WICT UK International Women’s Day Conference 2016

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WICT UK International Women’s Day Conference 2016

March 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

117 Years – Are you prepared to wait that long for gender parity?

Join us for the WICT UK International Women’s Day Conference, 8 March 2016, where we will be coming together to work out how we get there sooner.


9.15am to 10.00am: Registration and Coffee
10.00am to 10.15am: Welcome & Introduction Guto Harri
10.15am to 10.30am: Opening Address Helen Scott, President WICT UK
10.30am to 11.00am: Maria Brennan, CEO of WICT US
11.00am to 11.15am: Pledge for Parity – Guto Harri

11.15am to 11.30am: Coffee
11.30 am to 12.00pm: Laura Haynes, Co-Chair of UN Women UK
12.00pm to 12.30pm: Priti Patel, Minister of State for Employment
12.30pm to 1.00pm: Simon Fanshawe OBE

1.00pm to 2.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm to 2.30pm: Kai Boschmann, CMO of International SOS
2.30pm to 3.15pm: ‘Pledge for Action’ Panel

3.15 to 3.30pm: Coffee
3.30 to 4.00pm: Fleur Bothwick, Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership for EMEA at EY
4.00 to 4.30pm: Conference wrap up

Register for your place today – WICT Members & Associates are welcome to bring a guest free of charge. We are proud advocates of the ‘HeForShe’ Campaign, so feel free to encourage your male colleagues to attend as your guest.

Confirmed speakers include:

Guto Harri, MD of External Communications for Liberty Global

Guto Harri will join Liberty Global in February 2016 in a newly created role of MD of External Communications.

Harri is a former BBC political correspondent who worked as London mayor Boris Johnson’s director of external affairs for four years before moving to News UK in 2012 where he headed PR at the publisher of the Sun, Times and Sunday Times for three years. During his 18 years at the BBC assignments included covering the collapse of communism in East Germany, the coup which overthrew Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu, and reporting from inside Iraq during the first Gulf War.His time at the BBC also included stints as the the News Channel’s chief political correspondent, North America business correspondent, and Rome correspondent.


Maria Brennan, President of WICT US

Maria E. Brennan is the President and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a 10,000 member global nonprofit celebrating over 35 years of serving women in the cable industry. During her time at WICT, Brennan has worked collaboratively with its leaders and stakeholders to steer the organization’s strategic vision, resulting in record levels of membership, sponsor support and program participation.Prior to joining WICT, Brennan served for nine years as the President of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and has worked with numerous diversity-based nonprofits, including the National Association of Women Business Owners and The International Alliance of Women. She has more than 23 years of executive management experience with associations ranging in size from 2,000-33,000 members, with particular expertise in the areas of strategic planning, public relations, operations and advocacy.


Fleur Bothwick OBE, Director of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership for EMEA @ EY

Fleur Bothwick is director of diversity and inclusive leadership (D&I) for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Ernst & Young. In the past decade, she has developed and led D&I programmes across large organisations including Lehman Brothers.Bothwick is passionate about all forms of difference: she developed one of the UK’s first black and minority ethnic leadership programmes, pioneered a Sponsors for Educational Opportunities programme in her sector and piloted a summer graduate scheme for disabled interns. She was recently awarded an OBE for her contribution to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. With the National Autistic Society, Bothwick has won free school funding to open a secondary school in Lambeth for students on the autism spectrum. As Director of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership for EMEA at Ernst and Young the role involves the development of an Area D&I strategy that can be delivered locally in the context of the individual cultural norms and needs, for 99 countries and over 100,00 people.


Kai Boschmann, CMO of International SOS

Kai Boschmann is Chief Marketing & Communications officer with a global remit for its Marketing and Communications strategy at International SOS, the world’s leading medical and security assistance services company and Ambassador for Duty of Care, headquartered in London & Singapore and operating in 92 countries.Kai joined International SOS in September 2011 from Cable&Wireless Worldwide plc, where she was Corporate Affairs Director, responsible for its global communications strategy. Before joining the challenger telecoms provider, Kai worked in international retailing for ten years as Communications Director for Burger King and Dixons Group plc. Prior to that, Kai spent six years with Federal Express Corp. (FedEx) based in Frankfurt, Brussels and London in marketing management roles and as their Head of EMEA Communications.


Priti Patel, MP

Priti Patel was appointed Minister of State (Minister for Employment) on 11 May 2015. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. Priti was first elected the Member of Parliament for Witham in May 2010. She attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University and then completing her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex.In November 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Priti as the first ever UK Indian Diaspora Champion. She previously worked in the communications industry and prior to the General election in 2010, she was the Director of Corporate Communications at Weber Shandwick.


Simon Fanshawe is a co-founder equality and diversity consultant

Simon is working with a Roy Hutchins of Astar Training & Development Ltd. They are astar-fanshawe. Together they are a great partnership that brings a unique research capacity, the ability to use drama in making change with your staff and customers and inspiring presentations and sessions to put equality, diversity and fairness in the centre of what you do. Astar- Fanshawe was created by top-flight practitioners, with the skills and experience to bring freshness, originality and insight to help you challenge inequality, encourage diversity and tackle discrimination and bullying in your organisation.
He works as a consultant with public and private companies where he uses an original approach to equality and diversity to achieve the best results for staff and customers. He is a notable public speaker on public policy, equalities, leadership and social trends.He was awarded the OBE in 2013 for services to higher education. In the same year he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex for services to the University and equality and social justice.

Headline Sponsors
Virgin Media

For more information on registering your interest to attend, please contact Rhona Bradshaw on Rhona[dot]Bradshaw[at]virginmedia[dot]co[dot]uk

Join the conversation throughout the day by tweeting us, @WICT_UK and using #WICTUK #GenderParity.


March 8, 2016
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


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Millbank Tower, 30 Millbank
London, SW1P 4RS
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