WIBF Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

WIBF are proud to be supporting and celebrating International Women's Day Across our Regions

WIBF are delighted to be involved in International Women’s Day with a series of events held across our regions.


Kicking off at 10am in Birmingham on Wednesday 6th March, ​in association with West Midlands Women’s Voice we are proud to present ‘In Conversation with Dr Helen Pankhurst’ alongside other workshops.

Session 1: 10:00 – 12:00 Morning Conversations

Session 2: 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch, Keynote and Panel (Distinguished Speaker)

Session 3: 14:00 – 16:00 Afternoon Workshops (PEP)

Keynote Speaker: (12:30 – 14:00)
Dr Helen Pankhurst, CBE - Helen is a women’s right activist and senior advisor to CARE International, working in the UK and in Ethiopia. She is a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE and Visiting Professor at MMU.

Workshop: (14:00 – 16:00)

Option 1: Exploring Your Political Pathway (for women only, and limited to 80 attendees on the day)
Join the Parliament Project for a workshop for women who have an interest in politics but don’t know where to start. Come along to connect with other women as we explore why women get into politics, what routes you can take and how to commit to your first steps.

Option 2: What choice do we have? Improving Wellbeing in Everyday Hectic Lives

Join the Combined Authority at an interactive workshop showcasing physical activity initiatives in the region, latest developments on wellbeing, and how you can get involved. Want to be healthier and more productive?

The full day runs from 10 am to 4 pm but the tickets divide the day into 3 parts.

To find out more and to sign up Please visit the Eventbrite booking site

Thursday 7th March -

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Robert Walters and their ongoing Empowering Women in the Workplace campaign for this years International Women’s Day celebrations.

We have secured an expert panel of five professionals from various backgrounds, who will be sharing their thoughts and experiences. There will be three sessions on the evening. The first on Imposter Syndrome, the second on how your biggest disaster could lead to your greatest opportunity and the third session on how we can give more women the confidence when returning to the workplace.

Key themes around the topic will be debated by the panel prior to a Q&A session from the audience.

Expert Panel Speakers include:

Mary Kaye, Partner, Shakespeare Martineau LLP
Helen Lumb, CFO, Shire Leasing
Chiz Onuora, COO, Finance HSBC
Roger Dix, CRO, Wesleyan
Pam Rowland, COO Paragon Banking Group

Expertly hosted by the inspirational Julie Goddard, MSc, FCMI, an authority on Authentic Leadership and ‘The Science of Motivation’ and ‘Imposter Syndrome’

For more information and to secure you place please visit our booking page


Wednesday 6th March

In London we have a members only event in conjunction with IoD City, ING, State Street and will be celebrating this year’s theme #BalanceforBetter.

Held at State Street Bank in Canary Wharf from 6pm - 8.30pm we welcome:

Gunjan Chauhan, Senior MD and member of SSGA’s Diversity Committee will be giving highlights of State Street Global Advisor’s recent research published by Dr Amlan Roy on “Why Gender Equality Matters? Better for Growth, Debt, Inequality & Sustainability” to prompt discussions on aspects of gender balance including the gender pension gap.

Panel speakers include:

Vivienne Artz, President of WIBF and Chief Privacy Officer at Refinitiv (Chair)
Richard Lacaille, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Investment Officer, SSGA
David Stringer - Lamarre, Chair of IoD London and Managing Director of Fortis Consulting London Ltd

This will be followed by discussion and Q&A, with panellists from each organisation giving their take on, as well as networking with like-minded women and men.

To book your place please visit our event page.


On Thursday 7th March WIBF Bristol, in association with TLT’s newly formed Women’s Network we are delighted to invite you to our lunchtime networking session to mark International Women’s Day and celebrate gender equality.

Hear from guest panellists Andrea Delay, Managing Director for Barclays International and Robert Bourns, Consultant at TLT.
Join us to:

  • Network with like­minded women and men and establish support contacts
  • Empower yourself to achieve your full potential
  • Find out how to lead a fulfilled, equal and happy working life

Andrea has worked in Corporate and Investment Banking for over 25 years, the majority of which time has been spent in client facing roles in the Corporate Bank at Barclays. She has a range of experience working across different industries and geographies.

Robert Bourns, Chair of the Board of the Law Society of England and Wales and Consultant for TLT
Robert is an experienced advocate and employment lawyer, with particular expertise relating to TUPE, insolvency, partnership (including LLP), the exiting of senior executives and partners and issues concerning professional conduct.

To find out more and reserve your place visit this page