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Key Sessions

Karin Orsel

Keynote: Are women reluctant to be at the forefront?

MF Shipping Group/ Dutch Ship Owners Association

Gina Panayiotou

Keynote Panel| What women bring to the table: fight-or-flight vs tend-and-befriend

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Summit Day 1
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Networking and Refreshment Break
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chairman's Welcome & Introduction
09:10 - 09:30 20 mins
Keynote: Are women reluctant to be at the forefront?
  • Karin Orsel - CEO/ Co- Chair, MF Shipping Group/ Dutch Ship Owners Association
09:30 - 09:50 20 mins
Setting the Scene| Let’s talk numbers: What do we really know about women in shipping and further in the maritime supply chain?
  • Christa Sys - BNP Paribas Fortis Chair on Transport, Logistics and Ports, Department of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp

When it comes to women in leadership positions because in US Fortune 500 and 1000 companies women occupy only 16.9% of board positions, 14.6% of C-suite positions and only 4.6% of CEOs are women. But what do we accurately know about women in maritime?

  • Numbers and  context 
  • Roles women fill in the industry 
  • Variance and trends 
09:50 - 10:10 20 mins
Attracting talent: Analysing our call to arms
  • Making the industry attractive vs making it inclusive
  • Identifying and correcting gender bias in education advertising and job descriptions
  • What are the experiences we offer as an industry – do women know what to expect?
  • The industry has changed but are we communicating this accurately?
10:10 - 10:30 20 mins
The culture problem – it’s not us, it’s you!
  • Eva Peño - Global Market Leader, Offshore Service Vessels (OSV) and Tugs, Bureau Veritas
  • structural barriers within the educational system;
  • individual and psychological factors;
  • family influences and expectations; and
  • perceptions of the STEM educational and the workplace experiences
10:30 - 11:15 45 mins
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:15 - 12:00 45 mins
Keynote Panel| What women bring to the table: fight-or-flight vs tend-and-befriend
  • Gina Panayiotou - Global Head of Shipping & Energy, Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC
  • Aoife O'Leary - Legal Analyst, European Defense Fund
  • Katerina Stathopoulou - Executive Director, Investments and Finance Ltd

Figure out what it is that you do that’s really unique and see how you can use it to your advantage regardless of your field.

Male dominated industries have been built around and valued fight or flight over tend-and-befriend where rewards come from mutually beneficial outcomes. However, this is exactly what the industry needs in the context of rapid changes driven by commercial and regulatory pressures, but most of all, by an imperative to change the nature of the business itself, with sustainability and  the future in mind.

  • The quest for mutually beneficial outcomes
  • Nurturing collaboration
  • Positive impact on mental health

12:00 - 12:25 25 mins
All Delegates
Preventing Bullying and Harassment
12:25 - 12:50 25 mins
All Delegates
Challenging unconscious bias in day-to-day interactions: Are we glorifying aggressiveness?
12:50 - 14:00 70 mins
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
All Delegates
The Ship Owner's perspective| Maternity, return to work and working arrangements
  • Joanna Sawh - Crewing Manager, K Line LNG Shipping
14:20 - 15:20 60 mins
All Delegates
Maternity challenges as a small business owner in the Maritime Industry
  • Rosalind Blazejczyk - Managing Partner, Naval Architect, Member of the Lloyd's panel of SCRs, Solis Marine Consultants
  • Introduction – operating in an SMEs within UK maritime industry and globally
  • Challenges facing SMEs in general: recruitment, funding, market conditions, Brexit (?!)
  • Maternity challenges: travel, working offshore / onboard vessels, client / industry perceptions, managing leave (no statutory maternity pay), continuing to work / getting back to work.
15:20 - 15:40 20 mins
All Delegates
Addressing women's health - advancements and resources
15:40 - 16:00 20 mins
All Delegates
Rethinking recruitment for alignment
  • Blind recruiting
  • Diversity quotas
  • Referral schemes
  • Initiatives: induction programmes, women ambassadors going into schools to talk about their profession, use of social media to highlight and promote women
  • Leading by example – strengthening your company’s mission statement
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
All Delegates
Mentoring – a cure to mid-career talent drain

It’s not just family that holds women back, but also isolation, a feeling their career is being stalled and lack of mentoring. Mentoring gurus argue that the best women to mentor are those who can define what they hope to get from the relationship, the kind of advice and feedback they need, even the basics of how frequently to meet and how long for.

  • Does mentoring actually work?
  • How much time commitment is actually needed?
  • What degree of formalisation should mentor programmes have?
  • Sharing ownership
16:20 - 16:50 30 mins
Networking and Refreshment Break
16:50 - 17:10 20 mins
Hacking the system: Changing the narrative
  • Emma Mark - Marketing Manager, Intelligent Cargo Systems

Women working in the maritime industry, whether on or offshore are often subjected to discrimination, inequality and harassment. It is rarely reported or even discussed, it is accepted as part of the job. The question we must ask ourselves is, what are we doing to change the perception of women in the industry?

  • Education starts from within - if we don’t talk about it, no one else will
  • Getting in front of the right audience and making ourselves heard
  • Proof that diversity works - a study from Harvard Business Review
  • Creating an innovative and open environment for women to share ideas, new technologies and opportunities that can be implemented to showcase our breadth of talent and skills
  • What ‘good’ really looks like, how it can be achieved and the part we play in making it happen
17:10 - 17:35 25 mins
Developing women who persist and succeed

The individual factors included self-efficacy, having a career identity and the ability to see a better future, adaptability, and being engaged at work.

workplaces to include supportive managers, policies and practices that encourage work-life integration, and an equitable gender climate

17:35 - 17:55 20 mins
Role models and champions
  • Dana Denis-Smith - CEO & Founder, Obelisk Support

Research shows that women are less likely to advocate for themselves than men—and in an industry that is changing so rapidly, they’re more likely to fall behind. Some research (conducted by Yale University) also argues that mentor programmes are ineffective in furthering women's careers, and is instead now focusing on the effects of advocacy on career progression. What is the evidence from the industry showing?

17:55 - 18:15 20 mins
Women in Maritime Taskforce - An action plan
  • Nicky Goldsbrough - Director of Corporate Services, Shoreham Port
  • Background – Women in Maritime Taskforce, the pledge and the charter
  • Charter pilots – highlighting breadth of companies piloting
  • Shoreham Port’s Action Plan
  • Baseline data (to include the diversity of the Board and leadership team already)
  • Targets/Projects (Reference to the suite of toolkits available)
  • Challenges
  • Next steps – calls to action for the delegates
18:15 - 18:20 5 mins
Closing of Day 1