SUMMIT SPEAKERS

This year’s inspiring speakers will be exploring and discussing the Summit theme of Supporting Diverse Paths to Leadership. Read more about them below:

  • Ruth Hunt

    Chief Executive of Stonewall

    Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall. She has successfully led the development of Stonewall’s groundbreaking policy, campaigns and research outputs, including its work to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and Stonewall’s acclaimed leadership development programmes.

  • Sophie Walker

    Former leader of the Women's Equality party and a former Reuters journalist

    Sophie Walker is the former leader of the Women's Equality party and a former Reuters journalist, covering politics, business and finance. As leader of the Women’s Equality Party, her goal was “to make equality and diversity the fuel that drives our nation’s capital”. She has also campaigned hard as an ambassador and patron for autism charities, to better understand and embrace diversity.

  • Sarah Brown

    President of Theirworld

    Sarah Brown is a passionate advocate for global education and health issues and her work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning.

    She is the Chair of children’s charity Theirworld and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education.

    Through these roles, as well as her involvement in co-founding the Maternal Mortality Campaign (2008-2011) Sarah provides strategic leadership to worldwide efforts to save and change the lives of women and children. Her contribution has been recognised with Honorary Fellowships from both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health as well as the Recognition Award from the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She has received Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Wolverhampton, Brighton, Roehampton and the Open University.

    In the course of her work on women’s health, Sarah has addressed both the World Health Organisation’s Annual Assembly and the International Confederation of Midwives and chaired a United Nations Special Meeting that heralded the end of healthcare user fees for pregnant women in 16 countries. Sarah’s deep commitment to the health of pregnant women and newborns led to her founding Theirworld, an international children’s charity in 2002. Theirworld administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund, established in memory of Sarah and Gordon’s first child and in the past 15 years has grown to reach across the UK and now globally, providing first funding for new innovative health research, community health and education projects.

    In September 2014 Theirworld launched #UpForSchool – a global movement that organised a petition of over 10 million signatures to enforce the right of every child to go to school, without danger or discrimination. This led to a successful campaign to support funding for education in emergencies. Theirworld also led the way in the innovation for Syrian refugee children to provide a double shift schooling system in neighbouring countries that has enabled hundreds of thousands of refugee children to attend school. Theirworld currently works with global communications group Omnicom on the UN Common Ground initiative for SDG4 (education for all) and is steering the new #WritetheWrong campaign.

    As Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education she steers its 150+ companies from across the world and brings the voice of the business community together to accelerate progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth.

    She was Managing Director of one of Britain’s most dynamic independent communications companies and subsequently led a global arts PR firm. A passionate advocate of women’s leadership, Sarah’s corporate involvement continued as Patron of the CBI First Women Awards to honour women in the boardroom and at the helm of Britain’s successful start-ups and growing businesses. Sarah is a Non-Executive Director of Harrods Group (Holding) Limited.

    Sarah is the author of best-selling book Behind the Black Door, a personal memoir about life at 10 Downing Street. She is a Patron of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and SHINE Education Trust, a member of the Advisory Council of The Asia Society Centre for Global Education and a Global Champion of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. She serves on the global board of UNICEF Executive Director’s Young People’s Agenda.

    Sarah spent part of her early life in Tanzania in East Africa, before going to school in London and then studying Psychology at Bristol University. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, and their two sons John and Fraser. Sarah pioneered using social media in government and is an avid user of Twitter, regularly tweeting to her one million plus followers.

  • Ian Crocombe

    Director at Facebook Creative Shop

    Ian is a Director at Facebook Creative Shop, based in London. He leads a team which helps the largest clients and creative agencies in EMEA to make the best creative advertising on the Facebook family of apps and services. Over the last three years at Facebook he has worked on projects to help democratise creativity for small businesses, building mobile creative capabilities inside agencies and exploring agile processes for creative advertising. Prior to Facebook he held senior strategic planning roles in agencies including M&C Saatchi LIDA, WPP’s POSSIBLE and AKQA, founded two startups and was VP of Innovation at American Express.

  • Sophia Thakur

    Award-winning poet

    A multi-award-winning writer and speaker, Sophia was the first poet to be invited to give two TED talks before the age of 20, and she has recently signed a major publishing deal, which will see the launch of her debut poetry collection distributed in 50 languages.

    Sophia works in schools with students and is a youth ambassador for the betterment of young black girls, whilst leading BET and MTV’s global female campaigns for International Women’s Day and Black History Month. Her work has also included intimate forums with cancer patients via Cancer Research UK, refugees and the Stand For Humanity foundation.

  • Lenora Billings-Harris

    Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE, is a recognised authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity and unconscious bias. She has been included as one of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award-winning diversity leadership research is recognised in academic journals internationally.

    Billings-Harris co-authored TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, 3rd Ed.

  • Jo-ann Robertson

    CEO of Ketchum in London

    Jo-ann is the CEO of Ketchum in London and the Chair of the charity Young Women’s Trust. She is passionate about diversity in Omnicom and the wider industry, and particularly interested in supporting those from lower-socio economic backgrounds to break in to careers that are fulfilling and have an impact on the world.

  • Dr Caroline Casey

    Inclusivity activist

    Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Legally blind due to ocular albinism, she quit management consulting at 28 to travel across India on an elephant before founding the Aisling Foundation and campaigning for inclusion of disability in businesses. In January, she launched the DIVERSish campaign at Davos to get the most powerful business leaders in the world to join The Valuable 500 – thereby committing to putting disability on their board agenda.

  • Sean Betts

    Managing Director of Annalect

    Sean is the Managing Director of Annalect in the UK and has worked in the media industry for 16 years. He loves to challenge the status quo and to evolve how the marketing industry uses data, technology and analytics to better understand consumer behaviour. Annalect is part of Omnicom Media Group and they are responsible for all technology, data and analytics across the group.

  • Jessica Geary

    Senior Digital Media Director at RAPP & Founder of Margot’s Club

    After suffering a series of compound trauma in 2014, Jessica was diagnosed with Hyper Empathy - a borderline personality disorder which means she can’t distinguish her own emotions from someone else’s. This results in an almost super-human ability to pick up on the underlying emotions and feelings of other people. Jess has since used this insight to create Margot’s Club – a safe space that encourages others to get curious about their own feelings in a way that feels healing and empowering.

  • Leyya Sattar + Roshni Goyate

    Co-founders of The Other Box

    Leyya and Roshni are the co-founders for The Other Box, an award-winning platform celebrating people of colour and people from other underrepresented backgrounds in the creative industries. In the last 6 months, they have been listed in Forbes’ ‘100 Women Founders in Europe’ and Ad Age’s ‘Women to Watch Europe’. Through their work, they aim to help companies achieve a more diverse workforce, as well as providing opportunities for their community of thousands of creatives around the UK.

  • Valerie Van Den Bossche

    On a professional journey to discover how things are done outside of Belgium, where she was born, Valerie’s career in advertising took her from Belgium to Venezuela and then Chile for D’Arcy. She then went on to be a brand strategy consultant with Wolff Olins doing projects in Europe and South America for eight years. She’s also trained as a coach in London, and most recently finished a tenure at ad agency CCL BBDO. Her passion for the cross-cultural and the intangible assets of organisations drives her journey. She is currently finishing a research-project on diversity and psychological safety for a thesis in Change Management.

  • Ali Hanan

    Creative Equals

    Ali Hanan started Creative Equals in 2015 with a mission to create 50/50 gender diverse creative departments at UK agencies. Its charter asks agencies to sign up to a list of commitments, including tackling the gender pay gap, putting female creatives on gender diverse accounts and creating positive, aspirational images of women.

  • Tess Alps

    Chair of Thinkbox

    Tess is the Chair of Thinkbox – a company set up to help advertisers get the best out of today’s TV – a recipient of numerous prestigious industry awards. Tess is a past President and Honorary member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications, London). WACL campaigns to level the gender imbalance in our industry and supports women through their career. In her Presidential year in 2004, she launched the Future Leaders’ Award whereby WACL raises funds to subsidise the cost of senior leadership training (such as MBAs) for promising women in the industry. This year she chaired the Steering Committee which launched timeTo - an initiative that aims to address the problems of sexual harassment in the advertising industry.

  • Tiffany R. Warren

    Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Group, Founder & President ADCOLOR®

    As Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group, Tiffany leads the strategy that enhances the Omnicom vision to be a world class, benchmark company for sustainable diversity and inclusion and aligning this critical practice with the company’s business objectives and clients’ results. She oversees a team focused on Omnicom-wide change efforts for the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women, people of colour and LGBT’s in an inclusive work culture.

    Recognized as a leader and visionary in the field of diversity, Tiffany is a talent strategist with 19+ years of championing diverse professionals in the advertising industry. In 2005, she founded ADCOLOR, which has launched the ADCOLOR Industry Conference, ADCOLOR Awards and ADCOLOR University. As President of ADCOLOR, she is deeply involved in the direction the industry is taking around diversity.

    In addition to her roles with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, Tiffany serves on the boards for several organizations such as GLAAD, The AAF, and The Ghetto Film School. She is also a member of the 4A's Diversity Committee and chairs the AAF Mosaic Center Executive Council, through which she helps prepare diverse talent to soar in careers with longevity and purpose.

    Tiffany was honored as an Advertising Age Woman to Watch, AAF District 2 "Role Model" Diversity Achievement Award, AAF Hall of Achievement Inductee and The Jack Avrett Volunteer Award Recipient (the youngest in the awards history), Black Enterprise Top Executives in Diversity, AAF Pioneer in Diversity Award (Omnicom Group), 4A's MAIP Gladiator Award, the National Association Black Journalists' Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award Recipient, The European Diversity Awards' Global Diversity Champion Award, the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, the Black Institute's Media Leadership Award, AOL MAKER, the New York Urban League's Frederick Douglass Medallion and the AAF Barton G. Cummings Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, the 4A's 100 People Who Make Advertising Great List and Ebony 100.

    A native Bostonian and the oldest of ten children, Tiffany is a proud graduate of The Winsor School and Bentley University and still finds the time to mentor 127 people personally.

Breakout Group Sessions

During our inclusive, practical breakout groups, delegates will be given the opportunity to share experiences, and reflect on where they are, where they want to be, and how to get there.

Delegates will be able to attend two breakout groups – one AM and one PM session. To choose sessions and book places, click the link here.
NB only delegates may apply.

Title/Program Detail
Cracking Confidence Alison Chadwick

Learn how to crack confidence from the inside out and from the outside in, with experienced executive coach Alison Chadwick. Alison’s practical workshop will help you use your natural strengths to tackle situations that feel challenging, make friends with the inner critic who can stop you in your tracks, and leave you armed with immediately usable tips and tools that will help you look as well as feel more confident.

“Making your words work for you"
Finding the poetry in your business
Sophia Thakur

A breakout group to transform your everyday performance, both on paper and in meetings. An empowering workshop that forces you to tap into your potential. Learn to progressively approach personal and business problems with creative solutions. The workshop includes confidence exercises that look at posture, tone, pace and poise.

Hold Your Space RADA Business - Lisa Åkesson

Performing brilliantly at a senior level involves more than just technical expertise; it requires excellent communication skills, commanding presence and supreme confidence. This fully practical masterclass gives participants a taste of the tools and techniques taught on RADA Business’s programme for senior executives: Executive Presence for Women. Participants will be introduced to strategies that will help them communicate with greater authority, authenticity and impact at senior level. They will learn tools and techniques to hold their space in a room, find their voice and be heard, so that when they speak, others listen.

ND Futures - Why we must embrace neurodiversity in the workplace Lucy Hobbs

Advertising and marketing thrive on thinking differently, which is why neurally-diverse people have so much to offer the industry. In this thought provoking talk and workshop you will discover the benefits and challenges of neurodiversity in the workplace. With stories from members of The Future is ND plus insights into autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and more. Together we will explore how small changes and a commitment to neuro-inclusivity can make a big difference to an industry that prides itself on creativity and an alternative perspective.

Leadership in a World of Speed Sophie Devonshire

In a fast-moving world, how do we set the right pace for ourselves and for our teams? For all those interested in ‘leading’ (whatever your role) rather than just ‘managing’ the overwhelm. Discover the secrets of those who are leading organisations with a sense of purpose and a sense of perspective. Explore when to slow down and how to speed up, how to manage time (and your energy) & what the keys to velocity are. This practical session will empower participants to find their voices, amplify their stories and transform their personal and professional lives

Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace Jane Cattermole

Why MHFA? What is the evidence base and how does it work? This interactive session will introduce some of the evidence base for MHFA and also some of the key concepts.

Beat Imposter Syndrome & enjoy your Success Peter Soer

Imposter syndrome limits our chance to be the best we can be, to enjoy success when we achieve it, and to thrive in senior roles. It particularly affects minority groups in the workplace. We can beat it and help deliver inclusive leadership culture. We will explore what Imposter Syndrome is; the behaviours we use to avoid being ‘found out’ and what it costs us; and how to change specific behaviours for confident feelings to follow.

#IamRemarkable Google

#IamRemarkable strives to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thus breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. Research shows that while women are well represented as middle managers, their numbers drop when making the jump to VP-level executives. As a result, women and minorities only occupy about 31 percent of the board seats of Fortune 500.

One of the big hurdles women face when tackling this gap is practising self-promotion - or vocally expressing their achievements in a working environment. We believe this issue is also true for other underrepresented groups. And it needs addressing. Because the benefits of self-promotion — including taking control of how you’re perceived by others, and making them understand the unique contribution you can make — are vast.

The Four Freedoms: My Voice, my story, our lives Adah Parriss

This practical session will empower participants to find their voices, amplify their stories and transform their personal and professional lives