Conference 2018

Releasing Talent

It seems that almost every day the media reports that employers in every sector face the challenge of getting talented people into the right roles, the need for greater diversity on Boards and of enabling those with parental or caring responsibilities to return to and thrive at work.

Working in partnership with Morley College, the Women’s Leadership Network conference 2018 will look at these issues from a gender perspective, while also acknowledging that what will work for women will also work for others who face challenges and barriers in the workplace.

The conference will be an opportunity to think creatively and strategically about how we can transform organisations so that they recruit and retain talent when they need it and how they need it.

During the conference we will hear from people and organisations that are developing strategies for flexible working, to recruit, retain and promote talent as well as approaches for developing our own and others talents. Time will also be given over to reflect on what we can do personally to be the best we can for ourselves and those around us at work and home.

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at anyone from education and other sectors with a passion for developing people including:

  • Leaders and governors who want to want to take a strategic approach to tackling the challenges faced by their organisations to recruiting and retaining talent at Board level and throughout the organisation.
  • Aspiring leaders who want to step up to leadership and who want to explore personal and other opportunities available to them.
  • Women, who are teachers, support staff, students or new in the workplace and who are wondering what it means to be a leader and whether leadership is for them.


Dr Carole Edmond, CEO of The Regard Group and speaker on the findings of her doctoral thesis on ‘female attainment’.

Jessica Leitch, Principal at Adaptive Lab and author of publications such as The 10 Principles of Strategic Leadership’ and Hidden Talent.

Toni Eastwood OBE from Beyond 2030  will be sharing insights from her forthcoming book ‘Unlocking your talent and potential – the six secrets of success’

Pauline Stewart, Chief Enabling Officer for Inspirati, strong advocate for the advancement of women and author of highly acclaimed ‘Walking with Wolves’ and ‘Women in Leadership, In a Different Voice’.

Workshops include

– Pauline Odulinski and Jo Matthews – Stepping up to Board membership

– Dan Godsall – ‘What’s special about me?’ – what makes you unique

– Helen Wright – ‘Flexible working – creative strategies for organisations to adopt’

– Jackie Grubb – Mindfulness and wellbeing.

Date – 8th March 2018 (International Women’s Day)

Venue – Morley College, London, SE1 7HT

Start – 9:30am registration for 10am start

Close – 4pm

Tickets – WLN members should use discount code: ‘WLNC18’ (via Education & Training Foundation)

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