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Bianca Miller-Cole

As the CEO of The Be Group, Bianca ensures that their personal branding workshops and keynote talks inspire others to be their best, futureproof their careers and work towards achieving their long term goals. Bianca works with a number of Gender/BAME networks as she is passionate about diverse talent, specifically helping women and gender parity. Bianca is also CEO of diverse hosiery brand ‘Bianca Miller London’ which provides a nude ‘skin tone’ shade for every woman. Bianca’s accolades include being listed on Forbes Lists 30 under 30, being a bestselling author of Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Start Up Success, being one of Richtopia’s top 100 Most influential Entrepreneurs and a LinkedIn’s Power Profile, as one of the most influential people out of 20 million members.

Kenesa Ahmad

Kenesa Ahmad is an attorney and risk advisor, widely recognized as a leading expert in privacy, data protection and information security. She is co-founder and partner at Aleada Consulting, a Silicon Valley based  business consulting firm, where she advises a diverse portfolio of clients including cloud service providers and financial technology companies, among others.  She is also co-founder, board member and the former Chair of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), and is frequently a featured speaker at industry events around the world.

Rochelle Parry

Being CEO at Wealth Of Knowledge, gives Rochelle the opportunity to hire and give women opportunities to grow and manage their own businesses. She personally coaches women through our leadership program, aiming to open doors for them, and show them more of the world of business. She works with a charity In Greater Manchester and often gives talks to children and young adults at their events on getting women into business and the fight to be female leaders. She also has connections with local schools and works alongside them to help encourage girls in to business. Rochelle is a leader at a local Girl Guiding Unit, she work with Girls ages 5-11 and helps them think about where they want to be and encourages a girls can do anything attitude, her girls are working in the new term to start a simple Girl guiding business/ charity drive and the hope is that this will help instil the belief that they want more, as many of them have C-level aspirations.

Elena Elkina

Elena is a partner and co-founder of Aleada Consulting, a minority and female owned business – one of the first privacy and data protection consulting firms in Silicon Valley. Elena also co-founded a non-profit organization called Women in Security in Privacy to advance women in the fields. She serves as a Board Member for WISP spreading awareness and building champions for women across different industries. Up until recently, she served on the Board of LWT, a non-profit organization that empowers women to grow their knowledge, leadership skills & networks for greater professional & personal impact. 

Carol Liao

As the leader of BCG in Greater China, Carol is responsible for four offices and over 500 staff members. In the past three years, 11 women have been elected partners in China—one-third of their partner group in the region. Through investment in recruiting, women comprise more than 50% of the entry-level cohorts in the region. Carol leads a cross-functional committee dedicated to providing career support to women, including programs focused on sponsorship for mid-level and senior women and flexible working arrangements. Externally, she is involved in a number of organizations that promote women in business, including the Mu Lan Club, an organization of female entrepreneurs sponsored by China Entrepreneur magazine. The group comes together to discuss topics impacting women in business. In 2017, she attended Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Conference in Hong Kong, and has spoken on gender-equality issues at the Women of Our Time conference, sponsored by the South China Morning Post. In addition, she co-authored the BCG research paper Creating the Diverse Organization: How to Thrive in a Complex World (April 2016), in which they advocated that a diverse workforce is imperative for meeting the demands of diverse customers.

Payal Vasudeva

Payal is a managing director who sits on the Accenture United Kingdom & Ireland (UKI) Board with singular accountability for Inclusion & Diversity, and leads the Talent & Organisation UKI practice. Payal is the sponsor of a coordinated programme around the recruitment, development, progression and retention of female employees. In her capacity as a People Advocate, she has overseen the establishment of Accenture’s market-leading Shared Parental Leave provision, and is a key contributor to many of Accenture’s events aimed at promoting female progression, including the annual flagship International Women’s Day celebrations. Externally, Payal is a Trustee on the Board of East London Business Alliance and part of the Business in The Community (BITC) Gender Equality Leadership Team, with a focus on intersectionality and challenging gender norms. Payal has been recognised in prominent global diversity rankings, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences such as Critical Eye CEO Retreat, CBI, European Business Summit, STEM Gender Equality Congress as well as senior leadership forums on the topic of the future workforce and inclusion. She has founded a scholarship program in Mumbai for under-privileged girls, and is co-founding a ‘not for profit’ helping youth from disadvantaged backgrounds build life and leadership skills.

Nicci Take

At her firm, Nicci’s vision statement is “Making D&I Win!” with a special lean towards gender diversity. They look for clients that have a good D&I attitude and support them in favour of their less diverse competitors. Specifically they have declined to work for organisations where the board or management team is All Straight White Male. Vincis is 75% Female. They have two recently returned to work mothers and have adapted contracts and practices designed to make this easy. They are also supporting 3 apprenticeships, where 2/3 are females and they are currently paying for and supporting one young lady to complete her bachelor’s degree on day release. Externally, Nicci presents about D&I and in particular gender diversity. One of her standup shows, “Prey”, is about raising awareness of Domestic and sexual abuse of women and children. She supports a national trans charity, and has recently been appointed as the Head of Diversity for “Wings” which is one of the largest International Scout camps taking place every 4 years, the next is in 2020.

Emma McGuigan

Emma has spent many years championing women in Accenture from running early stage networks 15 years ago to sponsoring global attainment programs today. With a focus on retention, progression and recruitment in her former role, she increased the percentage of women at every level, exceeding the global targets. She pioneered Accenture’s outreach work with Stemettes, a program which started with 14 school girls in London in July 2014 and today reaches >4,000 girls in over 8 countries annually. Externally, Emma sits on the advisory board of Digital Leaders, CBI Innovation Council, and is Treasurer of Orchid Project. She recently stepped down from board of techUK as the sponsor for diversity. She is a regular speaker and panellist pushing the agenda for women in business, from keynote at the GSMA Women4Tech Summit at MWC Barcelona 2018 to speaking at local schools. She is also on the Women in Business board for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, is a Godmother Stemette and acts as a judge for several UK women in business awards.

Joanna Santinon

Joanna has been partner sponsor for EY Women’s Network for eight years, doubling its membership in that time and extending its reach to all offices. The network runs a variety of learning and development events to help women be the best version of themselves, alongside events that showcase inspirational role models. The network has created a best in class International Women’s Day Celebration and awards programme where they presented 22 awards across the UK last year. She also takes part in mentoring and sponsorship of up and coming female talent both formally and informally. Under the banner of the Women’s Network Joanna runs a full external programme with events for different groups. They have a market leading group for women on boards of FTSE companies to discuss current business topics. Separately she has brought together a group of female entrepreneurs providing a forum for them to learn from each other. She has been a member of the 30% club steering committee for 7 years, and was instrumental in creating the cross company mentoring scheme and running the pilot at EY. She currently mentor two female entrepreneurs in the early stages of their start up journey.

Tracey Groves

Tracey established and led the PwC Gender Balance Network UK & sat on the PwC UK Leadership Council for Talent & Diversity, as a former PwC Partner. This involved overseeing the development and delivery of a 2-day leadership development module on unconscious bias as well as sponsoring a number of D&I initiatives. At PwC she was an active sponsor of Women & Girls in Cricket, the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards 2016, Women in Compliance, Women on Boards and The Enjoyable Life Series 2017. Tracey has been a regular mentor and coach to professional services women looking to develop their careers in the City, both internally at PwC and externally. Tracey is a Board Member of City Women Network (CWN) and an Advisory Board Member for Gender Networks (WeAreTheCity). A prevalent speaker on diversity in the workplace, she has delivered a TEDx Talk as part of WhitehallWomen in 2015, and has been interviewed in trade journals and the press on diversity and inclusion.