Event 5: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

In this event we explored gender diversity and women inclusion in male-dominated industries.

When: Wednesday 30 June at 1pm

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Video recording from the session

Women have made substantial progress in business and leadership positions. But many STEM-related fields are still resistant to gender diversity. How can coaching, mentoring and sponsorship help women increase their self-confidence and let their talent become the true driver for career progression?

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Make a pledge and receive a digital credential

“Having listened to today’s inspirational speakers I’m making a pledge to raise the profile of women in STEM using my social platform connections and signal support for gender diversity in all sectors.”

“I pledge to ensure that I can have a positive impact on supporting my female coworkers to ensure that there is equity of opportunity and become a sponsor when I am in a position to be able to do so and support them in their development and careers.”

“I pledge to call out bias around me in an attempt to create an equitable space to live and work in.”

“I pledge to be an advocate for coaching, training, mentorship and sponsorship of women in my organization for all kind of positions.”

“As a line manager, I pledge to do more to coach and mentor my team and others, to enable them to drive their career progression.”

“I’m going to challenge my daughters and colleagues to adopt the mantra ‘I’m remarkable because….’ and to seize development opportunities that take them out of their comfort zone but enable them to build ownership and confidence to shake off their impostor syndrome – I’ll be doing a bit of that myself too!”

Gender diversity digital credential

We are no longer issuing digital credentials for this event, but please see our upcoming events, our Neurodiversity Index and our ReSET: Recognise Strengths Engagement Tool for other opportunities to pledge your support and earn a digital credential.

Guest speakers

Sonya Byers

Sonya Byers

Chief Executive of Women in Transport

Sonya Byers is Chief Executive of Women in Transport. A non-profit membership network which supports the professional development of women working in transport through networking, mentoring, training and volunteering.

Women in Transport act as the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary for women in transport which campaigns for gender balance in the transport workforce.

Sonya has been a member of Women in Transport since 2008 and a board member since 2013, initially acting as Events Chair then Vice President as a volunteer before being appointed to her current role in January 2019. She co-designed and manages the Advance mentoring programme for Women in Transport members which is now in its fourth year.

Sonya has had a brilliantly squiggly career working in a diversity and inclusion consultancy, global energy and facilities group, multi-brand recruitment agency, transport survey startup, Top 20 accountancy firm and global engineering group before founding her own consultancy, Shadowcat Consulting.


Alexandra Evreinoff

Alexandra Evreinoff

Managing Director of INvolve

Alexandra has worked at INvolve for almost eight years, and has been integral to the development and success of the business as a D&I consultancy and network working across intersectional inclusion. As the first person to join INvolve’s CEO, Suki Sandhu, in creating and growing the OUTstanding LGBT+ network back in 2013, she was responsible for engaging and nurturing an amazing range of clients that INvolve still works with today, and orientating them around positive actions to support diverse talent. This experience of driving inclusive cultures with global clients has helped position Alex as an expert on all things inclusion and allowed her to shape INvolve’s growing portfolio of inclusion initiatives.

Before INvolve, Alex worked in recruitment in London, and as a partnerships manager at a University in Texas. She’s half Spanish, half French and grew up between Brazil, Spain and France – with a stint in the US – so always looks at diversity through an international lens. She has spoken at numerous events (in four different languages) as a panellist, moderator and keynote, and is fantastic source of knowledge on topics including LGBT+, allyship, gender equality, ethnicity, intersectionality and cultural identity to name a few.


Charly Young

Charly Young

CEO of The Girls’ Network

Charly founded The Girls’ Network with Becca in 2013, whilst they were teaching in secondary schools in North West London. Her background is in education that supports the whole child, and the use of networks to facilitate this. Prior to teaching, she worked at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) as an education researcher, and with Whole Education supporting school leadership teams.

She is passionate about the use of networks to empower, support and mobilise people, and believes that good mentoring can be transformational, for both mentor and mentee.


Carmen Watson

Carmen Watson

Chair at Pertemps Recruitment Partnership

Carmen Watson has established herself as one of the UK’s most successful recruitment leaders. During her time with Pertemps she has navigated through challenging business climates, implemented a strategy which has helped drive growth and position Pertemps as a market leader in its field, servicing a broad cross section of industry verticals and public sector bodies.

Through promoting and delivering best practise in the field of attraction, recruitment and retention of a diverse range of talent, Carmen has ensured Diversity and Inclusion is at the fore.

In 2015 she was named by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the most powerful female leaders in recruitment; an accolade bestowed upon her in the successive 3 years which followed. In 2018 she was voted Overall Director of the Year (IOD) and received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation in the same year.

Carmen sits on the Business in the Community Race Equality board, is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment and Employment Confederation and currently leads the Women in Business Group of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity Patrons


Can training be a catalyst for driving inclusion and diversity in our organisations?

Join us for a month-long series of pop-up events offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation.

Event 1: Race inclusion - supporting black talent

Inclusion and diversity event 1: Ethnic minorities

Explore the importance of role models and allies in breaking down barriers at work for all ethnic groups.

When: Wednesday 02 June at 1pm


  • Frank Douglas, CEO of Caerus Executive, City & Guilds Trustee, People Management D&I Power List 2020
  • Sophie Williams, anti-racism advocate and author of Anti-Racist Ally and Millennial Black

Event 2: Marginalised groups - prison leavers

Inclusion and diversity event 2: ex-offenders

What can employers do to give people with criminal convictions fair chances to gain employment.

When: Tuesday 08 June at 11am


  • James Timpson OBE DL, Chief Executive of Timpson Group, Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute.
  • Surini Ranawake, Head of Employment Outcomes, New Futures Network
  • Claire Wood, Chief of Staff and Marketing Services Director, Central Business Services at Deloitte LLP

Event 3: Developing neuro-inclusive workplaces

Inclusion and diversity event 3: neurodiversity

Learn how to attract, hire, adapt and develop neurodiverse talent in your organisation.

When: Wednesday 16 June at 1pm


  • Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do-IT Solutions
  • Helen Needham, Founder of Me.Decoded and Management Consultant, Data Practice at Capco

Event 4: Empowering LGBTQ+ people to succeed

Inclusion and diversity event 4: LGBTQ+

What type of training do organisations need to ensure the retention and advancement of LGBTQ+ employees.

When: Tuesday 22 June at 11am


  • Tanya Compas, Founder and CEO of Exist Loudly
  • Dr Ann Limb CBE DL FRSA, Chair of City & Guilds, Number 1 Public Sector Executive OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019
  • Jason Sloan, Organisational Development Lead, GSK, INvolve Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model

Event 5: Gender Diversity - a women's panel

Inclusion and diversity event 5: gender diversity

Exploring how training is driving women inclusion in male-dominated industries.

When: Wednesday 30 June at 1pm


  • Sonya Byers, Chief Executive of Women in Transport
  • Alexandra Evreinoff, Managing Director of INvolve
  • Charly Young, CEO of The Girls' Network
  • Carmen Watson, Managing Director at Pertemps
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