navigate the 'challenge' of maternity leave and childcare - legally and what works best for businesses

Instill corporate values that allow for a company culture that champions diversity and equality

Why we need this conference now more than ever!

It's the 21st century and yet we live in a society that still has a significant gender-pay gap (18.4% in 2017) and whilst there has been a slight increase in the percentage of women in senior leadership roles in 2018, it is still only at 22%**.

With government iniatives in place and reporting made necessary for a lot of companies, progress is being made, but it is too slow and lots of businesses are yet to reap the benefits from a more gender-equal workforce.

Diversity can change with every hire - companies need to put in place policies and strategies to ensure long-term, sustainable change.


Hiring and promoting talented women is the right thing to do for society - and it's an economic imperative.

Charlos Ghosn,

Chairman, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Ida Auken

Member of the Danish Parliament

When women leaders like me do not feel the inequality, we tend to forget that something is not working.


09:00 - 09:25

Networking & Coffee Break

09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson's introduction

Dr Jana Javornik, Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations, Leeds University Business School

09:30 - 10:00

Case Study - Why women in work matters

- Why women in work matters to the economy and business

- Progress of women in work in advanced economies

- The role for government policy

- The role of businesses

Yong Jing Teow, Senior Economist and Author, Women in Work Report, PwC

10:00 - 10:30

The importance of gender diversity in the workplace

- The business case for gender diversity

- The positive impact of diversity on workplace environments

Dr Jana Javornik, Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations, Leeds University Business School

10:30 - 11:00

Morning break

11:00 - 12:00

Fostering an inclusive and transparent company culture

- Embedding equality and diversity into organisational values

- Best practice inclusion strategies

- Closing the gender-pay gap

- Personal development and wellbeing

Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community

12:00 - 12:45

Tackling gender imbalance - recruitment and next-gen talent

- Non-discrimination policies and best practice processes

- Use of quotas and targets

- Attracting female talent and supporting the growth of the next generation talent pipeline

Sally Dhillon, Director, CM Talent

12:45 - 13:45

Networking lunch

13:45 - 14:45

Progression and leadership - supporting women into leadership positions

- Providing clear career pathways and ongoing development opportunities

- Role models and mentoring programmes

- Flexible working and supporting parental responsibilities

- Meeting targets for women in senior leadership and on boards

Natalie Maher, Design leader, and Founder of Kerning the Gap

14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon break

15:00 - 15:45

Returner and retraining programmes

- Retaining the skills and knowledge of older female talent

- Providing re-skilling and retraining opportunities

- Developing returner programmes

Julianne Miles Chartered Psychologist MBA, Co-Founder & CEO, Women Returners


Close of conference


Dr Jana Javornik is a member of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC). Her research interests include parental employment; comparative work-family policies and their impact across social groups and welfare states; equality, diversity and inclusion in the labour market; workplace sustainability; and indicator development.

With colleagues, Jana is developing an ambitious new programme of research about Inclusion at Work in collaboration with businesses, HR practitioners, civil society and policy makers who are trailblazers in this area.Jana has over 20 years of experience in different roles as senior public policy advisor, as researcher, as consultant, and as columnist.

She has worked for and with central governments and high-profile organisations such as the OECD, European Commission, World Bank, ILO, and UNDP. Among others, Jana helped to develop Stability Pact programmes on gender political and economic empowerment under the auspices of Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She helped to set up a Gender Task Force and a CEE Network for Gender Issues, comprising gender organisations from Eastern Europe and the CiS, North Africa and the Middle East, now serving as their Adviser.

Dr Jana Javornik

Nat Maher

Nat has most recently been the CEO at London brand consultancy, Pollitt & Partners, one of the only employee-owned creative agencies in the world; bringing to it her experience gained with the likes of BT, World Animal Protection, British Gas, AEG, Bacardi, Mitchells and Butlers, L’Oreal and P&G.

Prior to Pollitt & Partners, Nat headed up the London studio of Good, the award winning brand consultancy, as Managing Director having previously held the position of Group Communications Director at equally decorated brand consultancy Elmwood, where she was responsible for all internal and external comms for its six studios in London, Leeds, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne.

She previously held the position of Communications Director at the Design Business Association, the industry trade body, and is a regular speaker on the subject of the value and measurement of design.

As one of the few women leading design consultancies in the UK, Nat’s other passion is raising the profile of women in the design industry, and in 2015 founded ‘Kerning The Gap’, a movement for like-minded people who want to see more women in design leadership roles, hear their voices and be inspired to create real and tangible change in the industry.


Chloe Chambraud is Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. She leads key research projects on gender equality in the workplace and engages in high-level consultations with key business leaders and policy-makers to drive change for women at work.

She supports the advisory team who works closely with 140 employers employing over 4 million people with evidence-based recommendations, bespoke support and practical resources to create more inclusive workplaces.

Last year, she led the Equal Lives research in which 10,000 employees from all industries took part. The report she co-authored provided employers with resources to support men with their caring responsibilities at home and unleash the potential of women at work.

This year, she plans to redesign unconscious bias training to move beyond pure awareness-raising and provide employees with practical tools to create culture change and call out inappropriate behaviours.

Prior to her role, Chloe worked on programmes to prevent violence against women with the United Nations in Fiji and created a social enterprise for survivors of violence in a local NGO in Thailand. She holds two masters in Social Anthropology (LSE) and International Development & Conflict Resolution, and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Behaviour Change (UCL). Passionate about unlocking everyone’s potential and promoting wellbeing in the workplace, she was recently certified as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor and has trained students, citizens and employees so that they are better able to support themselves and others.

Chloe Chambraud

Julianne Miles

Julianne Miles is the Co-Founder and CEO of Women Returners, the European experts in enabling professionals to return to work after an extended career break.

Since 2014, Women Returners has partnered with over 60 forward-thinking organisations to pioneer returnships and lead the rapid growth of the returner programme market in the UK.

Women Returners also runs the Women Returners Professional Network, providing free advice and support to over 5,000 women on career break.Julianne is a Chartered Psychologist with an INSEAD MBA who retrained after a first career in marketing and strategy and a four-year parental career break.

She is a frequent speaker and media commentator on returning to work and co-wrote the “Returner Programmes: Best Practice Guidelines for Employers” on GOV.UK.


Twitter @womenreturners

Yong Jing Teow

Jing Teow is a Senior Economist at PwC and the lead author of PwC's Women in Work report, published annually since 2013.

She specialises in impact assessments of policy and regulatory changes on the economy using quantitative modelling techniques, economic forecasting and scenario planning, including gender equality policies.

For example, she has published research exploring the causes of the gender pay gap across the OECD and the £1 billion potential of women returners in the UK.

She is also a regular contributor to PwC's thought leadership on macroeconomics, Brexit and trade, and the labour market.

Sally Dhillon

Sally Dhillon is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of CM Talent, helping employers to attract, retain and develop more gender-diverse teams. She is a HR consultant, practitioner, trainer and coach passionate about inspiring more women to step up as leaders.

After a corporate HR & executive coaching career spanning 20 years, she took a career break to focus on the complex needs of her young family. It wasn’t until she attempted to get back into employment that she appreciated the impact that the break had had on her career and her ability to pick up where she left off, along with many other women, after having children.

Rather than despair, she co-founded Career-Mums, a social enterprise, supporting parents in their careers and through CM Talent, started working with employers to create the conditions to support more women in their careers as part of their commitments to reducing their gender pay and leadership gaps.

Delivering unconscious bias training, people-related policy, process and practice reviews, maternity and paternity coaching, educating leaders about the benefits of gender diversity, supporting working parents and designing talent attraction and development programmes are all part of Sally’s broad remit as a gender diversity specialist.

During her career break, Sally studied organisational psychology and volunteered for a specialist parenting charity supporting families at risk of breaking down, both influencing the work she now delivers.

Sally’s personal and career journey has been captured in the published book, “I am a Woman Who”.She is actively engaged in driving change for women in the workplace in the West Midlands through speaking engagements and her involvement in a variety of local initiatives and the CIPD.



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