VW Rising is our dynamic new one day conference series where attendees hear first-hand from women who are pioneers, determined enthusiasts and relentless in challenging the old boys network and lad culture that exists in the workplace. These are women that are not being afraid to go against the grain and stand out in their chosen profession. VW Rising is an opportunity to acknowledge women’s accomplishments, to inspire and encourage a new generation of women to aim higher and succeed.


Visible Women is a leadership campaign that exists to combat the distinct lack of female role models and mentors in senior roles and male-dominated industries. Our vision is to create a world where women and girls can find role models and mentors in the careers they are interested in. Our mission is to raise aspirations; promote mentoring and champion role models by creating a network of aspiring, emerging and pioneering women and girls.



Helen Dale
Director, Grant Thornton


Michelle Scrimgeour
Chief Risk Officer, M&G Group


Linda Jones
Head of Employment, Pinsent Masons


Emma Codd
Managing Partner, Deloitte


Jane Galvin
Head of Eastern Region Corporate Banking Division, Barclays


Suzi Woolfson
UK Private Business leader, PwC


Antoinette Boateng
Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Schroders


Mia Benett
Head of Alliances and Special Projects, PwC


Joanna Stantinon
Tax Partner, EY


Elaine Powell
Peak Performance and Communication Expert


Ingrid Waterfield
Director for People Powered Solutions, KPMG


4th November 2016
10:00 – 17:00

  • 9:00 – 10:00
    Registration & Networking
  • 10:00 – 10:15
    Welcome from Visible Women
  • 10:15 – 10:45
    Keynote 1: Equipping Women in Financial Services
    We all know the importance of financial services to the country, providing over 2 million jobs and as the UK’s largest tax paying sector paying in £66bn in the last fiscal year alone. What should firms be doing to sure up women’s performance, progression and promotion in the sector?
  • 10:45 – 11:30
    Panel 1: Building Women Leaders in Finance
    We know that more women than men are graduating with accounting and finance degrees and entering what is a male dominated industry. This interactive panel will look at how women can be their authentic selves, challenge the negative views of women in leadership roles and build a progressive talent pipeline that isn’t afraid to rise to the top of the financial sector.
  • 11:30 – 12:00
    The Interview 1: Women on Boards A Review
    There are more women on FTSE 350 boards than ever before, with representation of women more than doubling since 2011 – now at 26.1% on FTSE 100 boards and 19.6% on FTSE 250 boards. This interview will try to answer the question- what next? How do we get more women to progress once they are on the board?
  • 12:00 – 13:30
    Lunch and Mentoring Circles
    A chance to network over lunch and join a speed mentoring circle for some inspiration.
  • 13:30 – 13:45
    Refresher 1: Dress for Success
  • 13:45 – 14:15
    Keynote 2: Barriers to progress
    This keynote address will explore the barriers women face in traditionally male-dominated industries, examining the causes for low retention levels and how we can revolutionise the sector in order to see more women at the top.
  • 14:15 – 14:45
    Thought Leadership: Agile, Flexible, Ready to Work
    A recent report released by the women and equalities select committee points to flexible working as the key to truly tackling the gender pay gap, still shocking at 19.2%. How can organisations create a more inclusive workplace and challenge individual mindsets and working cultures?
  • 14:45 – 15:15
  • 15:15 – 15:45
    Refresher 2: Unleash Your Greatness
  • 15:45 – 16:30
    Panel 2: Women on the Rise
    This panel will chart the successes of women navigating positions previously only occupied by men and the importance of transformational leadership in the race to the top.
  • 16:30 – 17:00
    Closing Remarks


We are pleased to be able to offer bursary places for students and recent graduates. Please contact us for more details.

Ticket sales from this event will be reinvested into our school mentoring programmes to ensure the next generation of young women and girls succeed in their careers.

Who Should Attend:

  • Those already in senior/executive roles
  • Individuals whose stakeholders include finance teams
  • Those who wish to broaden their finance networks


Grange Tower Bridge Hotel

45 Prescot St, London E1 8GP // 6-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station and an 11-minute walk from the Tower of London.