On October 14th, the Great British Businesswoman Forum will bring together the great and the good of UK businesswomen for a day of learning, insight, guidance, and debate.

Across the Forum, we will have multiple sessions discussing how to create and update an inclusion strategy that transcends across all areas of the business.

Employee engagement and wellbeing culture has moved from being a nice-to-have to an essential aspect of running a successful and profitable business, thanks to consumers becoming much more conscious about social issues. 

Despite there being laws in place to prevent discrimination against minorities in the workplace even without a medical diagnosis. YouGov survey found that 65% of 410 trans-employees surveyed said they had to hide their trans-status at work, 13% more than in 2016. Over half (56%) believe it’s harder for them to find a job, and 33% have experienced discrimination in job interviews and applications. This is just one of the many minority groups being failed by businesses around the UK.

Companies with a lack of diversity are now being noticed and run the risk of a hit to their bottom line. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go in creating a completely diverse and inclusive culture.

Change begins with dialogue

Secure your free place at the Great British Businesswoman Forum to join a range of discussions on the benefits of having a diverse workforce, including better decision making, performance boosts and increased motivation, leading to increased profits.

Featuring 20+ sessions available live and on-demand, and over 60 thought leaders and industry practitioners sharing their insight from organisations such as UN Women UK, Stella McCartney, Visa, ACAS, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Three UK, Intel Corporation, Cabinet Office, and many more.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality: Top Sessions

Addressing the challenges of working in male-dominated industries - 12:20 - 13:10 BST (+ on-demand)

This panel will hear from three panellists from traditionally male-dominated industries on their experiences of handling overt discrimination or more subtle forms of bias and will provide advice to women looking to develop their careers in male-dominated sectors.

Speakers include:

Jennifer Smith | Head of Inclusion, British Film Institute (BFI)

Ashley Sinclair | Managing Director, MAAS Marketing 

Michaela Wain | Apprentice Finalist & Managing Director, Design and Build UK

Diversity in the boardroom matters: How to promote more women of colour to board level - 14:00 - 14:45 BST (+ on-demand)

This panel will discuss and challenge the issues people of colour have faced when ascending to leadership positions, discuss the benefits of a diverse leadership board and outline what business leaders can do to support women of colour into these positions.

Speakers include:

Charlene Hunter | Founder & CEO at Coding Black Females

Kelsey-Rae Williams | Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Supporting trans and non-binary employees in a binary workforce world - 16:00 - 16:50 BST (+ on-demand)

According to a report by recruitment firm TotalJobs, almost two-thirds of trans people believe it is necessary to keep their identity secret from colleagues to feel safe and secure in their jobs. Five years ago, just over half of trans people felt this way.

Even more staggering, 43% of trans employees specifically said they’ve left a job because the environment was unwelcoming ­– up from 36% in 2016. This is despite the legal protection from discrimination that trans people have under the Equality Act 2010.

So, what can we do in order to create an inclusive and supportive workforce when it comes to supporting trans and non-binary employees? This session will look at how to put clear policies in place, create a safe and supportive culture and how to provide opportunities.


Leng Montgomery | Diversity and Inclusion Leader, TedX Speaker

Katy Jon Went | Conversation, Diversity, and Inclusion Facilitator, Human Library, Pick my Brain, Speaker on Authenticity, Equality & more

Nathan Nalla | Founder/Director, Be the Riot

Belonging: The key to transforming and maintaining diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace - 13:00 - 13:50 BST (+ on-demand)

Join Sue Unerman, CTO MediaCom, Kathryn Jacob CEO at Pearl and Dean and Mark Edwards, music journalist and mindfulness coach (and author of Tao of Bowie) to hear about their 2 years of research and insights, and to discuss how to step-change our industry to create a better, kinder, workplace that really reaps the rewards and benefits from diversity.  


Sue Unerman | Chief Transformation Officer, MediaCom 

Kathryn Jacob | Chief Executive, Pearl & Dean

Mark Edwards | Coach, Journalist & Author

Driving an inclusion and belonging strategy across all areas of business

Research revealed that even the presence of diversity results in better performance for companies and gives an extra performance boost and motivation.

Also, the rise of the lack of diversity is now being noticed and called out publicly, which may be losing business - with organisations such as Google stating that their lack of diversity is negatively affecting them.

This panel will explore how to update and create an Inclusion Strategy that transcends across the business. The panellists will give their best practice, advice and guidance on changing company culture to be more inclusive.


Sandra Brown | Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Abigail Wilmore | Chief People Officer, Stella McCartney


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: