The CFO’s Quantum Leap: From Goalkeeper to Attacking Midfielder

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Session Overview

Our world is being shaped by global mega trends, from climate change, to rapid urbanisation, to geo-political turbulence, to emerging technology. The traditional foundations upon which businesses were built are also subject to seismic shifts, and back-office operations must come out from the between the goal posts.

The CFO’s office has to become more agile and play an active role in helping the business to outpace quickening competitors, with data at the core of this new tactic. Precious company information is brought together by the CFO’s office, which can be leveraged more effectively to identify key opportunities and risks.

Digital technology is enabling CFOs to carry out this new, offensive role, equipping their organisations to take more strategic, targeted action. The successful CFO office of the future will be seen as a quality controller, and a forward-looking planner seeking to score goals for the business.

This topic is a gateway to understanding the crucial balance between autonomy and centralisation that will characterise the winning businesses of tomorrow. Mastering this concept is the key that will untap immense value locked in the data used by your finance function, and improve it’s effectiveness and efficiency overall.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Finance tends to be the key entry point to large scale transformations, and it must evolve accordingly
  • Finance is critical to creating value, particularly in strategic transactions like IPOs, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Transformation is not linear; the starting line is different for each company

This session is for you if…you are looking to become more innovative, efficient, competitive and agile by taking your CFO’s office to the next level.

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Session Key Takeaways:

  • Mastering Transformation: Learn essential leadership skills to not only adapt to change but to thrive in it. Discover how transformation can be the catalyst for reaching new heights of success.
  • Generational Synergy: Understand how embracing generational diversity can foster innovation and collaboration within your organisation, driving transformative change.
  • Unleashing Organisational Potential: Gain insights into how focusing on transformation and change can unlock the full potential of your organisation, enabling you to achieve remarkable results.

Who is this session perfect for?

  • If you’re a tech leader or aspiring leader looking to become a transformational force in your organisation
  • You believe in the power of change to drive innovation and are eager to harness it
  • You’re committed to unleashing your organisation’s full potential by embracing transformation as a growth strategy
11:35am
Presentation

How Your Data Fuels the Open Internet and Why it Matters

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • AI/ML
  • Data & Analytics
  • Digital Transformation
  • Ilona Lubojesmska

    GM Client Services

    The Trade Desk

Imagine a world, or even a day without the internet. We know we need the internet, but do we really know how it works? A cookieless future, streaming wars and concerns around data, privacy, and freedom of speech are changing the internet as we know it. As daily users of the web, what do we need to know about how the internet works and what the future holds?

This session will explore how data and digital advertising fuel the internet, as we hear from a panel of inspirational women who are helping to shape the future of the open web. Join The Trade Desk’s Ilona Lubojemska as she moderates a discussion about the links between data, advertising, and the internet while reflecting on the path to ensuring a better and more transparent internet for all.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the Internet’s Backbone: Gain a deep understanding of how data and digital advertising serve as the lifeblood of the internet, enabling the vast array of services we use daily.
  • Future of the Web: Dive into the implications of a cookieless future, the rise of streaming wars, and how concerns over data privacy and freedom of speech are reshaping the digital landscape.
  • The Role of Transparency: Learn about the importance of transparency in digital advertising and the ongoing efforts to create a more open and user-centric web, ensuring that it remains a force for good in society.
11:35am
Presentation

Why An ESG Strategy Can Be A Key Differentiator

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Data & Analytics
  • Digital Transformation
  • ESG & Sustainability
  • Dax Grant

    Head of Infrastructure and Operations

    CFC Underwriting

Have you noticed how the buzz around ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has been skyrocketing? That’s not just fluff. Join this session to discover how sprinkling some ESG magic onto your strategy can be your golden ticket to standing out in today’s crowded market.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Green is the New Gold: Unpack the environmental facet of ESG and see why sustainable practices can be your brand’s new bling
  • People Power: Delve into the ‘S’ of ESG. Let’s talk human rights, employee relations, and why doing good is darn good for business
  • Governing with Grit: Governance isn’t just a fancy boardroom term. Find out how transparent leadership can skyrocket trust and brand loyalty
  • Profit with Purpose: Discover real-world examples of companies acing the ESG game and watch their revenues rock’n’roll
  • Building an ESG Blueprint: No fluff, no jargon. Just simple steps to kickstart your ESG journey and jazz up your brand value 
11:35am
Panel Discussion

Simplification & Innovation: How IT leaders Are Achieving Both In A Complex World

60 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • AI/ML
  • Digital Transformation
  • Workforce
  • Claire Hickie

    Chief Technology Officer

    Workday

  • Amanda Murphy

    Head of IT

    AstraZeneca

In an ever-changing, complex business landscape, IT leaders have a unique opportunity to enable positive organisational change. However, the pressure to optimise costs, manage multiple applications, and capitalise on a rapidly changing AI environment fuels complexity. Join Workday and experts from AstraZeneca and Sky to hear how IT leaders are taking steps to simplify, while still releasing innovation.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Optimising Amidst Complexity: Learn strategies IT leaders employ to manage costs and streamline multiple applications without compromising on performance in a dynamic business environment
  • Harnessing AI’s Potential: Delve into how top industry players are adapting to and capitalising on the evolving AI landscape, ensuring their organisations stay at the forefront of innovation
  • Balancing Simplification with Progress: Discover the art of marrying simplification with forward-thinking innovations, ensuring both operational efficiency and cutting-edge advancements coexist in the IT realm
3:30pm
Workshop

The Power Of Transferable & Human Skills In The World Of AI

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Claire Thomas

    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    Hitachi Vantara

Our industries / careers are changing, and whilst there is increasing opportunity for those working in technology and with technical skills, we must remember the power of human connection to drive sustainable change in our world. Having different experiences and backgrounds in decision making drives better outcomes for companies, customers, and society. Increasing focus on transferable skills increases the likelihood of diverse teams and therefore successful outcomes. For individuals, it opens up a plethora of opportunities outside the traditional ladder career path, so people can find purpose and meaning in their work.

Whilst predictions vary on whether we’ll all be replaced by robots (with Goldman Sachs predicting 300 million jobs lost and Accenture saying 40% of work tasks will be affected by large language models), one common theme across research is that the type of work we do as humans will change. In an ever-changing world, a focus on building strong human skills, such as empathy and vulnerability, and exploring how they can be transferred across careers will be essential to career progression.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why there’s nothing soft about human skills
  • Why human skills will be critical in future, especially for leaders
  • What you can do to recognise your build transferable skills and build on them

This session is for you if…you want to know more about skills development, career switching, the power of strong human skills and need some tips on where to start.

12:45pm
Presentation

Triad of Resilience: Cyber, Operational & Personal: A Holistic Approach

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Transformation
  • Leadership
  • Sarah Self

    Chief Information Security Officer

    Aviva UK

Resilience is more than bounce-back ability, during this session we will look at what resilience is, how it is relevant to everything we do & how to build resilience so you can anticipate, prevent, adapt, respond to, recover, and learn from incidents and disruption.

In an era where disruptions are frequent and technology is at the heart of operations, resilience becomes paramount. Join Sarah as she navigates the intertwined realms of cyber, operational, and personal resilience, drawing from experience at the helm of tech leadership. Attendees will be taken on a transformative journey that goes beyond just the bits and bytes, delving into the heart of sustainable tech and human-centric resilience strategies

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Cyber Resilience: Understand the latest strategies to protect and recover digital assets, ensuring the continuity of business operations even in the face of sophisticated cyber threats.
  • Operational Resilience: Dive into robust frameworks that empower organisations to anticipate, prevent, adapt, respond to, recover, and learn from operational disruptions.
  • Personal Resilience: In a sector notorious for burnouts and rapid changes, explore tactics and mindfulness practices that fortify mental well-being, fostering a resilient mindset in tech professionals.
  • Managing the Triad: Learn how to weave together cyber, operational, and personal resilience, creating a comprehensive toolkit that not only safeguards the business but also nurtures its most important asset – its people.
11:35am
Presentation

How To Prepare Yourself For Big Career Decisions

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce
  • Ilana Simons

    Sales Director

    Braze

Ilana’s upcoming talk offers valuable insights and practical tools for navigating the challenges of making significant career choices. While predicting the future is beyond our control, Ilana provides attendees with the necessary tools to gather the information they need and make informed decisions.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The significance of self-awareness when making career decisions: Discover how understanding your strengths, values, and goals can guide your career choices effectively
  • Validating decisions using guiding principles: Learn techniques to evaluate and validate your career decisions
  • Building your own network of board members: Explore the importance of cultivating a supportive network of mentors, advisors, and peers to help you navigate your career journey

This session is for you if…you find yourself struggling with career decisions, contemplating ‘what if’ scenarios, preparing for a promotion, a new role, or considering a career change, this session is designed for you.

Join Ilana Simons as she equips you with the tools and strategies to confidently tackle significant career choices, both now and in the future.

12:45pm
Presentation

“The New Frontier”: From Tech Trends To New Products In Practice

30 mins
  • Track - FinTech
  • Digital Transformation
  • Leadership
  • Product
  • Gursh Mendhir

    Head of Innovation & Emerging Products

    Virgin Media 02

Change is constant, and the rate of it isn’t slowing down any time soon. Innovation is imperative, but difficult to formulate and execute. Practically pursuing tech trends is core to being successful in this space.

Want to know how to create cutting-edge new product development processes that weave in technology trends, leading to the speedy discovery of new spaces of opportunity for large organisations. Discover how to approach the problem of discovering the future and cut through the noise to identify and pursue the most meaningful and impactful opportunities provided by technology.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to consider tech trends and which new spaces of opportunity I chose to pursue
  • How to create a tech trend/innovation strategy that works within your organisation
  • Tips on how to implement your strategy at scale and speed

This session is for you if…you’re curious about how companies can bring tech trends into their organisations in practice; you want to grow into a thought leader in the tech trends space; or you’re interested to know how to build innovation from scratch practically within a large organisation.

2:15pm
Presentation

Mastering Middle Management: Strategic Skills For Success

30 mins
  • Track - FinTech
  • Career Development
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Danielle Battleson-Porterfield

    Executive Director – CX Lead - Banking

    Chase

  • Arpita Bhayani

    Executive Director - Director of Software Engineering

    Chase

  • Mel Good

    Executive Director - Sr Director of Software Engineering

    Chase

More details coming soon...

3:30pm
Presentation

So What Does A Product Manager Do, Exactly?

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Product
  • Maya Kaczorowski

    Head of Product

    Tailscale

You might have experience working on a product in some capacity, and with a product manager… but what do they do, exactly? The life of a product manager isn’t all glamorous strategy documents and customer meetings. (It’s also spreadsheets… a lot of spreadsheets.)

Discover what the responsibilities of a product manager are, and what the typical day to day looks like. We’ll delve into what a typical product needs to bridge the gap between customer needs and engineering solutions. We’ll talk through real-world anecdotes on what that looks like in practice.

We’ll also talk about how to work well across functions in a traditional engineering organisation, to get product and engineering — but also design, support, research, marketing, and sales — all working together for the same customer goal. Lastly, we’ll discuss how to decide whether a career in product management aligns with your passions and ambitions. Whether you’re an industry veteran or a newcomer, you’ll come away with a better sense of how to work as or with a product manager.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • A product manager’s role is not to ship products, but to unblock customers. You don’t always need to ship a product to meet customers’ needs
  • A product manager is the glue that holds the organization together, and fills the gaps where particular roles might be missing. You need to be flexible and adapt to your organization’s current situation
  • There is no one product manager role, they’re all different! A product management role might be exciting for you if you’re good at understanding, synthesising, and communicating ideas, detail oriented, and enjoy juggling many balls at the same time
11:30am
Workshop

How To Pitch An Idea And Get A ‘Yes’

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Isabel Walker

    Master Facilitator and Coach

    Inc. PowerSpeaking

Too many brilliant ideas fail because decision-makers just don’t ‘get it’. Why? Because the presenter didn’t share the key information in the first 60 seconds. This masterclass changes all that.

This masterclass is a game-changer! Too often brilliant technical and scientific minds fail to get their ideas past the decision-makers in their organisation because business leaders don’t understand the benefit. In this session, you will discover the secrets of speaking to the top of any organisation. You will walk away with a model that ensures the business listens when you talk tech.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the mindset of business leaders
  • Know the 4 key elements to include in the first minute of your talk
  • Learn a proven model that ensures the business listens

This session is for you if…you are a  Mid-to-Senior manager seeking approval or funding from decision-makers.

2:15pm
Workshop

How To Diversify Your Talent Pool

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce
  • Sian Wilson

    Executive Director- Commercial

    The Skills Network

Tired of hearing about the skills gaps and underrepresentation in tech without getting to the solution. We’re putting the spotlight on concrete solutions that businesses can harness. From government-backed gateways to innovative approaches in skill development, let’s chart a path to a brighter, more inclusive tech landscape.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Tapping into Untapped Resources: Understand how government-backed initiatives and programs can serve as invaluable channels to widen and diversify your talent search
  • Innovative Skill Development: Explore cutting-edge methodologies and strategies for nurturing and upskilling talent, ensuring your team is equipped for the tech world’s evolving demands
  • Building an Inclusive Strategy: Learn actionable steps and best practices to create a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritises diversity, fostering a richer, more resilient tech ecosystem
2:20pm
Panel Discussion

Panel: Connecting For A Better Future

60 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Data
  • Leadership
  • Transformation
  • Miryem Salah

    Chief Data Officer & Head of Digital & Transformation

    Vodafone Business UK

  • Elizabeth Nguli

    Head of Global Cloud Engineering

    Vodafone

Organisations play a big role in society and technology is often crucial to their impact. In this session, you will learn about how innovative technology is transforming the way businesses are operating, ways that technology can be used to drive sustainability and inclusion, and all about the importance of embedding purpose at the heart of an organisation.

Join our panellists of digital leaders from Vodafone UK to hear a discussion on a range of topics that are shaping the future.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Innovative Tech: Discover how cutting-edge technology can be harnessed to propel customer experience to new heights
  • Visionary Leadership: Learn to ignite your team’s passion and purpose, inspiring them to achieve extraordinary results
  • Digital Inclusion: Explore strategies for ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital revolution, fostering inclusivity for all

This session is for you if…you are interested in leadership and how technology is transforming large companies.

11:30am
Workshop

How to Project Confidence Even When You don’t Feel It

660 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • HR/DEI
  • Leadership
  • Emma Wicks

    Head of Editorial and Product Insight & Analytics

    Telegraph Media Group

There’s a big misconception that confidence is a thing you feel, but in reality, confidence is how you act. What counts is if other people THINK you’re confident.

This session will explore how we all often lack feelings of confidence and how to project confidence anyway. Emma Wicks and Tanya Goldhaber, two senior women who have braved every imaginable stressful professional situation and keep being told they’re really confident will cover the difference between perception and reality, how they’ve learned to project gravitas even when they’re dying inside, and how that’s really worked for them professionally. In smaller groups, we’ll share experiences, support each other with individual challenges, discuss techniques we’ve tried and learn how to speak up in a range of situations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to can act confident even if you don’t feel it
  • How to ensure you speak up through preparing in advance
  • How to manage your feelings, if you don’t feel confident and are jealous of people who do, those people probably don’t feel confident either

This session is for you if…you let a lack of confidence stop you in speaking up or going for opportunities.

11:30am
Workshop

Public Speaking Mastery: From Practice To Presentation

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Step up and let your voice be heard! Dive into the essentials of public speaking with our hands-on workshop. Whether it’s about mastering your message or presenting with poise, we’ll guide you through the art of communicating effectively. Remember, it’s all about practice and preparation, not perfection!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Techniques to craft compelling speeches
  • Strategies for confident and impactful delivery

This session is for you if...you are keen to elevate your public speaking prowess, from novices to seasoned speakers looking for a refresher.

2:15pm
Workshop

How To Pitch An Idea And Get A ‘Yes’

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Isabel Walker

    Master Facilitator and Coach

    Inc. PowerSpeaking

Too many brilliant ideas fail because decision-makers just don’t ‘get it’. Why? Because the presenter didn’t share the key information in the first 60 seconds. This masterclass changes all that.

This masterclass is a game-changer! Too often brilliant technical and scientific minds fail to get their ideas past the decision-makers in their organisation because business leaders don’t understand the benefit. In this session, you will discover the secrets of speaking to the top of any organisation. You will walk away with a model that ensures the business listens when you talk tech.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the mindset of business leaders
  • Know the 4 key elements to include in the first minute of your talk
  • Learn a proven model that ensures the business listens

This session is for you if…you are a  Mid-to-Senior manager seeking approval or funding from decision-makers.

2:15pm
Presentation

You Don’t Need To Code To Progress Or Work In The Tech Sector

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce
  • Theodora Costley-White

    Technical Director and Founder

    Women in Tech Coterie

If you are frustrated with hitting a brick wall in getting your foot through the door because you don’t code, I have news for you, Technology is not only about Software development. This talk is for all the women out there that are wanting to get into or progress in the sector but don’t know how. Besides becoming a Software Developer or Engineer there are many alternative pathways to get into technology, holding credible valuable technical certifications, and work across a diverse range of roles at many levels, this talk is about how to get there.

The Why: A recent survey by the ONS has found that women now have two challenges to overcome, not just the fact that still too few women entering tech careers, but the ones who are in them are leaving. It’s clear not enough is being done to address the many problems women face in the sector and I’m on a mission to work with businesses and you, the women with your lived experiences to address this. Your voice matters, but it’s clear it’s still not being heard.

Session Key Takeaways: 

  • You will learn about the many professional and personal development pathways few people explore
  • You will learn that mindset is key, if you think like a technologist you will act as one
  • And most of all you will learn that learning how to code is not the only way to considered technical and credible in your field.

This session is for you if…you are a woman in tech trying to climb the career ladder and facing obstacles, or a woman trying to get into the industry but don’t know where to start.

2:15pm
Workshop

Shifting Accessibility To The Left

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Laveena Ramchandani

    Quality Engineering Manager

    EasyJet

How often have you heard that ‘Yes this is important, but we don’t have the capacity right now’ or ‘ sure let’s put it in the backlog’?
This is something we should not brush off or take lightly. Accessibility testing is vital especially when your product is a user facing application.

We need to be socially aware as a team and build quality towards our product with making it more accessible.

At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long term illness, impairment or disability. Many more have a temporary disability. A recent study found that 4 in 10 local council homepages failed basic tests for accessibility.

This is quite vital and the sooner we as testers can advocate this into our teams, we make our product more accessible, reduce the risk of bad product reviews, reputation and also be more socially aware. Let’s shift left and make accessibility testing built-in our teams.

The Why:

  • Understand why accessibility testing is important
  • How I adapted accessibility mindset
  • How to coach team and bring accessibility into your teams
  • Demonstrate various tools available to perform accessibility testing (with demo)

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand why accessibility testing is important
  • How I adapted accessibility mindset
  • How to coach team and bring accessibility into your teams
  • Demonstrate various tools available to perform accessibility testing (with demo)

This is for you if...you are new to accessibility and want to introduce this into your workplace/team. The session is open to all to learn and take away great knowledge.

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