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Sue Unerman

Sue leads the Glass Wall Network at MediaCom, the largest and most inclusive group in this industry. Named for her book ‘The Glass Wall’ Sue is committed to creating successful strategies for women to succeed in the workplace and beyond and within her role, has helped to secure the policy for 50:50 candidate shortlists globally.  Sue is an active member of Hive Learning People’s Leaders Network, and has delivered an empowering keynote speech at Management Today’s Young Women In Business Conference in 2019. Sue is a dedicated professional with vast, success in entrenching gender equality and inclusive principles within business. Belonging, her major new book on diversity and inclusion is published in October. 

Sue Unerman

Sue has driven change internally, and MediaCom has introduced gender equality targets for recruitment, promotion and appointment boards. MediaCom’s median pay gap has dropped significantly, and Sue continues to fight for its eradication. In the last year, Sue’s Glass Wall Network for diversity and inclusion has had 4 very highly attended events, including a cross-industry panel entitled ‘Where are all the men?’. As co-host of the MediaCom Connected Podcast, Sue ensures that they feature strong female leaders in interviews, including all of their internal female leaders and inspirational women from outside MediaCom. She has also launched a transformation consultancy, Theobalds Road Consulting, staffed exclusively by women. In 2016 Sue wrote a book with co-author Kathryn Jacob: ‘The Glass Wall, success strategies for women at work and businesses that mean business’. It is a business book best seller, now reprinted in a new edition. Since publication she has given over 200 talks at businesses, and published numerous blogs on LinkedIn. Sue has now created a new proposal for a book aimed at driving the equality agenda still further, this time aimed at men as a guide to championing diversity.

Sue Unerman

Sue has driven change internally including gender equality targets for recruitment and promotion, and for appointment boards. She is co-creator and sponsor of MediaCom’s inclusion network for employees, and features as a panelist in annual Women’s Day events in March. In May 2018 they launched The Glass Wall network specifically for driving change internally and for clients. As co-host of the MediaCom Connected Podcast, Sue ensures that they feature strong women leaders in interviews, including all of their internal women leaders and inspirational women from outside MediaCom. In 2016 Sue wrote a book with co-author Kathryn Jacob: “The Glass Wall, success strategies for women at work and businesses that mean business” which is a business book best seller. Named the year’s most significant addition to the debate on gender diversity at work – its a collection of success strategies for women, and an invaluable guide book for businesses that want to develop the women who work for them. Since publication she has given over 80 talks at businesses, and published numerous blogs on LinkedIn. She is on the key supporters group for Women’s Aid, and has appeared three times on Women’s Hour to discuss gender equality.

Sue Unerman

Sue holds a key role in defining how MediaCom evolves, and is an important part of the company’s drive to establish strong women leaders, in which MediaCom has led the industry over the last 10 years. She helped set up the “Inclusion Network” at MediaCom to ensure that the culture of inclusiveness is open to everyone. Project Blend is another new initiative at MediaCom to encourage and ensure that everyone can manage their own work life balance. She also mentors women, both within MediaCom and across their client base. One of her focuses is gender diversity at senior levels, which is why she has written and published The Glass Wall: success strategies for women at work and businesses that mean business. Since publication, she has given many talks and run workshops both at MediaCom and across their client base, for example, at Tesco, Sky and Ebay. The book has since been called the most significant addition of the year to the debate on gender diversity at work. It has been featured and extracted widely in the media including features in the Times, the FT, the Daily Mail, the Mirror, Good Housekeeping, Grazia, Mumsnet, and BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour.

Karen Blackett

Karen started the Inclusion@MediaCom initiative, holding sessions covering ‘Authenticity’, ‘The Glass Wall’ and ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’. MediaCom also supports Women Returners to Work and launched Project Blend, which focuses on helping everyone reach their true potential, and ensuring the next generation of leaders are empathetic, intuitive, successful, and most importantly – happy. MediaCom also uses Shine for Women, a coaching course designed for women to give support, goals and focus to allow more women to reach the boardroom. This International Women’s Day Karen spoke in Dublin at the IAPI Doyenne Awards, she also mentors many women in and out of her role. She has also spoken at various events on the impact the female workforce can have on gender equality. Karen was also the first women to be interviewed for the new ‘Women in Business’ segment for BBC Breakfast News. Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service and is President of NABS. She is a member for WACL and part of WPP Stella. Recently Karen became the Chancellor for Portsmouth University and was named one of 20 ‘Women to Watch’ throughout Europe by Ad Age, and was one of three women honoured by Hearst UK & Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Karen Blackett

Karen started the Inclusion@MediaCom initiative, holding sessions covering ‘Authenticity’, ‘The Glass Wall’ and ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’. MediaCom also supports Women Returners to Work and launched Project Blend, which focuses on helping everyone reach their true potential, and ensuring the next generation of leaders are empathetic, intuitive, successful, and most importantly – happy. MediaCom also uses Shine for Women, a coaching course designed for women to give support, goals and focus to allow more women to reach the boardroom. This International Women’s Day Karen spoke in Dublin at the IAPI Doyenne Awards, she also mentors many women in and out of her role. She has also spoken at various events on the impact the female workforce can have on gender equality. Karen was also the first women to be interviewed for the new ‘Women in Business’ segment for BBC Breakfast News. Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service and is President of NABS. She is a member for WACL and part of WPP Stella. Recently Karen became the Chancellor for Portsmouth University and was named one of 20 ‘Women to Watch’ throughout Europe by Ad Age, and was one of three women honoured by Hearst UK & Cosmopolitan Magazine.