Planning for success through sharing success

Showcasing celebrated and respected women from every field of endeavour, the Symposium is synonymous with excellence and achievement across all facets of business and community leadership. ​​

An opportunity to step back, reflect and focus​

Attended by a veritable who’s who of UK organisations, the Symposium represents an accessible platform for businesses to remain connected to the gender equality debate and compare the latest thinking and strategy.​​

Hilary Devey CBE

Former Dragon's Den host; Entrepreneur; Businesswoman

Samira Ahmed

Journalist, Writer and Broadcaster, BBC

Melanie Dawes CB​

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Diversity & Inclusion Champion, UK Civil Service

Harnaam Kaur

Model and Social Activist

Professor Rosie Campbell​

Director, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King's College London

Martine Wright​ MBE

Paralympian and 7/7 Survivor

Gisela Abbam FRSA

Chair, British Science Association; Business Person of the Year, 2019 Black British Business Awards

Catherine Fox

Award-Winning Journalist and Author

Joanne McCartney AM

Statutory Deputy Mayor of London; Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Childcare

Oluchi Ikechi​

Head of Business Restructuring and Innovation, Accenture

Nicola Brentnall MVO

Chief Executive, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust

Sandra Wallace

Partner and Joint Managing Director, UK and Europe, DLA Piper

About the Symposium​

Focusing on the opportunities and challenges that female leaders experience in the contemporary workforce, the UK Women’s Leadership Symposium will be an unparalleled gathering of the UK’s best and brightest female talent.

During the event, women leaders from every sector and industry will come together to hear from an exceptional line up of inspirational guest speakers and explore topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfilment.​

The Women’s Leadership Symposium has been successfully running globally for over ten years, and is now being held in the UK for the very first time.​

Featured Speakers in 2020


The Symposium offers an important opportunity to stay abreast of current local and international trends.

Designed to encourage interaction and collaboration, the event creates a setting for women at all levels to reflect on their experiences, envisage a future to which they are entitled and draw inspiration for the journey ahead.​


Drawing participants from every corner of the UK, the Symposium offers an unrivalled opportunity to extend networks and develop lasting connections and alliances.

Through the sharing of experiences and insights, participants will unlock a spirit of camaraderie which typically extends far beyond the event itself.

Women from highly diverse backgrounds will be drawn together through the Symposium, leading to powerful opportunities for collaboration on important national issues.​

Showcasing the UK’s most respected and celebrated female talent, the Symposium attracts inspirational speakers from a wide range of backgrounds.

Richly diverse in their achievements and fields of endeavour, Symposium speakers are universally recognised for their vision, resilience and capacity to influence change.

By sharing their unique experience and knowledge, Symposium speakers encourage participants to unlock their innate strengths and talents and pursue their own vision of success.​

…and be inspired!​

Melanie Richards CBE

Deputy Chair and Board Member, KPMG UK

Liz Sayce OBE

Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics; Non-executive Director and Disability Rights Advocate

Air Marshal Sue Gray CB OBE

Director General, Defence Safety Authority, Ministry of Defence; Most senior ranking female within the British Armed Forces



With over twenty years of leadership development experience, Suzi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as Global Executive Director. Working alongside many high achieving women, as well as personally guiding individual female leaders to career success, has enabled Suzi to develop a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the challenges women face in the workforce today. As a development consultant, Suzi has worked across all levels of leadership and management in partnership with many leading Australian and global organisations.

Passionate about nurturing talent in others, Suzi takes great pride in her work and is deeply committed to helping more women step up into leadership positions across all facets of the workforce and broader community. 

Suzi regularly speaks at international conferences about her lifelong passion for developing and empowering female leaders. Her academic studies and ongoing research help to inform a rigorous, evidence-based approach to her work.​

Global Executive Director, Women & Leadership International​

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact WLI’s Head of Events, Sofia Monkiewicz via email at

For the first time in the UK

The UK Women’s Leadership Symposium​

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London​

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June, 2020​

Susan Duffy

Group Head of Committees and Outreach and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Board, The Scottish Parliament

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