HR & Management

First Women Summit: Is it sometimes necessary to turn a blind eye to prejudice?

3 min read

20 January 2016

Former editor

The question of whether accepting inappropriate behaviour every now and then is important to further the cause of women in business and the professions will be one of many hotly-debated topics at the First Women Summit on 4 February.

Taking to the stage for the second annual summit will be Charlotte Proudman, the barrister at the centre of last year’s infamous LinkedIn comment debate, Quintessentially Events CEO Anabel Fielding, Diamond Logistics founder Kate Lester and comedian Katherine Ryan.

More than 300 delegates will be hearing from our panel of speakers as they tackle issues such as why the gender pay gap continues to persist, whether it’s possible to re-programme a generation when it comes to unconscious bias and how we can get men involved in the gender diversity debate.

However, there are still a few tickets tickets available and we’d encourage you to come along and meet women who have excelled in male-donated industries as well as get insight on accelerating your own career – and your company’s success.

It’s an opportunity to share ideas and forge connections with like-minded women and men, with the day capped off by drinks and stand-up comedy from the fantastic Katherine Ryan herself.

Last year’s event, taking place in the year of the general election, examined what the next government should do to support women. It also touched on the issue of why it’s so important for the future economy to educate girls on under-represented sectors and whether quotes are good or bad for business.

Have a look at the full 2016 programme on the First Women Summit site

Throughout the First Women Summit on 4 February, we’ll also be featuring three “My Journey” slots – hearing from the likes of Elegant Resorts head of brand Sally Booth, People Tree founder and CEO Safia Minney and comedian Katherine Ryan about how they’ve each forged out a successful career and what issues they believe are most important to focus on when it comes to the diversity debate.

Delegate tickets are available for £230, with discounts available for multiple purchases. Previous First Women Summit and Awards attendees are also able to secure a discounted rate. What’s more, if you bring a male colleague, you can save 50 per cent on the second ticket.

It’s a can’t-miss event for anyone with a vested interest in the issues that are holding female business leaders and professionals back in. We hope to see you there.

Get your ticket for the 2016 First Women Summit here