Super-charge your career. Go from manager to leader. Reach the top

Launched in 1966, Management Today is one of Britain’s longest-running business titles and biggest champions of gender equality at work, running 35 Women Under 35, Agents of Change and Inspiring Women conferences up and down the country. Join us in Edinburgh on 12th March to hear from Britain’s leading businesswomen, the real story on how they reached the top, and practical tips and advice to boost your career.

A mix of keynotes, live interview, keynote and panel discussion will feature inspiring women who have achieved success in the world of business and give you practical advice on:

  • breaking down the glass ceiling to reach more senior roles in business
  • increase your own productivity while balancing your life and family commitments

  • developing your own voice and confidence to increase your impact and influence effectively tackling toxic cultures and male-dominated work environments

8:15

Registration

 
 
 

9:25

 

WELCOME FROM Management today

 
 
 

Kate Bassett, head of content and chair of Inspiring Women, Management Today

9:30

KEYNOTE – EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IS PROGRESS FOR ALL

UN Women UK are campaigning for global change with governments, communities and individuals. We will hear from their vice-chair about what its doing to remove obstacles to help women succeed in business. Our speaker will cover:

  • The alarming statistics for women on a global scale
  • The work UN Women UK is doing to support women and girls around the world
  • The business benefits of a gender balance at a senior level
  • What we can do to help women reach their full potential

Carol Rosati OBE, vice-chair, UN Women UK

10:00

TURBO TALK: HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE

We’re all suffering with “overwhelm”. Every day it feels like we’re being asked to do more, in less time and for less cost. So how do we cope with this never-ending pressure? An executive coach will offer practical tips on how to organise our time, and maximise our efficiency. Learn how to:

  • Maximise our minutes to make sure we still leave enough time for our personal lives
  • Be more efficient and use the working day effectively 
  • Encourage your team and staff to employ these strategies

Audrey Wiggin, executive coach, public speaker, facilitator and mediator, Audrey Wiggin Associates

10:20

FISHBOWL: I’M A MIDDLE MANAGER… GET ME OUT OF HERE!

Stuck in the middle and struggling to rise up? Held back by your boss? Frustrated by the office hierarchy? Management Today will host a fishbowl to create a safe space where we can all take part. A conference ‘fishbowl’ is an immersive experience where the host invites you to talk about the topic and your experiences. There will be confessions, uncomfortable truths and a little soul baring – all designed to help each other and leave with some fantastic take-aways. Through this shared experience you will find out:

  • How to get your voice heard
  • Building confidence
  • Being at your best vs just surviving
  • Progression 101: Advice and tips from your peers
  • The power of quitting

Solutions committee:
Jo Anderson, director of external affairs, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAHM)

Suzanne Lamont, managing partner, talent and organisation health, Hanya Partners

Audrey Wiggin, executive coach, public speaker, facilitator and mediator, Audrey Wiggin Associates

Chair: Kate Bassett, head of content and chair of Inspiring Women, Management Today

11:00 MORNING REFRESHMENTS AND NETWORKING BREAK

11:20

KEYNOTE

  • MORE INFO TO FOLLOW SOON

Michelle Hawkins, managing director, Accenture Scotland and global director of delivery, Accenture Technology

11:35

PANEL: THE HAPPY OFFICE – HOW TO BUILD AN INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

We shouldn’t be trying to train women to thrive in a man’s culture. We should be training men to change the culture. So how do we create a work environment based on collaboration not individualism? What can employers do to build more inclusive workplaces? Topics include:

  • With a continued lack of women at senior levels, how can we challenge established mindsets and re-mould aggressive workplaces?
  • Do you need to have the loudest voice to be heard and to succeed?
  • How to break the status quo.
  • Why vulnerability is a super power.

Malcolm Cannon, national director, IoD Scotland
Lynne Connolly, global head of diversity and inclusion, Standard Life Aberdeen
Guest chair: Carolyn Currie, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Scotland

12:05

EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

12:30

KEYNOTE:  the power of She: breaking down barriers, climbing to the top

Succeeding as a woman in business is still no easy feat. Societal biases and alpha codes can still hinder women’s success if not understood and addressed accordingly. What can we learn from the journey of other successful women? Our keynote speaker hasn’t just climbed to the top in business, she’s also been an Agent for Change, smashing barriers for women, pushing for gender equality and breaking down alpha codes. The speech will cover:

  • Her personal and professional journey – and the challenges she faced along the way.
  • Societal biases: why the system is broken – and how to fix it.
  • How she’s battled the patriarchy and demanded change.

Speaker TBC

12:45 LUNCH

13:45

SPEED MENTORING – GET ADVICE FROM TOP WOMEN IN BUSINESS

In this unique structured speed mentoring session, you will get to meet – and take advice from – some of the country’s top businesspeople. During the structured mentoring session, our host will dispel the myths about mentoring. They will talk about why mentoring matters to your career, and they will also address the benefits to the individual and the organisation. You will benefit from meeting three incredibly successful leaders in business, in small groups. You will then move to a different group after ten minutes. The session will give you the opportunity to ask questions and to gain valuable career advice.

14:30

THE MANAGEMENT TODAY INTERVIEW: THE REAL STORY BEHIND SUCCESS

Successful businesswomen are too often portrayed by the media as “superwomen” who “have it all”. This CEO gives an honest, warts-and-all account of her journey to the top, the trade offs and the sacrifices, and the practical advice for other ambitious women.                                                                                                                       

Linda Grant, chairwoman, Virgin StartUp and former MD, Metro UK

15:00

PANEL: FROM BATTLING BURNOUT TO SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS

Nearly nine in ten UK employees have experienced work anxiety in the past 12 months. We talk to three professionals who have experienced “burn out” in their careers, the reaction from friends and colleagues, how they coped with stress – and how they ultimately redefined what success looks like.                                                 

Lynette Gray, life coach
Rob Stephenson, founder, InsideOut
Guest chair: Jo Anderson, director of external affairs, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
15:30

TURBO TALK: THE IMPACT OF ONE WOMAN’S WASTE

Edinburgh was recently selected for the prestigious Global Cities CAN B programme (the first UK city to be awarded this accolade) and is leading the way in its efforts to be more sustainable. Environmental campaigner Laura Young will talk about sustainability and our personal impact on the planet. This is important for everyone but particularly for business owners/leaders and anyone who is running an office. What small changes can we make that will improve our environment and make a difference?                                                        

Laura Young, Less Waste Laura

15:45 NETWORKING BREAK

16:00

TuRBO TALK: LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP – NAVIGATING THE STORMS

Last Year, Nikki Henderson became the youngest skipper in history to finish a round-the-world race. Heading  up a team of 60, she battled 100mph winds and 50ft waves over 11 months to complete the gruelling 40,000-nautical-mile Clipper Race. She was just 25. 

Hear from this inspiring young leader on: 

  • How to cope with failure 
  • Lessons from the world of sailing on motivating a team
  • Building resilience and strength                                                                                                                                 

Nikki Henderson, professional yachtswoman

16:20

GETTING TO THE TOP – ASK ME ANYTHING

In this no-holds barred session, three top business executives answer questions on everything from pay and promotions to stress and stereotypes. This is a unique opportunity for you to grill women who have reached the top – and pose the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

 

Debbie Shields, associate director, Aspen and president, Scottish Women in Business
Mark Logan, former COO, Skyscanner
Jacqui Low, executive chairman, Indigo PR

Chair: Kate Bassett, head of content and chair of Inspiring Women, Management Today

16:55

BALANCED BOARDS BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE: WHY MEN NEED TO BE CHANGE MAKERS

Supporting women in business isn’t just a moral imperative, it’s a commercial advantage. Mark Logan, the former COO of Skyscanner, discusses the disparities in leadership today and the problem of “gender ghettoism” in the workplace. He closes the conference with practical lessons and a call to arms for businesses to implement change from the top.

Mark Logan, former COO, Skyscanner

17:10

Close of event

17:15

networking drinks