‘Embracing Change: Thriving in an era of disruption’

12 October


About Stretch

Now in its third year, the STRETCH conference is the much looked forward to annual conference specifically designed and targeted to BAME professionals. STRETCH is a full day professional development conference filled with inspirational career talks, bite-size workshop sessions and useful practical tips to infuse ambition and aspiration in the participants.

With an impressive line-up of senior leaders from the corporate world and champions who are passionate about the diversity agenda, STRETCH promises to be an informative and valuable day of learning, debate and networking.Attendees at previous STRETCH conferences have reported an increase in earnings, promotions, new roles and expanded responsibilities as a direct result of putting what they learnt at the conference into practice. STRETCH conference has a track record of delivering value and tangible benefits to the attendees which is why we have built on past successes to make 2019 even bigger and better.


Informative Breakout sessions

Inspirational Keynote speeches

Thought provoking Senior and Emerging leaders panel discussions

Professional Headshot

Drop-in CV Clinic

Refreshments throughout the day

Employers Exhibition Stand




9:00 - 9:45

Leadership track: Breakfast with a senior leader (and registration for all other delegates)

9:45 - 10:00

Delegates Seated

10:00 - 10:15

Introduction, welcome and speed networking

10:15 - 10:25

Message from CEO, Career Masterclass

10:40 - 11:10

CEO Fireside chat

11:10 - 11:50

Morning Keynote

11:50 - 12:10

Coffee break

12:10 - 12:40

Senior Panel

12:40 - 12:50

Subject to Change

Breakout Sessions

Closing the wellness gap- Building resilience in the workplace.
As we get busier and work gets more competitive, it becomes very important to cultivate robust wellness and resilience strategies to help prevent burnout and stress. Stress is a leading factor in major illnesses. We were all born with bounce-back ability. And yet some days we can certainly feel less resilient than others. So, how can we have more resilience? In this session we explore how resilience works for everyone no matter what we are currently experiencing or have experienced and discuss tips to promote physical and mental wellness.
Trends & opportunities in innovation
In an age of dynamic innovation and technological advancements, it is important to get a sense
of how the tectonic plates of the innovation landscape are shifting in order to anticipate new
opportunities. This session will explore how to cultivate an innovative mindset and identify the
skills needed to capitalise on emerging job opportunities in 2020 and beyond.
Ace that next interview
Interviews are all about making a positive and lasting impression and let’s face it, you probably
have 45 to 60 minutes to make it count. While interviews can often be daunting, there are tried
and tested methods to help you put your best foot forward. This session covers practical tips on
how to prepare for and excel at interviews.
The big conversation - getting ready for year end appraisals
Breaking news – the dreaded year end discussion is going nowhere ( at least not anytime soon).
So with the end of year nearly approaching, how do you ensure you are fully prepared? This
session covers practical steps you can take to help you highlight your achivements in a
compelling way
The disruptive mindset
Trends in technology and innovation are creating a new world of work and it is predicted that in
the next 10-15 years, a lot of roles that exists today would be redundant and that means the
workforce of today will need to adapt to what is required in the future. This session will explore
what a disruptive mindset is, how to cultivate one and the importance of keeping abreast of
developments so that you continually disrupt yourself and not wait to be disrupted.
Recruiter secrets revealed - 'how to make it to the recruiter short-list'
Ever wonder why you apply for hundreds of jobs and never get shortlisted for an actual
interview? This is a tell- it- all, no -holds-barred, myth busting session delivered by our ‘trusted’
recruiter (s) to help you get a step closer to that next interview.
Authentic leadership- Attributes of highly effective leaders – Leadership Track Only
“Today’s most successful leaders didn’t get that way by accident. They learned and applied the
habits of great leadership.
Becoming a successful leader requires more than just hard work. This session will expand on
how truly outstanding leaders use their passions and enthusiasm to transform their
organisations and how you as a leader or a future leader can lead with both your head and your
heart by allowing your passion be a part of who you are as a leader.”
Leadership Presence Leadership Track Only
Some people stand out for having leadership presence. When they walk into a room, people notice. When they speak, others listen and are ready to follow. Before we even know what their strengths and weaknesses are, we assume they are important. Over time, this affects the people who connect with them, the opportunities that come their way, and ultimately their career trajectory.

How does one go about cultivating this? Does your personality matter? How about your natural strengths and weaknesses? In this session Justine Lutterodt, Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership, provides answers to these questions, including case studies. In doing so, she draws upon over 15 years of experience working with senior executives and seeing many into top positions.


Bukola Adisa

MD, Head Of Framework, Design And Execution | Barclays

Bukola works at Barclays as MD, Head of Framework, Design and Execution within the Chief Controls Office. She is a senior risk and controls experts who has held leadership roles in global organisations such as HSBC, RBS, JP Morgan and Deloitte.

Tom Ilube CBE

Technology Entrepreneur And Educational Philanthropist |

Tom Ilube CBE is a Technology Entrepreneur and Educational Philanthropist. He is Founder/CEO of London based crossword Cybersecurity PLC and a Non-Executive Director of the BBC. Previously he was Managing Director of consumer markets at Callcredit Information Group, a UK credit reference agency.

Vandana Siney

Chief Control Officer | Barclays

Vandana is Barclays’ Chief Control Officer. In this role, she is responsible for leading the controls agenda in the first line of defence across Barclays for operational, reputational and conduct risk. She is supported by a global controls community of 1700 colleagues that help her to achieve this ambition. She has a track record of success in developing and executing strategy and driving operational


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Leonardo Royal London St Paul's, 10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ, UK


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