Be Inspired Virtual Conference 2020

Register for your free place today!

  MONDAY
9.30 - 9.40

CHAIR OPENING: Welcome to Be Inspired

Speaker: Charlotte Hardie, Founder, Be Inspired

9.40 - 10.10

KEYNOTE: Rock the boat, it’s time to make waves

Speaker: Samantha Renke, actress, presenter and disability campaigner

10.10 - 10.40

PANEL: Be your colourful self: using your strengths to get results

Speakers: Louise Stonier, chief people and culture officer, Pets at Home
Sach Kukadia, co-founder, Secret Sales
David Grunwald, vice-president of innovation, Farfetch

   
  TUESDAY
9.25 - 9.30

Retail Week Welcome

9.30 - 10.00

FIRESIDE CHAT: #MotivationMondays… and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Speaker: Maria Hatzistefanis, founder, Rodial

10.00 - 10.40

PANEL: Navigating challenging times

Speakers: Sharon Blackman, managing director, Citi
Jenni Burt, head of Figleaves
Wendy Gardner, retail GTM leader UKI/EMEA, Salesforce
Penny Grivea, managing director of UK and Ireland, Rituals

   
  WELLBEING WEDNESDAY, brought to you by retailTRUST
9.25 - 9.30

retailTRUST welcome

Speaker: Chris Brook-Carter, chief executive, retailTRUST

9.30 - 9.50

Morning Meditation

Speaker: Will Williams, Beeja Meditation

9.50 - 10.20

INTERACTIVE SESSION: Good stress, bad stress and when to get help

Speaker: Francesca Rogers, Founder, North Star Therapies

10.20 - 10.50

PANEL Mental health matters: finding balance

Speaker: Gill Smith, MD, The Perfume Shop
Jan Duckworth, Head of Marketing, Sofology
Jade Stanley, Senior Client Manager, Spotify

10.50 - 11.15

Influencing workplace wellbeing in the new normal

Speaker: Amanda Cox, stores and people director, Dunelm
Manju Malhotra, chief operating officer, Harvey Nichols

   
  THURSDAY
9.25 - 9.30

Retail Week Welcome

9.30 - 10.00

PRESENTATION: Catching the moment in a changing retail landscape

Speaker: Edwina Dunn OBE, founder, Starcount and dunnhumby

10.00 - 10.40

WORKSHOP: Finding resilience and fighting the fear

Speaker: Kate Walker-Miles, actress and tutor, RADA Business

   
  FRIDAY
14.55 - 15.00

Retail Week Welcome

15.00 - 15.30

FIRESIDE CHAT: Lessons learned from my journey to the top

Speaker: Jane Shepherdson CBE, chairperson, My Wardrobe HQ

15.30 - 15.35

CHAIR CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker: Charlotte Hardie, Founder, Be Inspired

15.35 - 16.20

IT’S QUIZ TIME!

Speaker: Jayde Adams, comedian

 
  INVITATION-ONLY WORKSHOPS
  MONDAY
14.00-16:00

Our mentoring hubs are back by popular demand, but this time they’re virtual. Choose a theme and get 10 minutes of one-to-one time with one of our esteemed ambassadors on:

  • Communication: the art of landing a message
  • Planning your career move: making every step count
  • Finding resilience: how everyone can thrive under pressure
  • Excelling in leadership: how to be a great manager
  • Realising potential: identifying and playing to your strengths
  • Gaining gravitas: what it is and how everyone can demonstrate it.

Information on how to book a mentoring hub will be available in due course. Kindly note that mentoring hubs are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

   
  TUESDAY
14.00-15.30

SENIOR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY WORKSHOP: Navigating your team through a period of change

The last couple of months have bought massive change to the way that we work, adapting and evolving is more important than ever to a company’s success.

Leaders are having to embrace change and try new things whilst preparing for an uncertain future.

The old leadership style of “command and control” is no longer fit for purpose, during the pandemic female leaders globally have demonstrated how to lead in a crisis and take people with them.

What are the qualities that female leaders can bring to the fore that will make staff feel valued, create champions for change within your teams and achieve the goals and objectives of your business?

In this Senior Leadership Academy workshop, our expert speakers will delve into the subject of leading change and how to help your team navigate it.

Speaker: Jo Hind, cofounder, Birdsoup
Alison Wilde, cofounder, Birdsoup

   
  WEDNESDAY
14.00-15.30

LEADERS WORKSHOP: Out with the old, in with the new: leading cultural change

How do you make sure that everyone is part of the conversation around changing culture for the better? Should leaders alter their approach when dealing with different strands of diversity? And how can you ensure your organisation isn’t just paying lip service to a set of ‘values’, but really embodying and communicating them in the working environment?

KEYNOTE: Catherine Gillespie, HR director, Coca-Cola European Partners

Our workshop will start with an expert on leading cultural change sharing how they made a difference in their business.

PANEL: Catherine Gillespie, HR director, Coca-Cola European Partners
Peter Pritchard, chief executive, Pets At Home
Lynne Weedall, non executive director, Greene King

Following on from this, our panel will go into more detail, revealing their own anecdotes, as well as tips on:

  • Ensuring a diverse workforce all the way to the top
  • Allowing for and encouraging new ways of working – flexible hours, working from home, etc
  • Fair and accessible recruitment processes/removing unconscious bias
  • Offering inclusive benefits to suit all lifestyles
  • Retaining staff and preventing churn
  • The value of diversity and inclusion for business’ bottom lines.

ROUNDTABLES

In roundtables we will discuss what we have heard and the culture of our own workplaces, before reporting back to the group with actionable insights to take back to the office.

   
  THURSDAY
14.00-15.00

Our mentoring hubs are back by popular demand, but this time they’re virtual. Choose a theme and get 10 minutes of one-to-one time with one of our esteemed ambassadors on:

  • Communication: the art of landing a message
  • Planning your career move: making every step count
  • Finding resilience: how everyone can thrive under pressure
  • Excelling in leadership: how to be a great manager
  • Realising potential: identifying and playing to your strengths
  • Gaining gravitas: what it is and how everyone can demonstrate it.

Information on how to book a mentoring hub will be available in due course. Kindly note that mentoring hubs are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to view our full 2019 programme.

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