12 Mar 2020| Birmingham

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12th March 2020 | NEC, Birmingham
in partnership with the FDA

Now in their tenth year, the annual Women into Leadership conferences have established themselves as the key events for all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced. Women into Leadership 2019/20 will examine how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be.

This year's conferences will draw on feedback from previous Women into Leadership events, as well as discussions that took place at this years’ planning meeting. The conferences will offer hands-on advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. You will hear from inspirational women of all grades and levels, within and outside the Civil Service. You’ll discuss together how you can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn’t lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders.

Click here to view the full agenda

WiL speakers for 2019/20 events (across locations) include:

  • Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade​​
  • Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, DCLG and Civil Service Gender Champion
  • Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
  • Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport
  • Harriet Minter, Journalist, Broadcaster and Founder, Guardian's Women in Leadership section
  • Sarah Albon, Chief Executive, The Insolvency Service
  • Elan Closs Stephens CBE, BBC Board member for Wales & non-executive director, Welsh Government Board 
  • Natasha Harris, HR Director, HMRC

  • Kathy Barnes, Chief Executive, Defence Business Services, MOD
  • Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk to the National Assembly for Wales
  • Jazz Bhogal, Deputy Director, Civil Service Workforce Strategy and Inclusion, Cabinet Office
  • Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive, Equality Commission
  • Shaun McNally, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency
  • Poli Stuart Lacey, Director of Communications, HMRC
  • Gerri Clement, Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Defra & Co-chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network
  • Keela Shackell Smith, Executive Directors Office: Women's Network and Gender at Environment Agency
  • Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary, Housing, Urban Regeneration and Local Government, Department for Communities, Gender Diversity Champion, NICS & Chair, NICS Women’s Network
  • Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS West Midlands Region
  • Jason Ghaboos, Co-Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network 
  • Navroza Ladha, Deputy Director, Digital Skills & Inclusion Policy, DCMS
  • Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce, Mersey Care Foundation Trust
  • Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council
  • Jacqui Gavin, Inclusion & Cultural Manager, Cabinet Office
  • Carmel McKinney OBE, Chairperson, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

The benefits of attending Women into Leadership include the opportunity to:

  • Examine the barriers currently facing female leaders (and future leaders) in the Civil Service and hear how to overcome them
  • Hear from a diverse range of Senior Civil Servants, as well as inspirational leaders from outside of the Civil Service
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Design your own breakout session schedule, based on your own needs and aspirations
  • Learn how to be an effective leader
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating furthering their career in the Civil Service

Please view the full agenda below

08.30 Registration opens
09.20 Chair's welcome and introduction
09.30 Permanent Secretary opening address
Inspiring postive change:
 creating a culture of ownership and inclusion
SPEAKER: Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department of Exiting the European Union
10.10 Breakout session A
Menopause in the workplace:
seeking support and opening up the conversation
SPEAKER: Julie Dennis, Menopause at Work Trainer
Breakout session B
Resilience and mental wellbeing:
enhancing your wellbeing to manage stress effectively
SPEAKER: Susie Ramroop, Managing Director, Make Life Simple and Mindset Coach
  Breakout session C
Communicating with confidence:

gaining credibility and influence
SPEAKER: Cath Baxter,
Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former 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 Lt
11.10 Networking break

Authentic Leadership: finding the courage to lead authentically
SPEAKER: Natasha Harris, HR Director, HMRC

12.20 Breakout session E
Embracing flexible working:
when, why & how?
SPEAKER: Victoria Jones, National Officer and Women's Lead, FDA
Breakout session F
Imposter syndrome:
Acknowledging and overcoming your private fears to improve your leadership capabilities
SPEAKER: Fiona Buckland, Professional Life Coach, Fiona Buckland Coaching
  Breakout session G
Finding your full voice:

a toolkit for presenting with maximum impact
SPEAKER: Cath Baxter,
Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former 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 Leading from the middle: developing presence and impact at any grade
SPEAKER: Keela Shackell-Smith MBE, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Cabinet Office and Founder, Cross-Government Women's Network
15.00 Closing Address
Never the less, she persisted:
embracing change and squaring up to failure
SPEAKER: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Writer, Broadcaster & Activist
15.40 Chair's closing remarks followed by networking drinks

Visit the dedicated Women into Leadership website to view the full agenda, venue and speaker details
Register your place today