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CXO Roundtable: Dynamic Regions

October 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am


Join WISE, Chairs/Chief Executives and other executive board members from WISE member companies to discuss how best to implement a regional recruitment and retention policy to grow the number of women in STEM in the UK.

To attend please RSVP to dean.greaves@wisecampaign.org.uk

Network with other senior staff members that have made a commitment to increasing the number of women in STEM and develop conversations around regional recruitment and retention of women in STEM to benefit your organisation and the economy as a whole.

WISE CEO Kay Hussain will open the event and we will follow with a presentation on our upcoming ‘Support Our Regions’ research paper. Paul Kilworth – GCHQ, James Holland – Collins Aerospace, and Lydia Fairman – Network Rail will present on regional initiatives launched by their companies, before we separate into three breakout rooms that will be hosted by a further three member companies. 

Breakout 1 – Engagement with the local economy,

Session Lead: Anne Nortcliffe, Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Ways organisations might set up their divisions with a view to benefitting the local economy. 
  • How organisations might locate STEM divisions in regions that receive government funding to develop local skills.
  • Challenges around this sort of engagement and how to overcome them. 


Breakout 2 – Reskilling and upskilling regionally based staff

Session Lead: Rosa Wells, Solihull College & University Centre

  • How organisations might reskill and upskill their regionally-based staff particularly where they are located in different regions. 
  • The best way of successfully running hybrid working schemes that employ regional staff, and how these practices can increase an organisation’s talent pool as well as benefit the local economy.
  • The conversation will also look at ways organisations can successfully onboard, reskill and upskill their regionally-based staff. 


Breakout 3 – Outreach opportunities with regional hubs and local educational partners

Session Lead: Lauren Little, Ørsted

  • Outreach opportunities that might improve the STEM pipeline.
  • Ways in which members have worked with local educational partners, schools, colleges and regional STEM hubs to improve the STEM pipeline with a focus on women and other diverse groups.
  •  How organisations can showcase the different careers available to young people, as well as form partnerships that might influence vocational training at universities and colleges.

Join us as we raise awareness of the importance and benefits of gender balance to your business and enable the sharing of best practice. 

To attend please RSVP to dean.greaves@wisecampaign.org.uk


October 26, 2022
10:00 am - 11:45 am
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