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STAGES

Wed 19 June
- 08:00

REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST

Wed 19 June
- 09:15

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Opening Remarks and Chairperson Introduction

Wed 19 June
- 09:30

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Opening Address: A Game of Two Halves: Gender and Sport

More and more women are entering the business of sports, is this a signal that the industry is waking up to the benefits of diversity and inclusion? Hear from our headline sponsor how various agents of change within the business of sport are pushing for (and achieving) a gender revolution.

 

Wed 19 June
- 10:00

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Keynote Series: How I Got Here

Jodie Cunningham

Vice Captain @ England Women's Rugby Team

In this series of presentations, we will hear from three successful women who have smashed through the glass ceiling in the sports industry to reach the top of their game. What were the highs of their journey? And the lows? How did they turn hardships into wins? And why is the issue of diversity so important to them?

 

Wed 19 June
- 10:20

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Panel: A Woman's Game

Jane Purdon

CEO @ Women in Football

For too long, sport has been considered a man's game. Young girls are socialised away from entering (and enjoying) competitive sports far too often, and women's sports are paid far less attention than their male equivalents. The combined effect of this is a dearth of women at the senior-most levels of the industry, which perpetuates a cycle of underrepresentation, and deters more women from entering the sector. It's time for this to end. Sport has no gender, and everyone can and should feel its benefits. This panel will confront the longstanding and lazy stereotypes that discourage young girls and women from forging a career in sport, and then will look for ways to buck the trend!

 

Wed 19 June
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 19 June
- 11:30

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Panel: How to Win the Inner Game

Mindset is everything, in business and in sport. We all know how difficult it is to weather setbacks and still come back fighting. In this session, we will hear from a panel with a range of perspectives on how to nurture a strong and resilient mindset that allows you to keep pursuing your goals, even when the going gets tough.

 

Wed 19 June
- 12:10

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Keynote Series: How I Got Here

Sophie Radcliffe

Athlete and Founder @ TrailBlazers

In this series of presentations, we will hear from three successful women who have smashed through the glass ceiling in the sports industry to reach the top of their game. What were the highs of their journey? And the lows? How did they turn hardships into wins? And why is the issue of diversity so important to them?

 

Wed 19 June
- 12:30

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Technology Boosts Sport Engagement, But Does it Boost Equality?

As numbers of game attendance drop, with more and more of the public watching matches online, it is time to question how this is affecting diversity efforts. Join this presentation to uncover the latest ways you can boost sport engagement and how this will positively impact female participation in sports and open new avenues for women to enter the industry.

 

Wed 19 June
- 13:15

LUNCH

Wed 19 June
- 14:15

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Intersectionality and Sport

In this series of one-on-one interviews, we will hear from people who have experience navigating different aspects of intersectionality at work in the sports industry. What is the multiplier effect in terms of professional disadvantage when we consider other protected characteristics, such as disability, race and sexuality? This session will provide an essential grounding to the day's discussions. What are the benefits of a truly diverse workforce? How can companies do more both to protect their employees from discrimination and to allow them to flourish professionally without compromising their authenticity? And what important lessons can we learn from individuals who have direct experience dealing with these issues?

 

Wed 19 June
- 15:00

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Panel: Sports Governance: Time to Reboot?

Arun Kang

CEO @ Sporting Equals

Nuala Walsh

Board Member @ UN Women and The FA Inclusion Advisory Board

Jon Dutton

Chief Executive @ Rugby League World Cup 2021

The future looks bright for the UK sports industry, which is currently worth over £20 billion a year. However, traditional methods of governance are holding back efforts to drive progress in the sector. How can and should governance be modernised to meet the changing demands of the industry? What does "good governance" look like in the 21st century? And how would this drive progress on diversity goals?

 

Wed 19 June
- 15:45

AFTERNOON BREAK

Wed 19 June
- 16:15

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Panel: Team Work and Allyship

If true parity between the sexes is to be reached within the sports industry, everybody must be on the same team, getting behind the cause. The importance of allies in the quest for equality cannot be underestimated; efforts for women to be treated better, better represented at all levels of seniority and renumerated fairly for their time must be supported by male colleagues and peers. In this panel, we will hear about the important role that allies play in achieving equality, where to find them and how to recruit them!

 

Wed 19 June
- 16:45

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Keynote Series: How I Got Here

In this series of presentations, we will hear from three successful women who have smashed through the glass ceiling in the sports industry to reach the top of their game. What were the highs of their journey? And the lows? How did they turn hardships into wins? And why is the issue of diversity so important to them?

 

Wed 19 June
- 17:05

MAIN PLENARY: Levelling the Playing Field

Chair's Closing Remarks and Call for Commitments

Wed 19 June
- 17:15

NETWORKING DRINKS

Wed 19 June
- 11:30

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

The Quota Conundrum: A Debate

Quotas have become a controversial subject in recent years, and yet in the battle to improve diversity within organisations, there aren't many techniques that have yielded such progress. In this session, we will hear from the two sides of the debate, with someone arguing for and someone arguing against the use of quotas to help companies to better reflect the society they serve. At the end of the session, the audience will be asked to vote for whose argument they found the most compelling.

 

Wed 19 June
- 12:05

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

How to Network Effectively Without Taking Up Golf

Melissa Payne

Vice President, Head of Technical Operations, Media Rights & Distribution @ IMG

We've all heard the stories about the business deals that happen on the golf course or at a family gatherings; it's a reality of working in a patriarchal business structure that has traditionally created barriers to the progression of women. Despite strides towards equality for women working across all sectors, and the fact that many of these sexist practices are becoming a thing of the past, informal social networks are still responsible for the support and progression of many professionals, predominantly to the benefit of men. But don't despair, help is at hand! In this session, we will hear hints and tips for how to extend your professional network and build enduring working relationships that help you to reach your career goals, without needing to perfect your swing (unless you want to of course!)

 

Wed 19 June
- 12:40

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

How to Diversify Your Talent Pool

Outdated recruitment practices are often to blame for a lack of diversity within organisations. A paucity of visible diversity in a company's workforce is often cited as a deterrant for applicants from diverse backgrounds, and so the cycle continues. In this session, we will hear from someone who has had success in improving diversity within their organisation by focusing on the talent pool, and how to ensure that their company is attracting people from all social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as those with other protected characteristics.

 

Wed 19 June
- 14:15

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

Getting the Most from Your Mentor

Mentorship has widely been heralded as an effective way to promote pathways for women to senior leadership positions in business. But where do you find a good mentor? And once you do, how do you get the most from a mentor/mentee relationship?

 

Wed 19 June
- 14:45

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

Encouraging Diversity in Esports

Chester King

Founder and CEO @ British Esports Association

The esports world is growing at a rapid pace and is full of new opportunities and challenges. But how diverse is it and what kind of participation do women have in competitive video gaming? The British Esports Association focuses on grassroots esports and the importance of fostering diversity within it.

 

Wed 19 June
- 15:15

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

Focus On: Mental Health

A mentally healthy workforce is a productive one. In this session, a mental health professional will talk us through techniques for fostering a healthy workforce, and share ideas for how to ensure that you are looking after your employees, and enabling them to work to the best of their potential.

 

Wed 19 June
- 16:15

STREAM I: Diversity Wins

LBT Women in Sport

This session will focus specifically on the position of LBT women in sport, and where and how we can work to support them.

 

Wed 19 June
- 11:30

WORKSHOP I: Train and Gain

#IAMACHAMPION

Els Kolster & Leslie Sackey

Founders @ WEBOX

Champions are not born, they are made. Our goal is to make a global impact with #IAMACHAMPION. To empower and challenge anyone to think, feel and perform as one. We have created a social movement that supports and encourages the development, skills and qualities of a champion that are valuable for everyone's personal progression.

Join us and say YES, #IAMACHAMPION

 

Wed 19 June
- 12:30

WORKSHOP I: Train and Gain

Tackling Unconscious Bias

Unconscious biases are the result of a set of learned stereotypes that can influence the way that people behave and interact with those in their surroundings. Many people are unaware of these biases until they make a conscious effort to look for (and challenge) them. In this session, a company with expertise in unconscious bias will lead a training session for those who wish to educate themselves on this issue, and take the first steps towards addressing its impact in their own lives.

 

Wed 19 June
- 14:15

WORKSHOP I: Train and Gain

Leaders Are Not Born, They Are Made

Effective leadership is one of the most important elements of a company's success. And yet, good leaders can be hard to come by. But feat not! All is not lost! Many of the key attributes of a good leader are qualities and skills that can be taught, or learned through experience. In this session, we will drill down into the key qualities that make an effective leader, and help you to think about how to develop them in your own work.

 

Wed 19 June
- 14:45

WORKSHOP I: Train and Gain

Making Your Body Language Work for You

It doesn't matter how good your pitch is if your body language is giving off a different signal altogether. In this session, a coach will give you tips and ideas to look out for in your own body language to ensure that you are playing the part, as well as saying it!

 

Wed 19 June
- 16:15

WORKSHOP I: Train and Gain

Negotiating with Confidence

Negotiation—whether it's a pay rise, a promotion or a million-dollar deal—is an important skill for any professional. And yet, it's something that is so often underdeveloped in women as they are socialised and educated. The time has come to change this! This workshop will equip you with the skills and techniques that you need to negotiate with confidence—and get the salary, promotion or result that you deserve!