Key Points
  • Hear the progress made towards Hampton-Alexander Review targets and key hurdles still to overcome
  • Gain insight from companies who are successfully closing the Gender Pay Gap
  • Learn how to support women in the workplace and inspire the next generation of female leaders


Overview
Expert Speakers

  • Chair: Talat Yaqoob, Director, Equate Scotland
  • Lesley Fraser, Director General for Organisational Development and Operations and Equality and Diversity Champion, Scottish Government
  • Innes Miller, Chief Commercial Officer, paygaps.com
  • Julie Ashworth, Chair, Clear Returns, Chair, Institute of Directors Edinburgh and UK Ambassador, Women on Boards
  • Ian Bruce, Public Appointments Manager, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland
  • Aneela Mckenna, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Scottish Parliament
  • Carolyn Currie, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Scotland
  • Judy Wagner, Director, FWB Park Brown
  • Mark Logan Founder and Director, Ipso Facto
  • Andrew McConnell, Head of Employment Law Practice, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Tania Hemming, Marketing and Business Development Director, Morton Fraser LLP
  • Hazel Little, Coaching and Programme Manager, Women Returners Scotland
  • Patrycja Kupiec, Director, YWCA Scotland
  • Mark Logan, Founder and Director, Ipso Facto
  • David Sole OBE, Managing Partner, School for CEOs

    Holyrood Insight’s highly reputable Women Mean Business Forum is returning this October to give delegates a vital update on progress being made towards the Hampton-Alexander Review targets and reducing the Gender Pay Gap.

    Although significant progress is being made, it is clear this is a longer-term challenge and more work needs to be done to sustain progress, overcome the tokenism hiring ‘one and done’ culture and to increase the number of women in leadership positions.

    This year there will be a greater focus on intersectionality, building allies and the role of men as agents of change.

    This forum explores how significant culture change needs to come in the very early stages to ensure capable women can progress from entry-level to senior management positions. With a focus on improving careers advice and encouraging entry into STEM subjects to investment in mentoring, training and development to support progression and promotions.

    Join our expert panellists showcasing innovative ways to ensure female friendly workplaces that support women and help retain talent, including flexible working, maternity programmes, addressing ageism and overcoming gender bias in the design of roles.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Talat Yaqoob Director, Equate Scotland

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09:10 - 09:30
Keynote 1: Government Priorities for Achieving Equality for Women in Work

 
  • The role and contribution of women in the Scottish economy
  • Gender Representation on Public Boards Bill
  • Key priorities to improve women’s representation in leadership roles, narrow the pay-gap and support women in the workplace
  • Progress made with meeting the diversity targets set by the Hampton-Alexander review

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Lesley Fraser Director General for Organisational Development and Operations and Equality and Diversity Champion, Scottish Government

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09:30 - 09:50
Keynote 2: Closing the Gender Pay Gap - Case Study

 
  • Key factors for success and key challenges to overcome

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Claire Reid Partner, Risk Assurance, PwC

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09:50 - 10:10
Keynote 3: Gender Pay Gap Reporting

 
  • Progress so far and is the legislation effective?
  • What more should organisations be doing?
  • What's next? Including ethnicity, disability, social mobility and what organisations should do to prepare

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Innes Miller Director, Staffmetrix Ltd

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10:10 - 10:30
Extended Questions and Discussion with Keynote Speakers

 

10:30 - 11:10
Panel Discussion: Women in Leadership - Improving the Gender Balance in Senior Leadership Positions

 
  • Progress made towards the Hampton-Alexander Review targets for women in board positions
  • Key challenges and barriers to increasing the number of women in leadership positions
  • Increasing transparency and holding organisations to account
  • Unconscious bias
  • The role of investors to help solve gender imbalance at board level
  • The role of men to champion the cause for greater representation of women in leadership roles
  • Improving female entrepreneurship, business ownership and  representation in SME’s
  • The role of executive recruiters in supporting clients to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions

Speakers

Lucinda Longmoore Project Leader (secondment),The Hampton Alexander Review

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Carolyn Currie CEO, Women’s Enterprise Scotland

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Ian Bruce Public Appointments Manager, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

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Julie Ashworth Chair, Clear Returns, Chair, Institute of Directors Edinburgh and UK Ambassador, Women on Boards

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Judy Wagner Director, FWB Park Brown

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11:10 - 11:35
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:35 - 12:15
Panel Discussion: Supporting Women in the Workplace - Office Cultures, Flexibility and Re-Entering the Workplace

 
  • Examples of impactful initiatives to improve the working environment for women
  • Redesigning roles to reduce gender bias
  • Getting talented women back into the workplace for women returning from career breaks
  • Improving flexible working options, including job sharing, reduced hours or multi-site locations
  • Ensuring women aren’t penalised for taking career breaks and are able to return to the same level job
  • Incentives and initiatives for fathers to share parental leave
  • The impact of extended free childcare hours
  • Retaining talented women in the workplace
  • Improving company maternity programmes
  • Addressing ageism in the workplace
  • The key barriers left to overcome to better support women in the workplace

Speakers

Aneela McKenna Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Scottish Parliament

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Andrew McConnell Head of Employment Law Practice, Royal Bank of Scotland

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Hazel Little Coaching and Programme Manager, Women Returners Scotland

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Tania Hemming Marketing and Business Development Director, Morton Fraser LLP

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12:15 - 12:55
Panel Discussion: Building the Female Talent Pipeline - Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

 
  • Improving careers guidance in schools and universities
  • Ensuring a talented stream of potential employees across all sectors, including STEM
  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Investing in training, personal and professional development for women
  • Successful mentoring schemes, job shadowing and workplace demonstrations
  • Improving in-house career advice for progression and promotion
  • Increasing women’s confidence

Speakers

Patrycja Kupiec Director, YWCA Scotland

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Mark Logan Founder and Director, Ipso Facto

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David Sole OBE Managing Partner, Schools for CEOs

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Talat Yaqoob Director, Equate Scotland

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks

 

13:00 - 13:00
Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Julie Ashworth Chair, Clear Returns, Chair, Institute of Directors Edinburgh and UK Ambassador, Women on Boards

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Ian Bruce Public Appointments Manager, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

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Carolyn Currie CEO, Women’s Enterprise Scotland

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Lesley Fraser Director General for Organisational Development and Operations and Equality and Diversity Champion, Scottish Government

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Tania Hemming Marketing and Business Development Director, Morton Fraser LLP

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Patrycja Kupiec Director, YWCA Scotland

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Hazel Little Coaching and Programme Manager, Women Returners Scotland

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Mark Logan Founder and Director, Ipso Facto

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Lucinda Longmoore Project Leader (secondment),The Hampton Alexander Review

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Andrew McConnell Head of Employment Law Practice, Royal Bank of Scotland

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Aneela McKenna Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Scottish Parliament

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Innes Miller Director, Staffmetrix Ltd

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Claire Reid Partner, Risk Assurance, PwC

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David Sole OBE Managing Partner, Schools for CEOs

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Judy Wagner Director, FWB Park Brown

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Talat Yaqoob Director, Equate Scotland

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Venue details

Central Edinburgh Central Edinburgh


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