Westminster Employment Forum

Women in the workplace: careers advice, the gender pay gap and women in executive management

Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Central London


Ahead of International Women’s Day 2017, this seminar will consider the further policy priorities for improving gender equality in the workplace.

Key topics for discussion will include the gender pay gap; tackling sex and maternity discrimination; improving the availability of high-quality childcare provision and the challenges for increasing the proportion of women in leadership and executive management positions within the British economy.

Further sessions will focus on careers education, particularly how best to increase female participation in apprenticeships and STEM subjects, and how to inspire more young women to pursue careers in under-represented professions, including in public office.

Discussion will be informed by the findings of the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiries on the Gender Pay Gap, Women in executive management, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination, Women in the House of Commons and on the Impact of Brexit on the equalities agenda.

The seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including representatives of businesses and trade unions, employment lawyers, charities and campaign groups, universities and others with an interest in these important issues.

Guest of Honour

Caroline Dinenage MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years

Supported by

Coca-Cola European Partners

Guest of Honour

Caroline Dinenage MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years

Keynote Speakers

Lauren Wright

Director, Glassdoor for Employers EMEA

Maria Kokkinou

Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Management & Development, Coca-Cola European Partners

Dr Carole Easton

Chief Executive, Young Women's Trust

Emma Codd

Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte


Sarah Champion MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Flick Drummond MP

Chair, Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group and Member, Women and Equalities Select Committee


Professor Julia Rouse

Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University

Peter Finegold

Head of Education and Skills, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Marian Bloodworth

Employment Partner, Kemp Little

Claire Nix

Careers Consultant and Board Member, Careers Development Institute

Sarah Jackson

Chief Executive, Working Families