Women at Work Focus 2022


Women at Work Focus Day 2022

Wednesday 23rd March 2022

“We’ve been trying to tackle the world’s hardest problems with only 50 percent of our collective brainpower. It’s time for that to change. By bringing more women into positions of power and influence, we can finally use the full measure of humanity’s talents and ambitions. We need all the best ideas, and the most courageous leaders, to conquer the challenges ahead.”

- Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This in-depth online event features a mix of insightful presentations, interviews and case studies, a live panel discussion and an interactive meetup session.

Gender equality in the workplace is one of the most-discussed aspects of diversity and inclusion, but there is still a long way to go to reach true parity.

It is more important than ever to focus on supporting and developing female employees, to avoid the effects of the pandemic resulting in long-term negative effects on women’s career prospects.

At this exclusive Diverse Live: Women at Work Digital Focus Day, join professionals across the world: 

  • Determine how to better support your female employees and listen to their challenges
  • Gain expert guidance on ways to nurture female talent, retain them and help them progress through the organisation to senior leadership level
  • Discover how mentoring and role models can be beneficial
  • Learn the most effective ways of measuring gender equity

Discover the practical ideas and resources you need to make real progress towards greater gender equality in your organisation, as part of an intersectional approach.

  • Discover new software tools and strategies to benefit diversity and inclusion in your organisation
  • Ignite passion for diversity and inclusion initiatives within your organisation and facilitate greater change for good
  • Connect with other professionals also looking to upgrade their D&I strategies and work together to advance change

Women At Work Digital Focus Day | Agenda

Stay tuned! The full agenda will be announced here shortly.

Wednesday 23rd March 2022

12pm – 1pm GMT

#Break The Bias

With a lifetime of extraordinary achievements in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, IT, autism and philanthropy, Dame Stephanie speaks with authority and insight on gender equality, bias, discrimination and diversity.

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley is a celebrated computing pioneer, who built a $3 billion tech empire in 1960s England with an all-female, work-from-home staff of professionally qualified women who had left the workforce after marrying and having children. Since ‘retiring’, her work has been in philanthropy, with a particular focus on autism and IT.

“If I have a talent, it is the ability to believe in what others can achieve.”

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Entrepreneur, Equality Champion and Founder, Autistica

1pm – 2pm GMT

Reflections on Women and Race and Improving Opportunities for Women in Asia

Shalini Mahtani is a strong advocate for greater diversity and inclusion across companies in Asia.  She calls herself “a brown woman” who was blatantly told that she did not have a role in the international bank and accounting firm where she worked.

She was born and raised in an Indian family in Hong Kong and founded a not-for-profit foundation, Community Business, out of frustration with the uneven treatment of diverse professionals at multinationals. Community Business works with multinational corporations to advise them on the business case for diversity.  Shalini has worked on women, race and culture, disability and LGBT. 

She is also founder of The Zubin Foundation, a Hong Kong charity that works to improve the lives of Hong  ethnic minorities. Shalini also sits on the Children’s Commission of Hong Kong. Shalini has written extensively on D&I in Asia.

In this exclusive interview, Shalini shares her reflections on the outlook for women in Hong Kong and Asia today.

Shalini Mahtani MBE, Founder, Zubin Foundation 

2pm – 3pm GMT

Business Case Study: Gender Equality in Action

Randstad actively supports women in climbing the career ladder at all levels of its organisation: 

  • 68% of Randstad’s total workforce is female
  • 56.2% of all management positions, including junior, middle and top management are filled by females
  • 64.3% of Randstad’s junior management positions are filled by females, and 51% of the senior management is female
  • 50.9% of female employees have a management position with revenue generating functions
  • 48.5% of Randstad’s STEM-related positions are filled by females
Join us as Randstad shares their top tips for organisations committed to achieving gender equality in 2022, sharing their vision for re-evaluating recruitment and onboarding practices and creating even more opportunities for women in the workplace.

Mark Jones, Senior Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager EMEA, Randstad


3pm – 4pm GMT

Panel Discussion: Tackling Unconscious Gender Bias in the Workplace

Unconscious gender bias is well known to hold women back from being able to advance to the top of organisations. In this discussion, we consider the steps that are needed to facilitate real change and a better gender balance in all areas of your organisation.

  • We will examine the equality issues impacting working women in Turkey and the UK
  • Find out why taking an intersectional approach to women at work is vital
  • Discover how to establish a culture which supports and progresses female talent throughout the company
  • Learn how to ensure adequate mentoring and sponsorship for female employees
  • Determine the benefits of fertility, maternity and parental leave benefits and back-to-work programmes in helping to support parents in their careers


Sarah Fennell, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, EMEA, Macquarie Group

Arzu Pinar Demirel, Founder, Headline Diversity

3pm – 4pm GMT

Are We Making Progress? Reflections from New York

  • Join Annie Yu from VOX Media as she shares her own experiences of being a working women in New York. How are companies progressing on the road towards gender balance and equality? Discover the importance of adequate mentoring and sponsorship for female employees, improving benefits for female workers and her predictions on where we will be in five years’ time.

Annie Yu, Chief of Staff and Head of Culture & Operations, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion, VOX Media

Featured Speakers

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Entrepreneur, Equality Champion & Founder



The Zubin Foundation


Sarah Fennell

Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, EMEA

Macquarie Group

Macquarie new

Headline Diversity

Headline Diversity logo

Annie Yu

Chief of Staff

VOX Media


Mark Jones

Senior Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager EMEA



Join us for an illuminating event.

What you will gain:

Flexible access to content

Our online conference portal offers a personalised content experience. You can join in with the sessions at work and on the go, live and on demand, join in with polls, and reach out to fellow attendees.

An opportunity to make new contacts

After the learning, join us to meet speakers and fellow attendees and make new contacts at our exclusive after-show digital meetup.

Access the sessions here

Gaining access to the sessions is easy. Simply fill in the form below and we will send you the links you need to access all the sessions on-demand.

* indicates required

Please tick the email check box below so that we can send you a welcome email, and email you the links to access the event portal and on-demand sessions in due course.

We respect your privacy. By clicking ‘Register’, you agree to having your details shared with the event sponsors who may promote similar products and services related to your area of interest, subject to their privacy policy. See the event website for confirmed sponsors. You have the right to object. In addition, you will receive our e-newsletter, including information on related online learning opportunities. For further information on how we process and monitor your personal data, and information about your privacy and opt-out rights, view our Privacy Policy. You can also email us at admin@diversity-network.com to be removed from our list immediately.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Hands in the Air
Thank you very much for an excellent and thought provoking conference. Many thanks to the team for organising such a great event.
Great to be able to share our own experiences and tips but also to learn from other sectors.
Thank you... You are opening up a whole new realm of tech that I didn't know existed.
Thank you very much to you all for putting on a highly professional and great show!!