Speakers include

Anna Whitehouse, Founder of Mother Pukka
Han-Son Lee, Founder of Daddilife and Planning Director at Proximity London
Brian Ballantyne, Senior Program Manager – Inclusion and Diversity at Amazon
Alex Lambert, Director at The Office for National Statistics
Antje Budge, Design Coordinator at Balfour Beatty

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Main Stage Agenda
10:00 - 10:45 Flexpert briefing

What are my flexible working options?
Are you reaching analysis paralysis over the types and terminologies? Come and listen to what each flexible arrangement means in practical terms to help you decide on your best path forward, then ask your burning questions. 

  • Job sharing: how does this work and how to set it up
  • Part-time hours: who is doing this and how?
  • Agile, compressed hours and working from home: what do they mean and do you need to ask permission to do it? 
  • Flexi hours and term-time contracts: ways of making this work
  • Other flexible working arrangements
  • What are the trends driving more flex working? Technology, agile and collaboration 
  • What does all of this mean in terms of wage and holiday entitlements?

Speakers include:
Juliet Turnbull, Founder and CEO of 2to3 Days
Lucy Tarrant, Founder of Cognitive Law

11:00 - 11:45 Employees’ stories

Going flexible: negotiating your new job design
If you are looking for more flexibility in your current job, this panel will offer candid advice from people who have ‘been there, done that.’ You will hear stories of how others have negotiated their flexible work arrangements and you will have a chance to ask questions. Some of the issues we will be covering include:

  • What to do if your employer has no official policy for flexible working 
  • Looking at the business case, not your reasons for going flexible 
  • Different approaches: should you present data to support your case or suggest trying it as a pilot? Other people’s experiences of what has worked 
  • Presenting it to the bosses: explaining how you can make it work, building trust between you and your employer over your commitment to the job 
  • What to do if your request is refused 

Brian Ballantyne, Author of “Confessions of a Working Father” and Senior Program Manager – Inclusion and Diversity at Amazon 

Speakers include:
Alex Lambert, Director at The Office for National Statistics
Han-Son Lee, Founder of Daddilife and Planning Director, Proximity London
Carina White, Head of Branding and Marketing, Dope Black Mums

11:55 - 12:50 Practical briefing

Preparing your business case
Bring a notepad to this hands-on session, and be prepared to share! 

You will be given candid advice on how to approach a flexible working request. Our expert panel will talk you through what to include in your request form, and the common mistakes that people make when applying for flexibility. We will also explore the employer’s perspective on the business benefits of flexible working so you can tap into this mentality for your conversation with management. 

You will then have time to sketch out your own plan, before working with the person beside you to give mutual encouragement and feedback. If you find yourself stuck on a particular point, you will have a chance to ask questions or have an informal chat with our panellists.

Ursula Tavender, Founder of Mumbelievable™ and Taking Care of Business

Speakers include:
Vanessa Lovatt, B2B Digital Media Expert and Founder at Time 4 Equality
Bob Deed, VP Finance and Resources, Cardinal Newman College 

13:00 - 13:15 Keynote

Flexible working for all: making it a reality

Anna Whitehouse, Founder of Mother Pukka

13:15 - 14:00 Returners’ panel

How to get back into your career after a break
If you’ve been out of the workplace for 12+ months, this session will give you candid, practical advice on getting back into employment, updating your skills and presenting the business benefits and strengths you bring to the table as an employee. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions of our returner experts, and to learn about: 

  • Reinventing yourself after a career break: how have other people done it? 
  • What are returnship programmes and how do they work? 
  • Other avenues for retraining and support for getting back into work 
  • Different approaches to presenting yourself on your CV as a returner 
  • How to talk about your time out of the workplace in a positive light with an employer 
  • Freelance/self-employment options: how do you know if this is right for you, and how do people set themselves up? 

Nicki Seignot, Founder of The Parent Mentor  

Speakers include:
Han-Son Lee, Founder of Daddilife and Planning Director, Proximity London
Antje Budge, Design Coordinator at Balfour Beatty
Joy Foster, Founder and Managing Director of TechPixies
Angelika Cullen, Founder and Creative Director of Fornessi
Geraldine Lewis, PMO Lead at Capgemini

14:10 - 14:55 Flexpert panel

The survival guide: juggling work/life and progressing your career
So, you’ve landed your flexible job. Phew! Now what?
Our panel shares the strategies and life hacks that have helped them survive and thrive as a flexible worker in an often “flexist” world that can stigmatise “part-timers”. We will talk you through how to navigate the potential pitfalls including: 

  • Setting and communicating rules about how/when/whether to contact you outside your working hours 
  • Managing flexible working within your team and avoiding resentment among your full-time colleagues 
  • Balancing work pressure with your outside priorities: when to show flexibility and when to push back 
  • How to turn your flexibility into your selling point 
  • Showing your commitment to the job and going for promotions 
  • Looking after your mental wellbeing and avoiding burnout 

Rob Powell, Director, Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility, London at Weil, Gotshal & Manges 

Speakers include: 
Harriet Barr, Data Consultant at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Rob Stephenson, Founder of the InsideOut LeaderBoard
Kathryn Jump, Partner at Shoosmiths 

15:05 - 15:50 Job seekers’ panel

Tips and tricks for landing your flexible dream job

  • Where should I look? Which job roles and industries allow the best flexible working arrangements? 
  • Separating the spin from the truth: ensuring you’re picking an employer that will offer real flexibility and fair opportunities
  • How to present yourself at an interview as a worker who requires flexibility 
  • Dealing with gaps in your CV 
  • Identifying and presenting your transferrable skills if you are looking to make a career change 
  • Approaching the conversation about working hours and flexible arrangements, negotiating your job design 

Katy Fridman, Founder of Frankly Flexible 

Speakers include: 
Natasha Oppenheim, CEO of No Desire to Retire
Sarah Bearpark, Principal Environmental Consultant at Mott MacDonald
Donald Mbeutcha, Business Development Consultant, Feed Ignite

Innovation Theatre Agenda
11:30 - 12:00 Crash course

New tech and social media: updating your skills for 2020 

Come to this intensive learning session to gain a practical overview and brief demonstration of the new technologies that many employers will expect you to be familiar with. This session aims to boost your digital confidence and point you in the right direction of the skills that will give you the edge in the 2020 job market, including: 

  • WordPress
  • Mailchimp 
  • Zoom 
  • Social media 

Joy Foster, Founder and Managing Director of TechPixies 

12:00 - 12:30 DeMystifying Tech

You don’t have to understand code to be tech savvy

Paula Holland, PwC