This half-day event is something a bit different from what you'd usually expect from a business event. We're fusing art, culture and tech into one must-attend event. Taking our cue from the celebrations around women gaining to right to vote 100 years ago, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the achievements made by women in that time. An art show will feature these women, which can be enjoyed over some drinks and biscuits.
You'll then experience a speaker line-up never seen before in Coventry & Warwickshire! The panel will debate "Is gender equality at work still the right conversation to be having?" Men - you're very much encouraged to join us too. This isn't a women only event.
Join the conversation online with #Pioneer100.
Our compere for the event is Steve Stopps.
Steve Stopps has been leading tech projects for over two decades across many sectors: combining sales, marketing and production expertise. Steve founded Team Lumo, the creators of the multi award winning mobile games Kumo Lumo, Paper Titans, Lumo’s Cat and Lumo Deliveries. Steve now advises digital creative businesses on production and commercial strategy, bringing together people with different perspectives to inspire new ways of thinking.
Follow Steve @KumotionUK.
Keynote speaker 1: Amanda Davie
Amanda Davie is an executive and leadership coach who helps individuals and organisations to be courageous, collaborative and compassionate about how they do business.
Amanda’s first career began in 1998 as one of the pioneers of internet advertising in the UK, where she worked with dot.com founders and entrepreneurs to build highly successful digital media and marketing services firms for the ten years.
In 2008 Amanda hit a glass ceiling and went in search of new challenges and a better work/life balance. So she decided to flex her own entrepreneurial muscle and built a successful, international digital management consulting firm called Reform. In 2011, wanting to give something back to the sector that shaped her, Amanda set up a non-profit mentoring programme for the digital industry called Mentoring Digital Minds; and, in support of other less privileged female entrepreneurs, became a mentor on the Cherie Blair International Mentoring Programme for Women in Business.
Twitter: @AmandaCDavie and @EqualTalent
Keynote speaker 2: Arwen Smit
Talk title: How blockchain will change the future of work
Panelist 1: Louise Holland
Panelist 2: Karen Wood Karen Wood started selling Strider Balance Bikes from her house back in 2010, as a stay at home mum. With a toddler in one hand and a website coding book in the other she started selling a very small bike with no pedals and Strider UK was born.
Comfortable with risk, Karen had previously turned a gap year backpacking into 10 years of working in over 100 countries. Countless jobs including teaching scuba diving, working as a cook on a racing yacht and several years driving trucks on overland expeditions, she was more at home fixing engines in jungles, out running tribal outlaws on horses and even getting shot at, than the world of retail.