Spark21 Conference November 7th 2018: Levelling the Playing Field

Levelling the Playing Field

Join us for Spark21’s fourth annual conference on Wednesday 7th November 2018!

A full programme and tickets are available here.

On 7th November, the Spark21 Conference, kindly hosted by Simmons & Simmons in London, will be an all-day event, focusing on the future for women in the law, and how to inspire a new generation of lawyers to be inclusive and welcome equality at all levels.

The conference will be focusing on the future for women in the profession. With insightful panel discussions from professionals who are experts in their fields, the debates will cover issues such as how we ensure women reach senior positions in the field, how to achieve pay equality and what ways we can improve accessibility for women and people from minority backgrounds through alternative routes to qualification.

Full Programme:

09.00 ​​–​ ​09:20​​ Registration​ ​and​ ​Coffee

09:20​ ​​–​ 0​9:30​ Welcome​

09:30​ ​–​ ​10.00 Keynote Speech followed by Q&A: Lord Chancellor, David Gauke

10:00​ ​–​ ​11:00 Views from Outside the Law Panel

– Anjali Pindoria, Project Surveyor, Avi

– Sarah Langford, Barrister turned author, In Your Defence

– Leonora Saunders, Photographer

– Dr Helen McCarthy, Historian, University of Cambridge

– Dr Jess Wade, Physics Research Associate, Imperial College London

11:00​ ​–​11:30 Tea Break

11:30​ ​–​ ​12:00 Keynote Speech followed by Q&A: Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Speech: Rowena Collins Rice, Director General of the Attorney General’s Office

12:30​ ​​–​ ​13:10 Lunch

13:10 –​ ​14:10 Networking Panel

– Caroline Kenny, Facebook

– Laura Matthews, Debenhams

– Lara Oyesanya, Klarna

– Jemilla Olufeko, ROLI Group

– Lucy Barbet, 11KBW

14:10 – 14:25 Networking Tips

14:25​ ​​–​ ​​15:25 Leadership and Pay Panel

– Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Women in Leadership Magazine

– Harini Iyengar, 11KBW, Women’s Equality Party

– John Van Der Luit-Drummond, Legal 500

15:25 –​ ​15:45 Tea Break

15:45 ​–​ ​16:45 Accessibility Panel

– Mary Bonsor, F-LEX

– Katrin Nikolova, Amazon

– Rachel Lipscomb OBE, Magistrates’ Association

– Karen Whyte, CILEx

– Marjana Uddin, BBC

16:45 ​​–​ ​17:30​ ​ ‘In Conversation’ with Christina Blacklaws and Amanda Pinto QC

17:30​ ​–​ ​17:50 Closing speech: Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive to the Equality and Human Rights Commission

17:50​ ​–​ ​19:00​ Drinks​ ​Reception with These Four Walls Exhibition

Buying a ticket also helps us to tell the stories of inspirational women who have made an impact in the law in the last 100 years, to ensure we inspire women for the next 100 years. Ticket prices include refreshments throughout the day and a drinks reception to finish.

Get your tickets here!

Spark21 (Registered Charity Number 1167825) is a charity founded to celebrate, inform and inspire future generations of professional women. The conference is in support of First 100 Years, the UK’s first multimedia museum dedicated to the history of women in law. Our digital museum is accessible to everyone, from students to High Court Judges, as a free online resource.




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