About The Balanced Business Forum

The Balanced Business Forum is the World's first gender balanced leadership conference...

“Driving Performance through Better Balanced Business”


1 Unique audience - 1 Global Forum -
15 international speakers - 1 Gala Dinner
500 current & aspiring leaders - 120 organisations - 22 sectors

Why we do it

The best performing companies have the best performing teams and they attract, retain and develop the best talent, regardless of gender. Talent management is one of the key enablers to delivering a sustainable business. The Balanced Business Forum (formerly known as The Women’s Business Forum) is the World's first gender balanced leadership conference. We challenge, debate and deliver effective leadership and organisational performance via the delivery of progressive and sustainable talent management solutions.

Understanding the Audience’s needs....A Forum “Created by Leaders, for Leaders”

To ensure every element of the Forum delivers what leaders are looking for, need and benefit from, the agenda and content is specifically "Created by Leaders, for Leaders", with an advisory group of influential business leaders. The 2015 Steering Group was made up of some of businesses most respected leaders, including Paul Drechsler CBE, President of the CBI and Teach First as the Chair and Allison Page, Partner of DLA Piper as Deputy Chair. 

2016 Steering Group to be announced.

Who should Attend and Why

  • This is not an equality conference, this is not a diversity & inclusion conference, this is a leadership conference and a must attend event for any leader, current or aspiring.

  • The deliverables will benefit any leader wanting to become a great leader of people and drive business performance through improved talent management.

  • The forum offers a unique, cross-sector networking opportunity at a senior/executive level. We encourage a truly diverse and balanced representation form all our supporting organisations giving leaders from all sectors of business and industry the chance to expand their current networks.

This is a visionary leadership conference delivering progressive, achievable and sustainable talent management and effective performance solutions. This ensures that together, we create a culture where the best talent can lead...regardless of gender, sector, region and indeed country.

Engaging the Audience...

The Balanced Business Forum has supported over 500 organisations over the last 7 years on the case for Better Balanced Business. The 2015 conference delivered an unrivalled gender balance and leadership presence with over 120 internationally recognised organisations across 22 sectors of business attending. Delegates were challenged in their thinking by globally recognised and respected leaders who provided new research, case studies and proven solutions to progressive talent management. 

2016 will be no exception.

Attracting Global Speakers to the Platform...2016 Line Up To Be Announced Soon

Now in its 7th year, the 2016 forum will draw on the expertise of some key, influential and globally recognised leaders to reflect on their experiences. It will create a platform that will challenge any leader, current or aspiring, from any sector of business.

Previous speakers have included; Tim Solso, Chair of General Motors; Sylvia Anne Hewlett, CEO Center for Talent Innovation; Sir Roger Carr, Chair, BAE Systems; Ruth Sealy, Cranfield School of Management; Senator George Mitchell; Allan Leighton, Portfolio Chair;  Andy Hornby, CEO, Gala Coral; Khanyisile Kweyama, Executive Director, Anglo American; Bob Dudley, CEO, BP; Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Vodafone; Sir Nigel Knowles, Global Co-CEO & Managing Partner, DLA Piper; Geraldine Huse, Vice President Global Sales, Proctor and Gamble; Steve Varley, Chairman and Managing Partner UK&I, EY and Penny Hughes, NED Morrisons and RBS, Tidjane Thiam, Fomer Chief Executive, Prudential and presentations from Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP; Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne; Sandrine Devillard, Director, McKinsey & Co; Alison Platt, CEO Countrywide; Judith McKenna Chief Development Officer; Walmart US; Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management, London Business School and Ross McEwan CEO, RBS to name but a few...

2015 Speakers Included:

This was the best leadership conference I have ever attended! I had not expected the depth and quality of the leadership topics covered. If any business leader can attend one event next year, it should be this one!

An educational and motivational event – great speakers, good opportunities to network with leaders from other areas of business but all facing similar challenges.

Without a doubt it was the most impressive and inspiring conference I have attended.  I have come away with a fantastic mixture of thought-provoking ideas and practical guidance for next steps and I am looking forward to reporting them all back to my board.

Brilliant event and what’s more it was a significant learning curve!

A great mix of speakers who gave different perspectives on diversity and leadership.

Undoubtedly the best conference I’ve attended: challenging, thought-provoking, inspirational and motivational in equal measures.

The event completely changed my thinking. It was humbling, inspiring and made me want to take action.

Truly inspirational, the speakers were awesome and from a variety of backgrounds and all exceeded expectations. There was not a single lull during the whole event.

Without a doubt the best conference I’ve attended in twenty odd years in business. Outstanding speakers and well structured. Thought provoking and career changing.

Great networking, outstanding speakers and immensely thought provoking.

I would say the best event I have attended so far as part of my career.

Where we are in 2016

Where we came from

The Balanced Business Forum is the new name for The Women's Business Forum which was established seven years ago, as a reaction to business conferences not attracting what we believed was a true representation of current and future leadership.

Leading women were not attending these events, in 2015 Davos attracted only 17% female representation. Our objective was to deliver a leadership conference that reflected a true representation of current and aspiring leaders, a conference that would initially attract female leaders, and over time attract men, women and a truly diverse representation of leadership.

In 2015, our sixth conference was recognised as the world’s first and only gender balanced leadership conference, encouraging leaders to work collaboratively, cross sector on this business issue.

The Balanced Business Forum... Engaging, Communicating and Supporting organisations and leaders to improve their performance.