WIF UK Summit Agenda - 03 November, 2021

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Morning Welcome Remarks
10:00 AM  to  10:09 AM

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Morning Welcome Remarks

KEYNOTE: Is Finance Racing Forward, or Regressing, with Diversity & Inclusion?
10:10 AM  to  10:25 AM

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  • After years of diversity networks, inclusion policies, and public pressure; let’s take a look at the progress the financial services industry has made
  • Identifying performative allyship and gestures, with genuine investment in diverse representation and inclusion – what do you really need to belong, and succeed?
  • The hinderances and hurdles that have popped up in the past year
  • Where is the real action, and what can we all do to promote positive change within the industry on an individual & collective level?

Stream 1 - Widening Access to Financial Services

Stream 1 - Widening Access to Financial Services
PANEL: The Wins & Challenges with Democratizing Finance
10:30 AM  to  11:30 AM

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  • Why democratising financial services was essential during the pandemic
  • Crypto’s role in the democratisation of finance, and the consequences of public trading
  • Industry reactions to the GameStop/Robinhood incident, and the need/demand for education
  • What social platforms are doing to give control of the finance industry to the public
  • Is democratisation ultimately good, or bad…and who for?

Stream 2 -Forward-Thinking Future with Finance

Stream 2 -Forward-Thinking Future with Finance
PANEL: A Bank’s Role in Our Changing World & Recovering Economy
10:30 AM  to  11:30 AM

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  • The strength of our economic recovery in the coming months, and looming economic uncertainty
  • What part does the Bank of England play in economic recovery, and in a world that’s changing?
  • What is the future for old banks as fintech start-ups continue to grow and evolve?
  • Supporting customers, businesses, the economy: what must banks do to lead the way post-pandemic?

Stream 1 - Widening Access to Financial Services

Stream 1 - Widening Access to Financial Services
PRESENTATION: Using our Platforms to Improve Financial Education
11:35 AM  to  11:55 AM

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  • The financial literacy gap – who loses out in the lack of education offered
  • What is our role, as finance professionals, in improving money management and awareness?
  • Existing programmes and schemes which aim to provide education for the most vulnerable
  • What can we change in existing finance products & services, to offer resilience and improved literacy for marginalised groups?

Stream 2 -Forward-Thinking Future with Finance

Stream 2 -Forward-Thinking Future with Finance
PRESENTATION: Fuel Sustainability & Inclusion with Your Procurement
11:35 AM  to  11:55 AM

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  • What does sustainability in finance look like in 2021? How has the conversation progressed?
  • Learn how to innovate your supply chain to achieve more sustainable practices
  • Holding procurement accountable for organisation-wide diversity policies
  • How ethical & sustainable procurement is essential in successful ESG activity, and can boost your company revenues
CLOSING KEYNOTE: What Women Founders Want
12:00 PM  to  12:25 PM

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  • With such poor funding for diverse founders, we speak with the women who made it in launching their finance start-ups
  • “You need a co-founder that’s a man..” and other problematic viewpoints that are acting as a barrier to marginalised founders
  • The double impact of gender & race when starting your own business in financial services
  • How can your work and your business potentially support diverse founding and leadership teams
  • What the future finance entrepreneurs need to know, and what we all need to do to open the doors for them
Closing morning remarks
12:25 PM  to  12:30 PM
Lunch Break & Networking
12:30 PM  to  2:30 PM