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16-17 September 2020
Barbican Centre,

Women in Shipping Summit

Explicitly, not exclusively for Women

Winds of change within the maritime industry have seen the women's movement improve shipping. The wave of equality may not be perfect, but through embracing the talent and value of women, the industry has become more innovative and more open to change. But understanding the challenges women face and acknowledging the value they can provide is only the start. Focused on topics from empowerment to action, this event is built around the unique challenges women face, acknowledging the value they provide and taking your next steps. Shaping thoughts, empowering leadership, and helping to progress your career. While primarily for women, the event is not exclusive to women.

COVID-19 Update

We’re looking forward to welcoming our attendees, sponsors and speakers at the Women in Shipping Summit in London from 16 to 17 September 2020. 

Click here to find out how we will protect your booking rights and what precautions we will be taking on site.


As a general rule, the early bird catches the worm. However, it is never as simple as that. What the COVID-19 crisis is making painfully obvious, is that we all need to step up our game not only in terms of agility, but also on relevance, and empathy. This is why we have had to make some changes to our conference:

As usual, if you would like to get involved, if you have ideas or projects you would like to share, or even just for a chat to give me some feedback, please get in touch!


Women in Shipping Summit is scheduled to take place on 16 -17 Sept at Barbican, in London - yes, we've moved to a different venue, and this time it's a very inspiring one! What happens if we are not allowed to hold the event as a physical gathering? We'll go digital! We're working on a digital clone for the event so either way, Women in Shipping will happen.


We're starting with a series of webinars from May to July to give the information in real-time and help set your priorities and stay in touch. Check out the info on our dedicated tab on the website.


Did we mention CrewConnect Europe will happen at the same time, in the same place? So, get ready to meet some really interesting people from the crewing side of our business. 

2019 summit highlights

This two-day summit featured a line-up of some of the most impressive names in shipping, both men and women, who told the story of their journey through the industry to inspire and empower your personal career development plans.

We also focused on practical sessions dealing with very specific, day-to-day challenges your colleagues in the industry have identified as problematic so that you left with a set of practical advice and tools you could use on your first day back in the office.

Summit in numbers

Influential speakers
Hours of dedicated content

Key themes for 2019 included:

Attracting talent: Analysing our call to arms

In an effort to answer to the gender imbalance in our industry we looked at the words we use to describe what we do, what we need and what we are offering in terms of career opportunities. Might we transform our industry through a change in semantics?

What women bring to the table: fight-or-flight vs tend-and-befriend

This is the time when the industry is moving towards enhancing collaboration and inter-connectivity to achieve better outcomes for our clients and our world. This is exactly what women excel at and its why smart business needs smart women.

Challenging unconscious bias in day-to-day interactions: Are we glorifying aggressiveness?

Moving away from the blame game and divisive rhetoric, we aimed to identify those ideas and deeply rooted practices that hold this industry behind. And we aimed to this in the spirit of understanding and debate, hearing from both sides on what they’ve done to make it better.

Maternity, return to work and working arrangements

Turning to very practical roadblocks and consideration, we looked at the working environment available to women in maritime and possible solutions to improve employment and career opportunities for women on board and on shore.

Addressing women's health - advancements and resources

A lot of attention has been given to mental health of employees in general and seafarers in particular. And rightfully so! We digged deeper into the issue of women’s health, physical and mental, on board and on shore.

Digital transformation in shipping and opportunities for diversity

The industry is changing rapidly and one cannot begin to sketch the profile of the seafarer of the future without the words digital competencies. What does this mean for women’s access and progression in this industry? What opportunities are opening for women in digital shipping?

Finding your executive voice

How to get a seat at the (board) table and to represent yourself in way that achieves that perfect balance between assertiveness and congeniality? What should you develop in order to take the next step in your career and how to find your ambassadors.

Why men [should] promote women in shipping

We heard from some of the many men who have supported, guided and championed the professional journey of their female colleagues, not so much on the reasons why, but on what they have learned about breaking barriers and collaboration from this exercise.

Beyond gender – addressing the wider diversity challenge in shipping

This is just the beginning. We cannot solve all problems at the same time, but we can begin to consider more and more, whilst dealing with one of them. So, to finish in a way that ensures we remain on track, we looked at the wider diversity challenge in the industry.

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