8:15 Registration opens

08:45-08:55 Welcome and speed networking

Getting to know each other and building relationships for the future

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

08:55-09:00 Welcome from our conference host

Shola Kaye, Communications Coach, Award-Winning Speaker & Author of How to be a DIVA at Public Speaking

09:00-09:05 Welcome from our sponsors, NatWest

09:05-09:15 Welcome from Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Women’s Rights Activist, TV Commentator, & Founder of Women in Leadership

Join Shola as she kicks off this year’s WeAreFutureLeaders conference with her advice on how to accelerate your potential in today’s ever changing world. Sharing her experience as a campaigner for women’s rights, Shola will share her thoughts on all the topics covered in today’s conference, such as resilience, leadership and barriers for success.

09:15-09:35 There are no imposters here! Becoming the leader you were born to be – Clare Josa, Author, Ditching Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome – the fear of being found out as a ‘fraud’ or ‘not good enough’, despite being outwardly confident – is the leadership world’s best-kept secret. But if you ever lie awake at 3am worrying that they might ‘find you out’, Clare Josa’s 2019 Imposter Syndrome Research Study proves that you are not alone!

Far from being ‘incurable’, there is plenty you can do to ditch Imposter Syndrome, once and for all. And Clare will be sharing practical inspiration from her 15+ years of helping high-achievers to get out of their own way, so that you can take the next steps towards becoming leader you were born to be.

In this interactive session, you will learn:

  • Why ‘fake it till you make it’ and ‘push on through the fear’ can make Imposter Syndrome worse
  • How to spot the early warning signs, before it triggers self-sabotage
  • Clare Josa’s any time, any place sixty-second technique to press pause on Imposter Syndrome and start turning your inner critic into your biggest cheerleader
  • How to set yourself free from Imposter Syndrome, once and for all, so you can lead with clarity, confidence and passion

09:35-09:55 You as an emotionally intelligent, assertive and confident leader – Carrie Swift, Founder, Love Public Speaking

A core part of being a successful leader is communicating with confidence and clarity.  That often means having difficult conversations. In this session, pick up some practical tips on how to navigate difficult conversations in the workplace in order to move projects forward and emerge as a leader who gets things done.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to master the art of difficult conversations
  • Widen your perspective: why the map is not the territory
  • Pick up tips on how to be direct without being offensive – language and key phrases to use
  • Build gravitas and gain influence

09:55-10:15 Hear my voice! How to nail public speaking – Ronke Kokuruwe, Executive Coach & Founder of iVerbalize

We each have a voice that is worthy of being heard so why is it that women are much more likely to say no to speaking opportunities and retreat from putting forward their thoughts. The lack of women’s voices across various realms means that we’re not hearing some of the brightest ideas which exist, often because they are buried beneath layers of fear and doubt. The need is urgent for us all to step up and ensure that our voices are indeed being heard through public speaking – the power of our spoken words.

This engaging session will equip the participants with the tools and techniques needed to do just that!

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to make the shift from ‘from spectator to speaker’
  • Understand how your body language can be a game changer when you speak
  • Appreciate the power of your stories
  • Learn how to become more visible

10:15-10.35 Fighting your fear and doing it anyway – Danielle Brown MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist

Barriers have the power to derail our dreams. We will charge headfirst into monumentally life-altering setbacks, through to subtler environmental challenges. We are even guilty of creating our own limitations – and these are often the most destructive of all. Our own fears can sneak into our thought processes and disrupt our ability to deliver, but there are many things we can do to ensure these fears don’t hold us back.

In this session you will:

  • Listen to Danielle’s own story as an elite athlete how she took steps to ensure she was limiting her potential
  • Understand how fear can prevent you from achieving our goal
  • Learn how fear sneaks into our thought processes and disrupts our ability to deliver

10.35-11.05 Overcoming barriers to success – Q&A Panel

Chaired by Shola Kaye, with Sarah Walker, Head of Data, Conduct & Supervision, NatWest Markets; Clare Josa; Danielle Brown; Ronke Kokoruwe & Carrie Swift

11:05-11.25 Coffee break

11.25-11.45 Being a leader in a disruptive age – Susie Ramroop, Mindset Coach & International Speaker

Times are changing and diversity isn’t fixed yet. How do you get a grip of your career and take the lead so you can grow yourself and others? The answer is to focus on your personal leadership. In this powerful session you learn what you can control and how you can make an impact without anything needing to change around you.

In this session your will:

  • Learn the one thing you need to do to take back control of your career
  • How to feel like you are making progress despite what is going on around you
  • Three easy tactics that you can employ as a leader even before you get the job title

11:45-12.05 I am not busy, I am just super productive! – Abigail Ireland, Peak Performance Strategist

Productivity hacks and time management courses have been around for years, and yet there is still no end in sight for those of us living busy lives in an increasingly fast-paced world. It’s become ingrained in our culture to be busy, cramming as much as possible into our days. And yet, we’re no happier and definitely no more productive. Learn to shift your thinking about how to spend your time…and focus on being productive, not busy.”

In this session, you will:

  • Learn to shift your thinking about how to spend your time
  • Focus on being productive, not busy
  • Understand the benefits of doing less
  • Discover techniques to be more productive and perform better every day

12:05-12:20 How to drive your own career – Profile, personal brand and networking – Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

It is not your line managers job to develop your career, it is yours?  There are multiple things YOU can do to drive your career forward, however it takes thought, planning and people to help you.

In this session you will:

  • Understand how to optimise your personal brand
  • Optimise your presence on-line and leave a successful digital foot print
  • Think about your people plan and who you need to help you accelerate your career

12:20-12:50 Leadership, productivity and being the master of your own career – Q&A Panel

Chaired by Shola Kaye, with Abigail Ireland, Susie Ramroop & Vanessa Vallely

12:50-13:50 Lunch & networking break

13:50-14:00 Afternoon engergizer with Jaspreet Kaur, Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist & History Teacher

Join us as we kick off the afternoons session with the inspirational Jaspreet who will be sharing her thoughts on gender through the art of the spoken word.

14:00-14:30 Career derailers and how to avoid them – Hira Ali, CEO, Advancing your Potential, Managing Director of International Women Empowerment Events, Founding Director, Career Excel & Co-Founder, The Grey Area

Some believe that your background and culture can have a huge impact on your behavioural patterns and that any challenges you face are distinct to your environment.

Hira’s experiences in international coaching and training and the global survey she conducted on 300 women for her book, tells a different story and confirms a theory she has had for some time – the internal roadblocks impeding a woman’s climb to the top exist regardless of her culture or geography

In this session you will:

  • Be encouraged to explore what these internal and external roadblocks are through a live poll especially customised for the conference
  • Discover top strategies to effectively address these career derailers

14:30-15:00 Negotiating and influencing to create win/win solutions – Ugo Arinzeh, Founder & MD, Onyx Property Consultants

As a property agent, I have to negotiate a lot!  People often think that the most important thing is price.  But I’ve learned that so much more impacts people’s decision making.  In my talk, I’ll share helpful tips on gaining insight into what motivates people so that you can influence them in a meaningful way and negotiate win/win solutions for all parties.

In this session you will:

  • Gain helpful tips how to bring value to influence any situation
  • Understand the connection between influence and negotiation
  • Understand the art of compromise

15:00-15:30 Senior leaders – Tips from the top – Q&A panel

Chaired by Shola Kaye, with Rose Caldwell, CEO of Plan International UK; Sophie Barrett-Brown, Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice, Laura Devine Immigration; Siobhan Sheridan, HR Director for Ministry of Defence

15:30-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-16:15 Building your resilience and managing your wellbeing – Anel Martin, Results Based Coach & Solopreneur

Stress is an unavoidable part of the modern world, in this session we will explore specific, practical strategies to decompress, reframe and bounce back from distress.

Resilience is not being immune to stress but the presence of better coping methods to overcome what happens to you in life. Because ultimately it is not what happens, but how you choose to respond and the story that you tell yourself. It is either a crisis or an adventure.

In this session you will:

  • Learn how to find and use your reset button
  • Appreciate the importance of self-care and rest as a survival strategy
  • Understanding how your brain responds to stress
  • Managing your internal dialogue to boost wellness and resilience


16:15-16:35 How can mindfulness help future leaders to stand tall and strong in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambigous world – Karen Liebenguth, Life Coach, Facilitator & Mindfulness Trainer, Green Space Coaching

Future Leaders/Managers who practice mindfulness can bring awareness to their thought patterns and leadership style, and as a result respond creatively rather than react to work life. This helps to increase focus, emotional self-regulation, empathy, perspective and adaptability to changing and complex situations.

In this session, you will:

  • Improve collaboration
  • Use awareness to make better informed decisions
  • Be able to lead in complex, often uncertain and volatile work settings

16:35-17:00 Building your 2020 career plan – Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

17:00-17:15 Summary and close

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity