Be Inspired

A balanced workforce is good for business; good for customers, for profitability and workplace culture.

Be Inspired exists to promote gender balance at all levels across retail and encourage women to fulfil their career aspirations. It connects them with those who can help propel their careers, inspires them through the stories of others, opens eyes to career opportunities, and fosters a culture of career confidence.

How we do this

Be Inspired unlocks potential and ambition through emotive, practical learning and development-focused content across retail-week.com, our podcast, our workshops and our conference.

On all of these channels, we bring together programme ambassadors with aspiring retail professionals at all stages of their career.

We don’t talk about the problem of diversity in retail. Instead we aim to give people the practical skills they need to progress their careers, foster the right culture for a more balanced workforce, connect them with the leaders of today, and help build the pipeline of the leaders of tomorrow.

Get involved

To achieve our goals, we need support across the sector. Retail Week, retailers, and strategic partners to the retail sector are working together to build a more balanced and fair industry.

Retailers that back Be Inspired – either through ambassadorial presence or through partnerships – are showing their commitment to addressing diversity at a leadership level in retail and pledging to be the best businesses in the sector at helping develop future talent.