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Building on the success of previous events for women, LGBT and minorities, our Breaking Barriers forum now takes a wider look at diversity and inclusion within our industry.
This is an area the entire community needs to address, so join over 200 people for a day of networking and candid discussion to inspire and ignite change. We are pleased that Level 20 and Diversity VC will be collaborating with us on the day, which combines expert speakers with premium networking opportunities.
The forum will address a broad range of diversity and inclusion related topics throughout the agenda, with a particular focus on senior women, minorities and LGBT communities within the industry.
08:15 Registration and networking breakfast
09:15 Welcome addressCalum Paterson, Chair 2018/2019, BVCA and Managing Partner, Scottish Equity Partners
The BVCA's Chairman will set out why the forum now covers all aspects of diversity and inclusion in the industry, and why this is a strategic area for the BVCA Council.
09:20 Introduction to the day and the BVCA activitiesGurpreet Manku, Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, BVCA
Gurpreet will provide an update on how the BVCA is looking at diversity within its own activities including events, research, outreach and the organisation's governance.
09:25 HM Treasury's Women in Finance CharterInterviewed by Gurpreet Manku, Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, BVCAJohn Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury
The BVCA recently became a signatory of HMT's Women in Finance Charter. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, the Minister responsible for the Charter, will be interviewed on its take-up across financial services and the government's request for venture capital and private equity firms to sign up to it too.
09:40 The venture capital and private equity manager' perspective panel discussionModerated by Kate Ashton, Partner, Debevoise & PlimptonAndrew Dowler, Managing Director, BlackstoneZoe Lockwood, Human Resources Director, CinvenDavid Mott, Managing Partner, Oxford Capital, Chair, BVCA Venture Capital Committee Calum Paterson, Chair 2018/2019, BVCA and Managing Partner, Scottish Equity Partners
Member firms will discuss: Approach taken by firms to recruitment and retention Expectations for promotion to the management team Structural barriers and addressing these (e.g. size of firm, entry level requirements)
10:20 Refreshment Break
10:55 Level 20 Update Jeryl Andrew, CEO, Level 20
11:05 Career pathways panel discussion Moderated by Emily Almond, Executive Director, Willis Towers WatsonUniti Bhalla, Managing Partner, STAR Capital PartnershipHarry Briggs, Partner, BGF VenturesWol Kolade, Managing Partner, LivingbridgeTara Alhadeff, Principal, Permira
Senior professionals from diverse backgrounds will comment on how their careers progressed over the years providing insights on their career trajectory and the firms they have worked with.
11:45 Inclusive VC - female founders and beyond Alice Hu-Wagner, Managing Director Strategy, Economics & Business Development, British Business Bank
Alice will present on the British Business Bank's research on funding for female entrepreneurs.
12:00 Lunch and networking
13:00 Building an inclusive environment - the part appropriate behaviour plays (interactive session) Stella Chandler, Director of Development, Focal Point Training and Consultancy
Given the increased focus on harassment and equality in the workplace, a specialist will be hosting an audience interactive session on how to build and inclusive environment.
13:40 Diversity VC UpdateFrancesca Warner, Advisor, Seraphim Capital and Co-Founder, Diversity VCEsther Delignat-Lavaud Rodriguez, Analyst, Oxford Capital
13:50 Refreshment break
14:10 BVCA and Level 20 research update Jeryl Andrew, CEO, Level 20Noelle Buckley, Research Director, BVCA
14:25 Talent and recruitmentGail McManus, Managing Director, PER
14:35 The investors' perspective panel discussionModerated by Yasir Aziz, Audit Director, DeloitteAnu Adebajo, Investment Manager, Venture Solutions, British Business Bank
Richard Clarke-Jervoise, Partner, Stonehage FlemingHelen Steers, Partner & Head of European Primary Investment, Pantheon, immediate Past Chair, BVCA and Co-Founder, Level 20Jim Strang, Managing Director and Head of EMEA, Hamilton LaneInvestors in the industry will provide their feedback on how they approach diversity in the context of fund manager selection and due diligence and the impact the lack of diversity has on the perception of the industry.
15:15 Closing remarksTim Hames, Director General, BVCA
15:20 Networking reception
17:00 Event closes
Advisers & Banks BVCA Members and Non-Members: £550.00 + VAT per person or 3 places for £995.00 + VAT
GPs & LPsBVCA Members and Non-Members: £250.00 + VAT per person or 3 places for £500.00 + VAT
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