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IoD Virtual Women's Leadership Conference 2021 - SOLD OUT!

12 Mar 2021
Online webinar, Online

The 2021 IoD Women's Leadership Conference will be a celebration of success - of women in leadership roles and of the conference itself. In it's 14th year, this is the first time the conference will be delivered in a virtual capacity! 

Our theme for 2021 is 'Great Leaders Rise out of Adversity' - particularly pertinent given the challenges that leaders have had to tackle in recent months, namely COVID-19 and Brexit.


Thanks to our headline sponsor and global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. This conference is set to be another complete sell-out with world-class speakers, the 5th 'Pitch Perfect' virtual competition for a chance to win £4K for your business, and a chance to connect with a global audience!

Key details

Date & time: 12 Mar 2021 14:00 - 16:15
Location: Online webinar, Online
CPD Hours: 4.0000

Prices from

20.00 GBP + VAT - Friday 12th March Ticket Only
300.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price

Event manager:
Event Manager Chelsea Brennan
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Friday 12th March Agenda – 2:00pm – 4:15pm

2:00pm: Welcome from Susan HayesCulleton, Host
2:05pm: In Conversation with Nagin Cox, Systems Engineer, NASA 
2:55pm: £4K Pitch Competition 
3:15pm: In Conversation with Erin Brockovich
4:05pm Closing Remarks
4:15pm Event Close 

CPD - 4 Hours (Complete your event evaluation form to receive your CPD certificate)
Key Learning Outcomes:

• Consider whether diversity and inclusivity should be viewed as a commercial issue or opportunity
• Debate whether the shift to home working and the rising use of technology to connect businesses has helped or hindered inclusion in the workplace
• Define leadership, identify the characteristics of successful leaders and assess the effectiveness of different leadership styles.
• Recognise the key features of a crisis, describe the ways in which a crisis can develop and escalate and devise effective responses.
• Explain how the board can embed ethical practices in their business and describe the benefits and challenges of leading an environmentally and socially responsible organisation.
• Describe how making connections and having influence in the wider business community can be of value to the organisation.


Please contact Event Manager, Chelsea Brennan, to organise corporate rate tickets.


Erin Brockovich 

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough and stubborn. Erin is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths”.  She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell.  She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me.

It’s been over 15 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force, Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels…she continues to fight hard and win big!

This gutsy broad doesn’t apologize for who she is. She has always loved going head to head with the big boys and was never intimated by their bravado. She learned how to come out on top from her tight-knit mid-western family in Lawrence, Kansas. Erin was the youngest child of an industrial engineer father and journalist mother. Her parents always believed that she could do anything she set her mind to if she learned to focus her amazing energy.

After a few years roaming around at various colleges, Erin decided that she wanted to be a California girl. She first landed a job as a management trainee for K-Mart, but when that didn’t make her swagger, she decided to study electrical engineering. But that wasn’t enough for the Kansas beauty.  On a fluke, she entered the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant, and, not surprisingly, won the title.  When she realized that beauty pageants weren’t her thing, Erin, her husband, and her two children settled in Reno, Nevada. After divorcing, the single mother became a secretary at a brokerage firm where she met and married her second husband. But that marriage was short lived, and the now mother of three was solo again.

Up until this point, Erin was the average divorced single mother trying to make a living, until she crossed paths with lawyer, Ed Masry, and this meeting changed the course of both of their lives.

After being seriously injured in a traffic accident in Reno, Erin moved back to California’s San Fernando Valley and hired Masry & Vititoe to represent her. They won a small settlement, but she still needed work, so she got a job at the law firm as a file clerk.  It was while organizing papers on a pro bono real estate case that Erin first found medical records that would explode into the largest direct action lawsuit in US history.

Erin’s exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley’s Water for over 30 years. It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG&E had now been exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.

The story and eventual film made “Erin Brockovich” a household name. Over time, Erin realized that she could use her notoriety to spread positive messages of personal empowerment and to encourage others to stand up and make a difference.

Nagin Cox, Systems Engineer, NASA

Nagin graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. She worked in F-16 Aircrew Training and received a masters degree in Space Operations Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

As a captain, she served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs.

In 1993, Nagin joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has since served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions including NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rover Missions and the Kepler telescope mission to search for Earth-like planets around other stars.


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300.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price


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