Women in Leadership and Innovation

30th October

Date and time

Wednesday 30th October, 2019

8:30 - 11:00


  • 55 Baker St
  • Marylebone, London
  • London
  • W1U 7EU

Did you know that in 1995, there were no female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list? By 2017, the share had reached 6.4% and in 2018 it fell back to 4.8%. Although positive change is definitely happening, progress is slow and there are still many challenges and obstacles on the way to achieving gender equality, especially when it comes to women in innovation and in business leadership positions.

Meanwhile, various research has supported the direct correlation between women in leadership positions and positive outcomes in organisations they are leading. But attracting and retaining female leaders remains a challenge for many organisations. So how can we ensure the steady and consistent growth of women in leadership?

In this Innovation Breakfast session, we will be discussing why there should be more women in leadership and what are the most innovative and effective ways to attract more females in C-suite executive positions. What are the main challenges for women on their way to advancement in their careers and what challenges are they facing once they get there?

Join us in this interactive panel discussion to learn and be inspired about:

  • Why there are not enough women in leadership positions
  • Why there should be more female-lead companies
  • What are the ways to positively influence the gender balance in C-suite executive positions
  • What challenges female leaders face in their companies and how to overcome them

Who is it for:

  • C-suite execs including CIOs, CEOs, COOs and Innovation Directors.
  • Heads of corporate communications, HR and continuous improvement


08:30 Registration, breakfast & networking

09:00 Opening remarks by Charlie de Rusett

09:15 Panel discussion with Zoe Bailey, Wendy Walton

10:15–11:00 Networking and event close


  • Charlie de Rusett
    Idea Drop

Charlie de Rusett is a serial entrepreneur, currently a founder of Idea Drop – idea management software that allows organisations to harness the collective brainpower of their stakeholders, solve business challenges faster, increase collaboration and employee engagement, analyse the results and action only the most impactful ideas.

  • Zoe Bailey
    Director of Strategic Development

Zoe Bailey coordinates and deliver the firm’s strategic framework at BDO working across business streams to ensure identification and delivery of priorities and manages major change programmes aligned to the firm’s strategic framework. She leverages deep knowledge of strategic business models across diverse organisational complexities to achieve business alignment and realise optimal results. Finally, Zoe coaches and mentors cross-functional business leaders to elevate their thinking, drive personal growth and ensure long-term success while nurturing collaborative stakeholder relationships up to board level to clearly communicate and win buy-in to future organisational goals.

  • Wendy Walton
    Head of Global Private Client Services

Wendy Walton is Head of Global Private Client Services at BDO and a senior tax partner within the London Tax Team. Wendy enjoys building long term relationships with her clients and advises high net worth individuals on their worldwide tax position.  Wendy is also a member of the Leadership team with a particular interest in partner development.