September 21st 2017 | Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, London and Manchester

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Event agendas

Please find the agendas for the upcoming WiL events in Belfast (first tab) London (second tab) and Manchester (third tab) below!

The full agendas for Cardiff & Birmingham events will be added shortly.

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Belfast | 4 September

09.00

Registration opens

09.50

Chair's welcoming address

CHAIR: Fiona Eadie, President, FDA

10.00

Opening Address

Inspiring positive change: creating a culture of ownership and inclusion

SPEAKER: Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive, Equality Commission

10.30

Breakout session A

Communicating with confidence: gaining credibility and influence

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session B

How to build great relationships: overcoming the behaviours holding you back

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd

11.30

Networking and refreshment break

12.00

Authentic Leadership: finding the courage to lead authentically

SPEAKER: Louise Warde Hunter, Head of Housing, Urban Regeneration & Local Government, Department for Communities NI and Gender Champion for NICS

12.30

Breakout session C

Finding your full voice: a toolkit for presenting with maximum impact

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session D

Networking with confidence: creating rapport, respect and relationships

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd

13.30

Lunch

14.30

Panel Discussion

Amplifying diverse voices: leveraging our differences to drive success

SPEAKER: ACC Barbara Gray, Crime Operations, Police Service of Northern Ireland

SPEAKER: Claire Archbold, Deputy Departmental Solicitor, Department of Finance

SPEAKER: Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive, Women in Business NI

SPEAKER: Carmel McKinney OBE, Chairperson, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

15.30

Closing Address

Never the less, she persisted: embracing change and squaring up to challenges

SPEAKER: Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body

16.00

Chair’s closing remarks followed by informal networking drinks

CHAIR: Fiona Eadie, President, FDA

London | 29 October

08.30

Registration opens

09.20

Chair’s welcome and introduction

CHAIR: Fiona Eadie, President, FDA

09.30

Permanent Secretary opening address

Inspiring positive change: creating a culture of ownership and inclusion

SPEAKER: Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade

10.10

Breakout session A

Menopause in the workplace: seeking support and opening up the conversation

SPEAKER: Sarah Davies, Co-Founder & Director, Talking Menopause

Breakout session B

How to build great relationships: managing difficult conversations and building rapport

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd

Breakout session C

Social mobility in the workplace: breaking down barriers and identifying tools for success

SPEAKER: Drew Morris, Head of Social Mobility, Ministry of Justice

SPEAKER: Gerri Clement, Deputy Director, EU Exit Implementation Capability Unit, Cabinet Office & Co-chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network

Breakout session D

Communicating with confidence: gaining credibility and influence

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session E

Leading from the middle: developing presence and impact at any grade

SPEAKER: Keela Shackell-Smith MBE, Evidence Advisor, Environment Agency and Founder, Cross-Government Women's Network

Breakout session F

Resilience and mental wellbeing: enhancing your wellbeing to manage stress effectively

11.10

Networking & refreshments

11.40

Tackling gendered cultures: challenging discrimination and promoting equality

SPEAKER: Jason Ghaboos, Co-Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network & Head of Sponsorship, Visas & Citizenship Operations, Home Office

12.20

Breakout session G

Introversion in leadership: unlocking the true value of the quiet leader

SPEAKER: Emma Taggart, Executive Leadership Coach for Introverts

Breakout session H

Finding your full voice: a toolkit for presenting with maximum impact

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session I

Imposter syndrome: separating the fears from the facts to own your accomplishments

SPEAKER: Fiona Buckland, Professional Life Coach, Fiona Buckland Coaching

Breakout session J

Networking with confidence: strategies and tools for effective and enjoyable networking

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd

Breakout session K

Embracing flexible working: when, why & how?

SPEAKER: Professor Rosie Campbell, Director, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

SPEAKER: Victoria Taylor, National Officer and Women's Lead, FDA

Breakout session L

Sponsorship as the new mentorship: why you need a sponsor, and how to get one

13.20

Lunch

14.20

A lesson in confidence: knowing and demonstrating your worth

SPEAKER: Alison Pritchard, Director, EU Exit & Transformation, Cabinet Office

15.00

Closing Address

Never the less, she persisted: embracing change and squaring up to failure

SPEAKER: Harriet Minter, Journalist, Broadcaster and Founder, Guardian's Women in Leadership section

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

16.00 - 17.00

Informal networking drinks

Manchester | 20 November

08.30

Registration opens

09.20

Chair’s welcome and introduction

CHAIR: Fiona Eadie, President, FDA

09.30

Permanent Secretary opening address

Inspiring positive change: creating a culture of ownership and inclusion

SPEAKER: Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, MHCLG

10.10

Breakout session A

Menopause in the workplace: seeking support and opening up the conversation

Breakout session B

Resilience and mental wellbeing: enhancing your wellbeing to manage stress effectively

Breakout session C

Communicating with confidence: gaining credibility and influence

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session D

How to build great relationships: managing difficult conversations and building rapport

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd

11.10

Networking break

11.40

Authentic Leadership: finding the courage to lead authentically

SPEAKER: Kathy Barnes, Chief Executive Officer, Defence Business Services, MOD

12.20

Breakout session E

Introversion in leadership: unlocking the true value of the quiet leader

Breakout session F

Imposter syndrome: separating the fears from the facts to own your accomplishments

Breakout session G

Finding your full voice: a toolkit for presenting with maximum impact

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session H

Networking with confidence: strategies and tools for effective and enjoyable networking

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd

13.20

Lunch

14.20

A lesson in confidence: knowing and demonstrating your worth

15.00

Closing Address

Never the less, she persisted: embracing change and squaring up to failure

15.40

Chair's closing remarks