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International Women’s Day: Profit with Purpose – Empowering women through responsible business and employee ownership

March 8, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


March 8, 2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


British Library
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Unity Trust Bank and the EOA

Hosted by: Margaret Willis, CEO Unity Trust Bank, a commercial bank with a social conscience, helping to create a better society, and Deb Oxley, CEO EOA, voice of employee ownership in the UK.

Agenda: Breakfast, guest speakers, interactive panel discussion, and Q&A

Keynote speaker:  Baroness Thornton; Labour Life Peer, Shadow Spokesperson for Health and former CEO The Young Foundation.

Featuring a panel discussion with:

  • Dr Rebecca Harding, Economist
  • Virginia Mead-Herbert, Director of Childbase Partnership
  • Chrysta Poppitt, Senior HR Director of Turley
  • Alison Reid, CEO of Community Dental Services

Discussion subjects will include:

  • Value/purpose led businesses
  • Higher proportion of women in leadership teams of EO/responsible businesses
  • Employee ownership structures and cultures empower employees and therefore more women are empowered
  • Inclusive businesses are more profitable – companies with women holding min 30% of leadership roles are 1.4x more likely to have sustained, profitable growth
  • Inclusive businesses better reflect the communities they serve