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Reshma Ramachandran

The Vice President of Hitachi ABB Power grids , based at their headquarters in Switzerland, Reshma is a D&I keynote speaker and a member of the D&I council. As the Head of Engineering, Reshma has increased the number of women on the leadership team significantly and she also serves as the Founding Member of Divershefy. Reshma coaches and mentors several young women in universities that encouraged them to opt for STEM careers and minority ethnic groups to help them advance in their careers. As an advocate for women in STEM, Reshma actively champions the business benefits of employing an effective diversity strategy and has been a voice of change both inside and outside of the organization.

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Beth Ann is the Global CEO of Geometry, WPP’s Creative Commerce agency. Women’s initiatives remain a priority for her. Recently, she expanded WPP’s Stella program to NA recognizing the need for mentorship. Beth Ann is on the board of Geometry’s IE&D Council supporting efforts to globalize programs like WPPRoots to champion greater ethnic and cultural diversity and inclusion. She sponsors high potential talent across the organization. Working with World Woman Founder, Rupa Dash, a program has been conceived to share 60 inspiring leadership stories. Externally, Beth Ann serves on the board of Newhouse at Syracuse University where she mentors and provides a scholarship. Additionally, Beth Ann is on the National Board of Back on My Feet, an organization that uses running to address Homelessness. An advocate in the creative industry, Beth Ann is working to set new models that are fitting of a woman leader and relevant for today’s challenging world. 

Rocki Howard

In addition to heading the US region for Resource Solutions, Rocki heads the organization’s Global Diversity Council. She has fostered a culture of inclusion and acceptance through diversifying recruitment, mentoring promising talent and leading initiatives to entrench gender equality in the workplace. Her goal is to create cultures that open diverse career opportunities for bold, brilliant career women and advocate for the promotion of women into leadership and entrepreneurial roles. She has single-handedly launched an online platform for women over 40 to support their personal and professional development. Rocki even hosts a podcast that highlights the accomplishments of women. Over the years, she spoken at numerous events and written dozens of articles that advocate for respect and acknowledgment of women in the workplace and beyond.

Seema Bains

Seema is the head of DWF’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group and is 1 of 8 women, and the first ethnic minority to hold the position of a Career Level 1 Partner. Seema has been appointed as a Partner Director on DWF’s Plc board with effect from 22 October 2020. Seema has been instrumental in creating an inclusive culture at DWF and promoting gender diversity, and has grown the Leadership Group into a global board, designed trailblazing gender and ethnicity targets across all levels of the business and pioneered D&I best practice to increase the recruitment of a diverse body of talent. Seema serves as a Senior Sponsor to women and BAME professionals and promotes inclusion through industry leading initiatives by the Gender Inclusion Network for Insurance and Women in Hospitality Travel and Leisure. Seema has been quoted in numerous legal and business publications, including the Sunday Times.

Roni Savage

As the CEO and Founder of Jomas Associates (Engineering), and a rare Black woman CEO in the construction industry, Roni is blazing trails for women in business and beyond. She champions diversity and inclusion across the company through strict policies, an unbiased recruitment process and as a mentor to staff members. She also spearheads the D&I campaign across business sectors and the construction industry, sitting on several advisory boards. Named as the Best Consultant & Most Distinguished Winner at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards, Roni was the National Lead for Women in STEM at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and is now the Policy Chair for Construction, representing small businesses across the UK, while also promoting the importance of diversity.

Sue Liburd MBE

Sue champions the importance of diversity and inclusion in all that she does. Sue serves as the Non-Executive Director at ABSTRACT where she works in collaboration with the Board of Directors to deliver the gender equality strategy. This work is focused on increasing the numbers of female and minority associates moving into higher positions. With the support of her efforts, 30% of ABSTRACT’s ACCELERATE programme delegates have been promoted or seconded into more senior roles, and 34% of delegates have developed wider roles and responsibilities. Sue also serves as the National BAME and Gender Diversity Lead for NHS England Armed Forces Public Patient Voice Advisory Group. She recently curated an annual TEDx Women event in the City of Lincoln, as well as leads senior women in business forums with female business leaders attending from across Europe.

Natasha Harrison

Fostering, advancing and accelerating diversity is core to Natasha’s business strategy and at the heart of the London office of Boies Schiller Flexner, which she built from scratch. Natasha is a leading international disputes lawyer, one of few women to head up a major international law firm, and the only UK woman to be running a US law Firm. She has built a UK team with more than 40% female partners and is a supporter of The Brokerage, a charity creating internship opportunities for candidates from diverse and under-privileged backgrounds. As part of her strategic vision for the firm, Natasha has appointed a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion officer, introduced a firm-wide diversity budget and targets for female and minority representation in leadership positions. Committed to the development of young female lawyers, Natasha has made a public stand about how firms can bridge the issue of inequality. Externally, Natasha mentors a number of high-flying women looking to return to the workplace. She has also counselled women through discriminatory dismissals.

Dr. Kamel Hothi OBE

An ex-banker with 40 years’ experience and architect of numerous initiatives, Kamel is a NED for TLC Lions and Trustee to a number of charities and organisations. She chairs the TLC Lions Club in Westminster hosted by UN Chair for women UK, helping over 180 companies to collaborate on Inclusion challenges. Is passionate about mentoring and coaching senior businesswomen across industries and an Ambassador to Alzheimer Society helping reach out across the BAME community and the impact of being a carer. She is an advisor to Her Majesty Queen’s Commonwealth Trust supporting 53 countries to find solution to social problems in particular gender challenges. In 2019, Kamel was invited to Chair the Bloomberg summit round table with UN Women in Mumbai and is a regular speaker globally on gender and inclusion. Kamel was awarded an OBE for diversity across banking in 2017

Jacqui Canney

As WPP’s Global Chief People Officer, Jacqui is responsible for the company’s global talent organization and making WPP the destination for the industry’s top talent. Passionate about inclusivity and diversity, Jacqui is creating an integrated talent team that will work with leaders throughout WPP to help build a culture that empowers people to do their best work. She serves on WPP’s Executive Committee and is the Chair of WPP’s Charity Committee. Jacqui is a Board member of the American Marketing Association, and she is active in organizations at her alma mater, including the Council for Women of Boston College and the Boston College Women in Business Network. Throughout her career, Jacqui has driven large-scale, people-centered business transformations and she is motivated by the journey to workplace inclusion.

Claire Dykta

Claire is a member of the Senior Challenge Group for Women in National Grid and a strong advocate of gender diversity both within and outside the organization, Claire’s primary objective is to help individuals, who are relatively early in their career, identify their aspirations and work at an organizational level to remove barriers to progression and help them succeed. In 2019, Claire introduced a series of external speakers within her organization to provide relatable role models and inspiration to early-career women. She coaches and mentors women inside and outside the organization and is currently establishing an industry wide network to provide support, inspiration and role models to early career women. In addition, she is regularly invited as a role model herself to networking sessions tackling issues regarding equality. Claire has assisted people in gaining confidence to apply for and secure promotions and identify avenues to success within their organizations.