Paola Maffezzoni

Paola is the Operations Director on the Winspire board, a cross-agency WPP Italy local project whose aim is to support female talent into leadership positions, build gender balance, and undertake D&I activities with internal and external audiences and stakeholders. After WPP’s participation in the Female Employment Manifesto, organized by Valore D, Paola mentored through ‘Quick Fix Training: speed mentoring for colleagues to discuss how to become a future leader’. Moreover, Paola was instrumental to organize a series of activities, such as the training program for WPP women carried out with industry player as Facebook Italia and called ‘Fast Forward’, and she implemented a ‘I’m Remarkable’ workshop with Google Italia. Paola has been collaborating with numerous associations within the industry to develop D&I strategy and activities and embedded into the company. Externally, she has contributed to the ‘Women4Women: Hack your campaign’ bootcamp on digital media, among other initiatives.

Karen Blackett OBE

Karen is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. She is U.K Country Manager for WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group, and U.K CEO of GroupM, the world’s leading media investment company.

In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours and in November 2018 Karen won the Inspirational Leader category at the Ethnicity Awards.

Karen was appointed Race Equality Business Champion by the UK Prime Minister in 2018.