On March 8 we celebrate International Women’s Day, recognising women’s achievements and serving as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality – and now, more than ever, there is a strong call to action for equality and recognition of the disparity.
Here at Raise the Bar we have a range of female speakers, from television to technology, to inspire and motivate your delegates this International Women’s Day. Take a look at the women championing and leading the way in their fields for diversity and equality…
Catherine Mayer is a journalist, commentator, co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party and the best-selling author of three books. Organisations know they need to improve the diversity of their workforce’s—but they often don’t know why. Catherine unravels the confusion surrounding diversity and diversity programmes, highlights the dangers of creating echo chambers or cultures that suppress dissident opinions and demonstrates the value of more inclusive cultures.
Charlotte has specialised in large-scale change programmes with a focus on diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing for over 15 years. She conducted an independent review of the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards for the UK Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable. Over the years, Charlotte has won many awards for her work in the Diversity and Inclusion field and was recognised by TIAW for advancing the economic empowerment of women.
Hayley Barnard tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness, ensuring that her ideas have real value for audiences’ working lives. A straightforward but highly engaging speaker, Hayley uses her expertise to ensure inclusion is something that can be accessible to all organisations. Using storytelling and anecdotes, Hayley explains the science behind unconscious bias – both positive bias and negative bias – and why balance in the workplace is worth striving for.
Sue is a passionate advocate for more women in tech and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding BCS Women the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. Sue also appeared in the BBC Three documentary Girls Can Code, encouraging and mentoring young women into the tech industry.
As a sought-after motivational speaker, Penny shares the ups and downs of her story from ‘homeless waster’ to ‘Rally Champion’, inspiring audiences to achieve greater things for themselves. Despite being told she was the ‘wrong sex’ and ‘too old’, she achieved her lifelong dream of being a rally driver. Her unique and inspirational story shows there is no limit to what you can achieve with will, determination, focus and commitment.