Conference agenda 2018

Feedback from our inspirational 2017 conference was excellent having attracted 100+ businesses from across the South-East. Attendees gleaned secrets from internationally acclaimed speakers as well as local up and coming entrepreneurs.  This year’s speakers are coming from across different industries giving you a wide range of experiences and knowledge.

The Conference also gives attendees the opportunity to rub shoulders with influencers, decision makers and business leaders. All are interested in how to take a leap in their business, lead the way as an organisation, or travel a different path.  To give added value to attendees we are also developing a pick and mix, high-impact programme of mini activities during the lunch break.

The conference starts with registrations at 8.30 am and networking before the conference kicks off at 9.00am with a welcome and housekeeping by our compere.

Laura Murphy, Founder The WayfinderWoman Trust

9.15-9.30 am Laura Murphy, Founder The WayfinderWoman Trust  To start the conference, Laura will talk about how the WayfinderWoman Trust came about and why they needed to pivot to take into account changing circumstances within the third sector.

9.30 – 10.00 am Emma Pearce, Pearce Marketing

Emma is an entrepreneur based in Eastbourne, but well known throughout Sussex for her marketing expertise and, most recently, her practical GDPR support for SMEs. Emma’s career has included posts with international companies and regional firms in various sectors before setting up Pearce Marketing in 2008.  Emma is well used to helping businesses pivot their offering and we look forward to gaining valuable insights into the role that marketing plays when changing direction.

10.00 10.30 am Alison Baptiste, Environment Agency

Alison is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was voted as one of the top 50 women engineers in UK in 2016.  She is a trusted media spokesperson for the Environment Agency with extensive experience on national and international news channels and liaises regularly with Ministers on all things environment.  We look forward to hearing Alison talking about how businesses have to pivot to take into account the environmental challenges facing us today.


10.30 – 11.15 Coffee break and networking

11.15 – 12.00 noon: Nadine O’Hagan, PwC

Nadine is a senior software engineer for the global company, Price Waterhouse Coopers.   We’ve heard of crypto currency as an investment and some are saying it will revolutionise how we pay for things but what is the technology behind it and what role does that play in pivoting business?  Nadine is travelling from Belfast to share her insights into disruptive technology of blockchain and its use in establishing trust in on-line activity.                              

12.00 noon – 1.15pm lunch and mini-seminars and workshop

12.00noon – 12.30pm  Melody Cheal, MsC (Applied Positive Psychology)

With so much change it’s hard to stay resilient.  In this 30 minute workshop, Melody from GWiz Training will provide you with some quick and easy tools that will help you improve your ability to bounce back. This will include a technique she has been sharing with groups for over twenty years that reportedly creates noticeable transformation in just weeks.

Booking for this workshop is essential.

12.00 noon – 12.15 pm Simon Bulteel, Cooden Tax Consulting

Simon will be talking about how identifying your Research and Development tax relief can help you pivot your business.

12.15 – 12.30 pm Mina O’Brien, Ditzy Media

Mina will give her insights into the role that social media plays in helping you pivot.

1.15 – 2.00pm Our keynote speaker: Dr Sue Black OBE  We close the conference with Sue who describes herself as a technology evangelist, digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker with over 20 years’ experience. She’s passionate about getting everyone excited about the opportunities that technology offers and is well known for her successful social media campaigning and women and leadership expertise.  She’s got an amazing back story and we’re really excited to hear from Sue about how she pivoted her life and helps businesses and employees pivot using technology.

This doesn’t have to be the end of your motivating and inspiring day.  Why not continue networking after Sue has finished?  The Hotel has an extensive lounge area overlooking the glorious Downs where you can chat over coffee or even a glass of wine.  For the more active amongst you, you could even schedule in a quick round of golf for the late afternoon.

The day includes extensive networking and lunch.  Booking can be done via invoice by contacting the organiser on stating the number of tickets you require or book directly using the button below.  Tickets are priced at £48.50pp.  If you are interested in sponsorship and its benefits please contact the organiser.

Wayfinder Conference 2018 Ticket

£48.50 per person (inc lunch)

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