Forty senior female* executives and their male allies in the UK railway and transport industry attended the event which consisted of a dinner and table discussions exploring a range of topics such as:
- Approach to Leadership: whether there a difference between the approach of females* and males in leadership
- Progression: whether the agenda of equality in the workplace is progressing
- Role Models: the steps which SWiFT members can take to be – and to showcase – role models to women* progressing to more senior roles in the rail and transport industry
- Business case: whether there a business case for having more women* in the workplace and in senior positions
- Challenges: what can be the greatest challenges to fostering female* talent in the UK rail and transport industry
And, more broadly, senior leaders explored how SWiFT may be able to help the progression of diverse female* talent to leadership positions in UK rail.
*At Women in Rail and SWiFT, the words “woman”, “women” and “female”, when used by the team, span the nine protected characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation, as well as broader behavioural and background diversity, such as thinking and personality types, socio-economic background and life experience and include women who are transitioning and non-binary people.