Schedule

22nd October 2016


07:59  -  20:30

SEE BELOW THE SCHEDULE FOR OUR 2016 EVENT – THE SCHEDULE FOR 2017 IS TBC


08:00  -  09:00

Sign in on the morning of the event and grab some wake-up coffees!


09:00  -  09:30

To be confirmed – watch this space!


09:30  -  10:30

Are you interested in a career in law? During this session, legal professionals including partners and associates will reflect on their experiences of being LGBT in the legal industry. Coming from a wide range of practice areas, this will be an opportunity to learn more about how the diversity of the legal industry is changing​.

 


09:30  -  10:30

​The resounding success of TeachFirst has shown graduates that education can be a hugely rewarding graduate career path, but how are LGBT issues changing in education? During this panel, we will hear about the issues that LGBT teachers face, as well as about developments in LGBT educational initiatives in the UK. Anyone interested in a career in education will certainly leave this panel motivated and excited to effect change.​


09:30  -  10:30

What might Brexit mean for LGBT rights in the UK? Will the loss of a relatively pro-LGBT country affect the progress made by the EU in pushing LGBT rights further into the corners of the EU? A panel of politicians and activists are brought together to discuss what effect Brexit might have on LGBT rights across the continent.


09:30  -  10:30

LGBT activists have always been at the forefront of change, urging progress where it is most needed, and ultimately resulting in government and business following suit. In this panel, we will hear from a group of seasoned activists about what they think the most important LGBT issues will be over the next few years, as well as what role they believe activists have specifically in urging business to change their practices. This would be an ideal panel for students wishing to engage in LGBT activism at university, or pursue activism and political work after they graduate.


10:30  -  11:00

Have a coffee and network with our wonderful speakers and sponsors.


11:00  -  12:30

In an LGBT Leaders first, we bring together a panel of CEOs to discuss the unique LGBT issues that reach the CEO’s desk, as well as how the business case for LGBT inclusion is being made at the very top level.


12:30  -  13:30

Treat yourself to a buffet lunch in the Clifford Chance atrium. A great opportunity to network with other attendees and speakers, as well as visit our sponsors’ stalls to learn more about internship and job opportunities!


13:30  -  14:30

​With more and more tech startups attracting the highest calibre graduates, the tech industry is a prime destination for attendees of the conference. How is it to be an LGBT employee of a tech firm? This panel will explore the issues faced by LGBT people in tech, from startup level to the very largest firms.​


13:30  -  14:30

​Although the business landscape is changing, the odds are still stacked against LGBT people, and this challenge is even steeper for LGBT women. In this all-female panel, successful leaders will reflect on the challenges they have faced as LGBT women, as well as imparting valuable advice on how to succeed regardless of sexuality or gender.​


13:30  -  14:30

​In both business and politics, allies play a vital role in ensuring the advancement of LGBT rights in the workplace and across the world. We will hear from allies in industry and Parliament, about what they see as the main challenge for allies and how to live up to the label.​


13:30  -  14:30

BME people who are LGBT face an unique set of obstacles that we discuss in this brand new panel for the LGBT Leaders conference. In this session, we bring together BME professionals from all sorts of sectors to discuss what the situation is for BME graduates who are also LGBT, and how LGBT politics must embrace intersectionality to ensure a truly inclusive movement.


14:30  -  15:30

​The media industry is traditionally seen as LGBT-friendly, but how does this match up to the reality, and what issues do LGBT people in the media face? Our panelists, all from different areas within the media, will discuss their take on this important topic, and discuss some top strategies for making a name for yourself in the media world.​


14:30  -  15:30

​Trans people are hugely underrepresented in both business and politics, and though role models such as Emily Brothers do exist, their paucity is lamentable. This panel seeks to address this imbalance, and suggest reasons for this and solutions to reverse it. We will hear from trans role models from an incredible range of backgrounds, and see what their take is on the challenges trans people face upon entering the workforce.​


14:30  -  15:30

The issue of bi erasure runs deep in both business and politics, and it is certainly true that while the fight for gay rights is progressing, this can be to the detriment of bisexual people. What unique challenges do bisexual people encounter in business and politics, and how can we seek to overcome these?


14:30  -  15:30

After the High Court ruled that NHS England and local authorities could provide PreP to prevent HIV transmission, the country engaged in an intense debate over whether PreP should be freely available on the NHS. We bring together experts from healthcare and the charity sector to discuss the way ahead for PreP in the UK.


15:30  -  16:00

Have a coffee and network with our wonderful speakers and sponsors.


16:00  -  17:00

​In this session you will have the chance to question leaders in the finance industry who have proven that being LGBT is no barrier to success. Coming from a whole host of different areas within the finance industry, our incredible speakers will discuss their careers and their perception of LGBT issues in finance more widely.​


16:00  -  17:00

​The general election in May saw the proportion of female MPs rise to nearly 30%, yet political life in the UK is still overly dominated by men. What can be done to reverse this trend? We will hear ​from LGBT women who have risen to the top of British politics, who will reflect on their careers so far and suggest what can be done to encourage more LGBT women into politics.


16:00  -  17:00

This landmark panel will discuss two important topics for intersectional LGBT politics – the inclusion of disabled LGBT people, as well as addressing mental health issues that disproportionately affect our community.


17:00  -  18:00

​Commercial Law awareness is a vital component of any law firm’s recruitment efforts, and during this workshop representatives from our law sponsors will run through the interview process with you. This will be an useful session for anybody planning on applying for training contracts or vacation schemes.​


17:00  -  18:00

Our consulting sponsor, BCG, will lead this workshop on how to truly crack the case study interview. Delegates from BCG will be around at this session and throughout the conference to discuss a career in consulting with you.


17:00  -  18:00

To be confirmed – watch this space!


17:00  -  18:00

TeachFirst will deliver a workshop in teaching skills, as part of our first ever partnership with the organisation. Come to hear TeachFirst ambassadors lead a workshop and answer any questions you may have about the TeachFirst programme and the resources for LGBT graduates.


18:00  -  18:30

To be confirmed – watch this space!


18:30  -  20:30