Celebrating International Women’s Day – 5 March, 2020 – LONDON
Hosted by: Willis Towers Watson, 51 Lime Street, London, England
From Bias to Thriving: Women, Leadership and Better Wellbeing
True change starts with genuine and intentional collaboration. That’s why we are inviting company leaders, advocates for women, and students to lend your voice and experiences to a conference dedicated to raising the bar for women’s mental wellness, promoting equity for women at work, and eliminating the gender-wage gap in London on International Women’s Day!
Organized by GW4W, you will have the opportunity to gain the foresight you’ll need for greater resilience for you and your organization. Our strength is bringing together unconnected parts to accelerate positive change for women through our data and connections.
We’ve carefully curated a group of cross disciplinary voices that include top business leaders, academics, and research-based experts who don’t just “talk” about wellness and gender equity but will bring action-based solutions to narrow the gap and help female leaders thrive. Our speakers include: Dr. Dale Atkins, Chetan Bagga, Dr. Verity Brown, Daniel Hajjar, Tangy Morgan, Oana Neumayer, Leo Nicholas, Dr. Susan Nicholson, and Asif Sadiq.
Why is this conversation important?
Less than 6% of all health research funding goes specifically to women’s health. Proceeds from this event will be used for much needed health research, and development of more strategic solutions to address this gap and to deliver resources to business and community leaders. Sponsors will be listed as a contributor to the research. Our research partner is SHINE, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
World Health Organisation – Mental Health/Wellbeing and the Gender Gap
Gender is a critical determinant of mental health and mental illness. The morbidity associated with mental illness has received substantially more attention than the gender specific determinants and mechanisms that promote and protect mental health and foster resilience to stress and adversity.
Gender determines the differential power and control men and women have over the socioeconomic determinants of their mental health and lives, their social position, status and treatment in society and their susceptibility and exposure to specific mental health risks.
Depression is not only the most common women’s mental health problem but may be more persistent in women than men. More research is needed to better understand why.
Dr. Dale Atkins is a licenced psychologist and is the author of seven books, including her most recent, “The Kindness Advantage.” She is a lecturer and keynote speaker as well as a recurrent guest expert in the U.S. media. She frequently appears on U.S. NBC-TV’s “The Today Show” and CNN’s Headline News.
Chetan Bagga, Founder of Archetype Solutions Group, a Venture Capital firm that partners with mid-market enterprises to incubate disruptive product, operations, and distribution solutions. Chetan has been an early supporter and advocate for GW4W.
Professor Verity J Brown, PHD is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Impact & Innovation), at University of East London. She is a behavioural neuroscientist with an interest in the functions of the brain circuits that support executive functions and, in particular, the processes involved in cognitive biases. She has also worked as a cognitive psychologist exploiting neuroscientific methods. Professor Brown’s studies examine how changes in brain functions, such as the effects of drugs, brain damage, normal aging and degenerative diseases, impair mental ability.
Daniel Hajjar is the Managing Principal of the HOK London Studio. In addition to managing the Studio, Daniel remains actively involved in project work in order to bring a wide range of experience to our clients. Daniel constantly searches for new and innovative ways to design, manage and deliver projects for clients regardless of locale. Daniel’s international experience has been an important asset in the growth for HOK, in various geographic regions. Daniel believes that through his international experience embracing and understanding diversity is an essential attribute to a company’s success. By working across continents and cultures, Daniel believes this insight allows people to broaden their horizons, value difference and perspective, which exists amongst us all thus helping to engender a more positive culture in the workplace. In addition to the HOK Board of Directors, Daniel sits on the HOK Diversity Advisory Board.
Tangy C Morgan MSc, CII, is Senior Advisor to the Bank of England and Strategia Worldwide Ltd as Diversity & Inclusion, Technology, Resilience and Governance head. She is also Senior Advisor to the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority focused on capital, liquidity, solvency ratios, governance, senior management and operational resilience as well as internal and external work with banks and insurers operating within the UK. She is a mentor and advisor for technology start-ups and accelerators such as Techstars Barclays Shoreditch London. Ms. Morgan frequently speaks on topics such as operational resiliency, risk management, governance, diversity & inclusion and algorithmic bias.
Oana Neumayer is a Senior Marketeer with international go-to-market experience for customer analytics technologies and data platforms (MarTech, FinTech, PropTech). A London Business School Alumna (Dist) with strong marketing experience (10+yrs in media, brand, CRM, data analytics, social, content management), Oana has a passion for technology disruption (8+ yrs of SaaS companies), and is comfortable with ambiguity. She is a glider pilot and is inspired by her son’s fearlessness and sense of wonder.
Leo Alexander Nicholas, Diversity & Inclusion Business Partner for NEST – National Employment Saving Trust of Great Britain. Leo has management of the D & I steering group and works on design and distribution of all trainings for NEST.
Dr. Susan Nicholson, a physician and Vice President of Women’s Health for Johnson & Johnson (J & J), is responsible for the development and overarching strategy of J & J for Women’s Health globally. J & J has a long history in mother and baby care dating back to the very early days of the company. Dr. Nicholson is helping J & J with partners around the world to reimagine how to develop and deliver science-based, effective solutions to mothers and healthcare providers to minimise preventable injury.
Asif Sadiq is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and previously the Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. Asif was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and Communities and is a member of the HR Guild, A Leadership Fellow at the Society of Leadership Fellows. St George’s House, Windsor Castle, A Member of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and is a Freeman of the City. Asif currently chair’s the Inclusion and Diversity board for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He is also a Non Exec Director for the SAE Institute.
Ryan Picarella, MS is President of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). He ignites organizations and communities to create holistic wellness initiatives that improve the lives of working people in America and around the world. Ryan brings a deep interest in human connection, culture and psychology to a career that spans human resources, organizational development and wellness program design. He currently serves as an advisor on the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (USA), a NIOSH Total Worker Health initiative and on the International WELL Building Institute advisory group.
Corporate Partners – Join us!
GW4W invites sharing of successful gender building and leadership initiatives from our partnering organisations as we collaborate in our shared mission for better mental health and wellbeing.
If your organisation would like to discuss a bespoke/customised partnership, please Contact Us.
Together we can empower more healthy female leadership (at all levels) to close the gender equity gap in the workplace. By addressing key health and wellbeing concerns, we better understand the complexity and can build more sustainable solutions together. We celebrate progress and offer a better future for the next generation of leaders.