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Thursday 5th March 2020, 9.30 AM

Followed by the WLA Shine Awards Gala Dinner (from 7 PM)

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2020


Watch the video to see the 2019 WLA conference experience

What is the IWD Conference?

It's a fact. The pace of change in the workplace today is extraordinary. For the last 6 years, hundreds of women leaders have joined this event to learn what's new, what's different, what's working NOW in the gender diversity and leadership space. Now it's your turn. 

If you are a female leader in business then this is a Must attend event for 2020. Expect:

  • Actionable Content
  • Inspiration
  • Networking & Fun

Business Leaders from construction, retail, finance, manufacturing, not for profit are just a few of the sectors you will meet.....

The Experience

You Too Can Become Unstoppable, Loving Your Work and Making a True Difference in the World. How do we know? We’ve seen it, again and again.  

The WLA Conference is for those women who are ready to step into the best version of themselves. By hearing the stories of how other women have broken through their inner and outer glass ceilings.  

Anything is possible!

  • The WLA is a fantastic community, and this Conference is focused on why it is always better together. A community that inspires one another, supports each other and is there when the going gets tough.  
  • We know the power of a great network, one where giving first is our mantra.  
  • Come and see for yourself why. This Conference brings some of the best business leaders together who are willing to share their experiences and advice.  
  • There are always going to be challenges in careers. You can try to work it out alone or reach out and find the tricks of the trade. Getting to where you want to faster and with greater authenticity.

I would say - what are you waiting for - this is a great "family community" who can most definitely help you to achieve your goals. Don't be shy what have you got to lose - this investment will totally change your life and enable you to give something back too.

Paula Chadwick, CEO Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

As a man attending a Women Leaders event, I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I’ve been humbled, I’ve learned a lot and it’s been really, really good fun! I think the overarching thing is the amount of energy and enthusiasm there is to change things for the better.

Ralph Tucker, Chief Training Officer, N Brown

It’s been fantastic! Fabulous energy in the room, really fascinating women and we’ve had a very interesting male panel. It was really good to hear their perspective on how they see things and how they can help. I’m delighted that I came to spend the day with all these amazing women!

Henrietta Jowitt, Deputy Director General (Commercial) for the CBI



The 2020 Line Up ...

His Excellency Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson Ambassador Embassy of Iceland

Alyson Fadil, Chief People Office, N Brown

Alistair McGeorge, Non Executive Chairman for New Look

Marnie Millard, Group Chief Executive for Nichols PLC

Steve Smith, Inspirational Speaker & CEO Raise the Bar

Kat Downes, BBC Sports Presenter

Danny Simpson, MD Mid Communications

Join Us

Thursday 5th March 2020, 9 AM

Crewe Hall, Cheshire

Followed by the WLA Shine Awards Gala Dinner (from 7 PM)

Who is this event for (and who you'll meet)

Leaders in Business

Women and Men who inspire others to take on a bigger role in the world – helping us to all feel anything is possible

Members of the WLA

Our showcase event for WLA members – women from a cross section of industry (from construction to retail, financial services to IT).

Thought Leaders

Bringing some of the latest thinking and research in the leadership and diversity space 


Conference Ticket Options:

Conference Only Details: 

Conference & Awards Dinner Package:

Awards Dinner Only: 

Keynote Speakers -access latest diversity & leadership thinking

Breakout Sessions - deep dive your learning on key leadership topics

Networking - meet new contacts, talk to sponsors and speakers

Inspired and Remotivated - feel motivated and energised to be your best self!

Conference Only Delegate Ticket Price £295+vat 

Corporate Tables of 8 Available 

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See Awards Dinner Only Details

Combined Delegate Ticket Price: £375+vat 

Corporate Tables of 8 Available

Shine Awards Gala Dinner  

Pre Dinner Drinks  

Three Course Sit Down Dinner  

After Dinner Speaker - Danny Simpson  

WLA Award Ceremony

Shine Awards Delegate Ticket Price: £125+vat  

Corporate Tables of 8 Available

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The Agenda

Morning Programme

0845 Registration Opens. Networking & Coffee!

0930 Welcome & Official Kick Off to the IWD 2020 Conference - Sandra Green, Founder of the WLA

1000 'An International Gender Equality Case Study' - His Excellency Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Ambassador Embassy of Iceland  

1020 'Leading Organisations in Disruptive Times' - Alyson Fadil, Chief People Officer, N Brown

1050 Networking Break

1120 Your Choice of Skills Workshops: 

The Imposter Phenomena - Kate Atkin

Bringing Your Best Self Leadership into the Workplace - Andy Bird

Diminishing Unconscious Bias - Flourish International

Afternoon Programme

1345 - Welcome Back

1400 - 'Maximising Performance through Embracing Diversity' - Business Leaders Panel & Live Q&A. 

Marnie Millard, CEO Nicholls PLC

Alistair McGeorge, Chairman New Look

Alison Cox, Executive Director Engineering, Sir Robert McAlpine

1445 - 'Better Together, Why Women cannot do this alone' - Sandra Green, Founder of the WLA

1530 - Networking Break

1550 - 'Leading the Way Through Personal Courage and Discipline' - Inspirational Speaker & Olympian Steve Smith 

1650 - Closing Words & Preparaton for Awards Dinner

Awards Dinner Programme

Want to come to the Awards Dinner? Check this out.....

1830 - Sponsored Drinks Reception in the Old Hall (Yes we switch from the boring Conference centre into the 17th century Old Hall).

1930 - Welcome to our MC, Kat Downes,, BBC Sports Presenter

1945 - Enjoy an intimate three course meal in the stunning Long Gallery

2100 - Danny Simpson, MD Mid-Communications (and inspiring speaker)

2130 - 'Award Ceremony' Celebrating:

* Rising Star in STEM

* WLA Member of the Year

* Male Hero

* Remarkable Woman Award 

2245 - Final Words and Close

Here's what a few of our delegates thought of the 2019 Conference:

You need to attend an event to feel the genuine warmth and support from the women who attend and come from a variety of backgrounds. You will not fail to meet new contacts and enhance your career. Guaranteed

Sue Grindod (Previous CEO, Royal Albert Docks, Liverpool)

I was amazed by how many successful and inspirational women leaders were present at the WLA and I mentioned to a few of them what an extremely powerful female network they could create by joining electronically in a group to share experience, knowledge, best practice at more focused round table events. I think this is a very powerful body of women that could be leveraged to make a significant difference to women in industry.

Pauline Summer, Head of Procurement, TATA Chemicals

The day overall was fantastic though, it never ceases to amaze me how Sandra manages to keep finding such inspiring presenters. It is well worth a day away from the day job - you will meet fantastic people and be completely inspired.

Nicky Rance, Project Director, Sir Robert McAlpine


The 2020 WLA Shine Awards Gala Dinner is the highlight of our entire year and follows our amazing International Women’s Day Conference. 

Attended by leading businesses from across the UK, this prestigious event will be hosted by a celebrity compere at the stunning Crewe Hall hotel & spa in Cheshire. Guests will enjoy a fabulous evening with a welcome drinks reception, a three course dinner with wine. 

The high point will be the exclusive announcement and presentation of awards to the 2020 category winners, as well as the overall Remarkable Woman of the Year

Reserve your place now and ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate and network with the WLA business community.  


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Crewe Hall

Crewe Hall, a 17th century mansion and Grade I listed hotel surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Cheshire.  

Step back in time to a world of glamour, elegance and breathless romance. This iconic building once hosted royalty and now welcomes guests looking for a totally remarkable stay.