Previous Events

How to negotiate a pay rise

Speaker:                                                  Natalie Reynolds

Sponsored By:                                        Baker McKenzie

Due to a last minute issue the session was led by Keily Blair on behalf of Natalie Reynolds, an influential expert and thought leader on the topic of negotiation and Best Selling Author of We Have a Deal: How to Negotiate with Intelligence, Flexibility and Power. Natalie and her team have written articles and provided comment in publications such as the Guardian and the Financial Times, lecture at leading Universities and Business Schools and advise Governments, NGO’s and the UN.


Leading through uncertainty with confidence, resilience and impact

Sponsored by:                                        Dow Jones

In collaboration with City Women Network, a network for senior professional women in the City, FV hosted a panel discussion on leading through uncertainty, resilience and impact. The panel discussed the important role more junior members can play in supporting leadership in these uncertain times and what qualities senior management look for when considering individuals for leadership roles. This was followed by table discussions on how team members can demonstrate confidence, develop resilience and make their decisions and actions impactful.

Panelists included:

  • Sally Todd, Director of Marketing, Northill Capital; Vice President, CWN
  • Claire Hafner, Chief Financial Officer, Fintrax
  • Naomi Bowman, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group
  • Charlotte Vitty, Chief Executive, British Transport Police
  • Carla Stent, Director, MCS Advisory Limited

Harnessing the power of your personal brand

Speaker:                                                  Andrew Grill

Sponsored by:                                        Howard Kennedy LLP

The session was led by Andrew Grill, IBM’s Global Managing Partner for Social Business. Andrew is a leading expert in the fields of social media, digital eminence and personal branding, topics that he speaks about to audiences around the world.

In this evening session Andrew covered:

  • How to establish your own personal brand
  • The power of personal branding for yourself and your company
  • Identifying and harnessing your own brand ambassadors
  • Some simple tips and tricks for leveraging your brand on social networks

The secret to balance – so you can enjoy it all

Speaker:                                                    Caroline Flanagan

Sponsored by:                                          Ruffer LLP

Caroline Flanagan is a coach and author of the best selling book “Baby Proof Your Career: The Secret to Balancing Work and Family So You Can Enjoy It All”. Her mission is to empower women by giving them a toolkit for surviving the challenges of balancing a busy career with a fulfilling personal life.


Rising strong

Speaker:                                                    Roxanne Hobbs

Part 1 sponsored by:                               Browne Jacobson LLP

Part 2 sponsored by:                              Handelsbanken Heartwood Group

If we are courageous with our professional and personal lives, it is inevitable that we will sometimes fall.  This workshop considered what it takes to get back up again – an ability cited as a key component of resilience by most psychologists.  Using the research and curriculum of Brené Brown, these two evening workshops (with the option of a 1:1 90 minute coaching session in between) focused on a process through which to recover and learn from those ‘face down’ moments.  The goal of the process is to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face adversity in a way that brings more wisdom.


How to be a charismatic woman

Speaker:                                                  Deborah Frances-White

Sponsored by:                                        Taylor Wessing LLP

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian, corporate speaker, screenwriter and executive coach. She is also the host of the wildly successful podcasts The Guilty Feminist and Global Pillage. Deborah delivers seminars that are something between a stand up show and a TED-style talk and is best known for her signature keynote How to be a Charismatic Woman in a Man’s World. Deborah was recently nominated for a First Women Award for her work in this field in the Best Mentor category. You can find out more about Deborah by following her on Twitter @DeborahFW.


Speed networking 

Hosted by:                                              City Women Network

Sponsored by:                                       Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Our annual speed networking event is held in conjunction with City Women Network. Members of the City Women Network Board host networking tables and provide our members with the unique opportunity to ask informal questions and seek advice from senior professional women working in the City. Every 15 minutes the City Women Network Board Members rotate tables enabling our members to speak to each of the five table hosts. Following the speed-networking portion of the event attendees will have the chance to informally network over drinks and canapés.