07/11/18: SPARK21 Annual Conference 2018 | Levelling the Playing Field

Kindly hosted by Simmons & Simmons

Join First 100 Years for our flagship event, the SPARK21 conference, on 7th November 2018.

The conference is a one-day event with four keynote speakers, a selection of insightful panel discussions and a drinks reception to finish.

Full Programme:

09.00 ​​–​ ​09:20​​ Registration​ ​and​ ​Coffee

09:20​ ​​–​ 0​9:30​ Welcome​

09:30​ ​–​ ​10.00 Keynote Speech followed by Q&A: Lord Chancellor, David Gauke

10:00​ ​–​ ​11:00 Views from Outside the Law Panel

  • Anjali Pindoria, Project Surveyor, Avi Contracts
  • Sarah Langford, Barrister turned author, In Your Defence
  • Leonora Saunders, Photographer
  • Dr Helen McCarthy, Historian, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Jess Wade, Physics Research Associate, Imperial College London

11:00​ ​–​11:30 Tea Break

11:30​ ​–​ ​12:00 Keynote Speech followed by Q&A: Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Speech: Rowena Collins Rice, Director General of the Attorney General’s Office

12:30​ ​​–​ ​13:10 Lunch

13:10 –​ ​14:10 Networking Panel

  • Caroline Kenny, Facebook
  • Laura Matthews, Debenhams
  • Lara Oyesanya, Klarna
  • Jemilla Olufeko, ROLI Group
  • Lucy Barbet, 11KBW

14:10 – 14:25 Networking Tips

14:25​ ​​–​ ​​15:25 Leadership and Pay Panel

  • Dr Shola Mos-Stogbamimu, Women in Leadership Magazine
  • Harini Iyengar, 11KBW, Women’s Equality Party
  • John Van Der Luit-Drummond, Legal 500

15:25 –​ ​15:45 Tea Break

15:45 ​–​ ​16:45 Accessibility Panel

  • Mary Bonsor, F-LEX
  • Katrin Nikolova, Amazon
  • Rachel Lipscomb OBE, Magistrates’ Association
  • Karen Whyte, CILEx
  • Marjana Uddin, BBC

16:45 ​​–​ ​17:30​ ​ ‘In Conversation’ with Christina Blacklaws and Amanda Pinto QC

17:30​ ​–​ ​17:50 Closing speech: Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Legal Officer to the Equality and Human Rights Commission

17:50​ ​–​ ​19:00​ Drinks​ ​Reception with These Four Walls Exhibition

Tickets include refreshments throughout the day, access to the full day of panel discussions, interviews and speeches and the drinks reception to finish.

The prices above are recommended donation amounts. Buying a ticket helps us to tell the stories of inspirational women who have made an impact in the law in the last 100 years, to ensure we inspire women for the next 100 years.

Testimonials from last year’s conference:

– “Invigorating and inspirational”

– “Reminded me that I have a responsibility to be a role model”

– “Extremely inspirational and reminded me to ‘pass on the baton'”


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