Our Skills: Our Future
2019 WISE Conference
The WISE Conference is the premier professional conference for everyone who supports gender balance in STEM. Join us for a prime opportunity to help support and shape the debate and decisions about how we can meet the skills gap of the future, and how women in STEM can play a full part in this.
08:45 - 09:30
Join us at the IET for breakfast. Take the opportunity to network with your fellow delegates ahead of the days programme.
Helen Wollaston and Dr Nina Skorupska
9.30 – 9.40
WISE’s mission is to help achieve gender balance in STEM in the UK. With the target of 1 million women in STEM in 2020 within reach, we are looking beyond this to address the fantastic opportunity women have to play a full part in shaping technology and scientific discovery transforming the way we live our lives and shape our economy.
Lisa Finnegan, Senior director of HR for EMEA and LATAM | LinkedIn
9.40 – 10.00
What is the shape of the future jobs market, in the UK and globally?
Which skills do we need to include to prosper in that new environment?
How do we keep continuously learning to enable us to be ready for this?
Fiona McDonnell | Amazon
10.00 – 10.20
Although we have seen a year-on-year increase in the number of women working in STEM, they are still under-represented in the arena of STEM innovation. WISE, in partnership with Amazon, has undertaken comprehensive research, capturing the views of over 1000 women, to better understand why some women thrive in STEM environments and become innovators. We asked, what were the barriers and enablers of their careers? How did they define their achievements and their contributions to their organisation and society? And, what could employers, educators and others do to increase the contribution of women to science and technological innovation in the UK?
Fiona will share insights from this research, and how Amazon have taken these findings and what they are delivering through the Amazon Amplify programme, which aims to further ramp up the recruitment and retention of women employees; encourage more women to consider careers in technology and innovation; and help prevent some of the biggest barriers to career progression cited by women in STEM roles across different sectors.
Fiona will also talk about her personal career journey in STEM.
Professor Gina Rippon | Aston Brain Centre
10:20 - 10:40
Despite 17th century assertions that ‘the mind has no sex’, neuroscience research in subsequent centuries (including the 21st) has appeared to focus on finding confirmatory evidence of the “essential” difference between men’s and women’s brains, with concepts such as ‘hard-wiring’ and ‘the natural order of things’ being used to explain and sustain gender gaps in many areas of achievement, including science.
As covered in my book, The Gendered Brain, explanations of these gaps encapsulate almost every aspect of wider arguments about the origin of sex/gender differences. A powerful undercurrent is that biological factors are the prime determinants of who will (and won’t) succeed in science. This includes suggestions that there is a biological basis to career preferences, with the ‘People vs. Things’ dichotomy invoked to explain the ‘Gender Paradox’, where the under-representation of women in science is greater in countries with the smallest gaps in gender equity.
This talk will examine the evidence behind such claims, particularly the notion of brain-based ‘deficits’. In addition, it will demonstrate how both brain and behaviour can be affected by robustly gendered and stereotyped attitudes about science and scientists, leading to self-fulfilling prophecies of under-performance and dis-engagement.
The Gendered Brain (2019). Gina Rippon. London: The Bodley Head.
10:40 - 11:10
Our plenary session speakers will come together to discuss the topics covered in their earlier sessions,
Chaired by Dr Nina Skorupska
11:10 - 11:30
Negotiate your Future
11:30 - 12:30
In an ever more automated world, we need to focus on those strengths we have which are uniquely human. Organisations like the World Economic Forum have identified the importance of developing soft skills to ensuring the future success of both individuals and organisations, and perhaps the most critical of these is the ability to negotiate for what you need.
In this session, the WISE Young Professionals' Board will share insights from their experiences of past negotiations; the good, the bad, and the ugly! We will discuss top tips from the latest research from Stanford Business School on how you can confidently achieve a great outcome in your future negotiations
11:30 - 12:30
Learn practical tips from your peers who are on their journey to greater gender balance, and find out how to engage and educate your leaders to help drive gender parity in your organisation.
11:30 - 12:30
Redesigning Graduate Recruitment – how can we reinvent our recruitment process to ensure we create a diverse workforce with the skills we need for the future?
A discussion group led by WISE and Network Rail to explore current trends, best practice and new ideas.
11:30 - 12:30
Apprentices are a key way to address the skills mix of the future. Be prepared to rethink what an apprentice looks like, and what they can teach your organisation.
12.30 – 13.20
Lunch is served. Use the break to meet with our 2019 exhibitors, browse the stands and network with your fellow delegates.
Aimee van Wynsberghe – Asst. Professor of ethics and robotics at TU Delft
13.20 – 13.50
Find out how robotics and AI are shaping the world of work, and what skills will be needed in the future. What work will be left for humans? Will this future world still be inclusive? What can you do to ensure your AI and robots are designed for inclusion, and support humans in a way that works for all humans?
Jemma Waters | Lloyds Banking Group
13.50 – 14.05
Lloyds shares how the digital revolution has impacted their business. Find out how they address the changing skills mix, why they work for greater diversity and what they mean with using ‘data for good’. Learn what works for Lloyds to get over 30% of women in tech through a wide range of initiatives such as retraining and re-skilling and building a supportive culture for women
Neil Franklin | NSAR
14.05 – 14.20
The skills mix of the future & diversity - inspiration from the rail industry
The rail industry is steeped in tradition, but the world is changing and rail is no longer about ‘armies of men’, with jobs handed over from father to son. Different skills are needed, and the rail industry is now competing for STEM talent with a range of industries. Find out how rail is transforming its workforce into a multi-diverse sector through key initiatives such as targeted promotion and attraction, creative imagery, industry focus, targets and objectives, and the deployment of more modern digital technology.
14:20 - 14:40
14:45 - 15:45
According to recent research*, working women believe that the top reason there are so few females in leadership roles is because of unconscious bias from management (71%)
Increasingly diverse workplaces require leaders and managers to demonstrate enhanced people-management skills, as well as increased flexibility and diverse thinking to produce more productive teams and positive business outcomes.
This short interactive workshop will generate mindset shifts and immediate changes in behaviour to support positive development on a personal and organisational level.
*2019 Women In Leadership Survey, White Paper, Sussex Innovation Centre
14:45 - 15:45
Technology is changing the way we work as well as the type of work we do. Many of today’s skills will no longer be relevant in 5 years’ time. However, the one skill that will be needed is that of emotional intelligence. In order to maximise your future success in the workplace, you will need to grow in this skill. The aim of this workshop is to help you understand:
1. What Emotional Intelligence is, it’s components and why it even matters;
2. The mind-set you need for developing this skill;
3. Three simple strategies for improving Emotional Intelligence; and
4. Your own personal action plan for growing in this skill.
14:45 - 15:45
This is an active session where you get a chance to take forward ideas you have heard today. Get inspired by projects of others, get ideas for your next project, and get ready to start building the skills your organisation is missing.
This session will address:
• The key skills your organisation will need in future
• The key areas you need to address to attract and retain women in digital
• Examples and case studies on what the most innovative companies are doing to address the skills gap by attracting women into digital and showcasing those projects that work.
14:45 - 15:45
An introduction to our new outreach resource to encourage girls to consider a career in STEM - what is it and how you can get involved.
The Open University, IET, Network Rail and Sky
15.45 – 16.45
How are education providers preparing for the future? Will universities deliver the future skills your organisation needs?
If not, what can you do to educate your own workforce of the future?
How do you make sure your training is fit for purpose and attractive for a demanding new generation? What about attracting women?
Find out from those that are experimenting at the forefront of education.
So what next? How do we ensure together that what we’ve learned today turns into real, tangible action?
16.45 – 17.00
Helen will share the next steps and how we can shape this opportunity to build a more gender-balanced STEM – using the skills women possess, and new technology to create new ways of training and working which suit women.
17:00 - 19:00
WISE is happy to invite all of its WISE Conference 2019 delegates to a complimentary drinks reception following the close of the WISE Conference.
Held at the same venue as the WISE Conference, a place in the drinks reception is included in the price of your WISE Conference 2019 ticket along with drinks and nibbles.