2021
WIRexec Leadership Summit Europe


2-4 November 2021
Cheltenham, UK
Thank you 2021 Summit Sponsors
Toluna

About the WIRexec Leadership Summit Europe

You're invited! Transform, renew, and refocus your goals in the gorgeous English countryside. The WIRexec Leadership Summit Europe is specially designed with the unique needs and experiences of the female executive in mind. The Summit is hosted at the historic Cowley Manor in Cheltenham, which features 30 bedrooms, a multi award-winning spa including heated indoor & outdoor pools, locally sourced food, and 55 acres of Grade II listed gardens.

Attendees will find inspiration to meet their business goals and challenges through networking opportunities, wellness activations, and an impressive line-up of speakers, from both within and outside of the research industry—on topics ranging from personal branding to storytelling and amplifying your voice to sales strategies. This retreat is exclusively tailored for just 20 attendees; participate, connect, and foster long-lasting relationships with fellow Women in Research!

2021 WIRexec Leadership Summit Agenda

tuesday, 2nd November

7-9 PM | Kickoff Dinner

Wednesday, 3rd november

8:30-9 AM | Breakfast at Cowley Manor
10-10:45 AM | Kickoff with Kristin Luck
10:45-11:45 AM | "Leading Through Change" with Eve Appelbaum
How many of these statements are how others would professionally describe your value? Or how you would describe your value? 1. She’s great at getting things done. 2. She’s great with people. 3. She’s a strategic thinker. 4. She’s a problem solver. 5. She knows her stuff. Now go ask one of your peers the same question. Did you both say “All of the above.” or something close? Most do and that’s a problem. Known for telling executives to stop “being boring” about why they are uniquely awesome, Joanna will lead us in a lively and entertaining workshop that literally and figuratively challenges everybody in the audience to think about how you both can and should take ownership of how you talk about your value. More importantly, why you need to start teaching others why you are uniquely awesome. Through an interactive experience, you will understand the core concept of Why and How do you need to speak to value and future-focused language. Each participant will be challenged to.. — Take Agency of their value language - Find opportunities to identify what they are known for and what they want to be known for –their unique value. — Understand how to Amplify their language in an authentic and compelling way.
Joanna Bloor
Session Speaker:

Joanna Bloor

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Joanna Bloor, Founder of The Amplify Lab, believes that it’s time for us humans to rethink how we prepare for the future of work. The what, where, when and how of work is changing —and so is the who. Joanna’s on a mission to help us prepare for the big leap into the working future. To uncover and articulate our human value and our place in the next chapter of the working world. No big deal. A self-described “startup junkie”,  Joanna spent her career scaling and building brands like Ticketmaster, Cars.com, OpenTable and Pandora. Known for building teams, infrastructure and revenue strategies through their moments of acceleratin ggrowth and rapid change; Joanna did so in environments where there were no rulebooks, no career paths, no precedents of how things “should” be done. Joanna’s a veteran of playing in the undefined future. A fateful conversation in line at the TED 2016 Conference that led to her realization that the language of humans, how we talk about ourselves and others in the working world, needed to shift. “There isn’t a business leader today who doesn’t think about the potential of their business, products and technology – about how they will solve problems of and in the future. Yet when we talk about the people who create those businesses, products and technologies, we talk about their skills, productivity and titles -all linear and mechanistic language of the past. We need to shift the way we speak about human talent, after all, don’t we hire people to solve problems of the future? Shouldn’t we recognize those people for the future-focused work they do by using multidimensional, potential-oriented language?”–Joanna Bloor

Companies such as Microsoft, Philips, TED, Salesforce, GE, Content Asia, PayPal and Ernest Young have brought in Joanna to work with employees from recent grads to the executive teams (C-Levels).

11:45-12:45 PM | "Masterclass on Negotiation" with Natalie Reynolds
Natalie Reynolds
Session Speaker:

Natalie Reynolds

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Natalie Reynolds is the Founder of leading negotiation firm advantageSPRING. Natalie trains leading corporates around the world providing high impact interactive negotiation courses that deliver both improved commercials and confidence. Natalie is a globally recognised expert on gender and negotiation and has delivered keynote speeches for organisations such as the Wall Street Womens Alliance, London Women’s Forum and the Hong Kong Womens Foundation. In 2018 Natalie was appointed as Visiting Professor of Negotiation at Cass Business School.

A former Barrister and Government advisor, Natalie is also the bestselling author of ‘We Have a Deal: How to negotiate with intelligence, flexibility and power’ and an advisor on negotiation to the UN. Natalie has appeared as a negotiation expert on BBC News, CNBC, Sky News, LBC Radio, Radio 4 and Radio 5Live as well as writing for publications such as the Financial Times, Harpers Bazaar, the Guardian, Director magazine, CITY AM, Forbes and the Independent. Natalie is passionate about making negotiation accessible to everyone and in 2018 launched a UN backed initiative to encourage more women to take their place at the negotiation table.

12:45-1:45 PM | Lunch and Free Time
2:00-3:30 PM | Mini Masterclasses
As the things we create become more complex, and the stakes become higher, your ability to work with diverse groups of people becomes critical. But many people find collaboration challenging. In this session you will learn tips and techniques to succed. Let's make working together less painful and more productive!
Gretchen Anderson
Session Speaker:

Gretchen Anderson

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Gretchen consults with clients to inform their product strategy and improve team collaboration skills, and her book, Mastering Collaboration is available from O'Reilly. She spent the first part of her career in design consulting for firms like frog design, Cooper, and LUNAR. Recently, she was Head of Design at PG&E, California’s largest energy company, she has led the design of the hardware and software of a next-generation surgical system, and served as VP of Product at GreatSchools.org.

Her past clients include Virgin Records, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, and Intel. Gretchen is a Bay Area native who left only long enough to get a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in History & Literature.

3:30-4 PM | "Thriving vs Surviving" with Heidi Dickert
In today's digital age, we ALL have a personal brand, as witnessed by Googling your name. And we can either let an algorithm craft it or we can seize the amazing opportunity in front of us to showcase YOU, your brand. As women, we're taught to be modest. But, it is our voice, our values, and our influence which can truly make a difference (and make a profit). So, let's stand up, be seen, be heard and showcase our true authenticity to move business and the world forward. In this session learn practical steps to take to build and uplevel your personal brand for success as a business owner or as a leader within a larger corporation.
Heidi Dickert
Session Speaker:

Heidi Dickert

+ Full Bio

Heidi Dickert utilizes over 20 years of international consumer, technology and B-to-B marketing and research expertise to help companies research, develop and launch new product offerings in a variety of innovative market arenas. Past clients include: MarketTools, ICOM/Alliance Data/Epsilon, Clorox, Autodesk, MMetrics/Comscore, Microsoft, Yes to Carrots, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Visa.

Between 2011 - 2014, Heidi took on the responsibility of leading an international market research team across six different operating units responsible for servicing the Visa account globally as the SVP, Global Account Director for the Kantar group.

Before launching Heidi Dickert Consulting in 2007, Heidi Dickert specialized in building and maintaining healthy panels and sampling programs that serviced Fortune 500 customers. In addition, Heidi leveraged new product development experience to create and launch several new products while at MarketTools including MarketTools Mobile, MarketTools Hispanic Reach, and MarketTools Health & Wellness.

Heidi also led both new and established brand research groups and supported Latin American and US Hispanic product development for the flagship laundry brands at Clorox. In this role, Heidi gained extensive experience in conducting hundreds of concept tests, ad tests, product tests and multivariate analyses.​

Earlier in her career, Heidi created and implemented market research programs in Europe and Africa for companies such as DHL Worldwide Express and SC Johnson. She taps into her knowledge of international markets to assess and strategically develop new products that meet the international needs of clients around the world.

Heidi earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin –Madison.

Learn more at http://www.heididickert.com.

4-5:30 PM | Group Activity, TBA
5:30-6:30 PM | Free Time
6:30-7 PM | Pre-Dinner Drinks
7-10 PM | Group Dinner

thursday, 4th November

7-8 AM | Optional Yoga Workout
8:30-9 AM | Breakfast at Cowley Manor
9-9:30 AM | Kickoff and Reflections
9:30-10:30 AM | "10 Skills of Admired Leaders" with Ali Gowans
As we move into the next chapter of the world (and the next and the next and the next), we are constantly being challenged by change, ambiguity, and new human and business practices all around us - much of which we have very little control over. It can feel relentless, confusing, and non-stop -- it can also feel like opportunity, new territory, and even magic if we create it. The only thing we have any sort of control over is ourselves and who we choose to become; our becoming. At every step, we are faced with "choice-points" of who we will be, how we will show up, and what we will create next. There is a humongous opportunity to step forward bigger, bolder, stronger, clearer, truer, and better than ever before. However, this will require intention (the clear kind), energy (the right kind), and presence (the authentic and true kind). Our becoming is an active choice. How we show up is an active choice. What we do with this time, and who we've become through the pandemic, is now another active choice. In this session, we'll talk about becoming, using your IEP (Intentional Energetic Presence®) to become intentionally, and leading those around you to become their best as well so that we can create a completely new level of leadership, culture, and well-being together. Not just for ourselves, but for the many who will come and become after us.
Ali Gowans
Session Speaker:

Ali Gowans

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My professional life has been spent ‘in the field’ working for, with or alongside....people.  Initially in customer service which I loved and in many ways in service ever since.

Having experienced and witnessed first hand the difference leadership makes in people feeling valued or not...both in leading others and in being led...and after years of rich learning in the L&D dept. of a large international organisation...I took a leap of faith and started my own business providing leadership training and development. Over the last 23 yrs that leap is still as exciting, diverse and interesting and has grown to being primarily engaged as an Executive Coach.

While I facilitate groups, design and run workshops and speak publicly,  these days I mostly work 1:1 with mid to senior managers and teams and more discreetly with very senior individuals within the UK and globally. I also work with private individuals if we are a good fit and I can help. Once a coach......

My experience spans different cultures and diverse industries. One amazing opportunity was working for the Maharaja of Udaipur refining operational and service leadership within his 12 luxury palace hotels throughout Rajasthan. I have fond memories of sitting in a darkened salon watching Octopussy (filmed there) on a grainy old video!

I am also an associate coach with CRA Inc. in the USA -  www.crainc.com – they approached me in 2004 to partner with them on senior coaching assignments and leadership programmes within EMEA, the USA & ASIAPAC.  You can get a taster of their powerful content and Leadership research at www.admiredleadership.com

Coaching is increasingly recognised as the accelerator in peoples success stories both professionally and personally.  To this end a client asked for foundational coaching skills workshops for their people managers and leaders. This upskilled their own people to coach workplace skills while providing personal development for the participants and resulted in the client being finalists in the CIPD People Management Awards for progressing to a coaching culture. Yaay!

I LOVE my work and feel privileged every day I can help identify behaviours and actions to build a ‘C’ with someone or with an organisation - competence, capability, credibility, character or confidence...one at a time...or all at once....after all, where there’s a will...

10:30-10:45 AM | Break
10:45-11:45 AM | "The Long Win" with Cath Bishop
In this session we will use the Enneagram as a tool for deep self-discovery. The Enneagram helps to identify a worldview and archetype that resonates with your core motivation. This impacts your personality as well as thinking (head), feeling (heart) and actions (body). This powerful tool is a useful guide on your journey towards self- development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of leadership and team dynamics. It will help you further uncover what drives you, how you can leverage your strengths, and be aware of the blind spots that can get in the way of you soaring to success!
Cath Bishop
Session Speaker:

Cath Bishop

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Cath is an experienced leadership consultant, speaker, facilitator, and executive coach, and draws on her practical experience from two high pressure careers as an Olympic rower and a senior British diplomat specialising in conflict stabilisation.  Cath works with organisations who want to improve their performance, develop their leaders and teams and build an effective performance culture.

In her rowing career, Cath competed at three Olympic Games, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, with highlights including winning the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. As a diplomat with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office specialising in conflict issues, Cath was posted to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Basra, Iraq, as well as leading in Whitehall on the UK civilian contribution to conflict stabilization around the world.

Her broader speaking and consultancy work includes companies such as Rolls Royce, McKinsey, professional services firms and a range of organizations across business, sport and the public sector.  Cath also teaches on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and at Imperial College Business School, London.

Cath has an MA in Modern Languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge, an MPhil in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD in contemporary German literature from the University of Reading.  She is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and the University of Wales Aberystwyth.  She sits on the Advisory Board of Surrey Business School and is an advisor to the non-profit organization The True Athlete Project.  Her first book, ‘The Long Win: The Search for a Better Way to Succeed’ was published in October 2020.

11:45-12:45 PM | "Advice from a CEO" with Eric Salama
In this session we will use the Enneagram as a tool for deep self-discovery. The Enneagram helps to identify a worldview and archetype that resonates with your core motivation. This impacts your personality as well as thinking (head), feeling (heart) and actions (body). This powerful tool is a useful guide on your journey towards self- development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of leadership and team dynamics. It will help you further uncover what drives you, how you can leverage your strengths, and be aware of the blind spots that can get in the way of you soaring to success!
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12:45-1:15 PM | Lunch
1:15-1:45 PM | "Intention Setting" with Heidi Dickert
In this session we will use the Enneagram as a tool for deep self-discovery. The Enneagram helps to identify a worldview and archetype that resonates with your core motivation. This impacts your personality as well as thinking (head), feeling (heart) and actions (body). This powerful tool is a useful guide on your journey towards self- development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of leadership and team dynamics. It will help you further uncover what drives you, how you can leverage your strengths, and be aware of the blind spots that can get in the way of you soaring to success!
Heidi Dickert
Session Speaker:

Heidi Dickert

+ Full Bio

Heidi Dickert utilizes over 20 years of international consumer, technology and B-to-B marketing and research expertise to help companies research, develop and launch new product offerings in a variety of innovative market arenas. Past clients include: MarketTools, ICOM/Alliance Data/Epsilon, Clorox, Autodesk, MMetrics/Comscore, Microsoft, Yes to Carrots, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Visa.

Between 2011 - 2014, Heidi took on the responsibility of leading an international market research team across six different operating units responsible for servicing the Visa account globally as the SVP, Global Account Director for the Kantar group.

Before launching Heidi Dickert Consulting in 2007, Heidi Dickert specialized in building and maintaining healthy panels and sampling programs that serviced Fortune 500 customers. In addition, Heidi leveraged new product development experience to create and launch several new products while at MarketTools including MarketTools Mobile, MarketTools Hispanic Reach, and MarketTools Health & Wellness.

Heidi also led both new and established brand research groups and supported Latin American and US Hispanic product development for the flagship laundry brands at Clorox. In this role, Heidi gained extensive experience in conducting hundreds of concept tests, ad tests, product tests and multivariate analyses.​

Earlier in her career, Heidi created and implemented market research programs in Europe and Africa for companies such as DHL Worldwide Express and SC Johnson. She taps into her knowledge of international markets to assess and strategically develop new products that meet the international needs of clients around the world.

Heidi earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin –Madison.

Learn more at http://www.heididickert.com.

1:45-4:00 PM | Ennegram Session with Heidi Kraft
In this session we will use the Enneagram as a tool for deep self-discovery. The Enneagram helps to identify a worldview and archetype that resonates with your core motivation. This impacts your personality as well as thinking (head), feeling (heart) and actions (body). This powerful tool is a useful guide on your journey towards self- development, relationship building, conflict resolution and the improvement of leadership and team dynamics. It will help you further uncover what drives you, how you can leverage your strengths, and be aware of the blind spots that can get in the way of you soaring to success!
Heidi Kraft
Session Speaker:

Heidi Kraft

+ Full Bio

Heidi is a successful entrepreneur, executive leadership/team coach, accomplished executive and Founder of Kraft Your Success. She combines her solid business experience with her passion to help individuals and teams develop the leadership skills and behaviors that improve performance and fulfillment. She thrives working with individuals in our fast-paced, ever changing and interconnected world, and helps leaders leverage their strengths and shift their mindset to be even more successful as a 21st century leader. Her deep dive into areas such as emotional intelligence, executive presence, and conversational intelligence (the neuroscience of creating more trust) make her a versatile coach for many types of leaders. She lives in the Bay area and enjoys travel throughout the world for both business and fun!

4-5 PM | "It Takes a Village" with Heidi Dickert
When we take action towards realizing our vision, mission or purpose in life, it can become a source of fuel for further inspiration and passion. In this session, we will share and leverage each other’s strengths; resources and connections that might help us all rise and succeed together. The purpose of this session is to leave our summit with commitments to support each other after we walk out the door.
Heidi Dickert
Session Speaker:

Heidi Dickert

+ Full Bio

Heidi Dickert utilizes over 20 years of international consumer, technology and B-to-B marketing and research expertise to help companies research, develop and launch new product offerings in a variety of innovative market arenas. Past clients include: MarketTools, ICOM/Alliance Data/Epsilon, Clorox, Autodesk, MMetrics/Comscore, Microsoft, Yes to Carrots, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Visa.

Between 2011 - 2014, Heidi took on the responsibility of leading an international market research team across six different operating units responsible for servicing the Visa account globally as the SVP, Global Account Director for the Kantar group.

Before launching Heidi Dickert Consulting in 2007, Heidi Dickert specialized in building and maintaining healthy panels and sampling programs that serviced Fortune 500 customers. In addition, Heidi leveraged new product development experience to create and launch several new products while at MarketTools including MarketTools Mobile, MarketTools Hispanic Reach, and MarketTools Health & Wellness.

Heidi also led both new and established brand research groups and supported Latin American and US Hispanic product development for the flagship laundry brands at Clorox. In this role, Heidi gained extensive experience in conducting hundreds of concept tests, ad tests, product tests and multivariate analyses.​

Earlier in her career, Heidi created and implemented market research programs in Europe and Africa for companies such as DHL Worldwide Express and SC Johnson. She taps into her knowledge of international markets to assess and strategically develop new products that meet the international needs of clients around the world.

Heidi earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin –Madison.

Learn more at http://www.heididickert.com.

5-7 PM | Free Time
7-10 PM | Optional Dinner