Key Points
  • The Scottish Government's plan for a gender focused economic recovery
  • Practical steps in the workplace to improve outcomes for women
  • Tackling the gender pay gap across sectors and within organisations
  • Developing recruitment and retention strategies that deliver successful career pathways and retain talent
  • Creating targeted support for women from diverse backgrounds and in different stages of life
  • Learning from public and private sector case studies: implementing approaches to develop safe, thriving and gender friendly workplaces
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Chaired by: Dr. Poonam Malik, Head of Investments, University of Strathclyde , Board Member, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland
  • Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Equalities and Older People, Scottish Government
  • Anna Ritchie Allan, Chief Executive, Close the Gap
  • Elaine MacGlone, Equality and Diversity Manager, The Law Society of Scotland
  • Julie Ashworth, CEO, BroadReach Scotland Lead, Women on Boards Vice Chair, IoD ScotlandChair, University of Aberdeen
  • Adeife Onwuzulike, Global DEI Director, Euromonitor International
  • Lynne Cadenhead, Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland, and Mint Ventures
  • Rhona Campbell, Board Member, Investing Women
  • Hazel Little, Deputy CEO, Women Returners
  • Lynn Maguire, Director Global Head Trade & Transaction Regulatory, BlackRock
  • Liz Barron-Majerik, Director, Lantra


Take steps in your workplace to improve women’s employment opportunities, tackle gender bias and reduce a widening pay gap that costs the Scottish economy £17 billion a year*.

At our Gender Equality in the Workplace – Scotland digital conference you will hear from the Government, Scottish business leaders and public sector organisations who are paving the way towards more equal workplaces.

Covid-19 has disproportionately affected women in the economy, with the potential to exacerbate gender inequality in Scotland and damage women’s employment opportunities and wellbeing in the longer-term.

Hear from Christina McKelvie MSP, The Minister for Equalities and Older People who will share next steps and the Government's plan to ensure a gender balanced economic recovery.

Find out how others have used evidence-based approaches to reduce the pay gap and removed obstacles to employment and career progression for women.

Business leaders will share how they implemented gender-friendly recruitment policies and flexible working arrangements. They will share strategies that enable equal representation from junior positions to the board room. Explore pathways to unlock the potential ofmentoring and role modelling and build talent across your organisation.

Through a series of interactive sessions, learn actionable strategies to support women in different stages os their life and from different backgrounds, including women from ethnic minorities, women during their menopause and those returning from career breaks. Discover solutions to attract women in underrepresented sectors.

The conference will be delivered via an interactive, online platform. Network with colleagues online and view the content on demand for 14 days after the event.

**Close the Gap, Published March 2021


Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Poonam Malik Head of Investments, University of Strathclyde & Board Member, Scottish Enterprise

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09:40 - 09:50
Keynote Address 1: A Gendered Approach towards the COVID-19 Economic Recovery

 
  • Overcoming the impact of Covid-19 on women’s economic opportunities and tackling the key drivers of inequalities 
  • Reviewing progress achieved by the Gender Pay Gap Measurement Framework and the Gender Equality Index
  • Paving the way for an equitable recovery

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Christina McKelvie MSP Minister for Equalities and Older People, Scottish Government

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09:50 - 10:20
Tackling the Gender Pay Gap

 
  • Women’s inequality in the labour market including the disproportionate impact of Covid-19
  • Reviewing progress and impact of gender pay gap reporting
  • Advancing women’s equality through the Equally Safe at Work accreditation programme 

10:10-10:20 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Anna Ritchie Allan Executive Director, Close the Gap

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10:20 - 10:50
Overcoming Barriers for Women in the Workplace

 
  • Exploring the pandemic impacts emerging barriers that women face for career progression
  • Creating safer working environments: eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace 
  • Considering positive actions that enable women to thrive in different stages of the employee lifecycle
  • Providing resources that allow women to thrive: building partnerships with organisations to access bespoke support (caring responsibilities, mental health support, wellbeing)
10:40-10:50 Questions and Discussion

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Elaine MacGlone Equality and Diversity Manager, The Law Society of Scotland

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10:50 - 11:10
Networking Break

 

11:10 - 11:40
Case Study: Refilling the Female Talent Pipeline

 
  • Building a talent pipeline: adapting recruitment and retention policies to meet new workplace arrangements
  • Creating clear career pathways for women in the workplace to improve gender balance in senior positions
  • Supporting women returning to work 
  • Addressing ageism in the workplace
  • Learning from successful case studies on recruiting wide and diverse talent
11:30-11:40 Questions and Discussion


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Lynn Maguire Director Global Head Trade & Transaction Regulatory, BlackRock

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Hazel Little Deputy CEO, Women Returners Scotland

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11:40 - 12:10
How to Level-up Securing Investment for Women and Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurial Company Founders

 
  • Harnessing transferable skills to identify business opportunities and enhance career progression
  • Tackling barriers to access financial support for women starting their business 
  • Reviewing the benefits of mentoring and visible role models 
  • Lessons from the skills alliance programme
12:00-12:10 Questions and Discussion

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Rhona Campbell Board Member, Investing Women

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Lynne Cadenhead Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland, Chair, Mint Ventures

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12:10 - 12:20
Break

 
Make connections and network with your peers on our interactive digital platform

12:20 - 12:40
Interview Session: Learning from Women in Leadership

 
  • Unlocking the potential of mentoring and sponsorship to build talent across the organisation
  • Embedding positive strategies in senior leadership including boards and chief executive roles to reduce inequalities 
  • Reviewing the importance of representation for a wide range of women in underrepresented sectors 
  • How to strengthen women and ethnic minority entrepreneurial company founders leadership for raising more investment and lead from front
12:35-12:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Adeife Onwuzulike Global DEI Director, Euromonitor International

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12:40 - 13:10
Case Studies: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome and Sharing Strategies for Career Progression

 
  • Promoting behaviour change that enables women to fulfil their professional development 
  • Building confidence and self-belief: overcoming hesitancy and personal barriers to achieve goals
Participants will have the opportunity to raise their challenges and ask for recommendations from women led services

13:00-13:10: Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Julie Ashworth CEO BroadReach , Scotland lead Women On Boards UK, Vice Chair IOD Scotland, Chair University of Aberdeen

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Liz Barron-Majerik Director, Lantra

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13:10 - 13:15
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Poonam Malik Head of Investments, University of Strathclyde & Board Member, Scottish Enterprise

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End

Speakers

Julie Ashworth CEO BroadReach , Scotland lead Women On Boards UK, Vice Chair IOD Scotland, Chair University of Aberdeen

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Liz Barron-Majerik Director, Lantra

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Lynne Cadenhead Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland, Chair, Mint Ventures

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Rhona Campbell Board Member, Investing Women

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Hazel Little Deputy CEO, Women Returners Scotland

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Elaine MacGlone Equality and Diversity Manager, The Law Society of Scotland

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Lynn Maguire Director Global Head Trade & Transaction Regulatory, BlackRock

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Dr. Poonam Malik Head of Investments, University of Strathclyde & Board Member, Scottish Enterprise

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Christina McKelvie MSP Minister for Equalities and Older People, Scottish Government

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Adeife Onwuzulike Global DEI Director, Euromonitor International

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Anna Ritchie Allan Executive Director, Close the Gap

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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