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Sarah Pinch

As a board member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations from 2013-2016, Sarah tirelessly worked to support the women in the industry, establishing a young communicators forum, speaking out regularly on the gender pay gap, supporting female leaders and commissioning detailed quantitative research into the experience of women in PR. That research was published in 2017 along with an action plan. In the New Year, she will launch a mentoring programme to support female managers who want to become leaders.  She takes time to mentor women in business, and actively promotes her own company as a female owned and led business. As a non-executive director of the HSE, she also talks to and sponsors aspirant female NEDs who are seeking a public appointment. Sarah is frequently asked to talk to schools, groups of girls and young women about being a leader in business. She also spoke at a debate of the Parliamentary debating group on the issue of new legislation calling for reporting of gender pay statistics. She led a session at The Fawcett Society conference on the same topic and now regularly speaks to groups of women about the opportunities the publication of this data will afford women

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.

Jacquelyn Guderley

Jacquelyn is a gender equality advocate, social entrepreneur and change-maker, and listed as one of the UK’s most influential Women in Tech in 2017 by Computer Weekly. She began her career as a management consultant in the technology sector, at Accenture, where she played a key role in company-wide gender initiatives, including piloting and launching Accenture’s Girls in Tech programme. She went on to become co-founder of Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise that inspires girls and young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM), working with over 10,000 girls and young women over three years to change their perceptions of the STEM industries. She is now Founder and CEO of Salomé, the literary magazine for emerging female writers, a platform that aims to tackle gender inequality in publishing. Jacquelyn is also on the steering committee, and a member of the management team, for the Tech Talent Charter, which brings together industries and organisations to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles. In 2016 she stood as a political candidate for the Women’s Equality Party, particularly focusing her campaign on equal education (in STEM) and opening up access to business investment for women.

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.

Vittorio Colao

Throughout his career, Vittorio has dedicated significant time, energy and resources to gender equality. He has externally declared his intention for Vodafone to become the best employer of women in the world by 2025. Vittorio has personally supported a number of initiatives within Vodafone, including increasing the number women in Director roles from 14% to 26% in 2017. He pioneered a global maternity policy across 26 countries to support women returning to work. This provoked a global conversation and several other multinationals to follow with new policies. Vittorio also launched the world’s largest recruitment programme to bring women who have taken career breaks back to work. Vodafone will seek to technologically and financially enable 50 million women in emerging markets and have also made a commitment to champion the education of refugee girls through an innovative Instant Network Schools program. He is also a champion of the HeForShe campaign, and has ensured that 100% of Vodafone senior leaders undergo unconscious bias training.

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.