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How we're turning small talk into big talk in 2019

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We are pleased to announce that following the success of “Turning Small Talk into Big Talk” in 2018, the series is returning for 2019.

Sitting alongside the prestigious Leadership Development Programme delivered with Aston University, the series provides Future members and the wider professional community an opportunity to take a deep-dive into some of the key topics effecting young professionals with the aim being to help them develop an informed opinion and be confident to articulate this with peers, leaders, clients and colleagues. Each event is opened by a keynote speaker and opens into a panel discussion with a Q&A.

2018 was a stellar start to the series. We kicked off in April with “The Millennial Mind-set”, discussing everything from workplace engagement to the practical realities of day to day life managing a millennial workforce. In June, we held our “Gender Barriers” event, exploring the topic of gender bias in the workplace from a leadership level, a policy level, an organisational level and on an emotional level. We touched on the #metoo campaign, ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and looked at gender pay gap reporting (with reports for eligible companies having been published in April 2018). Our members shared their experiences and our panel gave tips on “best practice” and possible initiatives that we can implement in our own workplaces. In September, we focussed on “Making Progress in Birmingham”. Hot topics included what growth means for Birmingham the opportunities that exist to enhance your skill set and that of the next generation. And finally in November, we were hosted by HSBC for our “Digital: A View to the Future” event. For many of our members the biggest take away from the evening was the need for our own mind-set change around continuous learning, and that it is our collective responsibility to embrace change and transformation as a way of life.  The culture we create in our organisations is vital to value our people economy, and our own curiosity led learning is likely to be a differentiator as the skills landscape continues to change. 

In 2019, we’ll be looking again to those topics that as professionals, we want the opportunity to discuss and debate with our peers.

Kicking off on the 12th March, we’ll be talking about modern working practices such as flexible working, shared parental leave and working from home, and the impact these have on leadership style and employee engagement.  We’ll be joined by Sally Gillespie of Chiltern Railways, Alison Delaney of Little Bird, Kyle Jones of Birmingham International Airport and Arthur Bibbey of JW Hinks . You can find more details here.  Later in the year, we’ll look at “Risky Business” and revisit Digital and Technology, as well as looking at what inclusive leadership means and how we should be impacting the future.

Join the debate with us and turn small talk into big talk for 2019!