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A Message From Our Headline Sponsor

“It is our intention to proactively lead the industry on becoming truly inclusive, so we are thrilled to sponsor the WLA Conference on 1st March. Echoing the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day asking for a more gender balanced world, our aim is to create a business where everyone can thrive, where people are respected and treated fairly and mirror the diversity in our society. 

Within our industry, we stand by the fact that there are no gender specific roles in construction. To help reflect this, we’re making great steps to increase the visibility of our female leaders and showcase the successful women already working on our sites. 

Everyone attending the WLA conference can expect to learn from inspiring key note speakers, engage in masterclasses, and have a chance to network with like-minded professionals. It is a thought-provoking environment that will help every aspiring female leader to feel empowered and bring ideas to the workplace that will make a difference.”

Karen Brookes, Director of People & Infrastructure, Sir Robert McAlpine  

Friday 1st March 2019 Celebrate International Women's Day

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Experience a life changing day with outstanding key note speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions!

  • Be propelled forward in your career. This is for ambitious women, like you, who wish to invest and prepare yourself for your next phase of career. 
  • Meet new people. Connect with like-minded professionals who have similar aspirations, are keen to grow their network and offer support and share information with one another. Social connection has been found to increase happiness and success!
  • Be inspired! Our content rich and role model keynote speakers, practical workshops and networking opportunities will fuel your motivation to learn and be inspired. 
  • Develop your leadership. You will be provided with the latest thinking on key leadership topics and trends for women in the workplace.


Key Note Speakers


(to change mindsets) 

"Simply the most compelling conference speaker I have ever heard"

"An amazing speaker, who had the whole room sitting up and listening to every word, truly inspirational"  


Great content 

(that’s practical and relevant) 

"On point, humorous and practical! She was great, engaging and timing wise it was perfect for me, but you came away with some tangible actions! Loved it!"

"Excellent reflections and good to hear what they are doing in a traditionally male white dominated industry. Excellent summaries and insight"


Awesome community 

(like minded women who care for one another) 

"Made more contacts with inspiring, uplifting and energising women"  

"There were opportunities during the events as well as during breaks and that was very refreshing"


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How the IWD Conference changed the career of one WLA Member 

#BeReady #BeResilient #BeRemarkable

The Key Note Speakers

Henrietta Jowitt

Deputy Director General, Commercial, CBI

Sue Grindrod

Chief Executive, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Tracy Edwards MBE

International Sailor, Publised Author, Charity Founder & Motivational Speaker

#BeReady #BeResilient #BeRemarkable

The Panel 

David Brown, MD, 


Laurence Udell, 

Udell Group

Mark Summerfield, 

CEO Co-op Insurance

 Corporate Partner

Amey joined the WLA as a corporate member 12 months ago. They trialled the programme with some of their high potential women. The members loved it. They grew in confidence, in visibility, in taking on different roles, in connecting with other women from completely different organisations. So much so that Amey are significantly increasing their membership numbers in 2019 and have kindly become Corporate Partners supporting the following high quality thought leadership masterclasses.  

#BeReady #BeResilient #BeRemarkable


Henrietta Jowitt

CBI Deputy Director- General Commercial

'Addressing Your Gender Pay Gap'

Helen Gbormittah

CBI Deputy Regional Director NW

'Addressing Your Gender Pay Gap'

Alison Jones

Founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing

'Build Your Visability'  

Cindy Cox

Senior Consultant Roffey Park 

'Resilient Relationships'

What it's all about


International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. 

The first international Women’s day was celebrated back in the 1908 when a group of 15,000 women marched on the streets of New York, demanding their rights. Since then every year the world joins together to support, raise, inspire and motivate women across all fields of work. 

The day is being marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, debates, conferences and street marches. The purpose of this day is to focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities. 

The International theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, it’s a campaign that runs all year long providing a unified direction to guide and galvanise action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforcing and amplifying that balance drives a better working world. 




The WLA passionately supports the International theme. The future is exciting - we’re entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance and we’re delighted to be playing our part in building a gender-balanced world. We believe that everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere. 

How will you help make a difference?

Now in our fifth year the annual WLA conference and it’s year-round programme provides a dynamic focus and sets the scene for our diverse community with rich learning for senior women leaders based in corporates. 

Our continuing mission is to be the premier annual UK Conference that celebrates International Women’s Day and delivers progress for achieving gender diverse workplaces. 

Sitting alongside the International theme is our own WLA conference theme which aims to have a more personal message – Be Ready, Be Resilient, Be Remarkable. Three short statements for you to apply in the year ahead.  

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Inspired Delegate

So much value in one day!

"I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the panel and they certainly inspired me to believe in my own capabilities more, a lot of what they said resonated with me and has made me reassess my approach in a number of areas."

Inspired Delegate

Amazing day

"Would love to encourage young leaders to come along and tap into your great resource. So delighted to have had an invite and to have joined in your fantastic day. Thank you to all involved. What a fab team!"

Be Ready,

Be Resilient,

Be Remarkable

IWD 2019 Partners

Code Nation is committed to helping companies address their staffing needs, not only providing fledging developers, but well-rounded people who are ready for the workplace. Offering training is a great way to attract new talent, build employee loyalty, diversify teams and shape roles. Code Nation offers 2 solutions to transform your talent shortage: 1. Grow your own developer. Up-skill current employees from different departments to become junior developers 2. Code Nation will find one for you – Using our combined network and talent pools, we’ll identify future talent, and we’ll train them in our award-winning master course. The best part? You’ve probably already paid for it with the Apprenticeship Levy.

Sally Penni is an award-winning practicing Barrister at Law with almost 20 years of experience and a Non-Exec Director of Codethink Ltd, a fin tech company. In 2012 Sally founded Women in the Law and Business UK a non-profit professional development organisation providing mentoring and inspiring tomorrows future lawyers. She is a great supporter of gender diversity and Inclusion in the work place. Sally is passionate about diversity and equality in Law and beyond, she is a mentor, supporter and Ambassador of Women on Boards UK and has been a judge of the Northern Power Women awards for the last three years in association with the Government Equalities Office. 

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, one that better reflects the make-up of the population. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, in March 2017 the TTC was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy.