2-3 October 2024

ExCel London

2023 Roundtables



Roundtables enable you to meet with peers in an exclusive business environment. An open forum to discuss issues within the industry and how to tackle them.

Roundtables are a crucial part of Karren Brady’s Women in Business & Tech Expo, providing you a place to share opinions and thoughts in an open discussion, and listen to other points of view. It is also a fantastic opportunity to make connections and network.


If you have been invited to attend one of the roundtables taking place across the two days of the show, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the roundtable start time at the meeting point near the entrance of the show – you will see a sign labelled Roundtables Meeting Point and a member of the team will escort you to the roundtable.


Each of our roundtables have been created bespoke to each topic, and your attendance is needed to ensure we have balanced and diverse viewpoints for each theme being discussed. Places are limited, so please don’t miss out on the opportunity to provide your vital experience and knowledge.


Please note, roundtables are invitation only. To have access, you must have received an email confirmation from the event organisers to take part.


If you have any questions, please contact wibtexpo@hubexhibitions.co.uk


Roundtables sponsored by:







Capital One

The Power of Discomfort: Developing Resilience through Conflict or Change

Capital One Roundtable
18th October 2023   |   11:00 - 12:00

Synopsis:This session covers the uncomfortable topic of conflict in the workplace. Regardless of your career level, this is something everyone will come across at some point in their working life. This session will teach you how to overcome conflict through relationship building, by focusing inwards before building outwards.

Change is a constant in our lives, but some changes can make life very uncomfortable. When multiple people around you are experiencing the same state of flux, how do you use that space of discomfort to create positive energy? The speaker’s goal is to give you some practical tools to help move you through the change curve, whilst addressing conflict with those around you.


Target Audience: Women in Tech


Qualifications: Open to all


Shama Hamid – Senior Software Engineering Manager, Capital One.

Kaj Bansal – Change Delivery Manager, Capital One.


Click here to express your interest in attending Capital One’s roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).

Dell Technologies

The Future of Work in the Technology Industry

Dell Technologies Roundtable
18th October 2023   |   12:30 - 13:30

Synopsis: What next for the Future of work?

In the ever-evolving realm of technology, what does the future hold for specific skillsets and Job Profiles? How do we adapt both as a company & individual to the impact of automation, artificial intelligence, and technology on job roles and skill requirements? Join us for a lively discussion, as we explore the future of work, emerging skills and job roles in fields such as AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, and more. Plus, strategies for reskilling and upskilling the workforce to adapt to changing job demands.


Target Audience: This session is targeted at:

  • GTM Sales & Sales Engineering type job titles
  • People looking to move into or have an interest in sales
  • Early – mid career
  • Generative AI interest
  • Interested in Dell Technologies


Qualifications: Degree level is ideal but not essential. Sales experience.


ModeratorStephanie Marshall-Conn, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Dell Technologies


Rebecca Dunn – Talent Acquisition, Dell Technologies

Angela Cross – UK Sales Director – Central Government, Defence & National Security, Dell Technologies

Amy Clifton – Senior Systems Engineer, Dell Technologies


Click here to express your interest in attending Dell Technologies’ roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).


Leading Through Change: Lessons from Thomas Cook and Vodafone

Vodafone Roundtable
18th October 2023   |   14:00 - 15:00

Synopsis: Change is the only constant in our lives and as leaders our ability to navigate and guide our teams through change is pivotal to our success and ensure we not only survive but thrive in the face of change.

Rebecca was Group General Counsel at Thomas Cook during a period of immense challenge, culminating in the company’s insolvency.  She is now Group Legal Director at Vodafone, at a time when the company is going through a significant transformation.

Drawing inspiration from her experience at these companies, Rebecca will discuss the lessons she learnt on effective leadership during times of change, and in the case of Thomas Cook, crisis.

Target Audience: Anyone in business.  Of particular interest to those in leadership roles or those with experience of companies in financial difficulties

Qualifications: Open to all.


Rebecca Symondson –  Group Legal Director for Corporate, Commercial and Compliance,  Vodafone Group Plc


Click here to express your interest in attending Vodafone’s roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).

Thales UK

Discussion with our Female Engineers about barriers faced by women in climbing both the technical specialist and technical leadership ladders

Thales UK Roundtable
18th October 2023   |   15:30 - 16:30

Synopsis: A number of our Thales experts will host a roundtable discussion, focused on the barriers faced by women when trying to advance in both the technical specialist and technical leadership positions. The experts will draw from their personal experiences and share how Thales has supported them throughout their careers in the STEM sector. The roundtable encourages open dialogue to drive positive change within the industry.


Target Audience: Women in Tech


Qualifications: Open to all, a technical background is good but not essential


Claire Johnson – Head of Engineering, Thales

Kate Heathcote –  Principle Systems Engineer, Thales

Ify Okolie – Product Safety Manager & EDI Network Development Lead, Thales

Lilly Rickenback – IVVQ Manager, Thales


Click here to express your interest in attending Thales’ roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).


Winning in Business in a Digital Age

Visa Roundtable
19th October 2023   |   11:00 - 12:00

Synopsis: How can we continue to win and evolve business in the digital age? Join our Visa panel of experts as they discuss how businesses are constantly having to evolve to stay up to date, what role commercial professionals play, and what Visa are doing to upskill their colleagues to ensure they’re at the forefront of innovation.


Target Audience:

  • Consultants
  • Account Executives
  • Business Development Professionals.


Qualifications: Open to all, commercial experience is ideal but not required.


Olga Ovchinnikova – VP, Head of Business Development UK&I, Visa

Ksenia Agadzhanova  – Global Fintech Sr. Director, Visa


Click here to express your interest in attending Visa’s roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).

Motorola Solutions UK

Coping with Imposter Syndrome to Build Career Confidence

Motorola Solutions UK Roundtable
19th October 2023   |   12:30 - 13:30

Synopsis:We will explore what lies at the heart of imposter syndrome, how businesses can help to alleviate it, and how it can be harnessed to your advantage. Discover how to build a thriving career despite personal doubt, and develop enduring self belief, whilst recognising the difference between imposter syndrome and other factors, such as workplace bias and essential learning experiences.


Target Audience:

  • Senior Sales
  • Public Safety or Technology Backgrounds


Qualifications: Open to all


Carole Lawrence –  HR Director, Motorola Solutions

Fergus Mayne –  UKI Country Manager and Head of Sales, Motorola Solutions

Laura Browning – Channel Sales Lead, Motorola Solutions


Click here to express your interest in attending Motorola Solution’s roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).

Hitachi Solutions

Become the Triple Threat: Conquer Obstacles, Cultivate Support and Achieve Success

Hitachi Solutions Roundtable
19th October 2023   |   14:00 - 15:00

Synopsis: Do you ever wonder how leaders have navigated their career paths to achieve success? Join Hitachi Solutions Europe for an insightful session as we delve into the three critical pillars that drive success.

Supported by our panel of accomplished women leaders, we will shed light on how they have leveraged their support networks to overcome obstacles and excel in their careers.

This session will encourage you to identify growth opportunities and develop the skills and mindset necessary for achieving long-term success. Whilst emphasising the significance of mentorship in fostering professional growth, leading to increased recognition, and opportunities. By sharing inspirational stories of resilience and perseverance, we aim to empower attendees with actionable strategies to tackle obstacles head-on and thrive.


Target Audience:

  • Job seekers or people interested in IT Consulting
  • Women in Tech (any attendees with experience or interest in cloud solutions, ERP technology, Data & Analytics etc.)
  • Women in Consulting (any attendees with experience or interest in IT Consulting, Project Management, Business Development, Service Delivery and Customer Success)
  • Attendees that would like to learn more about our consulting business (Business Networking)


Seeking those with:

  • Hands-on mentality
  • Consulting experience preferred
  • IT affinity: ERP, Cloud Solutions, Data & Analytics



Yasmina Passeri – Senior Project Manager, Hitachi Solutions Europe.

Michelle Maden – Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Hitachi Solutions Europe.

Jessica Roybal – Solution Director, Hitachi Solutions Europe.


Click here to express your interest in attending Hitachi Solutions’s roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).


Life Essentials: How to use feedback to succeed in Technology

Accenture Roundtable
19th October 2023   |   15:30 - 16:30

Synopsis: Upward v downward feedback, positive v negative feedback, giving v receiving feedback and how to ask for feedback. Maria Grigorieva, an expert in large-scale transformations and Accenture Managing Director with more than 25 years’ experience will lead an insightful roundtable discussion to share her perspectives on the crucial role feedback plays in advancing one’s career and developing successful solutions for your clients, in the ever-evolving field of technology. Feedback is the compass of personal and professional growth. In technology, where innovation is constant, feedback helps us adapt and improve. It can be from colleagues, clients, or users. Embrace it.


Target Audience: Experienced female job seekers in Technology



  • No specific industry knowledge is required but experience in Health and Public Services is in demand
  • No specific tech skill is required to attend the session, but we have demand for software engineering (specifically cyber-informed engineering), security and SAP



Maria Grigorieva – Managing Director, UKI, Accenture Technology

Laura Jamieson – UKI Experience Hire Inclusion and Diversity Lead, Accenture UK


Click here to express your interest in attending Accenture’s roundtable (please note this is not a confirmation).

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