The LEAD Network Event

The annual LEAD Network Event is the leading gender diversity event for the European Retail & CPG industry.
It brings together over 400 men and women to share leading industry practices to improve gender diversity and inclusion, enhance professional networks and benefit from personal development and growth opportunities.

Monday 18th November: LEAD-UP Day

Choose from a variety of à la carte sessions, some of which are free for LEAD Network members. Other events can be added to your conference ticket and attended separately. More information on each event can be found below. The day will end with our Networking Dinner and Awards Ceremony – tickets for which are available for purchase separately if you only wish to attend the LEAD-Up Day events.

* Please note that this event is open to LEAD Network members only. Not a member? Sign up here!

 

12:30 – 17:00 LEAD-UP DAY EVENTS

12:00 – 17:00 | Innovation Workshop (Capacity 100)

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

One of our signature events offered every year is our Innovation Workshop. Every year, we take a deep dive into innovations, new ways of thinking or key trends that are impacting the consumer goods and retail sector. This year, our focus will be on Marketing, Brands and Category Management.

Consumer expectations of products, brands and companies are changing constantly, the retail landscape is becoming more crowded and diversified. Continuously developing your thinking and evolving your practices as a marketing professional is critical for success and for your brands to stand out and realize the opportunities that exist.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into two specific marketing topics that are gaining traction and explore case studies from across our partner network to bring concepts to life:

Brands with a Purpose – we’ll explore case studies from companies like Danone and P&G that are using their brands for a bigger purpose, to drive change in society, have a positive impact, challenge mindsets but in the end still help their businesses grow and succeed.

Digitalization – In the second part of the workshop, we’ll first explore with Nielsen how we can leverage technology to innovate by engaging with consumers, suppliers, retailers and other interest groups throughout the design process. Then we’ll dive into some leading practices for your eCommerce strategy to ensure your digital customer journey and consumer experience are having the right impact.

Speakers:

  • Francois-Xavier Lacroix, General Manager of Aguas Danone Spain
  • Claudia Billstein, Head of Font Vella Brand at Danone Waters
  • Fiona Liebehenz, Director International Key Account Professional Power Tools eCommerce Europe & Asia-Pacific at Bosch
  • Isabel Jimenez, Global Clients Beverages & Tobacco Analytical Lead, Artificial Intelligence Global Client Delivery Team
  • Patricia Daimiel, Managing Director Spain & Portugal at Nielsen
  • Ana Barrio, BASES Innovation Business Partner UK & EU at Nielsen
  • Javier Riaño Ibáñez, Director – Beauty & Grooming Southern Europe – Corporate Marketing Spain at Procter & Gamble

Moderator: Lauren Stiebing, Founder of LS International

Registration required for Innovation Workshop at additional fee of €180 + VAT.
Limited capacity.

12:30 – 16:30 | European Supply Chain Conference

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

The LEAD Network is hosting its first ever Supply Chain Chapter Event under the theme of “Going Digital in Supply Chain – Culture Matters”. This is a unique opportunity for Supply Chain professionals to meet and discuss with Europe’s TOP Supply Chain Leaders topics like:

  • How will the Consumer Retail arena look like in the next 5-10 years?
  • What implications will digitalization and the technology development have on our Supply Chains?
  • How have the industry key players faced these challenges and what opportunities do they see?
  • Will the cultural shift bring a step change in favour of gender balance?

Speakers and Program Highlights:

Julia Edler-Pain, Senior Business Development Manager at DB Schenker & LEAD Network Supply Chain Chapter Chair

Keynote: Digital disruption and its impact on the Supply Chain
Angela Bowden, Associate Partner Supply Chain & Operations & Jocelyn Hallum, Associate Partner, Supply Chain & Operations at EY

Keynote: Enabling digital transformation through people and teams? with Sarah Watt, Sr. Director, Analyst, Supply Chain Enablers Team at Gartner

Benefit from the changes and opportunities of the digital revolution. Go for transformation. Now. Step by step. By Ines von Jagemann, Member of the Board, Digital, Tchibo

Panel Discussion “Digitalization & Technology: Facing the Challenges – Embracing the Opportunities”, moderated by Ana González, Director Supply Chain at P&G and President CEL

Panellists:
Sabine Mueller, CEO at DHL Consulting
Ian Mumby, Director Product Supply at Waitrose & Partners
Paul Campbell, Senior Vice President Supply Chain at Pepsico Europe and Sub Saharan Africa
Wendy Herrick, Vice President Digital Supply Chain at Unilever

Registration required for the Supply Chain Chapter Event at additional fee of €180 + VAT.
Limited capacity.

12:30 – 16:30 | Retail Store Tour

Retail Track

Explore Madrid’s diverse retail scene through visits to CostCo, MAKRO and El Corte Inglés. More details on what each of the stores has in store for your visit will be shared soon! Sign-up now, to secure your seat.

The Store Tour Programme is kindly hosted by:

  • CostCo
  • El Corte Inglés – including the gourmet food shop
  • MAKRO Spain Store – Join us at our Marketplace for Gastronomy leaders and food lovers
  • Have 6 stores in Madrid
  • Leganes is an old store
  • Barajas is biggest in Spain, 9000 sqm and nice concepts (25 mins store)
    Time in store: About 1 hour

Registration required for the Retail Store Tour at additional fee of €180 + VAT.
Limited capacity.

13:00 – 17:00 | Leadership Development Workshop - Who we are is how we lead

Personal Development Track

Courageous leadership is all about leading from heart not from hurt. It’s about courage, compassion and connection.
In this interactive workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown you will have a chance to experience what it means to dare greatly and step into the arena. Throughout the workshop we examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us towards more courageous life. Through this powerful material you will embrace the freedom that comes with claiming your strengths, identifying your values, and resting in the self-acceptance that you already are enough.

Key takeaways from this session are:

  • Applying the insights and research findings into your day-to-day life.
  • Letting go of fears that hold you back
  • Helping you release and grasp the potential you have
  • Increasing your capacity to experience joy, contentment and creativity
  • Embracing the power of your own life story

Joanna Chmura, Psychologist, PCC ICF, Dare to Lead™, Daring Way™, Rising Strong™ Certified Facilitator

Registration required for the Supply Chain Chapter Event at additional fee of €180 + VAT.
Limited capacity.

13:00 – 17:00 | Flexible Working Master Class

Retail Track , D&I Track

Improving access to better quality flexible working opportunities is a critical driver in enabling women in particular to progress their careers. However this can be more challenging to implement in Retail and CPG than in other industries due to a range of operational and cultural constraints. This session will provide LEAD Network members with further insight on how to improve their approach to flexible working, and share emerging insights on ‘what works’, including insights from Timewise’s research and UK pilots on how to implement flexible working in both retail and wholesale industries. this session is aimed at HR Professionals as well as Line Managers looking to create more flexible working opportunities for employees.

During the session, we’ll explore Timewise insight and what we mean by flexible working, who wants it and the context of broader workforce change. We’ll share specific insights from flexible working research across industries and within Retail and CPG and and introduction to flexible job design, the structural, process and operating constraints. Emma will also introduce the Timewise’s Shift-Life Balance model and we’ll take a deeper dive into a case study that looks at Timewise’s flexible working retail pioneer programmes. You’ll be able to assess where your organisation is and discuss the shift in culture needed to enable flexible working.

Facilitator: Emma Stewart MBE, CEO Timewise

Registration required for the Flexible Working Master Class at additional fee of €180 + VAT.
Limited capacity.

14:00 – 16:00 | Mentoring Marketplace (Capacity 30)

Personal Development Track

Mentoring is a very powerful tool for career development but also a way to share knowledge or provide counselling. Having a mentor can be a key enabler for your career development and being a mentor can be very rewarding.
While many organisations have formal internal mentoring programs, at the LEAD Network, we do believe that mentoring relationships that stretch companies across our sector can also be hugely beneficial as they provide a different (outside) perspective, trigger different questions and help to broaden our horizons. But being a mentor or a mentee is more effective with the right skills and tools. In this interactive workshop, we’ll provide you with some tips and tools that will help you to set-up an effective mentoring relationship and we’ll of course get some real-life application as well.

Facilitated by Maren Gerhäuser-von de Fenn, Head of Learning Experience Design and Learning Partner at METRO

Maria-Teresa Addison, NPD Principal Development Scientist at GSK

Capacity will be limited. Available for LEAD Network members only.

13.00 – 17.00 | Engaging Men Workshop - by Invitation only

D&I Track

Dialogues by MARC™ Alumni is a workshop focused on engaging men as change agents to drive Gender Equality. It is an experiential session, which will deepen your understanding of factors that impact Gender Equality. It will give you a very different kind of learning experience. This is not a ‘training’ where you will walk out with a toolkit or specific action plan. It is not a lecture on what is right or wrong. It is an experience, designed to help you step back and think, challenge yourself, your understanding and your beliefs on Gender Equality and help you reflect on the role you can actively play to change both the conversation and the game – inside and outside of your company.

This session will be facilitated by a team a 5 P&G’ers, the same team that also runs the MARC™ Program within P&G.

Here are some of the feedbacks we received from the past participants of the Dialogues workshop:

  • ‘The session really opened my eyes on things & dynamics that believe we know, but we actually don’t. Rarely I’ve come out from a session so enriched’
  • ‘I have behaved differently after this training.’
  • ‘The content is very meaningful and the exercises are extremely good to translate the key concepts of the training.’

Hosted by our Foundation Partner P&G.

Peter Beets, Finance Director, Global Audit & Consult, Procter & Gamble Béatrice Dupuy, Vice President Global Sales, General Manager Israel, West Bank Gaza Global Sales D&I Leader, Procter & Gamble
Béatrice Dupuy, Vice President Global Sales, General Manager Israel, West Bank Gaza Global Sales D&I Leader, Procter & Gamble
Eric Enselme, Product Supply Director, Global Fabric & Home Care Sector, Procter & Gamble
Francisco Medina Nunez, Senior Human Resources Manager, Procter & Gamble
Astrud Steuernagel-Seager, Associate Director Human Resources, Procter & Gamble

Upon invitation only for Partners of the LEAD Network

17:00 – 18:30 | CEO Round Table - by Invitation only

Our annual CEO Round Table is a unique opportunity for the highest level of leadership across the Consumer Goods and Retail Sector to discuss the topic of gender equality. Our theme for this year is “doing, not trying – results matter” and we’ll explore what steps different organisations are taking to follow-through on their gender equality commitments.

Chair: Chair: Myriam Cohen-Welgryn, President, Mars Petcare Europe; member of Advisory Board LEAD Network; signer of CEO Pledge
Facilitated by Mick Broekhof, Co-Founder LEAD Network, Secretary of Executive Committee, Founder Kalypso Europe

Upon invitation only for Partners of the LEAD Network

17:00 – 18:30 | Retailer Round Table - by Invitation only

Retail Track

As every year, the LEAD Network is hosting the Annual Retailer Round Table, an opportunity for LEADers from across the Retail Sector to connect and explore how to move the gender equality agenda forward. Our focus for the 2019 Retailer Round Table is flexible working in retail organisations.

Chair: Veronika Pountcheva, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility at METRO AG

Upon invitation only for Partners of the LEAD Network

19:00 - 20:00 | LEAD Networking Event & Tapas Experience

Join us for our annual LEAD Networking Event and Dinner which will take place on November 18th starting at 7pm at the Platea Madrid, a magical place to relax, enjoy yourself and network with participants, speakers and the LEAD Network community. The Platea is all about excellence and creativity and the perfect setting for inspiring conversations and a great immersion into Spanish food and drink. We’ll start with a cocktail reception and dinner you will be guided through this unique historical venue on a culinary adventure.

The evening will be focused on encouraging networking and different areas of the Platea will allow you to seek out fellow LEADers who have a common interest in a specific topic, ensuring you can make meaningful connections and broaden your network.

We will also be hosting our LEAD Network Awards ceremony during the evening. But above all, it’s an opportunity to enjoy, relax and have fun.

Our Speakers:
Mick Broekhof, Co-Founder of LEAD Network
Juan Ignacio de Elizalde, General Manager Iberia, The Coca-Cola Company

The LEAD Networking Event & Tapas Experience is part of the Conference Package OR for the first time this year can be booked separately at an additional fee of €100 + VAT if you are not attending the main conference.

Tuesday 19th November: Conference Day

Join us for a deep dive into our theme of ‘Doing Not Trying: Results Matter’!

Conference Tracks

Our breakout sessions will follow 4 different tracks, making it easy for you to choose the topics most relevant to you:

D&I Track

Sessions in this track are aimed at HR and D&I professionals who are looking for insights and leading practices in driving gender equality at an organisational level.

Personal Development track

Sessions in this track focus on personal development topics, specifically aimed at inclusive leadership skills and personal career development.

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

Sessions in this track focus on hot topics and trends in the consumer goods and retail sector and help participants build their functional and business knowledge.

Retailer Track

Sessions in this track focus on topics that are specifically relevant to retailers.

09:00 - 12:00 | plenary sessions

Hear from CEOs across the sector about how they are driving the right results, learn about what actions organizations are taking to deliver on their commitments to gender equality and be inspired by some of our industry’s role model leaders.

8:00 – 16:00 Registration Desk Open

9:00 – 9:25  Opening & Welcome
Sharon Jeske
, Executive Director, LEAD Network
Helayne Angelus, Partner, Kalypso & Chair, LEAD Network Advisory Board

9.30 – 9:55  Doing not Trying: My Personal Story
As our host of the LEAD Network Event 2019 in Madrid, Diane Tucci will be sharing her inspirational career story and set the context for this year’s event.
Diane Tucci, Country Manager, CostCo Spain & LEAD Network Advisory Board Member

10:00 – 10:15  Small Group Discussion – Doing not Trying: Results Matter
Christina Taylor
, Consultant & Owner of Learn to Grow, Chair of LEAD Network Education Committee

10:20 – 10:45  Strengthening our European brands in the new retail landscape
In order to strengthen our great local brands in a rapidly changing retail environment, we are harnessing the full power of omnichannel capabilities and technology, coupled with our best talent pool.
Wouter Kolk
, CEO Europe & Indonesia, Management Board Member at Ahold Delhaize

10:50 – 11:10 CEO Panel Discussion: Doing not Trying – Results Matter
During our Panel discussion with CEOs from across the sector, we will explore their perspectives on the gender equality discussion. We’ll ask them to share their personal experiences and views on how organizations play a role in both their interactions with female consumers and employees including corporate policy and messaging. Insights into female consumer sentiment in areas like convenience, sustainability, technology, health and social good will highlight challenges and opportunities for organisations seeking to engage this increasingly important consumer segment.

Finally, we’ll also ask them to share their personal insight into whether and how they see the equality story changing and what they as individuals are doing to promote change in their own companies and drive results.

Panellists:
Olena Neznal, Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Kimberly-Clark
Hanneke Faber, President Foods & Refreshment at Unilever
Rami Baitiéh, CEO, Carrefour España – Member of the Management Board, Carrefour Group

Moderator: Regan James Leggett, Executive Director Thought Leadership and Foresight
Global Markets at Nielsen

 11:15 – 12:00 Refreshment & Networking break

11:20 – 11:50  |  CEO Chats Sessions – by Invitation only (NOT Bookable – invitation only)

During this Networking break, a number of CEOs will make themselves available to connect with a small group of top talents from across the LEAD Network member base for discussion, questions and inspiration.

  • Chat with Hanneke Faber, President Foods & Refreshments at Unilever
  • Chat with Wouter Kolk, CEO Europe & Indonesia, Management Board Member at Ahold Delhaize
  • Chat with Diane Tucci, Country Manager Spain at CostCo Wholesale
  • Chat with Patrick Smallcombe, Company Group Chairman at Johnson & Johnson

12:00 – 13:00  |  Breakout Sessions I
Simultaneous sessions – please select one option

Option 1. How Job Share transforms our business (Capacity 60)

D&I Track

More than 100 years of experience in successful job share at Unilever proves the model works – also in mid and senior management levels. In this highly energizing session run by two senior leaders who have 10 years of job-sharing experience, we will focus on providing both inspiration and practical insights about a simple and yet extremely powerful & proven method for job sharing that can be applied immediately.
They will showcase their own personal story, development journey and experience in job sharing and those of other job-share-managers within Unilever.
This session is intended to motivate and encourage individuals and companies to open up to the job share model. Job sharing is much more than a practical way of organizing – it’s the entry door to a new job and career reality for individuals. And for organisations, this session will demonstrate how job sharing attracts new talents, makes teams even better and allows to retain and develop existing talent.

Speakers: Angela Nelissen, Christiane Haasis (aka: CHAN), Vice President Refreshment – Ice Cream & Tea – DACH at Unilever

Option 2. Fresh Perspectives on D&I (Capacity 60)

D&I Track

Is the most valuable perspective the one you do not have? In this session, we will highlight leading practices and insights from other sectors, aligned to where we see the greatest opportunities for the CPG industry to improve. Based on the results from the LEAD Network D&I Self-Assessment tool in its first year, we will highlight specific strengths and areas for improvement; benchmark insights from participating LEAD Network Partners and share comparisons and leading practices from other industries.

Speaker: Simon Feeke, Senior Manager in Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Practice at EY

 

Option 3. AI @ Retail (Capacity 60)

Retail Track

Today, internet users face an unbelievable amount of options and choices when buying online. Our human brain is really able to effectively process the quantities of information available, so digital solutions like machine learning or artificial intelligence are needed to replicate real-life logic used in decision-making to come up with recommendations.

In this session, we’ll explore the most important concepts of AI and the general concept of extracting knowledge from data. We’ll then dive into some examples of how AI leads to business benefits. We’ll also look at a real-life business use case of how AI is used within international wholesale organization and the challenges this poses, especially discussing ways in which to handle cultural diversity to ensure your organisation can serve all its customers in the best possible way.

Dr. Anna Hannemann, Senior Product Owner Data Science at Metronom and Co-organizer at ProductTank Düsseldorf

Option 4. Career Conversations – General (Capacity 40)

Personal Development Track

It’s not often that you get a chance to connect with senior leaders from across the consumer goods and retail sector in an up close and personal way to discuss career topics. At the LEAD Network, we believe that having access to both male and female role models is a critical part of personal and career development. During this session, you will be able to hear the career stories of a group of senior leaders and then get a chance to connect with them in a small group setting to ask your questions, hear about what’s helped them along the way, how they have overcome challenges and get their advice and guidance.

Moderator:
Speakers:

  • Ian Mumby, Director, Product Supply at Waitrose & Partners– as part of this session, Ian will share his personal career story, his observations on career development and some of the key pitfalls to avoid.
  • Heba El Mahdy, Country Director Egypt & East Africa at Johnson & Johnson and LEAD Partner Ambassador
  • Latifa Gahbiche, Country General Manager France & Morocco at CHEP
  • Lauren Stiebing, Founder of LS International
  • Clare Walker, R&D Category Group Director Health Wellness at RB

Moderated by Sara Holton, Group Head of Talent & Leadership Development at RB

Option 5. Negotiating for Me (Capacity 25)

Personal Development Track

Are you great at negotiating with Customers, Vendors and other 3rd Parties? But do you stall when it comes to negotiating for yourself? It’s curious that women excel in negotiation in one space and yet are hesitant when it comes to looking after their own needs and wants. In a recent survey published by Glassdoor 68% of women accepted a salary they were offered and did not negotiate, yet only 52% of men did the same thing. Join me for a 60 minute power session on mindsets for positive personal negotiations and we’ll also explore tactics and practices that deliver successful outcomes.

In this session, Emer will work with participants will:

  • Discuss why women don’t always negotiate as effectively when it comes to personal negotiations;
  • Explore the stories we create and whether they are real?
  • Learn some tactics to sustain the right mindset during a negotiation, and
  • Take away some fundamental negotiation practices.

Leave with a renewed energy and knowledge that it’s ok to ask for what you want. Have a repository of practical tactics on how to run the negotiation for positive outcomes and better understand the impact mindset can have on negotiation outcomes.

Facilitator: Emer Brady, Global Mars University College Manager – Digital, Mars Inc.

Option 6. It's time to change - Digital Steps to take today (Capacity 60)

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

The CPG industry (for manufacturers and retailers alike) is rapidly evolving. Manufacturers must drive innovation (and operational) efficiencies through Machine Learning, Digital Transparency and Smart Connected Operations. Retailers must continue to improve their own-brand product performance AND drive strategic operational decision making through Advanced Analytics, a Smart Connected Supply Chain, and Always-On learning. Those organizations who neglect these investments WILL quickly be left behind.

The goal of the interactive breakout session is to provide participants with use cases that are transforming CPG and retail companies and then build on that excitement and inspiration with exercises designed to help them identify logical starting points.

Speakers:

  • Colin Speakman, Partner at Kalypso
  • Stefanie Gunia, Senior Consultant at Kalypso
  • Chamanvitha Gopalpur, Senior Consultant at Kalypso

 

Option 7. Blockchain as the Key to Transparency (A Case Study) (Capacity 80)

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

Globalisation is making supply chains more and more international and complex. During the manufacturing process, items often go through many countries, several companies and countless hands, before being purchased by the end-consumer. This complexity in combination with the lack of transparency makes it very difficult, if not impossible for end-consumers to see, where their products come from and under which circumstances these have been manufactured. In 2018, Philipp, Lukas and Peter decided to tackle this issue and founded “retraced” to help brands make their supply chains more transparent and enable the consumer to look beyond the product.

In this breakout session, we will discuss how blockchain can be used as a tool to bring transparency into international and complex supply chains. At the example of the fashion industry, we will show how the traits of blockchain offer new possibilities to trace a supply chain and to reliably collect information from its participants. Thereby, we will shine light on the technology behind blockchain, how it functions and discuss its benefits as well as shortcomings in the quest for transparency.

 Speakers: Philipp Mayer & Lukas Pünder , Co-Founders of Retraced

Option 8. Male Advocates for an Inclusive Workplace (Capacity 40)

Personal Development Track

If we really want to drive gender diversity or create an inclusive workplace, it’s critical that we have everyone on board and that we are working together to create an inclusive culture. In this session, we want to hear from some of the male advocates and real champions of diversity & inclusion. Find out why they are passionate about this topic, what they have done to move the needle and what’s been the result for them personally and their business. Join us in this session to be inspired about the stories they have to share and discuss what each of us can do to engage more men to help create a more inclusive workplace for all.

Speakers:

  • Atila Yenisen, CEO Metro Bulgaria
  • Tanya Kopps, CEO Metro Italy
  • Francisco Medina, Senior Human Resources Manager, Procter & Gamble
  • Peter Beets, Finance Director, Global Audit & Consult, Procter & Gamble

Moderated by Daniel Torres Dwyer, Principal at LS International

Option 9. Creating an environment of belonging (Capacity 20)

Personal Development Track

Creating an environment of belonging, in addition to supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a powerful way of engaging your people and facilitating great performance.

In this interactive breakout session, we will explore both the personal and commercial benefits to a feeling of belonging in an organisation. We examine ways that you, as leaders, can create the conditions for a culture of belonging to thrive.

You will experience shared learnings and leave with insights and tips on how to support and measure an environment of belonging in your organisation. The session will specifically focus on:

  • What does ‘belonging in the workplace’ really mean?
  • Why is belonging important and how can it increase productivity?
  • How can I create a culture and environment of belonging for my people?
  • In what ways can I measure the progress of belonging in my organisation?
  • How to make a start today, by sharing powerful ‘belonging moments’.

Facilitated by Thea Roberts, Founder and Managing Director of Thea Roberts – Executive Mentor and Coach

Option 10. D&I Marketplace (Capacity 50)

D&I Track

Last year we pioneered our D&I Marketplace, this year we are scaling it up. Join us for our interactive exhibition where our Partner companies are showcasing their leading practices in D&I, sharing insights into how they are driving gender diversity within their organisations and what results they are achieving. You’ll get an opportunity to explore, ask questions and discuss with representatives from our partners, so don’t miss the opportunity to find out what’s trending in D&I.

 

13:00 – 14:00  |  Networking Lunch Break

 14:00 – 15:00  |  Breakout Sessions II
Simultaneous sessions – please select one option from above.

Option 1. How Job Share transforms our business (Capacity 60)

D&I Track

More than 100 years of experience in successful job share at Unilever proves the model works – also in mid and senior management levels. In this highly energizing session run by two senior leaders who have 10 years of job-sharing experience, we will focus on providing both inspiration and practical insights about a simple and yet extremely powerful & proven method for job sharing that can be applied immediately.
They will showcase their own personal story, development journey and experience in job sharing and those of other job-share-managers within Unilever.
This session is intended to motivate and encourage individuals and companies to open up to the job share model. Job sharing is much more than a practical way of organizing – it’s the entry door to a new job and career reality for individuals. And for organisations, this session will demonstrate how job sharing attracts new talents, makes teams even better and allows to retain and develop existing talent.

Speakers: Angela Nelissen, Christiane Haasis (aka: CHAN), Vice President Refreshment – Ice Cream & Tea – DACH at Unilever

Option 2. Fresh Perspectives on D&I (Capacity 60)

D&I Track

Is the most valuable perspective the one you do not have? In this session, we will highlight leading practices and insights from other sectors, aligned to where we see the greatest opportunities for the CPG industry to improve. Based on the results from the LEAD Network D&I Self-Assessment tool in its first year, we will highlight specific strengths and areas for improvement; benchmark insights from participating LEAD Network Partners and share comparisons and leading practices from other industries.

Speaker: Simon Feeke, Senior Manager in Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Practice at EY

Option 3. Transforming the Relationships with Your Cohorts, Customers, Suppliers, and Business Partners

Personal Development Track

At the core of diversity and inclusion is the promise of increased collaboration. The kind of collaboration which leads to breakthrough innovation. But the current business landscape is often defined by age-old mindsets defined by traditional supplier-customer relationship archetypes. One team/entity/individual supplies goods or services to the other. “Understand your customer needs.” “The customer is always right.” These clichés define the traditional one-sided relationship concept with directional flow of ideas, services and goods moving in one direction.

True partnerships are different. They rarely happen organically. There is an underlying structure and change which is required in order to achieve the level of co-innovation or collaboration which define successful partnerships. In true partnerships, the exchange of value flows in both directions with each side giving willingly to the other. But the ‘glue’ is the net gain—for any partnership to succeed the relationship must provide increased outcomes for each partner as well as the collective. The proverbial 1+1=3 outcome must emerge. In this discussion, Sonoco’s Katie Melder will frame the underlying process and ways-of-working which inform successful partnerships and co-innovation relationships. She will provide her point-of-view based on her experience creating and managing formal corporate co-innovation partnerships in the CPG and Retail sectors, while provide an actionable partnership playbook which can be used by attendees within their own organizations

Speaker: Katie Melder, Global Strategic Alliance Leader at Sonoco

Option 4. Career Conversations – Breaking the Store Ceiling (Capacity 40)

Personal Development Track, Retail Track

Breaking through the infamous glass ceiling can be a challenge, but we know that it’s even more difficult in the Retail Sector. Only a small percentage of store managers across the European Retail landscape are female and this round of our Career Conversations is focused on connecting our members with female role models from across the Retail sector in Europe, giving them an opportunity to share how they have broken through the store ceiling and giving you an opportunity to ask the questions that will help you inspire and accelerate your own development.

Speakers:

  • Sue Knowles, Marketing & Admin Director at Costco Wholesale
  • Laura Rawstron, District Manager Retail Operations of Waitrose
  • Jan Semple, General Manager at Costco Wholesale
  • Elena Aldana, Chief Institutional Officer Portugal & European Affairs at Mercadona

Moderator: Laura Halfas, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion

Option 5. Negotiating for Me (Capacity 25)

Personal Development Track

Are you great at negotiating with Customers, Vendors and other 3rd Parties? But do you stall when it comes to negotiating for yourself? It’s curious that women excel in negotiation in one space and yet are hesitant when it comes to looking after their own needs and wants. In a recent survey published by Glassdoor 68% of women accepted a salary they were offered and did not negotiate, yet only 52% of men did the same thing. Join me for a 60 minute power session on mindsets for positive personal negotiations and we’ll also explore tactics and practices that deliver successful outcomes.

In this session, Emer will work with participants will:

  • Discuss why women don’t always negotiate as effectively when it comes to personal negotiations;
  • Explore the stories we create and whether they are real?
  • Learn some tactics to sustain the right mindset during a negotiation, and
  • Take away some fundamental negotiation practices.

Leave with a renewed energy and knowledge that it’s ok to ask for what you want. Have a repository of practical tactics on how to run the negotiation for positive outcomes and better understand the impact mindset can have on negotiation outcomes.

Facilitator: Emer Brady, Global Mars University College Manager – Digital, Mars Inc.

Option 6. It's time to change - Digital Steps to take today (Capacity 60)

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

The CPG industry (for manufacturers and retailers alike) is rapidly evolving. Manufacturers must drive innovation (and operational) efficiencies through Machine Learning, Digital Transparency and Smart Connected Operations. Retailers must continue to improve their own-brand product performance AND drive strategic operational decision making through Advanced Analytics, a Smart Connected Supply Chain, and Always-On learning. Those organizations who neglect these investments WILL quickly be left behind.

The goal of the interactive breakout session is to provide participants with use cases that are transforming CPG and retail companies and then build on that excitement and inspiration with exercises designed to help them identify logical starting points.

Speakers:

  • Colin Speakman, Partner at Kalypso
  • Stefanie Gunia, Senior Consultant at Kalypso
  • Chamanvitha Gopalpur, Senior Consultant at Kalypso

 

Option 7. Blockchain as the Key to Transparency (A Case Study) (Capacity 80)

Sector Trends & Innovation Track

Globalisation is making supply chains more and more international and complex. During the manufacturing process, items often go through many countries, several companies and countless hands, before being purchased by the end-consumer. This complexity in combination with the lack of transparency makes it very difficult, if not impossible for end-consumers to see, where their products come from and under which circumstances these have been manufactured. In 2018, Philipp, Lukas and Peter decided to tackle this issue and founded “retraced” to help brands make their supply chains more transparent and enable the consumer to look beyond the product.

In this breakout session, we will discuss how blockchain can be used as a tool to bring transparency into international and complex supply chains. At the example of the fashion industry, we will show how the traits of blockchain offer new possibilities to trace a supply chain and to reliably collect information from its participants. Thereby, we will shine light on the technology behind blockchain, how it functions and discuss its benefits as well as shortcomings in the quest for transparency.

Speakers: Philipp Mayer & Lukas Pünder , Co-Founders of Retraced

 

Option 8. Male Advocates for an Inclusive Workplace (Capacity 40)

Personal Development Track

If we really want to drive gender diversity or create an inclusive workplace, it’s critical that we have everyone on board and that we are working together to create an inclusive culture. In this session, we want to hear from some of the male advocates and real champions of diversity & inclusion. Find out why they are passionate about this topic, what they have done to move the needle and what’s been the result for them personally and their business. Join us in this session to be inspired about the stories they have to share.

Speakers:

  • Markus Sandmayr,General Manager Specialized Nutrition France at Danone
  • Bas Vorsteveld, VP Commercial Excellence EMEA at GSK
  • George Young, Founding Partner and CEO at Kalypso

Moderator: Daniel Torres Dwyer, Principal at LS International

Option 9. Creating an environment of belonging (Capacity 20)

Personal Development Track

Creating an environment of belonging, in addition to supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a powerful way of engaging your people and facilitating great performance.

In this interactive breakout session, we will explore both the personal and commercial benefits to a feeling of belonging in an organisation. We examine ways that you, as leaders, can create the conditions for a culture of belonging to thrive.

You will experience shared learnings and leave with insights and tips on how to support and measure an environment of belonging in your organisation. The session will specifically focus on:

  • What does ‘belonging in the workplace’ really mean?
  • Why is belonging important and how can it increase productivity?
  • How can I create a culture and environment of belonging for my people?
  • In what ways can I measure the progress of belonging in my organisation?
  • How to make a start today, by sharing powerful ‘belonging moments’.

Facilitated by Thea Roberts, Founder and Managing Director of Thea Roberts – Executive Mentor and Coach

Option 10. D&I Marketplace (Capacity 50)

D&I Track

Last year we pioneered our D&I Marketplace, this year we are scaling it up. Join us for our interactive exhibition where our Partner companies are showcasing their leading practices in D&I, sharing insights into how they are driving gender diversity within their organisations and what results they are achieving. You’ll get an opportunity to explore, ask questions and discuss with representatives from our partners, so don’t miss the opportunity to find out what’s trending in D&I.

Coca-Cola European Partners
Learn how we have teamed up with Daniele Fiandaca and the team from Utopia as part of our D&I strategy. Hear the story of how we have galvanised the whole workforce behind D&I and see how you could apply this to your own organisation.

Speaker: Catherine Gillespie, HR Director at CCEP & Tolu Farinto, Consultant at Utopia

Danone
Learn about our D&I Inclusive Approach, which has helped us significantly improve our gender balance at Manager, Director and Executive level by role modelling inclusiveness and engaging a wide network of champions across the business.

Speaker: Putri Realita, Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Danone

ABInBev
To be confirmed.

Speaker: Laura Brady, Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Anheuser-Busch InBev

PepsiCo
Unlocking diversity – finding your inclusion key
A recent Deloitte study revealed that inclusion comes from being valued and respected. This was critical to enabling diversity to thrive and ensuring everyone has a voice. This results in innovation and better decision making.
PepsiCo’s One Billion Smiles program is a Europe-wide innovative digital hub. The first of it’s kind. It creates a sense of belonging and connects people beyond boundaries via thank you e-cards. The results have been phenomenal, making it our most engaged diversity communications channel.

Speaker: Jemima Bradbury-Wade, Head of Diversity, Culture & Engagement Communications – Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa at PepsiCo

CostCo

P&G
Confirmed
Speaker: Monika Buzasy, Talent Director Europe at Procter & Gamble

 

 15:00 – 15:45  |  Refreshment & Networking break

15:45 - 17:00 | plenary session

15:45 – 16:10 Driving Innovation through our People and Culture Deal

As the world becomes more connected and digitised, consumers demand more from brands like RB.  To outperform our competitors, it’s critical they are at the cutting edge of innovation and create products to delight and win consumers.
However, the consumer experience starts with activating the right employee culture that allows innovation to thrive across every aspect of our business. Through studies and workshops with Harvard, RB has earned that when tasked to innovate, teams with diverse members who value the contributions of all team members outperform homogenous teams.

RB was known and referred to as a “boys club”, feedback which also came through in a culture survey and this created a real need for change. Hear from Francis Hoefman, about how RB created a People and Culture Deal for its employees, created by employees, for employees and the impact this has had on the business.

Speaker: Francis Hoefman, SVP HR Hygiene & Home at RB & Fabrice Beaulieu, Executive VP Global Marketing, Digital, Research Development & Sustainability for Hygiene Home at RB

16:15 – 16:40 Authentic Leadership – be all you are
We talk a lot about authentic leadership and being yourself at work, but it’s not always easy in practice, especially as sometimes, who we are changes throughout our life and career. Our speaker has had a seemingly normal career for the first 20 years of professional life in management consulting and general management, until he confronted himself about who he really was a human being and decided to make a transition. While in the role of CEO at ICA Group, Caroline went through a gender transition, a step that’s been, well… life changing.
In her talk, she’ll share her story with us, what made her transition so successful at ICA and the lessons learnt about what inclusion really means in an organisation.
After living and leading a business as a woman for one year, Caroline now has a unique perspective about what it’s like in the business world today to work as a man and as a woman. She’ll share her reflections about gender equality and inclusion, how her view has changed over the last 12 months and how this new perspective is impacting her own behaviour as a leader of business.

Caroline Farberger, CEO at ICA Insurance

16:45 – 17:00. Closing Remarks
Veronika Pountcheva, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility, METRO AG

 17:00  |  CLOSE OF LEAD NETWORK EVENT 2019