We have been hosting breakfast briefings at Searcys 30|40 on the top floors of 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) since 2011, and have now hosted more than 60 ‘Breakfasts in the Sky’
12 to 15 director level attendees, either grappling with big picture strategic dilemmas, benchmarking responses to current drivers of change or delving deep into practical implementation and operational challenges, the formula remains the same: gather together a small number of senior people with the same problem for a fine breakfast with inspiring views, ask one of them to set the scene with some golden nuggets from their own experience, add some insight from the chair, and then leave it to the combined expertise of the people in the room to deliver those ‘key learnings to take back to the office’. We really do very little.
"I really enjoyed the event this morning, a number of 'tracks' were very thought provoking - its especially good to be able to feel comfortable.... to be able to set questions running in the group where one genuinely doesn't have an answer but see how others might tackle it or what they are thinking.. great stuff, would like to see much more on this subject."
Regional IT Category Director EMEA, Aon
"These events are always interesting and insightful - thanks for the invitation!"
Head of Change & Transformation, Aviva
"Provided a perfect opportunity for senior colleagues and competitors to share their issues and how they were resolved or mitigated. Outcome is there is: there is no perfect solution, and reliance predominantly should be on our own staff and the technology is the enabler, and shouldn't be the taskmaster."
Chief Operating Officer, Axis Capital
"Not only was this event highly informative in terms of future learning and knowledge sharing, I found the environment very relaxed and comfortable which was welcomed. I valued the openness of Ian the guest speaker and the ability to talk freely and share stories. I look forward to more events like this in the future as I will definitely be attending. "
Claims Operations Manager, Generali
"As ever interesting and lively debate on the hot topics of the day. Sharing the experiences we all face in a safe environment helps put the challenges in perspective"
Head of IT and Change Management, Legal & General
"An interesting and thought provoking event with a great mix of peers from across the industry"
Underwriting and Markets Director, Home & Legacy
"Really good networking opportunity and quality discussions take place among committed practitioners"
Head of IS, Digital, Distribution & Investments, Canada Life