One-Day In-Person Event & The WLA SHINE Awards
Thursday 3 March 2022

Back in 2015, the United Nations set out a blueprint of 17 Sustainable Development goals to radically transform our economies and societies. To deliver this promise, we must and with urgency, rethink our definition and practice of leadership.

Our current leaders are charged with creating a sustainable future worthy of all our grandchildren and their grandchildren too. Sustainable leadership is co-creating futures with multiple stakeholders. It’s seeking collaboration, embracing continually changing dynamics and bringing greater consciousness to the impact of decision-making.

The Agenda

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AM Session - 8.30am Registration & Coffee

Opening Session

Our speakers are

Sandra Pinnington

Founder, The WLA

Sharon Thorne

Deloitte Global Board Chair

Simon Richards

Sustainability Director, Sir Robert McAlpine

Leanne Fletcher

Sustainability Lead, Sir Robert McAlpine


"A truly powerful day with motivational speakers, insightful masterclasses and an opportunity to network with an amazing group of inspirational women."

Post Break Session

Business Panel Discussion: Sustainable Leadership in Practice

Jo Jolly

Deputy Director, Environment Agency

Alex Gilbert

Managing Director, Amey Consulting

Joelle Warren

Founding Partner, Warren Partners

Fireside Chat

with Ian Funnell, CEO, UK and Ireland, Hitachi Energy

Headline Sponsors

Award Sponsors

"The energy in the room from celebrating being a woman was electric."

WLA Panel

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Claire Roberts

General Counsel, UK & Ireland, Hitachi Energy

Claire Smith

People & Culture Director, Mortgage Advice Bureau

Charlotte Dean

Head of Manufacturing Partnerships, Quorn Foods


PM Session


Mark Simmonds

Co-Founder, GENIUS YOU

Tamara Gillan

Founder, The WealthiHer Network

Louise Gatenby

Founder, The Good Board

Harriet Waley-Cohen

Change Catalyst & Award-Winning Speaker


PM Post Break Session

Alice Hendy

Founder, Ripple Suicide Prevention Charity

Inspirational Speaker

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh, is the most capped female hockey player in her country's history, and was captain of the GB and England women’s hockey teams for 13 years.

An inspirational and charismatic leader she has been widely credited for helping build the incredible team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to a nail biting victory at the Rio Olympic Games.

In winning gold Kate also made history in other ways, becoming one half of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing in the same team.

Shine Awards

Shining a light on leaders who go above and beyond, we invite you to celebrate our annual SHINE Awards.

There are six award categories, and we are very grateful to our sponsors for their support.

The winners will be announced at the end of the conference.


What is the IWD about?

On 8th March every year, International Women's Day is celebrated globally

Here at The WLA, we mark this occasion with our biggest event of the year. We celebrate equality and bring you live interactive debates and discussions on the issues facing leaders today.

For the last seven years, hundreds of leaders have joined this event to learn what's new, what's different, what's working NOW in the gender diversity and leadership space. Now it's your turn. If you are a leader in business then this is the MUST attend event of 2022.

This year, it will be a 1 DAY IN-PERSON EVENT, where you will have the opportunity to hear about tested, proven tactics by experts across a range of fields that you will be able to apply to your career. You will also be able to connect and ask questions to leaders from blue chip companies in the UK.

Last but not least, it is a great chance to network with people with similar challenges to yours, who have faced the same problems and have overcome them.

This is the biggest annual event by The WLA,
fuelled by inspiring speakers across a range of fields.
An opportunity not to be missed!

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"WOW – what an absolutely amazing day and evening. Thank you so much for putting on such a fantastic event."

Join us for an incredible lineup of keynote speakers, panel discussions and masterclasses, all topped off by our fabulous SHINE Awards celebrations

"An absolutely fantastic day, with hugely inspiring speakers in a genuinely friendly and supportive atmosphere. I left feeling motivated and ready to be my best self and leader again."

"When you get nominated it's just such a great honour and boosts your spirits and makes you feel that wow people are noticing; I am making a difference. It's an amazing feeling."

The People Behind The conference

The Women Leaders Association (WLA) offers one of the most rewarding women leadership development programmes available. We develop the authentic leadership skills, confidence and courage needed for women to initiate change in the workplace today.

Based upon the principles of feminine energy, learning and connection, The WLA seeks to inspire women to step out of the shadows. To be the change they want to see.

We want a world where everyone’s potential is fulfilled, which requires a fundamental shift on the inside and practical support and encouragement from the outside.

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