The Baton Awards is the leading platform for recognising BAME FEMALE PIONEERS in Britain.
The prestigious Awards both acknowledge Britain’s BAME pathfinders and celebrate the future pioneers of tomorrow across diverse sectors at The House of Lords.
We’re bringing together over 500 business leaders and entrepreneurs for a day of action, debate, workshops and networking to overcome the barriers
Speakers will include, media entrepreneur Tina Brown, Samantha Cameron, founder of Cefinn, Marta Krupinska, head of start-ups Google and Alison Rose, deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO, commercial and private banking among many others.
WeAreTheCity members can save 20 per cent on tickets. To redeem the discount, quote WATC20.
(Tuesday) 08:15 - 17:00
Do you want to know how to have more impact with your work on Diversity & Inclusion? Would you like to save time by hearing what other
Would you like to save time by hearing what other D&I leaders are doing in their organisations? Do you need to build your network of D&I experts, so you always have someone at hand for questions?
Then come along to How to turn a good company into a great company! It is a 1 day D&I training event, on 5 Nov in central London. With powerful workshops, and lessons from D&I Leaders from organisations like Deloitte, Hogan Lovells, Centrica, CBRE, Fujitsu, Lockton, HS2 and more.
Register with our exclusive 20% discount code [WATC20].
(Tuesday) 09:00 - 17:00
Chancery Lane 50-52 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1HL
Despite billions of dollars spent globally on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and countless hours of staff time dedicated to administering them, there is limited evidence that they actually
Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, this event will look at why guesswork or good intentions simply aren’t enough to tackle the gender divide at work, and how we can take a scientific approach to women’s career progression.
The event will draw on forthcoming research by the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership for the Government Equalities Office.
(Tuesday) 18:30 - 21:00
Bush House (8th Floor North)
At this exclusive networking evening Michelle Partington, Woman
Join us for an exclusive Women in Defence UK networking evening on Wednesday 6th November, with Michelle Partington, Woman of the Year 2018. The evening is made possible by our wonderful Event Partner, DXC Technology.
At the Women in Defence UK Awards 2018, Michelle won both the Special Award and Woman of the Year for her extensive work since retiring from the RAF.
Joining the RAF as an Aircraftwoman in 1991, Michelle reached the rank of Sergeant before commissioning as a Medical Support Officer. After 23 years’ service in the RAF as a frontline paramedic, and indeed as the first female paramedic with the RAF Regiment, Michelle was medically discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Michelle was living a daily nightmare and could initially see no way out except to plan to end her own life.
Michelle set up a foundation called ‘Behind The Mask’, providing free online support to help other individuals stuck in a nightmare. She has also now set up a business in delivering mental health first aid training and awareness workshops. In October 2017 Michelle joined a 90-strong team of athletes to compete in the Invictus Games as part of Team GB, in both rowing and powerlifting.
Michelle’s story has been covered on TV, following her journey since being diagnosed with PTSD. She hopes her inspirational story can provide hope to others that they can overcome adversity to have a good quality of life. As Michelle says: “You walk away from one fight only to walk into another, but it is one that you can win if you want to”.
At this event, not only will you have the opportunity to hear Michelle’s remarkable story but you’ll also be able to network with a diverse audience drawn from right across the defence enterprise during the dedicated networking part of the evening following Michelle’s talk. Our aim is to bring people together to create contacts and networks, share experience, expertise and inspiration.
Plus, drinks and nibbles are included too.
Anyone working across defence is welcome.
(Wednesday) 17:30 - 20:30
PA Consulting Group
10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DN
Charity Lunch at Knightsbridge’s New Favourite Restaurant, Sette, London on 11 November at 12.30pm Named UK Businesswoman of the Year and one of the
Named UK Businesswoman of the Year and one of the 150 Most Influential People in International Markets. Amanda is best known for rescuing Barclays Bank from a government bail out by investing alongside the ruling families of Abu Dhabi.
Amanda will reveal how she went from modelling to become one of Britain’s most successful female investors in the Private Equity sector and what it takes to be a modern working women and mother in today’s society.
We will also hear from one of the UK’s top researchers in ovarian cancer, Doctor Sarah Mcclelland, who is funded by Wellbeing of Women at Barts Cancer Institute.
Please join us to raise awareness and funds for Wellbeing of Women.
(Monday) 12:30 - 14:30
Ground Floor, 4 Knightbridge Green, London, SW1X 7QA
Robots. Artificial Intelligence. Digital Leaders. We’re not talking about science fiction here. These once-novel concepts are becoming ever more standard in
We’re not talking about science fiction here. These once-novel concepts are becoming ever more standard in businesses across the country. Join us as we explore how to keep up.
Technology like robots, drones and self-driving cars is held up as the key driver behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution — but dig a little deeper, and you’ll find there’s more than meets the eye.
The digital native generation is entering the workplace with expectations around patterns of work and corporate responsibility which organisations are having to respond to. The ageing nature of an increasingly diverse workforce brings both new opportunities and challenges alike, with key puzzles like lifelong learning and diversity and inclusion to solve — and that’s only scratching the surface…
Join us in Bristol on Tuesday 12th November, as we discuss the six key areas in which the business world is evolving, and the skills managers and leaders need to develop now to stay relevant as they unfold.
(Tuesday) 08:45 - 16:00
We the Curious
IoD Central London Branch in partnership with the University of Bath, Executive Education has brought together some leading experts to have conversations with you about this important
Embracing Diversity and Inclusion can provide a business with competitive advantage, but it is not always easy to get started and get the tone right.
This is your chance to ask questions from a panel including Dame Inga Beale (former CEO of Lloyds of London) who are passionate about their subject, who have many case studies to draw upon and who have been actively part of the process of change.
Learn about new approaches to developing ‘pipeline talent’, what a ‘diverse and inclusive board’ looks like today, why it matters and the practical challenges of getting there, regardless of the size of the business from which you operate.
This promises to be a very inter-active event with practical takeaways and we would be delighted if you could join us!
(Wednesday) 18:00 - 20:30
University of Bath
Are you a female creative working alone, returning to work after caring for family, or just feel side-lined? Do you lack the self-confidence to express your ideas
Do you lack the self-confidence to express your ideas or promote yourself in the workplace?
Do you want to explore your funny bones to help develop creativity?
Are you aware that the top-rated advertisements use humour?
Did you know that less than 3% of ads depict women in leadership roles, being intelligent or having a sense of humour?
Are you a budding comedy performer or writer who would like to collaborate with creatives?
We’re part of much bigger seed change in the world of creativity, marketing and advertising and delighted to be back with another of our brilliant HERlarious events. With our unique blend of workshops, panel discussion and, of course, a showcase of live stand up comedy, this event is designed to reboot your inner creativity and boost your confidence.
This event is open to anybody in the creative and communications industries who would like to express their ideas more confidently and freely using some of the tricks of the comedy trade.
If you are a first-jobber, intern, returner to the workplace or simply in need of a change of direction then a comedy fix is guaranteed to boost your confidence, whatever your level!
We can promise you a fun interactive evening mixing with comedy professionals where you can get valuable advice on how to ‘perform’, work independently, bring your ideas to life and develop techniques to communicate more effectively. We will cover creating your own material, interpreting body language, storytelling, developing a strong narrative and managing your health and wellbeing in an increasingly competitive business environment.
On the night you will be able to take part in two workshops to boost your skills and confidence levels.
Stop Selling Yourself Short
How to work well alone
What is confidence anyway?
Face the fear and just do it!
Every workshop will be facilitated by a team of performers, writers, film-makers, content creators, producers and directors with first-hand experience of the comedy industry.
Panel Discussion: has the portrayal of women in TV hits like Fleabag and Killing Eve changed the narrative?
Plus, live comedy, of course! Introducing Laura Smyth, Stage Award winner of the 2019 Funny Women Awards.
We are thrilled that LinkedIn UK has agreed to host this event in their fabulous Central London office and welcome our new partners, IAAUK and Mediatel Events.
(Wednesday) 18:00 - 21:00
123 Farringdon Rd
London, EC1R 3DA, UK
Let's celebrate and support mums worldwide! Hosted by a well-known 'mummy social media influencer's' and a YouTube phenomena, guests will be
Hosted by a well-known ‘mummy social media influencer’s’ and a YouTube phenomena, guests will be treated to:
100 per cent of proceeds raised on the night will be donated to charity. What’s more every donation made will be doubled by the UK Government. This is because if you give before 31st December and all public donations to the Happy Mums, Happy Tums appeal will be doubled by the UK government up to £2 million.
With your support we can support double the number of mums we can reach and make double the impact to families, just like yours, in Sierra Leone.
By joining our event, we can raise money to train community health workers and equip health clinics in rural Sierra Leone to give new mums the nutritional information and support they need to give their babies the best start in life.
Because healthy mothers lead to healthy families.
(Wednesday) 18:30 - 21:30
Mayer Brown International LLP
Empowering Women in Business 2019 Save the date for Empowering Women in Business 2019, an event run by us with the aim of discussing the role of women in
Save the date for Empowering Women in Business 2019, an event run by us with the aim of discussing the role of women in the workforce and the issues, challenges and the evolution of business in 2019 in a room of like-minded females has been announced, taking place on November 14th.
This is the second year that the discussions have revolved around the wider world of business and businesswomen across all sectors, rather than solely a franchise industry focus. This year, the key theme revolves around ‘The Changing Culture of Business’, with a particular focus on confidence and visibility. Speakers include prominent businesswomen such as Grace Harding, CEO of South African seafood restaurant chain Ocean Basket as well as keynote speaker Penny Haslam, former BBC business reporter and Panorama presenter, with a key focus on shrugging off ‘imposter syndrome’. Other influential businesswomen speaking complement the event.
Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, who started her franchising journey 20 years ago and became CEO in 2016, stated: “Empowering Women in Business was an initiative I started eight years ago. Initially for women in franchising, I realised so many themes resonated outside of the industry and with business in general, so opened up the discussion to a wider demographic.”
“In the years we have been running the event, working culture has changed so much. In general, I have seen a lot of progress, but there is still a lot to do and misconceptions to dispel.”
The day will consist of a number of speakers giving professional advice, along with workshops and discussion panels.
(Thursday) 09:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry
Milton Common, Thame, OX9 2JW
Women for Women International is delighted to invite you to the #SheInspiresMe Lunch on Thursday 14th November 2019, hosted by Quaglino’s in
The #SheInspiresMe Lunch celebrates the inspirational power of women to change their worlds.
Over 200 guests joined our most recent #SheInspiresMe Lunch, in 2017, to hear guest speaker Clarissa Ward, multi award-winning Senior International Correspondent for CNN in conversation with Women for Women International Ambassador MyAnna Buring.
She spoke movingly about her experiences in Syria and Bangladesh meeting women survivors of conflict and sexual violence, and the importance of creating a sense of sisterhood between women around the world. Past speakers have also included journalist Christina Lamb OBE and award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario, and we are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker soon!
The #SheInspiresMe Lunch enables guests to hear incredible stories of real women celebrating their talents and achievements, whilst raising vital funds needed to support more women in conflict zones around the world. Focusing both on the successes and barriers facing women in the UK and internationally, the Lunch is a unique opportunity to debate and consider the current global position of women.
We are excited to continue this tradition with our 2019 #SheInspiresMe Lunch and we hope you can join us to be part of the conversation! When women support each other, incredible things do happen.
Individual tickets and tables are available to purchase. Please note that individual tickets are £150. Tables seat 12 and are available for £1500.
(Thursday) 12:00 - 16:00
Please join us for this year’s WEConnect International Europe Conference which is taking place in London on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th November 2019. This year’s flagship
This year’s flagship event for WEConnect International in Europe is being hosted at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington situated in the in the heart of London’s museum district with sites such as the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace just around the corner.
The two-day conference will be packed full with networking opportunities, presentations, interactive discussions and breakout sessions based on the conference theme of ‘Driving Business Growth Through Inclusive Value Chains’ which is at the core of the work of WEConnect International.
november 19 (Tuesday) - 20 (Wednesday)
Millenium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH
For 2019’s Masculinity in the Workplace Conference, we're on a mission to redefine the notion of ‘male hero’. In an afternoon of live discussion, debate and exploration
In an afternoon of live discussion, debate and exploration we will collectively re-define a new, modern masculinity and celebrate the benefits of this for a happier, more fulfilling and inclusive workplace.
The word ‘hero’ conjures a mythical figure unattainable for men in today’s world. However, there are many men who have faced difficulty and heartache and triumphed, not through brute force, but by expanding their capacity for vulnerability. These men show us the opportunity of relinquishing privilege and letting go of outdated stereotypes.
By challenging the limiting and narrow constructs of masculinity that currently exist in the workplace, we will curate a fresh conversation to provide inspiration for change. We will look at the opportunities for male leaders to embrace change, expand their capacity for vulnerability, proudly work flexibly and stimulate an open conversation around mental health issues.
Join us in creating a culture of inclusion for the workplace; a culture where being a male leader is a celebration of positive vulnerability, dual caregiving and balanced mental health.
The event is for anyone who is passionate about driving gender equality in the workplace and we welcome everyone however they identify or express themselves. In particular we would love to see a broad representation of CEOs, CMOs, HR Directors and Inclusion & Diversity Practioners. Irrespective expect to come away with:
(Tuesday) 14:00 - 19:00
3 The HKX Building, Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
U DIG, Women Who Inspire and Financially Sound Women cordially invite you to a POSITIVE FASHION EVENING The evening will include: Reception and Networking Positive
At U DIG we collaborate directly with international independent craftswomen and develop a connection between artists and our clients. Together we empower women artisans, encourage entrepreneurship, revive craftsmanship and contribute to a more sustainable future and a positive change in the fashion industry.
To celebrate the legacy of culture, design and innovation, the event will be hosted at the historic Timothy Oulton Bluebird on the legendary for the British fashion King’s Road, making it a perfect location for the occasion.
Our honourable guest speaker will be DANA THOMAS – the author of Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes; Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and the New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. Ms Thomas is also a regular contributor to The New York Times Style section and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar.
At U DIG Positive Fashion Evening Ms Thomas will share her view on the current state of affairs in the fashion industry and will speak about her vision of how we can be more responsible in our fashion choices.
www.udigfasion.com Instagram: @u_dig_project
(Tuesday) 18:00 - 21:00
350 King's Road, London, SW3 5UU
We are now living in an age of post-modernism where our lives are characterised by hyperconnectivity, fast fashion and quick wins. New leaders must now prove themselves
New leaders must now prove themselves more quickly than ever before.
Women Like Me and Grass People Tree would like to invite women in business to go on a journey back in time. We will retrace lessons in history and revisit traditions, methods and values which still have a place in modern business.
Explore and practise with our very special guests how ancient Chinese and African teachings are still as relevant and valuable today as they were 2,000 years ago…
6:00pm -6:30pm -Welcome
7:00pm – 7:30pm – Tea ceremony
7:30pm – 8:00pm – Bantu teaching
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Wing Tsun
Rui Liu – Founder, Grass People Tree
For 2500 years, the people of Guizhou, China have been harvesting tea in tune with nature. An expert in her craft and continuing the legacy, Rui shares the untold story of wild, ancient and indigenous tea worldwide and brings the health benefits and unique flavours through a traditional tea ritual. Tea will never be the same again.
Si – Fu Julian Hitch – Director of Wellbeing, LEON
World-renowned Master of Wing Tsun Kung Fu, a Chinese Martial Art that originated from the Shaolin Temple. Julian applies the principles of Wing Tsun to re-establish the flow and balance of daily life.
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell -CEO, Medzan Training
An expert in business and leadership, Sylvia uses Bantu-inspired training to teach leaders how to succeed in achieving their goals in 6 easy steps, but also how to use success to serve humanity to the best of their ability.
(Thursday) 18:00 - 20:30
Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort Visitor Centre
95 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7NY
WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity, is planning to host its fourth full-day conference in london, aimed at over 400 women who are wanting to broaden their technology
Our unique conference will include the opportunity for our delegates to learn about a variety of technical topics and get involved in Q&A’s, hands-on activities and interactive workshops.
Our aim is to provide an environment where our delegates can upskill and grow their skills/networks for the future.
Our conferences offers an innovative and interactive day of learning. All of our speakers are industry experts and leaders in the field of tech. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about how the tech industry is evolving, and how you can prepare your skill set for the future.
(Friday) 08:00 - 17:00
155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool St, EC2M 3YD
Join us on 22 November for a very special
Join us on 22 November for a very special workshop to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 Nov).
Run by International artist and activist Salma Zulfiqar -the workshop will use a combination of art, conversation and networking to connect women from diverse backgrounds through creative expression. You will create your own artwork and engage in discussion on how we can make women safer in our communities.
This is an event for young women and adults to create a safe space for sharing.
The work of award winning artist Salma Zulfiqar has also been celebrated in a new book: Once Upon in Birmingham: Women Who Dared to Dream.
Limited numbers. Please book a free ticket to secure your space.
This event will be held in in the Group Space , Royal Museums Greenwich National Maritime Museum.
Materials will be supplied. Refreshments will be served. No experience required.
(Friday) 14:00 - 16:00
National Maritime Museum
Park Row London SE10 9NF
Women in the Law UK are delighted to be holding this event kindly hosted at Russell-Cooke LLP offices. Panel Followed by Q and A Followed by networking drinks and nibbles. Guest speakers TBC and
Followed by Q and A
Followed by networking drinks and nibbles.
Guest speakers TBC and includes recent Appointment to the judiciary, former solicitor
Judge Francesca Kaye former partner at R-C
Bar and Solicitors welcome.
More details to follow…….
(Wednesday) 17:30 - 20:30
2 Putney Hill
Lloyds Bank is proud to be hosting a digital skills workshop to provide free training to small businesses and charities across the UK. We would be delighted
We would be delighted if you could join us for an interactive and collaborative session where we will be looking to highlight the benefits of digital adoption.
There will be multiple sessions running as part of our Digital Knowhow: Yes Business Can event and you can choose which training is most suited to you as you register. There will also be a number of experts on hand to discuss your business, sustainability and upskilling yourself and your workforce.
There will be plenty of opportunity for networking and refreshments before and after the sessions. The training providers and Lloyds Bank Digital Champions will also be on hand to discuss any bespoke questions
(Thursday) 14:00 - 17:00
Coin Street Community Centre
108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH
The prestigious Awards both acknowledge Britain’s BAME pathfinders and celebrate the future pioneers of tomorrow across diverse sectors at The House of Lords.
Baton Award nominations are currently open, for BAME women who are considered to have made an outstanding contribution by demonstrating excellence in their field, who have paved the way, and whose strides reflect the ethos of the Batons Awards.
Devised by award-winning global female empowerment ambassador Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe, The Baton Awards 2019 has already garnered interest from all over the world due to its uniqueness in delivering not only inspiration and empowerment on the night, but ongoing support thereafter. Winners receive their Baton Award at The House of Lords from one of the pioneering predecessors (Torchbearers) in the field they have succeeded in, in an unprecedented gesture of progress, legacy and sisterhood. What sets The Baton Awards apart is the opportunity for winners to receive guidance, advice, support, PR and webinar training in the months after the awards. This is our long-term commitment to BAME women as we seek to affirmatively create real change for our powerful, talented and highly driven BAME female community.
(Thursday) 17:45 - 23:00
The House of Lords
Parliament Square, London, SW1A 0PW
As a new year and decade looms, retreat with us for an intimate conversation in a cosy London cafe, about how to set and accomplish goals that really
Our launch event is an honest conversation with special guests Elle Croft and Daniela Bultoc who accomplished their goals while navigating burnout and imposter syndrome.
Are you a millennial woman who wants to better herself and is willing to put in the work?
Do you feel a tension between needing to have a break but dreading the pile of work that will be waiting for you?
Has being constantly “switched on” made it difficult for you to unwind?
Do you have big goals but wonder if you are going about attaining them in the right way?
Are you worried that admitting you need some down time will make you appear weak?
This event is for you!
Our busy and modern lifestyles do not set us up for emotional well-being and guilt-free relaxation. With trying to squeeze more productivity out of limited time, it is no wonder millennials have been labeled “the burnout generation.”
Join is in a discussion about how true holistic wellness is the springboard to a successful life. Hear from our guests how they found work, play and rest rhythms that led to their best outcomes.
Personal development is not sacrificed when self-care is prioritised, in fact, the opposite happens. Rejuvenating rest boosts creativity and productivity!
7:30pm -8:00pm – Doors open and networking
8:00-8:45 – Interview with special guests
8:45-09:15 – Q&A with guest speakers
Elle Croft is a bestselling author, blogger and social media consultant. Her debut novel, The Guilty Wife, was released to rave reviews and is now a top 10 Kindle Bestseller. When she is not writing crime novels, she creates and implements social media strategies for various brands. Follow her on @elle_croft as she travels and discovers new places.
Daniela Bultoc is an award-winning organisational development consultant with extensive experience in developing programmes for researchers and professional services staff. She is a highly regarded trainer and coach to university staff and academics. Alongside her work, she runs her own business in training and coaching at an international level.
(Thursday) 19:30 - 21:30
135 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB
Film Screening: 'We are searching for life' - REFUGEES A powerful spoken word performance by award-winning Artist and Peace
A powerful spoken word performance by award-winning Artist and Peace Activist Salma Zulfiqar, Syrian Refugees and Iranian former Asylum seekers in the West Midlands.
The poem performed was written by Salma Zulfiqar with contributions from the Refugees and the former Asylum seekers. The content reminds the audience why refugees are leaving their homes and calls for safe migration routes and to allow for humanitarian sea rescue . The short film also explores the refugees and migrants issues surrounding social cohesion in the UK.
This film is part of Salma Zulfiqar’s on going work for The Migration project which promotes peace, tolernace, empowerment and social cohesion. The film is supported by Celebrating Sanctuary and Birmingham City Council. Salma Zulfiqar and some of the refugees and migrants will take part in a Q& A after the film is screened and will also share experiences.
(Friday) 15:45 - 17:00
8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
Courage Calls! Activism. Power. Change. History is made when power and courage go hand-in-hand. Join us at
History is made when power and courage go hand-in-hand. Join us at our annual conference for a day centred on cultivating courage, expressing power through activism, and creating lasting change for generations to come.
This year we are bringing together inspiring leaders and pioneers from all walks of life, from women reporting at the frontlines of politics to grassroots activists effecting change. We are thrilled to announce a packed programme of empowering discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and an evening reception – the perfect opportunity to celebrate our collective power.
The day will include a welcome address from Fawcett Chief Executive Sam Smethers, and the opportunity to speak with Fawcett Chair Fiona Mactaggart.
Our first panel discussion of the day, ‘On the Frontline: Women reporters in the political space’, features a stellar line-up with Channel 4 News Correspondent Fatima Manji, Editor of the Daily Mirror Alison Phillips, Politics Editor at gal-dem Leah Cowan, journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, chaired by Fawcett trustee, comedian and commentator Ayesha Hazarika.
Our marketplace will give you the chance to explore feminist literature and merchandise, take action on key Fawcett campaigns and interact with other equality organisations. Your ticket also includes a complimentary drink as a part of a special evening networking reception with like-minded feminists and Fawcett supporters.
(Saturday) 09:00 - 19:00
Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3AT