This fun icebreaker helps attendees to think about the potentially negative impact their devices could have on them during the event, and in their work life. The session will show how a digital switch-off can empower them to ensure they’re not distracted or disconnected from the content or their fellow delegates.
From how to develop an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses to applying the lessons of leaders like Sir Alex Ferguson to build high performance teams, the boss of global brand consulting firm Jane Geraghty will be sharing her insights on accelerating your career and making sure your talents don’t go under the radar.
By the age of 29, Natasha Wood was a super-successful general manager at a London publishing firm, managing a team of 23. At the age of 30, she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She tells us how she battled 12 sessions of chemo, found her identity – and redefined success.
A self-proclaimed small-town American girl, Renée came to England in 1986, spotted a gap in the market for upmarket organic produce and opened Planet Organic, the UK’s first organic supermarket. Last year, she co-founded Beluga Bean, a business and life skills academy for women. She shares her story of challenging conventional thinking and finding the courage to go against the grain.
Renée Elliott, Founder, Planet Organic and Beluga Bean
The workplace is evolving enabled by our digital culture, and technological developments. The 9-5 culture still persists but more and more people are embracing new models of work to get a greater balance (job sharing, freelancing and working from home). Our panel will discuss:
The work/life conundrum, how we can improve our time at work and make our working day work for us?
The challenges ahead which are faced by organisations
If the advances in technology are significantly increasing productivity, should more companies look at reducing staff hours?
Antonia Romeo began her career in the private sector before joining the civil service in 2000 as an economist. She went on to become Her Majesty's Consul General in New York. Now permanent secretary at the DIT - and tipped to become the first woman to head the civil service - she tells us about her career highs and lows, plotting Britain's trading future and empowering women.
Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade