Ahead of the Great British Businesswoman Forum (14 October), we are taking a deep dive into the top issues affecting gender parity today. The issue at hand is the support currently available to young women. How can we help them unlock their potential to be the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs?
With 40% of the global labour force currently female, never before has a generation entered a workforce with such high levels of female participation. Despite this, women remain scarce at the top with only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs currently female.
In the UK, the percentage of women in STEM for technology and mathematics is 19% for Computer Studies and 38% for Maths. This is not surprising, since only a 13th of the overall UK STEM workforce are women, meaning there aren’t many role models for young women. Therefore, employers who are not actively targeting female candidates are likely to receive far fewer job applications from them.
Change begins with dialogue
We are bringing together over 60 of the sharpest minds in the world of business, finance, manufacturing, engineering, Diversity and Inclusion and more, for over 20 panel discussions, fireside chats and Q&As at the Great British Businesswoman Forum.
Taking place October 14th we have sessions covering the different ways the business community can support the next generation of young women to reach their potential.
Featuring a variety of thought-provoking panels and talks via a virtual live stream, these sessions will explore what organisations and leaders can do to support them, from mentorship and networking opportunities, to having role models for young women.
The Next Generation of Women Workers: Top Sessions
Supporting the next generation of women leaders - 15:15 - 16:00 BST (+ on-demand)
This panel session will look at the current challenges young women face in reaching their potential, what organisations and leaders can do to support the next generation of female leaders, and how businesses can support young women address gender barriers, receive equal pay, secure financing, and see their visions come to life.
Tribeni Chougoule | Head of Change Management, Visa
Louise Court | Former Editorial Director, Hearst UK
Chloe Lewis | Programme Director, The Catalyst Collective
Getting out there: The key to networking - 14:00 - 14:50 BST (+ on-demand)
One of the key ways to develop your career or business is by networking. Women are often at a disadvantage since they spend less time networking due to implicit bias, which includes a set of unconscious, ingrained beliefs that set women back. This tendency can consequently inhibit the growth of women’s careers. So, what can we do to fix this? Networking is one of the most valuable things you can do to get your name out there, build relationships and nurture genuine connections that will benefit your career or business. This panel will discuss the top tips on helping you to network better.
Kelsey-Rae Williams | Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Working with mentors - 16:00 - 16:50 BST (+ on-demand)
While 56% of Americans have had a mentor, there’s a disparity in the availability of mentors for women. According to a report by Lean In, “Less than a quarter of Black women feel they have the sponsorship they need to advance their career.” Black women are also less likely to be included in important conversations at work, thus giving them fewer chances to be noticed by people in leadership.
Many women struggle to advance to managerial roles, let alone rise to the C-suite, in part due to the lack of access to sponsors, mentors, or resources. This session will cover the benefits of working with a mentor, how to find one and how businesses can take steps to employ scalable mentoring programs in your company. As a result, you can see improved retention and engagement.
Rituja Ravikiran | Management Consultant, Capco
Daisy Jacobs | Director, Routes
Samantha Coggins-Thompson | Chief Audit Executive, Computershare
The Great British Businesswoman Forum
Encompassing an awards programme, a forum and year-long content, the Great British Businesswoman Series’ mission is to provide a platform to recognise, celebrate and support women in business, champion their peers and advocates, and help foster the next generation of female business leaders.
Focusing on the key areas of leadership, new ways of working and personal career progression, the Great British Businesswoman Forum will provide a platform to challenge the status quo, support the next generation of female leaders and pave the way to change on 14 October 2021 in a series of online sessions.
We’re always on the lookout for unique and interesting voices to further this conversation. If you or someone you know has the credentials and passion to join any of the panels at the Forum, please email: