Future Shapers Live 2018
Saturday 9 June 2018
at Sofitel London St. James
Calling all career-focused women, of any age and from any industry, looking for inspiration, advice and skills to advance your career, change direction or set out on your own.
Join team Marie Claire, including Editor in Chief Trish Halpin, plus a powerhouse line-up of CEOs, entrepreneurs, career coaches and inspiring women who are changing the future of work. Enjoy a day of game-changing talks, workshops and insider advice - all packed into one bespoke event designed to arm you with the skills, tools and motivation to achieve your potential and reinvent your career.
A dazzling array of must-see high profile speakers
Trish Halpin, Editor-in-chief at Marie Claire
Trish is the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, the market-leading women’s glossy, for which she was voted BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors) Editor of the Year in 2013. She has also edited fashion title InStyle and lifestyle glossy Red, where she won the BSME award in 2003 and 2005.
A patron of children’s charity Rainbow Trust, Trish lives in South West London with her husband, photographer Neil Cooper, and their twins Esme and Kit.
Alesha was born and raised in Welwyn Garden City, and after studying a National Diploma in Sport Studies Alesha found fame with the UK Garage MOBO winning trio Mis-teeq. After Mis-teeq separated in 2005, Alesha was signed as a solo artist and in 2007, joined hit BBC show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as a contestant. A testament to her roundhouse talent Alesha went on to win the series receiving the highest marks ever awarded on the show, which led the BBC to ask Alesha to return as a judge on the 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In addition to her music and ‘Strictly…’ work, Alesha is also a presenter, model, philanthropist, business-woman and fashion designer. Making several documentaries on subjects ranging from domestic violence to the digital age in the entertainment world.
2012 Saw Alesha move from her judging position on Strictly Come Dancing for 3 years to become a judge on Britain's Got Talent, where she joined Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and fellow newbie David Walliams and is now currently in her sixth series for the show. 2018 has also seen Alesha named as brand ambassador for Always “Like a girl”and “End Period Poverty” campaigns.
A wellbeing expert, Jasmine Hemsley has inspired a global audience to shift their perspectives on food and lifestyle as a founder of Hemsley +Hemsley. With a passion for home-cooked food and natural remedies, she has captured the attention of a vast global audience, and uses her platformas an author and influencer to encourage a return to a simpler, more mindful everyday life.
Jasmine's latest concept is East by West, an idea that came to life as a pop-up café within theMaiyet Concept Storebetween October and December 2016. Inspired by her travels in Sri Lanka and India, East by West realises Jasmine's vision of Ayurvedic cuisine and wisdom. Following a successful three month pop-up at Maiyet, the East by Westcookbook launched in November 2017, delving further into Jasmine's passion for holistic Eastern foods and therapies.
Emma Gannon (Author, broadcaster and podcast host)
At the forefront of business, technology and career development with wide-ranging experience and expertise, Emma Gannon launched her own podcast CTRL, ALT, DELETE in 2016 - amassing 1.5 million downloads to date, with listeners in over 100 countries. Interviewing guests from around the world, from Greta Gerwig to Lauren Laverne and Lily Cole to Anne Boden, Emma has won numerous critical acclaims including Editor’s Choice’ on iTunes multiple times.
Emma has led training workshops with prestigious charities such as Princes Trust and the Queen's Young Leaders and given a TEDx Talk on Online Identity and taken part in Digital Sessions at the BBC Academy as well as being an expert voice on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on subjects such as ‘How To Start a Side Hustle’ and ‘How to Achieve Work/Life Balance’. She was selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list in the media and marketing category.
Emma’s first book was a ‘Millennial memoir’ called CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up Online and was published in July 2016 and has a new book THE MULTI-HYPHEN METHOD due for release this May.
Pavan Ahluwalia (Founder of the Pavan Henna Bar)
Pavan the world’s fastest Henna Artist and founder of the Pavan Henna Bar, was born in East London to two hugely inspirational parents. In 2012, Pavan claimed the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest Henna Artist with this global achievement seeing Pavan’s client list grow to include celebrities such as Ellie Goulding, Perrie Edwards and Alesha Dixon. In 2013 the demand for Pavan’s work was ever increasing and after recognising there wasn’t a flagship destination currently available, Pavan opened her first Henna Bar in Topshop taking the high street by storm. The new location was met with huge success, leading Pavan to open Henna Bars in Selfridges London & Birmingham, Harvey Nichols and Shoreditch salon Barber & Parlour.
Olivia Wollenberg (Founder of Livia's Kitchen)
Founded in 2014, Livia's Kitchen specialises in creating sweet treats with nutritional twists. She started the company by launching superfood crumbles exclusively in Selfridges. The company was born out of her own recently diagnosed food intolerances which prevented her from being able to eat her favourite treats like cupcakes and chocolate. Olivia then started the popular Livia's Kitchen recipe blog, and began to generate a strong social following on Instagram. Soon after came the launch of her first cookbook, Naturally Sweet and Indulgent Treats which is available to buy on Amazon. Since then, Olivia launched popular product ranges: Raw Millionaire Bites in 2016 and Biccy Boms in 2017, and most recently Nugglets which launched March 2018 available to buy from major retailers nationwide.
Erica Davies (Stylist, journalist and brand consultant)
Mother of two Erica Davies has over fifteen years experience in the fashion industry as a fashion editor on both national newspapers and magazines. She has spent years creating fashion pages, writing stories, travelling around the world on shoots, styling books, appearing as an expert on TV and radio and even creating her own collection for high street brands.
Erica's fun-loving personality comes across in her colourful images and inspiring copy, where she discusses everything from style advice to tips and tricks on how to personalise your living space.
Purvi Farahi (Head of Marketing, Northern Europe J&J Consumer)
Purvi is a senior marketing executive with 16 years of FMCG experience, known for her strong strategic and brand building skills as well as a clear and strong focus on developing people and shaping high performing teams. Currently leading Northern Europe as Head Of Marketing for the JNJ Baby& Beauty portfolio.
In previous roles, Purvi worked in the OTC GFO leading foundational work to develop long-term positioning and innovation strategies to unify disparate brands within the Global Multi-Symptom Cold business. At Health and Wellness Solutions, she shaped and created the B2B marketing strategy that drove strong awareness and propelled J&J as a thought leader in a new space. Through her career, she has delivered results in business turnaround, brand repositioning, incremental and white space innovation, and leading new product launches, including the Rx to OTC switch of Zyrtec.
Purvi has a BA and MBA from the University of Georgia. Purvi, her husband and their 2 children, relocated from Philadelphia, PA to the UK in summer 2017.
Anna Gibson (Co-Founder of Micro Scooters UK)
Anna Gibson started Micro Scooters UK almost by accident, when she was forever being stopped as her children scooted across Clapham Common.
The lawyer, trained teacher and mother of three active boys discovered the scooter in 2003 when her eldest son was just 18 months old. Having sold hundreds of scooters in and around London she started importing them from Germany before teaming up with her friend, Philippa Gogarty in 2005 to launch Micro Scooters UK. The pair persuaded the Swiss manufacturer to grant them the UK distribution rights and then agreed deals with John Lewis, Blooming Marvellous and JoJo Maman Bebe.
Now over a million children in the UK now scoot the school run with Anna attributing the success of the business, to their passion for the product. "Both of us are so passionate about the Micro Scooter, we experienced first hand how it changed our lives as Mums and that of our children for the better. The bottom line is that we really do believe in the product and we still get excited when we see children on them.”
Sanju Pal (Management Consultant at Accenture, Founder of RISE, Teach First Ambassador)
Sanju is founder of the education charity RISE, which she set up as a teacher afterwinning the 2008 Teach First Learmonth School Project Award for the youth social enterprise programme that she created. Passionate about helping disadvantaged young people, Sanju oversees RISE's education programmes in the UK and India in volunteer capacity whilst working as a Management Consultant at Accenture where she specialises in Talent & Organisation in Financial Services. Sanju won the 2013 UK Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) Award in the Young Achiever category, is a case study in Success Against the Odds by Teach First Founder Brett Wigdortz OBE and was profiled in the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills' publication on Inspirational Women in Business. Keen on performing arts since her days at Camden School for Girls and fostering work-life balance, Sanju is a member of House Gospel Choir and plays the violin, most recently as part of the Women of the World (WOW) Festival at the Southbank Centre.
Lu Li (Founder of Blooming Founders)
Lui is the founder of Blooming Founders is a company that helps women to start up their own business and offers educational experiences, access to mentors as well as flexible and affordable access to our workspace. Blooming Founders also run programmes that connect female founded companies with investors and corporate leaders, giving them a competitive edge in growing their businesses.
Lu is the UK ambassador of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, a mentor at the Google Launchpad accelerator and part of the Techstars community leadership team. She has also published the book Dear Female Founder, now globally available on Amazon and Kindle. In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (MP, Tooting)
After completing a degree in medical biochemistry at Brunel University and winning scholarships to undertake cancer research in the US and peace-keeping and conflict-resolution in Switzerland, Dr Allin-Khan studied medicine at Cambridge University (which she chose over signing a record deal). She has worked with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and with victims of flooding in Pakistan. Prior to her election as MP, Dr Allin-Khan worked as an A&E doctor at St George’s Hospital in Tooting and oversees as a doctor in humanitarian crises zones. In her role as shadow minister, Dr Allin-Khan has spoken out against homophobia in football and sexual exploitation of children and young adults.
Jo Tutchener-Sharp, (Founder of clothing brand Scamp & Dude)
Jo spent the first 20 years of her career working in PR, 8 of which were spent running her own PR agency Beauty Seen which she founded in 2007. She represented brands such as Tom Ford Beauty, Estée Lauder, Decleor, Topshop Make UP, NARS and Soho House brand Cowshed. In 2015 her life too an unexpected turn when she suffered a brain haemorrhage. Facing an uncertain future, and having to leave her children for a long period of time of time in hospital to undergo brain surgery inspired Jo to change careers and Scamp & Dude was born. Scamp & Dude is a superpower infused fashion brand for kids and grown ups sold in Liberty, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Designed to help kids deal with separation anxiety, the brands slogan ‘a superhero has my back’ tells kids that someone is always watching over them, even when they can’t see you. Jo lives in North London with her husband Rob and sons Sonny and Jude.
Dr Ellie Cannon
Dr Ellie Cannon (TV doctor, health columnist, author and NHS GP)
Dr Ellie Cannon is the current face of NHS general practice. Ellie read medicine at Cambridge University and then completed her clinical training at the Royal Free Hospital, London before embarking on a career in General Practice. A young, vivacious, approachable doctor, she is best known for her weekly health column in the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, a frequent contributor to Netdoctor, the resident GP columnist for Best Magazine and is widely quoted across all media on health matters. As well as being the on-screen GP for Sky News Sunrise and the regular doctor on LBC’s Health Hour, she was one of the key medical experts on Channel 4’s Health Freaks and Doctor in Your House. She even recently channelled her inner-geek appearing on the TV Doctors team on Celebrity Eggheads.
Ruth Penfold (Director of People, Onfindo)
Ruth has worked in the recruitment sector for around 18 years, and has spent the past four years in-house leading the quest for hiring incredible talent for Shazam globally. Powered by plants, water and positivity, Ruth believes that brilliant people are the lifeblood of any successful business and enjoys creating the right space for people to grow into the best versions of themselves. She does this both in and outside the workplace, by teaching yoga in her space time. The work that she does in both areas are mutually enriching, and she thrives on the difference and balance both bring to each other.
Aimee Bateman (Career Coach)
Aimee helps passionate people thrive in their careers, offering no-nonsense advice based on 10 years as a leading recruiter. Her purpose is to help people feel seen, heard and valued for 8 hours a day, which will impact on their entire lives.
She’s a corporate recruiter turned careers champion and founder of Careercake.com - a dedicated e-learning platform for everybody who wants to maximise their chances of employment or promotion, and to accelerate their career development.
Dawn Moore (HR Director at Morgan Sindall)
With an HR career spanning some 20 years Dawn Moore, HR Director at UK construction giant Morgan Sindall has been instrumental in helping to attract and retain more female talent to this very male-dominated industry. She has recently pioneered the company’s ‘Returnships’ programme, which aims to encourage women who have had career breaks to raise families to develop careers in the construction industry and was instrumental in Morgan Sindall being recognized at the Working Mums 2017 Top Employer Awards. In addition to her work at Morgan Sindall, she is also a non-executive director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Jessamy Hibberd
Dr Jessamy Hibberd (Clinical Psychologist, author and commentator)
Mother of three, Dr Jessamy, works one-to-one with adults experiencing common mental health problems like anxiety, depression or low self-esteem.
On a mission to make psychology more accessible, she is co-author of the bestselling “THIS BOOK WILL…” series (sold in 14 countries), which aims to help people understand themselves better and to gain more from their life. She also works as a media psychologist, regularly contributing content to popular newspapers and magazines.
Her motto is: “What we do every day makes the biggest difference. It’s small steps that lead to the greatest changes.” She shared this message, as well as her personal and professional experience of how to find happiness, in her TEDx talk 'Adventure of a Lifetime.’ As part of which she highlighted three simple changes anyone can make to feel happier, more content, and live a daily life that fulfils.
Brita Fernandez Schmidt
Brita Fernandez Schmidt (Executive Director of Women for Women International)
Responsible for the operation and management of Women for Women International in the UK and Europe, Brita is an advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality. She frequently writes about the challenges women face all over the world in the context of poverty and conflict.
She has grown Women for Women International from when it first started in the UK to a medium-sized charity which is helping thousands of women in countries affected by conflict and raising millions through effective and innovative donor relationships and partnerships. She is also the Chair of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) and Global Ambassador for Roundtable Global. Brita now lives in the UK with her husband and two daughters.
Watch Brita’s TEDx Talk on how she has nurtured her own power in the face of fear here.
Coral Garlick (Founder of Brand Me Collective)
Coral spent the first 10 years of her career working in advertising for Ogilvy & Mather and TBWA working across a range of large brands. She then set up her own marketing consultancy working with luxury travel brands before launching a lifestyle photography business. The Brand Me Collective launched in March of this year to support, inspire and advise ambitious female founders running their own businesses. Coral passionately believes that a founders personal brand story needs to be at the heart of any marketing communications - 'people buy people and want to understand the person behind the brand, this is especially true in a social media world where founders are so accessible to their audience'. Coral works with founders to define their unique brand story, crafting it into a focused brand vision and strategy with the founder firmly at it's core.
Hollie de Cruz
Hollie de Cruz (Author and social entrepreneur)
Having quit her job at a corporate design agency after having her son in 2010, Hollie re-trained to become a hypnobirthing teacher, and has built a successful and renowned practice, including a growing following of celebrity clients. Following on from her experience working with expectant couples,Hollie created the award-winning yes mum positive affirmation cards and continues to empower and inspire women and their families through her popular Instagram platform. Her first book, Your Baby, Your Birth, will be published in Summer 2018. Hollie lives in South West London with her partner. their two sons, and a spoilt dog.
Cheryl Giovanni (Chief Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust)
As Chief Executive of the GDST, Cheryl’s vision for this unique family of schools is to be pioneers in, and shapers of the future of girls’ education.
Before joining the GDST in 2016, Cheryl had a long and successful career with WPP, the marketing communications group, running three of its companies, her most recent role being CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency. Before this, Cheryl was European President of Landor Associates, and CEO of Coley Porter Bell.
Cheryl enjoys mentoring and coaching, supporting young women either informally as a mentor or through WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London). She was previously involved with Fearless Futures, a charity that seeks to empower young women to become leaders in society.
Cheryl was born and brought up in South Africa and has a BA in English, Communication and Psychology from the University of South Africa.
Sara Tasker (Writer, photographer and social media expert)
Sara Tasker of Me & Orla is a writer-photographer turned creative social media coach and podcaster. She works to help creatives and creative business owners to tell their stories online through words and pictures, especially on Instagram. Her weekly podcast, Hashtag Authentic, attracts over 15k listeners each week and her first book for online creatives was released this year. Sara has also been featured in The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Independent, on BBC Radio 4 and beyond.
Sam Smethers (Chief Executive at the Fawcett Society)
Sam Smethers is the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society and took up her post in 2015. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus for over six years. She had previously worked for the Equal Opportunities Commission as their Director of Public Affairs and also has nine years
experience of working in parliament. Sam is a former Trustee of the Fawcett Society and of single parent charity Gingerbread.
Rachael Flanagan (Founder of Mrs Bucket Cleaning)
Starting her business Mrs Bucket Cleaning services, a multi million pound business employing over 300 staff, at the age of 18 after failing her business A-level, she started her business with just £20 of black and white flyers and distributed them around the area. The response was better than Rachael anticipated and she was inundated with enquiries so decided to rope in some carefully chosen staff to help.
Ten years on Rachael Flanagan has created an impressive management team who run the day to day business now, enabling her to work 'on the business not in it' as well as
mentoring other entrepreneurs and small business owners on helping them take their business to another level. Rachael's vibrant personality is a real asset in her business and she is a true leader.
Eimear Varian Barry
Eimear Varian Barry (Blogger, Youtuber & influencer @
Eimear studied film making in her hometown of cork, Ireland, before producing at Red FM. She moved to New York when she was 21 to gain more experience in fashion and media. She worked in film production, (Sex and the City 2), interning in fashion PR houses and assisting photographers Gomillion and Leupold, after a stint assisting styling for Rolling Stone, she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she worked for The Style Co. Eimear is a mum of two and originally began posting snippets of her new life as a mother for family and friends on instagram. Three years later, it has developed into her business. She combines photos of her love for fashion, beauty, travel, cafe culture and love for being a mother.
Stephanie Phair (Chief Strategy Officer at Farfetch)
Stephanie is responsible for leading Farfetch’s global strategic direction, innovation, M&A and for incubating new businesses. She is also a member of the Farfetch Executive Board.
Stephanie was previously founder and President of TheOutnet.com and was part of the Executive team of The Net-a-Porter Group from 2009 to 2015. She has more than 15 years of luxury and e-commerce experience, having worked for Issey Miyake, American Vogue and at Portero in NY. Most recently, she has consulted with a number of start-ups in the digital space and advised PE firms on investments. She is also an advisor for venture capital firm Felix Capital and sits on the board of Moncler SpA. She was recently appointed Chairman of the British Fashion Council for a three year tenure starting in July 2018. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford and lives in London with her husband and three young children.
Emma Hoareau (Photographer & beauty blogger)
Former beauty editor turned photographer, Emma launched her blog Lolita Says So in 2009 while studying History of Art at university. Originally a documentation of thoughts and inspirational photos, Emma now focuses on travel, skincare and beauty after having written for magazines on the subject for over 4 years.
Skin first, makeup second is Emma’s motto and her weekly Sunday School series on instagram educates and informs her audience by talking through skincare fact sand myths, alongside top tips on how and when to use certain products. Herexpertise in the industry, skincare knowledge and engaged audience has placedher at the forefront of the skincare blogger community, and why brands likeEstée Lauder, Nuxe and Neutrogena continue to work with her.
OPENING KEYNOTE: Playing to your strengths – what the workplace looks like now
Join Trish Halpin, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, and panellists including Brita Fernandez Schmidt, executive director of Women For Women International,and Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP for Tooting, for an empowering conversation about what the workplace looks like today and how we can all shape the future for women.
Morning Breakouts: How I did it series
HOW TO SWITCH CAREERS: What to do before making the leap
Meet the women who made a successful career U-turn and find out their secrets on how they did it. Plus, Dawn Moore, HR director at Morgan Sindall, on when, why and how you should jump from one job to the next.
STARTING A BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH: 5 things we wish we'd known
Join the inspirational founders behind mega brands Micro Scooters and The Henna Bar (more announced shortly) to discover how to turn your dream into a moneymaking business.
SECRETS OF THE SIDE-HUSTLE
How to kick-start a project or business on the side, while still holding down your day job, by three women who found side-hustle success.
Lunchtime Inspiration Panel
The power of positivity
Prepare to be inspired by our special guest (soon to be announced) for a masterclass in motivation.
Afternoon Breakouts 1
INFLUENCER 101: How to win followers and influence people
Join some of the biggest names on Instagram to discover what influence means today and how you can become a micro-influencer within your own industry.
THE POWER OF YOU: Harness your individuality for career success
Emma Gannon, author and podcaster, and Coral Garlick, founder of networking platform, Brand Me Collective (more announced shortly), discuss how to discover your unique strengths and leverage them to stand out from the crowd.
#NotMyJob: Meet the disruptors making the workplace better for women
As part of Marie Claire’s #NotMyJob campaign, pushing for genuine equality in the workplace, join the women who are shaping our future by taking on the system, including Jo Tutchener-Sharp,founder of Scamp & Dude, and Sam Smethers, CEO of the Fawcett Society.
Afternoon Breakouts 2
BOOST YOUR PROFILE: How to build a personal brand
From becoming the face of your business or company, to building an online presence for your brand or start-up, we speak to Olivia Wollenberg, founder of Livia’s Kitchen, and Hollie de Cruz, founder of London Hypnobirthing (more announced shortly), about how to present yourself for self-made success.
SOCIAL MEDIA MASTERCLASS: How to make an impact on Insta
Join social-media superstars, including Erica Davies (more announced shortly) and agent-to-the-influencers, Grace O’Leary, who will share tips on how to use your social media platform to build your business.
NO PRESSURE: How to feel less overwhelmed
Learn the secrets of performing well under pressure, without sacrificing your mental health, by the women who’ve been there. Plus, GP and author, Dr Ellie Cannon, on why we all need to practise self-care in the workplace.
Introduced by Editor-in-Chief, Trish Halpin... Alesha Dixon
Our special guest discusses the challenges, defeats and big wins of her journey to the top.
Our pop-up beauty lounge, hosted by Neutrogena, will treat ticket holders to mini hand massages, facials and expert skincare advice.
Wrap up a day of ideas and inspiration with networking and cocktails.
Plus, stay hydrated throughout the day with water supplied by Thirsty Planet. A water brand dedicated to bringing clean water to the most disadvantaged communities across sub Saharan Africa.
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