Early speakers announced for WiW Conference 2017

Early speakers announced for WiW Conference 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Women in Wholesale (WiW) conference, which will take place on October 19th at the British Library in London.

Confirmed speakers include Elisabeth Kelan a Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management (pictured above); Nikki King, former MD and honorary chairperson of Isuzu Truck UK and Emma Stewart, CEO of Timewise, an organisation which works with retailers like Tesco and John Lewis to design senior-level flexible working roles.

Organiser and founder of WiW, Elit Rowland, said, “Flexible working is a big challenge in wholesale with more than half of females saying it’s their biggest barrier to development, according to the WiW Report. Our speakers will offer practical solutions to help businesses in our sector attract and retain the best talent.”

Cassandra Stavrou

October’s programme will also highlight positive female role models, which Rowland says the industry needs more of. “We have sessions dedicated entirely to wholesaler and supplier success stories.” Confirmed speakers for the sessions include Julie Dunn, Operations Director at Dunns Wholesale and Cassandra Stavrou, Founder of Propercorn (pictured above). A negotiation workshop will also be made available.

The conference is open to women of all levels working in wholesale and middle to senior level men. Register here: http://www.newerapr.co.uk/women-in-wholesale/


Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership, Cranfield School of Management

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management. Her award-winning research focuses on gender and leadership, generations in organisations, and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books and The Times featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch and HR Magazine has named her a ‘Most Influential Thinker’.

Emma Stewart

Emma Stewart, CEO, Timewise (above) 

Listed as one of the ‘UK’s Top Radical thinkers’ by the Observer and Nesta, Emma Stewart MBE is the co-founder and Joint CEO of Timewise Foundation (timewise.co.uk), and also Women Like Us. Most recently, she has put the issue of flexible hiring – flexible working from day one – on the wider agenda with the launch of Hire Me My Way – a national campaign to grow the UK’s flexible jobs market

Niki King, Former MD and Honorary Chairperson, Isuzu Truck UK

Niki is a legend in the male-dominated motor industry, where she has picked up numerous awards including an OBE for services to the motor industry. A part time secretary after raising her family, Niki went back to work full-time at the age of 40 when her husband left her and her children. In 1996 she set up Isuzu Truck UK and grew it into a multi-million pound business. She actively supports working mums and more than 50% of her senior management team was female.


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