IWIB 2021
March 17, 2021
9:25 am - 9:30 am

Welcome Remarks & Explanation of Key Features of the Digital Platform from Management Today

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Leading with Caution and Care

Speaker to be confirmed

Female leaders have been praised around the globe for their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Statistically these countries were quicker to lock-down during the first wave, and women tend to be more risk-averse than their male counterparts. Forbes research analysed the initial responses from Spring 2020 and countries generally fared better when their leader was female. This session will explore female leadership across the globe, traits and skills for successful leaders and what we need to do to recover from 2020 and the ongoing problems of covid-19.

Our keynote speaker will cover:
- What it takes to be a strong admired leader in 2021
- What steps need to be taken to aid economic growth and recovery for businesses
- How to succeed in today’s world

10:05 am - 10:35 am

The Management Today Interview: Leading with Optimism

Speaker to be confirmed

2020 was a challenging year for many people and businesses and this unfortunately has continued into 2021. What do you do when your team members are struggling with motivation?

The interview will cover:
- How to create an environment for optimism and positivity
- The challenges of reaching out and delivering these messages to remote and hybrid teams
- How to build a strong and resilient team
- Their own personal career story, becoming CEO, the challenges the role comes with and the lessons they have learned.

10:40 am - 11:00 am

Standing out from the Crowd

Catherine Allen
HR director, Ella’s Kitchen

In an increasingly tough jobs climate, what do recruiters and business leaders look for in a candidate?

This turbo talk will cover:

- What organisations look for on a CV when they are recruiting for senior executives
- What experiences stand out when companies seek to make board level appointments
- How you can broaden your appeal internally and externally

Panel Discussion: Female Founders, their Stories of Success

Jeanette Forbes
CEO, PCL Group
Pip Murray
Founder, Pip & Nut
Sarah Ellis
co-founder, Amazing If
Claire Warner
co-founder, Æcorn

Female-run enterprises have been growing steadily all over the world yet there are a lot fewer female entrepreneurs. It is estimated that only 1 in 5 businesses in the UK is run by a woman although women are more than half the population. This session brings together three pioneering creative businesswomen to discuss entrepreneurship and the obstacles women might have to overcome to start their own businesses.

- How these business leaders saw an opportunity and created their product
- How they sourced funding and brought this to market
- What challenges they faced, how they surmounted them and how they managed to be successful
- How the brand has developed from the initial concept and flourished

11:45 am - 12:10 pm

Turbo Talk: Motivate Me

Adrienne Herbert
podcaster, PowerHour

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemics, we’ve seen some people reach rock bottom. The toll of lockdowns/ tiers/ organisational restructuring has been a real burden for everyone. How do leaders react to this crisis? We’ve discussed how leaders need to support their team but how do they personally stay motivated at times like this?

This talk will cover:
- The frustrations and challenges for leaders when presented by remote and hybrid working. How do we make this work?
- Advice that you can apply straight away such as managing your diary and the volume of zoom calls
- The value of nutrition, health and exercise

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Top Tips on Virtual Networking

Speaker to be confirmed

Networking at a virtual conference is rather different from meeting people coffee-in-hand in an exhibition hall however it can still be extremely effective and opportunities remain. Our speaker will give you their top tips on how to make connections before we break for lunch.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break & Networking

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Sector Specific Round Tables

Jeanette Forbes
CEO, PCL Group
Joanna Place
COO, Bank of England

We have created six round table sessions where you can speak to like-minded people in your industry. Chaired by an industry expert, this is your chance to discuss the business landscape, your challenges and how to make the most of opportunities within your sector. Sessions will be limited to 20 people so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Round Table discussions will commence at 1.30pm and will last 45 minutes

- Construction
- Energy
- Financial Services
- Media
- Public Sector
- Technology

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Panel Discussion: How to Prepare Your Business for the Future and Respond to Seismic Change

Jimmy McLoughlin OBE
podcast host, Jimmy's Jobs of the Future
Joanna Place
COO, Bank of England

Over the past 12 months, we have seen a significant amount of turmoil across the world. Some businesses have struggled to survive the economic impact of lockdowns and reduced trade. In order for businesses to flourish, you need to prepare for the unexpected.

During this session, three business leaders will discuss:
- How do you safeguard your business against a backdrop of uncertainty?
- What can you do to strengthen your proposition for customers?
- Leading through business change with strength and conviction

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Keeping Curious: How to Develop a Growth Mindset

Janine Chamberlin
senior director, LinkedIn

This session will explore the skills that are most in demand by employers today and how to put them into practice.

Our speaker will cover:
- Why curiosity is a superpower and essential for career progression
- What skills are required to develop a growth mindset and how this will benefit your organisation
- Turning challenges into opportunities
- How to start your growth journey

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

The Management Today Interview: A Leader’s Vision and How to Make an Impact

Ann Cairns
Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard

Our final interview of the day will focus on what makes a truly outstanding and transformational leader. We will hear how our speaker climbed the ladder to CEO and whether she faced any barriers on the journey.

The session will cover:
- Making an entrance: how do you make your mark on a company?
- How do you overhaul archaic systems and former practises to improve the productivity of the organisation?
- How do you connect with your employees and encourage company loyalty?

3:45 pm - 4:10 pm

Closing Keynote: The Big Switch Off

Dame Helena Morrissey
Lead Non-Executive Director, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and founder, 30% Club

Our research has shown that so many of us are struggling to switch off from a day in the office. Pre-pandemic, there weren’t enough hours in the day for a commute/ a working day and life/work balance was a struggle. When your home and work life combines, some people are finding that pressure increasing.

- What practices can we introduce that will ease this overload?
- How can we get better at turning off our devices and managing our time

4:10 pm - 4:15 pm

Closing remarks & Summation from Management Today