Having become frustrated with the narrow lens through which women were represented in popular culture, Rachel developed Female Tribes- a global insight study, a book and a business consultancy. Rachel defined and qualified the term ‘Female Capital’ – the value that women bring to the world as women. In March 2018, Rachel was personally awarded Female Future Leader IPA. Rachel has championed many varied initiatives aligning with this agenda, including a 4-part documentary, ‘Her Story: the female revolution’, with BBC World News., #drawaline with UN Women to end violence against women.
Sherah Beckley is Sustainability Specialist for Thomson Reuters, as part of their global Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion team. Sherah is the Editor of the Thomson Reuters Sustainability site and supports global corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts for the business. As part of her role, Sherah also leads a network of environmental ambassadors called “Green Teams” across their global office locations. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Sherah has a diverse and international background both studying and working in Ghana, Finland, and the UK and has a passion for international development particularly in Africa. Sherah has previously worked in third sector, NGOs and financial services, and holds a BA Honours degree in Politics & International Relations from the University of Kent.
In 1999 Jill launched Rauxa, which has grown to become the largest independent women-owned agency. She has maintained Rauxa’s culture of being “upside down” from the start with 70% of the leadership team being female. Jill has prioritized mentorship with an internal program to lift younger women and increase their chances of visibility within the industry. She also supports industry mentorship programs including that of longtime client with Verizon AdFellows. She is outspoken in the industry, penning a call to action for Campaign U.S. to champion women in the workplace. RauxaGives is Jill and Rauxa’s give-back program aimed at giving back to its communities. They partner with local non-profits to give time and money. She hosts a quarterly “RauxaGives Day of Service” where organized activities are set up in each major office for employees to participate in – from beach clean ups, to toy drives, painting classrooms or making signs for marathon runners. They also created a “Build Your Brand” workshop that aims to help youth understand how to build and own their brand (professionally and socially) as it relates to who they are, what they stand for and what they want to accomplish.
At Biola Alabi Media and Entertainment, from the beginning they committed to economically empowering women. The company is has over 75% female staff and the leadership is all women. Externally, Biola is the founder of Grooming for Greatness, a foundation committed to the development of future leaders . The organization makes a concerted effort to select 70% women for each cohort. Every week on her TV show, she interviews, showcases and highlights female entrepreneurs. She is also a regular speaker at Female leadership events across Nigeria : Wimbiz, WeConnect, iWOW, Ladies in Business. Biola is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Yale Greenberg World Fellow.
This year, Sarah has appointed a female Non Executive to her company, to advise on growth plans – but also to underpin the company’s commitment to diversity. In May she launched Pinch Point’s inaugural conference – Spring Forward – aimed at women who want to run the show and are looking for inspiration in their careers and lives. She continues to mentor a number of women, including cementing her relationship with Anne-Marie Lacey, from Filament PR, by becoming the first NED for Filament PR. She was also appointed Chair of the Taylor Bennett Foundation in 2017, and is the youngest board member to be appointed to HSE. Externally, Sarah has been a volunteer with One Million Mentors, and mentored a young women who has now, with her support, taken the leap to move city and industry. Sarah continues to dedicate a lot of time to mentoring and coaching young women in PR, including assisting with a complaint of sexual harassment. As a past President of the CIPR she still speaks out on issues of diversity and unequal treatment of women; recently chairing debates and discussions, and talking at conferences and events.
Jennifer has long recognised the need for equal opportunity, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. She launched Girl Brands Do It Better (GBDIB), a Berlin Cameron division, to empower female entrepreneurs through connections and creativity. GBDIB touts Chromat, The Other Festival and Kidfund amongst its impressive roster. In addition to GBDIB, Jen instituted “Side Hustle Days”, where employees are allowed one additional PTO day per month to work on their passion projects. Once a quarter, the agency discusses potential collaborations, and some staffers’ brands have even made their way to GBDIB. While many leaders shy away from “vulnerability”, Jennifer spearheaded industry-shifting research this year on workplace standards and found that 96% of respondents feel that they learn more from a leader who shows vulnerability than from one who doesn’t. She is a frequent thought leader, appearing on stage at the Women’s Convention, Cannes Lions, Advertising Week and more, as well as in print in outlets like The Huffington Post and Adweek. Jennifer sits on the boards of advisors for the National Kidney Foundation and global leadership development initiative Girl Up. Through Girl Up, she’s been able to directly encourage young girls to take action and empower each other.
As global executive sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion Victoria leads the drive for equality and inclusion across the group. At a global level they have defined a vision and mission to challenge the status quo, inspire the global board and give different perspectives. They published their gender pay gap figures in April 2018, after Victoria pushed for greater visibility and accountability. She has been spearheading a programme in the UK to improve the results, involving mentoring, coaching, pulling out future female leaders and investing in them. Externally, Victoria is on Executive Team for WACL (Women in Advertising London) and will this year be chairing the Future Leaders Awards which offers bursaries to over 30 women in the industry to further themselves and boost their chances of reaching leadership positions in next 5 years. For past 3 years she has been on the committee organising WACL Gather, a training event for 500 women in the communications industry, the next generation of women leaders. She also sits on the WACL partner committee, working with 10 organisations that are affiliated with WACL. As a committee they offer support, advice and community to these groups so they can collectively drive towards equality.
Nicky has introduced ‘FlexyForty’ at her agency, MRM-Meteorite, in order to retain and invest in a talented female workforce. Through this, employees need to be in the office for their core hours [10-4] but can work the rest around them. Freeing mums up to drop-off or pick up their kids up, without guilt or raised eyebrows. She has also given two young female creatives the opportunity to work on every new business pitch this year. There are only three female Creative Directors in Ireland, so on International Women’s day Nicky took a day off work and flew to Dublin to speak about what it’s like to be a female creative leader. Externally, she is a regular speaker on the importance of diversity. At Eurobest, she gave a personal account of her journey and how not to let the buggers get you down. At the WACL Gather conference, she did a talk entitled ‘I am not Sheryl Sandberg’ to 250 young women. She is on the Creative Equals Advisory Board and the Women for Women International marketing board; the charity that helps women affected by the horrors of war start their own businesses and thrive.
Prior to founding her own company in 2018, Cate spent the last sixteen years in financial services leading various efforts around women internally and externally. She led the internal employee women’s group at both HSBC (North America) and JPMorgan (EMEA) respectively and spearheaded the development of the Women’s MD Forums at both. Cate has been an Advisory Board member of her organisation’s respective D&I committees representing women for the last 10 years, building and launching the HSBC – Girls Inc. National Mentoring Program. Given her global role, Cate had the opportunity to lead panels, sessions and events around the world with female, and male, employees focused on gender diversity and parity. She was regularly asked to champion women’s initiatives and act as spokesperson for HSBC. Externally, Cate is an executive sponsor of the Women in Finance Mentoring Program for the University of Maryland as well as Adele’s Circle of Women. She is a member of the American Banker Young Women’s Leadership Award Advisory Board and has spoken at numerous events and organizations globally in support of women in the workplace.
Concerned by the lack of senior female peers, Lindsay launched a global gender strategy in GroupM, beginning with “Mind the Gap”, an initiative reviewing external barriers to women; pay, flexible working and parenting policies. She then launched Walk the Talk, a global programme aimed at helping senior women identify and overcome any internal barriers. They saw amazing results: accelerated promotions, heightened confidence and ambition, and a powerful women’s network across the agency globally. This success led to change at scale and it is now a global initiative at WPP level. She is now focused on ensuring that women are (at least) shortlisted for all senior roles at WPP, and she personally mentors women of all levels across the WPP network. Externally, Lindsay is an active member of WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London) serving 5 years on the ExCo and a term as President. Our purpose is to accelerate gender equality in communications and marketing. Alongside programs to accelerate gender equality, they provide inspiration to aspiring female talent via Gather, the annual conference, and quarterly mentoring sessions. She regularly appears on public platforms to champion the importance of gender equality, and writes extensively on the subject.