Demonstrating genuine ambition and progress towards achieving gender balance in leadership, decision making and the wider workforce is imperative for businesses, employers and employees.
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.
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.
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.
• The importance of gender diversity in the workplace.
• Fostering an inclusive company culture – increase productivity, employee satisfaction and wellbeing.
• Best practice recruitment policies, and how to attract the best female talent.
• How to effectively retain and utilise female knowledge and skills.
• Developing women in leadership and decision-making, and meeting targets for women on boards.
• Tapping into the returner talent pool.
• Latest progress and next steps for closing the gender pay-gap.
- Registration and morning refreshments
- Dr Jana Javornik
Case Study - Why women in work matters
- Yong Jing Teow
– 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
The importance of gender diversity in the workplace
- Dr Jana Javornik
– The business case for gender diversity
– The positive impact of diversity on workplace environments
- Coffee break
Fostering an inclusive and transparent company culture
- Chloe Chambraud
– Embedding equality and diversity into organisational values
– Best practice inclusion strategies
– Closing the gender-pay gap
– Personal development and wellbeing
Tackling gender imbalance - recruitment and next generation 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
- Networking lunch
Progression and leadership – supporting women into leadership positions
- Natalie Meher
– 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
- Afternoon break
Returner and retraining programmes
- Julianne Miles
– Retaining the skills and knowledge of older female talent
– Providing re-skilling and retraining opportunities
– Developing returner programmes
- Close of conference
Dr Jana Javornik
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