The Ivy House Sessions

Virtual events

Creating real change – the kind of change that effects individuals, businesses, education and society – doesn’t happen by chance.

We’re bringing together thought leaders, curious minds and critical thinkers in a virtual space to discuss the hot topics that can change how we develop each new generation of leaders – leaders we need now and in the future.

If you’re already a changemaker – or are interested to explore what it means to be one – register for one of our events below.

Upcoming events

Session 2

Tackling DE&I,
from emerging talent to SLTs

How to create diversity at the heart of your organisation.

23rd March | 12:30 – 13:30

Diversity, equity and inclusion is a key strategic priority for many businesses, but how do organisations tackle it long-term, building a diverse business from the ground up?

We need to shift from just focusing on identifying, measuring and proactivity recruiting, into building talent solutions for DE&I populations to support succession planning and future leadership opportunities. In this panel event we’re going to be tackling exactly that, to look at improving DE&I throughout organisations, from emerging talent to SLTs.

We’ll be answering questions including:

  • What do I do when my talent pipeline’s not as diverse as I want it to be?
  • Do women/ethnic minority development programmes work?
  • How do we create environments where those from minority groups can thrive?
  • How do I tackle DE&I through L&D?
  • How do we work at a beliefs level to create genuine change?

We’ll be joined by Janet Tidmarsh – Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Whitbread, who has worked for some of the country’s best-known brands including Virgin, Sainsbury’s and Whitbread; Jay Kalama – Head Coach at Nike and our very own Elke Edwards.

If DE&I is a strategic priority for you in 2021, this event will give you an insight into how to build a sustainable strategy, supporting talent across your organisation. 


6th May | 16:30 – 17:30

What really matters to employees and what are the magic ingredients they’re looking for?

If the purpose of education is to equip young people to thrive in work and in life, we have to give them the skills to do that. Why then isn’t there a greater connectivity between what employers are looking for and what we teach students? 

In this essential and highly informative talk, Shelly Ogilvie and Anu Manthri from Bright Network will share the latest research on exactly what determines students success in a very challenging job market. It’s time to build a better thread of connectivity between schools and businesses – this session is a great place to start. 

14th July | 10:00 – 11:00

Holding on to the best talent is essential for future success, but do you really know what they want and, if you do, are you are you providing it?

An uncertain future requires a radical new approach to developing and retaining talent. And, to do that, you need understand what your talent want, the reality of what they experience in your organisation, and what matters to them. In this essential talk we’ll be sharing the feedback from our latest research, ‘What talent really wants’, giving you the 5 critical factors that underpin an effective talent development strategy enabling you to hold onto your best people.

If you’re passionate about attracting, developing and retaining the brightest emerging talent, and turning them into your leaders of tomorrow, this event is for you.

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future events

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Previous events

Session 1

Secure your own mask first

In this direct and powerful talk, Elke Edwards share the 3 secrets of Proactive Wellbeing, asks why so many of us consistently fail at it and examines the overriding beliefs that keep us stuck both personally and culturally. If you are ready for 2021 to feel different no matter what is going on around you, then take 45 mins out of your day to join us.  

Leadership development in 2021: Developing the next generation of leaders

Watch the recording to learn the 3 critical factors that underpin developing extraordinary leaders – paying special attention to how this works in today’s world.

COVID as a Catalyst: Putting human development at the heart of education

Download the whitepaper for a summary of the research and insights from this event on the real opportunities to create meaningful change in our education system.

Corporate brochure

Understand more about how our programmes can benefit your organisation

School brochure

Find out more about The Ivy House Award for students aged 15-18.

Live virtual event:

3 Secrets of proactive

4th February 16:30