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15 September 2022

London, United Kingdom  |  09:30 – 12:00 BST 

We at Betsson Group are excited to announce our second Diversity and Inclusion Conference taking place in conjunction with the Women in Gaming (WiG) Awards – this time shining the light on Women in Gaming. The half-day conference will bring people together to explore ways on how to attract and retain women in iGaming.


About

As an extension of the Women in Gaming Awards, this half-day conference focuses on the women in iGaming, inviting to discussions on what we can do to bridge the gender divide and promote equality and equity in the iGaming industry.

Although much progress has been made, women remain underrepresented within various sectors of the iGaming industry – particularly in terms of leadership positions.

Data from the All-In Diversity Project shows that, at entry level, gender representation is relatively even, but the gap grows as we move higher up the corporate ladder. Only 39% of Head of Department roles within iGaming are held by women and for C-level roles it falls to 34%. It then drops significantly for CEO roles, to 13% being held by women.

This conference is a great opportunity to look closer into how we can attract and retain female talent on all levels to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

Join us for a half-day packed with inspiring presentations, keynote speakers, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions and great opportunities for networking!

Speakers

Carol Stewart
Carol Stewart

Executive/Career/Leadership Coach, Speaker, Trainer & Author

Carol Stewart is an Executive, Career and Leadership Coach, founder of Abounding Solutions and author of Quietly Visible: Leading with Influence and Impact as an Introverted Woman. With over 25 years coaching and leadership experience, Carol coaches leaders to be visible, to have presence, to influence, and make an impact. She specialises in introverted women who are senior leaders. She also provides workshops, webinars, training and talks on career development, personal development, and leadership development.

Maria Loumpourdi
Maria Loumpourdi

Head of Talent Development | Betsson Group

Maria Loumpourdi leads a combined function of Learning and Development, Performance Management, and Diversity and Inclusion at Betsson Group, acting as a people growth enabler through the design and execution of talent management and development strategies across all organisational levels and global locations. Maria is also a doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow. Her research focus revolves mainly around leadership development. She has also done extensive research on the impact of gendered structures on women’s leadership development in the workplace.

Karolina Pelc
Karolina Pelc

CEO | Beyond Play

Founder and CEO of a new venture Beyond Play which has secured GBP 1.7M in funding in 2021 and has since built solid brand awareness within iGaming, securing SBC and EGR award nominations as well as being featured in Yahoo news, UK Tech News and Sifted. Passionate and outspoken gender diversity ambassador for the iGaming Industry. Over 15 years of experience in the global land-based and online Real-Money Gaming Industry, including leadership roles for LeoVegas Group, Betsson Group and SG Digital as well as consultancy placements for William Hill Group. Voted Top 10 Most Influential Women in the Online Gaming Industry by IGB in 2018 and nominated for the UK National Diversity Awards in 2021.

Lena Nordin
Lena Nordin

CHRO | Betsson Group

Lena Nordin has more than 25 years of HR experience. She joined Betsson Group in 2017 as Chief HR Officer and is based in the HQ in Malta. She is responsible for developing and implementing Betsson Group's human capital strategy that is aligned with the Group's business objectives and its constantly evolving requirements. In her role, Lena provides leadership to all human resources personnel globally across Betsson Group's locations.

Lana Thompson
Lana Thompson

Director | Clever Duck Media

Kelly Kehn
Kelly Kehn

Co-Founder | All-in Diversity Project

Kelly Kehn has been in iGaming senior management since 2012. She’s led teams and brands through regulatory changes, migrations and rebrands as well as held leadership roles in marketing, operations, management and sales. Her mission is to demonstrate to corporations the invaluable benefit of gender diversity through measurable results and revenue growth. In 2017, she co-founded All-in Diversity Project – an industry-led not-for-profit organisation that is the global central resource for data pertaining to D&I within the sector.

Christina Thakor-Rankin
Christina Thakor-Rankin

Co-Founder | All-in Diversity Project

Christina Thakor-Rankin has 30 years of experience working in the betting and gambling industry with a career spanning both land and online gaming, across all aspects of gaming operations, regulatory compliance and money laundering with some of the world's most famous brands including William Hill and Virgin. She is currently a Principal Advisor at 1710 Gaming Ltd and in 2017, she co-founded All-in Diversity Project with Kelly Kehn – an industry-led not-for-profit organisation that is the global central resource for data pertaining to D&I within the sector.


Panellists

More information coming soon.

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Agenda

Welcome!
Registration & Networking Coffee
Opening Remarks
Betsson Group: An Industry Leader’s Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Speaker: Lena Nordin – CHRO, Betsson Group

The Career Journey of a Female CEO and Founder: Lessons Learned
Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Karolina Pelc – CEO & Founder, Beyond Play

In this inspiring keynote, Karolina Pelc will share her own experiences and the lessons learned from pursuing a fulfilling career as a female leader in a male-dominated industry, turning imposter syndrome into confidence, and balancing between work and life.

How to Attract and Retain Women in iGaming
Panel Discussion
Women in Leadership: Tapping into the Largest Pool of Talent
Breakout Session
Coffee Break
Dismantling the Glass Ceiling: Strategies to Get More Women into Senior Roles
Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Carol Stewart – Executive/Career/Leadership Coach, Speaker, Trainer, Author

This talk will challenge and provoke your thinking to identify what actionable steps you can take to make changes that dismantle glass ceilings and bring about gender equity. Strategies will also be shared that women can implement to navigate both the personal and external challenges and barriers that hold them back.

All-In Diversity Project
Presentation

Speakers: Kelly Kehn & Christina Thakor-Rankin – Co-Founders of All-In Diversity

Women in Gaming: Diversity & Wellbeing Awards
Presentation

Speaker: Lana Thompson – Director, Clever Duck Media

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Maria Loumpourdi – Head of Talent Development, Betsson Group

Networking Lunch