A Man's World?: Re-engineering gender stereotypes in the workplace

Thursday 23 April 2015

6.00pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2 7HA | Maps

BCS Members £12,CMI £12, WIM £12, IC £12, Non-Members £18 including VAT@20%

Joint event with BCSWomen and Consultancy Specialist Groups and with the Chartered Institute for Management


Our workplaces are becoming more and more diverse. Traditionally male dominated industries: construction, technology and engineering are now witnessing an emergence of women entering into these professions.

But more needs to be done to increase the gender balance and sustain this emerging trend.

Join us for our event where we explore how to achieve this.

We will feature two eminent speakers who have excelled in male dominated fields, followed by a lively panel discussion.

The formal part of the evening will start at 6.30, with the panel discussion after about an hour, followed by refreshments


Alisa BeatonAilsa Beaton OBE

Ailsa has held senior leadership positions in consultancies, IT suppliers and client organisations; this has included wide experience of the Public and Private sectors and significant board level experience. Her functional responsibilities have included finance, sales and marketing and information technology and she has had line responsibility for procurement, commercial and HR teams. This has included being attested as a police officer (Special Constable) and becoming a trained response driver whilst delivering ICT-enabled change in the Metropolitan police service.

Dr. Ines Wichert, Head of D&I Centre of Excellence, IBMDr. Ines Wichert, Head of D&I Centre of Excellence, IBM

Ines heads up D&I Centre of Excellence for IBM Smarter Workforce in Europe where she works with clients to build a community of D&I experts, as well as advising on diversity and inclusion solutions. Previously, Ines led the Women in Leadership research hub at the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute. She has a special interest in talent management and female leadership development.

Her latest book “Where Are All the Senior Women? Nine Critical Job Assignments for Women Leaders” was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Ines has appeared on BBC News commenting on quotas for women, and has written and been interviewed for, amongst others, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, the Sunday Times and various leading HR publications in the UK and abroad. She regularly speaks at events on the topic of women and leadership.

Before joining IBM, Dr. Wichert worked for many years as a management consultant advising global organizations on their talent issues. She has a Doctorate in Organisational Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and is the Co-president of the Professional Women’s Network in London.


Rubi KaurRubi Kaur

Rubi Kaur is a Senior Technical Architect at Vodafone Group. She has 20 years Technical leadership experience from previous technology roles at BT, O2 and the UK Government. In 2012 Rubi led her team to win the Business Green IT Team of the year and the UK Government Finance Professional Award for Sustainability.

She is a Chartered IT Professional serving on the committee for BCSWomen and on the SteerCo for the Vodafone Group Womens network where she leads the “Inspiring Leadership” Programme to further the advancement of women in technology. Rubi has an Msc in Optoelectronics and Information Processing and is currently studying for an Executive MBA at the Henley Management Business School.

Veronika WeisweillerVeronika Weisweiller

Veronika is used to competing in a man's world, having been the first female principal of a recognised language school in the 80s. Now as a business consultant, equality policies and raising of personal confidence within staff teams encompass an important part of her work. She is an active manager in a family business in Austria, where the battle for gender equality is even harder.


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