Christine Armstrong

Christine Armstrong

Beyond the Choir: How to stop D&I being culturally silo’d

Session Overview

Christine will explore why so many efforts to drive D&I are failing. Based on years of research for her book ‘The Mother of All Jobs: how to have children and career and stay sane(ish)’ and twenty years of experience in business, she delves into the dark and secret beliefs we rarely acknowledge. The things we don’t say, the motivations we ignore and the issues we don’t tackle. She will then explore how to let these barriers without scaring people and share ways to bring about real cultural change in your business.

Speaker's biography

Christine Armstrong is a writer, speaker and adviser to business leaders on the future of work. She is the author of ‘The Mother of All Jobs: how to have children and a career and stay sane(ish)’, published by Bloomsbury in September 2018. The book is based on six years of interviews with working parents, employers, leadership experts and people who care for children while their parents work. The book is a finalist in the Business Book UK awards 2019. She writes for the Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Red, Grazia and is a contributing editor of Management Today.

Five years ago she co-founded Jericho Chambers, a consultancy that brings together a community of experts across the fields of leadership, communications and change, to work in a wholly flexible way. In that time she has worked extensively with the CIPD (the professional association of the HR industry) on their Future of Work is Human campaign. In this capacity, she regularly hosts roundtables of HR Directors to discuss business-critical questions (how to embrace AI, how to manage the pay gap, how to drive cultural change etc).

Christine has delivered keynotes and spoken at conferences including: The Economist General Council, Management Today, The Centre for London and Telegraph Women Leaders. She speaks regularly at private events for management consultancies, technology companies and law firms.

She has three daughters and is, against her own advice, an active member of the school PTA. Last year she launched plastic fishing on London’s docks with local school children and was part of a team that launched the first boat made of 99% recycled plastic.