International Women’s Day: Let’s all be #EachforEqual

Date: Thursday 5th March 2020
Time: 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 4 Stanley Street, , M3 5JL
Cost: £Free (Members only)

On 5 March 2020, join us for our International Women’s Day event, as we celebrate and reflect on boardroom equality and gender equal workplaces.

Our keynote speakers will be discussing their personal experiences of gender issues and how they have overcome barriers to progress in their career; offering the opportunity for all attendees to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in Manchester’s business community.

Following our keynote speakers, we will also be facilitating some roundtables; discussing gender inequalities that still exist today, and what we can do to combat them.

This event will provide an opportunity to network and build relationships with like-minded people who share your desire, passion for growth and workplace equality.

This event has been organised by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee. Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business and high on pro-manchester’s agenda. The EDI agenda's main focus is to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in Manchester's business community. For more information email [email protected]

About the Speakers:

Kate Vokes Director of Social Impact - Bruntwood

Kate’s career started in the meat industry as a buyer for a supermarket, before moving into marketing and sales still within the food industry. After completing an MBA at MBS, she joined Accenture. Kate then turned her people-focused approach to property and after roles in Marketing, Brand, Customer Service is now Director of Social Impact Bruntwood.

Bruntwood’s purpose is to create thriving cities, building deep connections in the places it operates. It specialises in creating interesting workspaces for its customers, employing around 800 people.

Kate balances this role with Chair of the Oglesby Charitable Trust, a family trust that gives around £3m per annum to the North West primarily. This philanthropic role significantly overlaps with the company’s relationships working in the arts, health, sustainability, inequalities and sustainability.
Her commitments to extend to being a Trustee of the Shared Health Foundation and Manchester Youth Zone.

Sally Penni Founder - Women in the Law UK

Sally Penni is a practicing Barrister with public direct access advising companies and individuals in employment law and other areas almost 20 years experience with an interest in Diversity, equality and inclusion.

She is vice chair of the association of Women Barristers and the founder of Womeninthe Law UK. She is the Go to person on gender diversity in the work place in the north west is a keynote  speaker nationally and  is the Winner of several prestigious awards including the we are the city rising star in Law awards sponsored by The Times and Sunday Times.

Sally is an experienced and high profile Non exec director of several organisations public and private including Royal exchange theatre Manchester.

Ruth Musgrave Global Head of Knowledge, Global Transactions - Freshfields -

Ruth has spent her career in the legal industry. She trained and qualified with city law firm Clifford Chance in London and moved to Madrid with the firm in 2007, where she practised for 6 years before returning to London. Ruth joined Freshfields in 2015 and stepped from transactional client work into knowledge. She is now the head of knowledge for Freshfields’ transactional practice group, leading a team based in the UK, Continental Europe and Asia, and is responsible for knowledge strategy for the practice. Her team develop knowhow products and technical training for Freshfields’ lawyers and clients, analyse and respond to legal and market developments and, in doing so, help to drive innovation.

Ruth is also a member of the Manchester office leadership team.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

For any further enquires about this event, contact [email protected]