Future Shapers Live 2017
Saturday 20 May 2017
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
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.
Katherine Ryan, critically-acclaimed comedian, writer and performer
She is only the second British-based comic to have a Netflix Original Comedy Special released globally, the brilliant (and very funny) Katherine Ryan: In Trouble. She can currently be seen on Channel 4's The Fake News Show and recently presented How’d You Get So Rich? She's also a regular breath of fresh air on panel shows that include Have I Got News For You, Celebrity Squares and 8 Out Of Ten Cats.
A stand-up comedy star, Katherine has completed two sell-out nationwide tours of her show KATHBUM and performed at the prestigious Oddball Festival alongside Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari.
Katherine is originally from Canada but has made the UK her home. She lives in North London with her daughter Violet.
Melissa Hemsley, co-founder of Hemsley + Hemsley and author of new cookbook EAT HAPPY
Melissa Hemsley is a real food lover and one half of the Hemsley sisters with an all day cafe in Selfridges and a Channel 4 TV series that celebrates great ingredients that make you feel your best.
Melissa's new cookbook 'Eat Happy: 30 minute Feelgood Food' is out in January 2018 and she is committed to easy, fast and delicious food based around accessible ingredients and innovative recipes that everyone can cook. Melissa is passionate about cutting down on food waste, transforming leftovers and spreading love through food and is proud to have supported CookforSyria.com to fundraise for children in Syria, mindful eating with Headtalks.com and is a judge for the YBFs (Young British Foodies).
Louise Pentland, fashion & beauty vlogger
Award-winning lifestyle and beauty blogger, fashion designer and number one bestselling non-fiction author Louise Pentland is fulfilling a dream and releasing her first ever novel in 2017. A UN Global Ambassador for Gender Equality, Louise was shortlisted for 2016's Glamour Woman of The Year and recently won InStyle 'Best High-Street Fashion YouTuber' and the Shorty Award for 'Best YouTube Guru'. She's recently released her second collection for fashion retailer SIMPLY BE (sizes 10-32) and her second LOUISE LIVE UK tour was a sell-out this summer. Her non-fiction book Life With A Sprinkle of Glitter hit the Sunday Times number one bestseller slot in summer 2015.
Louise has 3.7 million YouTube followers, 1.9 million Twitter followers and 2.4 million Instagram followers. Hers is one of the fastest growing international social talent platforms.
Vanita Parti MBE
Vanita Parti MBE, founder of blinkbrowbar
blinkbrowbar founder, Vanita Parti MBE, is the pioneer of the walk-in brow bar and largely responsible for bringing the ancient technique of threading into the 21st century. She launched the first ever blinkbrowbar in 2004 and with an award winning line up of products and services Vanita has now done for brows what walk-in nail bars have done for nails.
Vanita was the first to launch the concept of eyebrow threading bars in department stores to allow for easy access, no fuss and a quick treatment. Since then, the company’s domination continues – in 2012 blinkbrowbar launched at the Topshop flagship store on Oxford Circus as well as opening its first stand-alone site in London’s Canary Wharf. In 2014 blinkbrowbar launched in New York City’s prestigious Saks and in 2015, opened a further stand-alone store in Notting Hill. Blinkbrowbar is now know by stores as a high density and hugely successful brand with 24 branches across the UK and US.
In January 2015, Vanita was honoured in the Queen’s New Years Honours List 2015 for her services to the beauty industry, receiving an Order of the British Empire, Civil Member (MBE).
Further to her MBE in 2015, Vanita won the prestigious CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) Achiever Award 2009 and has been credited for single-handedly pioneering brow service standards and techniques to a whole new level.
Vanita is a support of Butterflies, the Delhi based charity supporting working and street children with a proceed of blinkbrowbar’s profits going to the organisation.
Michelle Kennedy, co-founder & CEO at Peanut
Michelle started her career as a lawyer at leading international law firm, Mishcon de Reya. 5 years ago Michelle joined dating app company, Badoo. Having transformed the internal legal offering within Badoo, she developed her role to do the same across the company and rose to Deputy CEO role at the $100m+ revenue generative market leader.
During her tenure at Badoo, she approached Whitney Wolfe to establish a way to work with her. Michelle was integral to the the launch of mould breaking dating app, Bumble, and the relationship between Whitney and Andrey Andreev (Badoo Founder).
Having worked in dating apps for 5 years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth elements of building a social product.
Michelle is also mum to her 3 year old Peanut, Finlay. Fed up with struggling to meet other mums whilst working, and finding herself trawling blogs for advice at 2am, she decided to make a product to make being a mum a little less lonely.
Joan Murphy, co-founder at Move Your Frame Studios
Joan, Co-Founder of Frame, a health and fitness brand based in London is originally from New Zealand. Joan travelled in her early twenties and found herself studying in London and working in advertising, sports and exercise were always two of her passions but she found the gym scene de-motivating and knew there had to be a better way to work out. It was from this, that the idea for Frame was born and along with her business partner Pip, they have championed making exercise enjoyable for everyone.
Pip & Joan have grown Frame into a well-known and much-loved brand that now has four studios, a strong celebrity clientele and its own Move Your Frame apparel brand. This year, the pair launched Mumhood, a new online platform for mums.
Phoebe Gormley, founder at Gormley & Gamble & Neutrogena ambassador
Phoebe Gormley is a 23 year old entrepreneur and owner of the first tailor exclusively for women in the history of Savile Row; Gormley & Gamble. Having interned on the Row and Jermyn Street from a young age, tailoring was always a passion of Phoebe’s. She soon began to realise that there was a gap in the market for bespoke womenswear; elegant, intelligent designs of Savile Row quality and fit. And so she took a ‘Gamble’ – quitting university and using what would have been her final year’s tuition fees to start her own business.
She made her first sale in October 2014, from a small office in the City, and can now be found at 13 Savile Row. Phoebe was named on Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30 Europe’ list earlier this year, and recent accolades include a Marie Claire Future Shapers Award in 2016, awarded by headline sponsor Neutrogena for resilience and ambition in business. She is attending the panel discussion on behalf of Neutrogena, as an ambassador for the brand’s belief in supporting the next generation of inspirational women to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals, pushing the boundaries and seeing what’s possible.
Jen Sincero, author, speaker & success coach
Jen Sincero is an author, speaker and success coach who’s spent over a decade helping people get their poop in a scoop via her public appearances, newsletters, online products and books. The continued global success of her #1 New York times Bestseller You Are A Baddass, which has sold over a million copies since its release in 2013 and is available in over twenty languages, has made Jen a mighty and trusted voice in the world of self-help. The next book in the series, You Are A Badass at Making Money (2017), was inspired by Jen’s story of self-transformation in which she went from living in a converted garage eating dollar tacos every night to owning her own seven figure business and traveling the world in style.
Jen is a much sought-after keynote speaker who has shared her signature brand of motivational comedy with everyone from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations to non-profits to educational institutions. In 2011 she sold most of her possessions and spent the next three years running her business from all corners of the globe, writing, speaking, coaching and encouraging people to live lives of unbridled awesomeness.
Jen and her work have appeared in a variety of media outlets including the New York Times, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah Magazine, Success Magazine/Radio, Comedy Central, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Interview, Cosmo and The Howard Stern Show. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and can be found on the web at JenSincero.com
Alice Olins & Phanella Mayall Fine
Alice Olins & Phanella Mayall Fine, co-founders of The Step Up Club
Alice and Phanella are the fresh, new voice for women – and their careers. The pair sit at either ends of the creative/corporate spectrum and know that it’s just a valid to aspire to career contentment, as it is to want to become the next CEO. Through their stylish by instructional events, and their recently published book ‘Step Up: Confidence, Success and Your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes a Day’, Alice and Phanella are changing – and improving – the future for professional women.
Step Up Club has a monthly column for Get The Gloss and work with some of the leading female bands in the UK, including Stella McCartney and Karen Millen. They also lead regular workshops at corporations, getting straight to the heart of the career conversation in the workplace.
Alice has worked at or written for nearly all of the country’s broadsheets and women’s glossies. Having spent a decade at The Times as its Senior Fashion Writer, followed by a stint as Marie Claire’s Fashion Features Director, Alice is now the Fashion Features Director at Red magazine and continues to write on a freelance basis.
Phanella began her career as a finance layer working on multi-billion dollar transactions in London and New York. Today, she is an executive coach and development consultant. Working globally, she coaches and trains clients to feel more confident, present better, lead authentically and progress their careers.
Charlotte Philby, journalist, writer & broadcaster
Charlotte Philby, 34, is an award-winning writer, editor, and consultant, and mother of three. She worked at a national newspaper for 8 years before launching Motherland, an online magazine "for women who happen to be mums” in 2014.
She is currently working as a freelance writer, brand consultant and strategist while writing her first novel.
Shara Tochia & Hettie Holmes
Shara Tochia & Hettie Holmes, co-founders at DOSE
Shara is a marketing professional with over ten years experience specialising in online marketing, partnerships, PR and events for global retail, technology & wellness startup businesses in London, Sydney and New York in both a full time and consultancy career. Brands Shara has worked with include Ralph Lauren, Facebook & fitness startup 1Rebel. Shara founded & launched the UK’s first online fitness class booking aggregator and is also a part time spinning instructor.
Hettie started her career working in PR and account management for leading design agencies Seymourpowell and Sheridan&Co. Hettie went on to work for a spa entrepreneur / columnist who she supported for two years programming wellness into luxury hotels which led to the creation of beauty start-up FaceGym - a non-invasive skincare studio that she launched in Selfridges.
Amy Cole, head of brand development, EMEA at Instagram
Amy leads Instagram brand development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In her role she works closely with marketers across brands, agencies and other organisations to help inspire and advise on their Instagram strategies, helping them deliver against their business and campaign objectives.
Amy was the sixth member of the Instagram team. During her time at Instagram, Amy has held the role of head of business operations, helping to develop and launch Instagram’s advertising platform and has led market operations for Instagram’s international business expansion.
Kathy Phillips, founder at This Works & International Beauty Director for Condé Nast Asia
Kathy Phillips spent seven years at Vogue as Health and Beauty Director. She left this prestigious post a few years ago to pursue various new projects specifically the launch of the natural Beauty Brand This Works. But she still maintains a strong link with Condenast in her current role as International Beauty Director for Condé Nast Asia working with all their titles (Vogue, “W” Self, Vogue Girl and Allure) in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan juggling both responsibilities which call on differing facets of the Beauty industry. For the Asian titles, she plans and directs Beauty shoots, writes articles and oversees the 50-page Beauty sections in China and Japan.
At This Works, as Creative Director and Founder, she is involved in the visual and formulations side of the business including the packaging design, concept and creation of products.
She has worked for many British magazines and newspapers throughout her career. From having her own weekly page on the Daily Mail, at 23, she has been a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, a commissioning editor on YOU magazine and written for various publications including The Financial Times, The Times, and The Sunday Times, the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Telegraph and most recently, Psychologies magazine.
She wrote the “Beauty Guru” column in the Evening Standard and from 2008-2010, the “Beauty Queen” column in Observer Woman magazine.
She has won several Jasmine Awards, the fragrance industry’s top prize for Journalism and a C.E.W Lifetime Achiever Award, recognition from the Cosmetics Industry.
In 1977 she wrote The Vogue Book of Blondes and then edited and co-wrote Vogue Beauty (2000) as well as two best-selling books on Yoga. The most recent of these, The Spirit of Yoga has been translated into several languages and re-issued as a paperback. A new, smaller paperback format was re-printed for August 2005. She has frequently appeared on TV and radio both here and in the US.
Kathy is interested in the serious side of Beauty, Complementary Medicine, Health and Fitness and is often found quizzing doctors, dermatologists, laser specialists, nutritionists and cosmetic surgeons as well as being invited to watch operations and new procedures being performed.
She has been practising Yoga for thirty years and is a qualified teacher.
Michelle Brien, product owner at Decoded
Michelle Brien is product owner at Decoded, a global tech education company offering accelerated face-to-face and digital learning experiences to empower professionals across the digital dark arts of code, data, innovation, cyber security and artificial intelligence.She has developed and continues to lead on one of Decoded's latest experiences, Innovation in a Day which helps businesses think more like a startup. During the day, learners rapidly prototype, test then develop new ideas using principles from agile and design thinking.
With a background in digital marketing and product management at OVO Energy, tagsmArt and Localgiving.com; Michelle strongly believes that technology education is the key for the next generation of female leaders to adapt to and thrive within a future digital economy.
Sue Unerman, Chief Strategy Officer at MediaCom
In a world that is changing faster than any of us can quite get used to, business needs people who can not only see the next change coming, but can also explain it to the rest of us.
Sue is one of these rare people. She’s a “clarifier”.
In the rapidly changing world of media, Sue has been ahead of the curve for three decades, and remains at the forefront of the industry’s evolution. Sue has consistently moved MediaCom forwards ahead of the competition – a crucial factor in its rise to become the number one company in its sector.
Sue has been named by Campaign magazine as “Top Planner of the Year” on more occasions than any other individual – and is the current holder of the title. She drives transformation for MediaCom and its clients.
She has reached out to a wider public with the publication of her book The Glass Wall – the year’s most significant addition to the debate on gender diversity at work.
She blogs at sueunerman.com. Her first book on marketing “Tell the Truth, Honesty is your most powerful marketing tool” was published in summer 2012. She was a member of the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. She was Internationalist Magazine Agency Innovator 2012 and served on the University of Oxford Public Affairs Advisory Group . Sue is a contributing media editor to Brand Republic and sits on Oxford Today’s Editorial Advisory Board. She is a member of the Open University Council and Women’s Aid’s Key Supporters Group.
Miranda McMinn, deputy editor at Marie Claire
Marie Claire’s deputy editor Miranda has held senior roles in newspapers and magazines for 20 years, including The Times, Observer, Daily Mail and Red, after starting out as a trainee reporter on local papers (thanks, Heddon Times!)
Miranda has three noisy daughters, an expensive Dior beauty counter habit and is an obsessive wild swimmer.
Andrea Thompson, features director at Marie Claire
Andrea is features director at Marie Claire where she oversees the features content for the brand as well as the @work franchise including the annual Future Shapers Awards. She has 16 years journalism experience as an editor and writer across print, TV and digital media, and has held senior staff positions at the Daily Mail and Grazia, and freelanced for The Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday and Channel 4. As well being responsible for the feature that won Marie Claire its only Amnesty Media Award, her years as an undercover investigative reporter saw her land a number of front page scoops from exposing child-populated sweat shops in Mumbai for Channel 4 to unravelling the dubious business dealings of property tycoon Donald Trump for the Daily Mail ( a whole decade before took up residence at the White House.) When not chasing stories, she is planning events for Ladies and Gentleman, the award-winning cocktail bar she co-owns with her partner in Kentish Town and running around Hampstead heath with her two energetic sons.
Tracy Ramsden, features editor at Marie Claire
Tracy is features editor at Marie Claire and co-founder of ideas lab, Skribe London. An award-winning journalist,she has been in the business for 15 years and has held senior editor roles on Cosmopolitan and Company, as well as freelancing for Sunday Times Style, the Guardian, the Mirror, Observer magazine, Stylist, Grazia and Red. Her writing and editing career began as a journalism student when she somehow managed to persuade Arcadia to back her in producing an in-store magazine for Topshop. Following a brief stint making (very good) tea for some very important editors, her career in investigative journalism has since taken her from Japan to South Africa to the US covering some of the world's most high-profile news stories.She has interviewed prime ministers, Hollywood A-listers and some of the most inspirational activists, survivors and business women in the world. She was once assigned to fly to Australia to date five handsome men in a week, but that's another story. She still makes very good tea.
Yana Ignatova, Head of Baby Franchise, J&J EMEA
Yana hails from a classic brand building career of over 18 years of international assignments with P&G and J&J. Across developed or developing economies, during times of growth and during major economic downturns, in political stability and political turmoil,she has created a proven track record of building successful businesses and enduring organizations.
Yana has worked in 7 countries, 2 continents and managed brands at global, regional and local level, across diverse FMCG categories, including Beauty, Baby, Oral Care, Feminine Care, Laundry, Cough and Cold, Pain Care, Digestive Care, Smoking Cessation and other OTC and RX brands.
She is currently managing over a$1Billion business across 122 countries for J&J EMEA and leading the Diversity and Inclusion Program for the UK Consumer organization.
Yana is known for her passion for the power of diversity, and for her belief that “it always takes a village".
Andrea Furst, sport & exercise psychologist & performance coach
Andrea Furst is a sport psychologist and the woman who helped to mentally prepare Team GB's Women's Hockey team when they went on to win Olympic gold in Rio in 2016. She works with a variety of elite performers in sports such as tennis, golf, netball, rugby, and athletics,to help them understand how to perform at their best under pressure. She also coaches CEOs, GMs and senior leaders in business to have a healthy respect for their mental health.
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Sadia Sisay, founder at beingU
27 Year Old Sadia Sisay is a Sierra Leonean born British woman who believes that who people are is more important than what they have done. Her past and present has certainly proved that no matter what you go through you can and will achieve anything if you commit to your dream. She moved to the UK from Sierra Leone at 16, trained as a cancer nurse, then worked in the pharmaceutical industry until 2008 when she left and decided start her own business and became the proud founder of beingU. She first attempted to launch the brand in 2011 however personal challenges meant she had to put her dreams on hold but she is back and more passionate than ever.
Sara Allen, founder at Further&More
I am an experienced senior strategist and job share expert. I am the founder and CEO of Further&More (www.furtherandmore.com), who’s mission is to make job-sharing ‘business as usual’.
Before setting up Further&More,Sara was a Senior Civil Servant, working in the Cabinet Office, and for a range of Senior Ministers and the Cabinet Secretary (she started in his office on the day of the 2010 election, and watched the joint Clegg-Cameron press conference from his window overlooking the No10 garden!).
Her high profile projects included leading the Department of Health’s Dementia Innovation Unit, which delivered the Prime Minister’s vision to re-set the operating environment for dementia drug development.
Maud Rabin, Worldwide Image and Communications Director at Remy Cointreau
Maud spent her childhood playing in the vineyards of the Loire Valley, where her grandfather crafted a local brand of wine. It was through his example that she understood how to translate hard work and an entrepreneurial mindset into a brand that people love.
At 6 years old, she began cutting pictures from her grandmother’s Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines to make mood boards that told stories through images. When her aunt told her that this childhood game could translate into a career in image marketing, her path in life was set and from this she developed her ethos of using creativity to make her dreams come true.
When she finished her Global Communications studies in 2001, she met Nelly Biche de Bere, a 35-year-old entrepreneur with an idea for a fresh approach to a lifestyle brand. She understood her passion for brands, saw her creative mindset and Maud quickly rose through her organization and was given the reigns of the Biche de Bere image.
After seven years there she moved to Rémy Cointreau where she has been fortunate to shepherd the Cointreau brand from a forgotten cocktail ingredient to a beloved brand. The initiatives she has created include Cointreau Creative Crew, #1orange1tree and Cointreau Privé which have caused consumers worldwide to see the brand in a new light.
Creativity for her is both the process of generating breakthrough ideas and weathering the myriad of setbacks over time to turn risks into results.
Laura Thomson, coach at Phenomenal Training
With a background in Psychology,Laura has been developing and delivering culture change, communication and leadership programmes for Phenomenal Training since 2000. Alongside clients such as Ann Summers, Argos, Phase Eight and The Body, Laura partners with Heathrow Airport on various culture-change projects with the aim to 'humanise the machine' of an international airport.
Laura's mission is to help people maximise their human potential at work as we enter the machine age.
Fiona Rice, executive coach and consultant at Rice Consultancy
Fiona is an Executive Coach with a legal and business background, specialising in the legal, financial,professional services and business arena. She provides tailored coaching programmes and training, focused on helping individuals to thrive in their work environment, whilst supporting organisations in harnessing the skills and talent of their employees in parallel.
Fiona read law at Oxford, qualified as a solicitor, and has worked as an international banking, asset, project and corporate finance lawyer based in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. She was a banking partner with both Allen & Overy and Linklaters and set up her own consultancy business in 2011.
Fiona has mentored, coached and lead numerous training programmes and workshops. She now works full time as an Executive Coach, trainer and facilitator and is also a member of the PSF programme teaching faculty at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, where she is Programme Director of the Women in Law Leadership Programme. She lives in London with her husband and four children.
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Jess Wood, fashion features director at Marie Claire
Jess started out as an intern under piles of returns dockets in the fashion cupboard at Glamour, before moving onto become a full-time fashion assistant at the magazine. After 2 years assisting the fashion director, she went on to become Junior Fashion Editor at InStyle – scouring the high street for the best product to put on the magazine's shopping pages.
Her dream was always to write rather than style, and she moved into the newly-created role of Fashion Features Editor at InStyle, before being promoted to Fashion Features Director. She has been working in the same role at Marie Claire for the past 7 years, doing everything from compiling trend reports and interviewing heavyweights like Marc Jacobs and Christopher Kane to tracking down the buzziest new fashion brands to cover for Marie Claire's website. Jess is not a lover of minimalism. Her maximis 'more is more' - especially when it comes to jewellery, and also the length of her copy, much to the despair of Marie Claire's Subs desk.
Lucy James, social media guru at PureSocial
Lucy James, 39, heads up Pure Social a social media consultancy that specialises in helping businesses to achieve a formidable online presence. This is her second career as previous to this she was a lawyer in Central London for eight years. The impetus for Lucy to change career was the combination of moving out of London to Hampshire and having her children Alice, now 3, and Jessica, 2. After Alice was born, Lucy returned to law in London but found the combination of commuting and the long hours culture every difficult.
So in 2015, whilst on maternity leave with Jessica, she started to think about a plan B. Step forward Digital Mums,an organisation that trains mums in social media management and digital skills so they can find flexible work that syncs with family life. Lucy completed The Social Media Management Course in 2016 and now runs her own business.
She currently works both part time and flexibly around her two daughters and manages the social media for Batu Batu Island a private resort in Malaysia and a boutique nanny company in the French Alps. She has also worked with charities and social enterprises and plans to expand her business and take on more clients once the children start school.
Shola Kaye, author & founder of Speak up Like A DIVA
Shola Kaye is passionate about helping women speak up and be heard. She started her company, Speak up Like A DIVA, to create a warm, supportive community for women in the workplace and female business owners. As well as providing private and corporate coaching,she holds regular workshops, giving participants the opportunity to practise speaking in front of an audience and empowering them to create credible,engaging and effective presentations.
Shola, a self confessed introvert who was once afraid of presenting for work, is now an internationally acclaimed professional singer, an award winning public speaker and author of her bestselling book – How to be a DIVA at Public Speaking.
Since leaving Cambridge University, Shola has lived on both sides of the Atlantic, working with Fortune 500 companies in a variety of roles including management consulting, project management and jingle writing. She has also recorded two albums. As well as her work with Speak Up Like A DIVA, Shola speaks to VI formers around the country on careers and motivation.
Sue Macmillan, Chief Operations Officer at Mumsnet
Sue Macmillan is Chief OperationsOfficer at Mumsnet, the UK’s largest network for parents. Prior to joiningMumsnet, she was Head of Digital at the Labour Party. She is also the CabinetMember for Children and Education on Hammersmith and Fulham Council. She iscurrently on maternity leave with her 6 month old son, Zach
Natasha Courtenay-Smith, Author, branding expert & entrepeneur
Natasha is a digital marketing strategist and publicist, providing consultancy & training to business owners, experts and celebrities. She uses both online & traditional media strategies to help her clients increase their visibility and raise their profiles.
She is the author of the bestselling book The Million Dollar Blog and one of only 8 Facebook accredited trainers in the UK for the platform's global #shemeansbusiness campaign.
Natasha's work includes web design & build, social media & content strategy, facebook ads, lead generation, publicity and thought leadership.
Megan Hine, survival consultant, adventurer, television presenter and writer
Megan Hine is a British adventurer, wilderness expedition leader and survival expert. She also acts as a consultant for private individuals and on television shows around the world including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Running Wild. With a lifelong thirst for travel and adventure Megan has amassed a huge amount of expertise in all aspects of the outdoors. By pushing her mental and physical limits in extreme environments Megan has explored remote jungles, arid deserts and high and cold mountains; taking private clients, celebrities and television crews to extreme and beautiful places they didn't even know existed. Her debut book MIND OF A SURVIVOR is out on 18 May 2017.
Vicki Psarias, founder of Honest Mum
A former multi-award winning film and TV director, Vicki started her one of the biggest lifestyle and parenting blogs worldwide Honest Mum (www.honestmum.com) in 2010 after suffering from a traumatic birth with her first son which helped her to rediscover her voice, recover from the ordeal and find herself with a new career in the process. She now works with global brands as a blogger and vlogger and regularly appears in the press and on TV. Her mission is to help other mums embrace flexible digital careers that work around their family. Her debut non-fiction book #Mumboss is out in March 2018, published by Piatkus/ Little Brown.
Lucy Pavia, entertainment editor at Marie Claire
Lucy Pavia is Marie Claire's Entertainment Editor. She has previously worked for InStyle and written freelance features for The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Independent. She was winner of the 2016 Jasmine Literary Award and came runner-up in the Vogue Talent Contest. An experienced interviewer, she has interrogated everyone from Kim Kardashian to Karl Lagerfeld. She once duetted on a reggae single which hit #70 in the Kenyan National Radio Charts. She has no plans for an album release.
Xena Tchoumi, digital fashion entrepreneur
Through her numerous speaking engagements, including two TEDx talks on women’s empowerment and how to overcome prejudice through the internet, she has highlighted the importance of advocacy for women’s rights. Xenia speaks six languages and has eight million followers on social media. She is one of the top digital influencers in Europe, and has worked with brands of the like of Ferragamo, IWC, Bulgari, Rolls Royce, Tod’s, Hogan, Tom Ford and Dior. She's as well a freelance writer and a social media consultant for fashion brands.
Chika Russell, founder of food brand Chika's
Chika Russell is the founder of food brand Chika’s, a range of African-inspired premium snacks based on recipes from her childhood in Nigeria. In 2015, Chika took her business idea on to the TV show Dragon’s Den where she rejected the Dragon’s £30,000 investment offer, deciding to go-it-alone from her kitchen table instead. Her business is now worth £3.5 million and her all-natural, gluten-free products are stocked in Waitrose, Holland and Barrett and Whole Foods amongst others.
Rehearse it! help their clients achieve a far higher probability of getting a ‘Yes’ in critical meetings where a 'No' would have a professional downside. From pitch meetings with new customers to job and promotion interviews Rehearse it! aim to help their clients get the response they need.
To do this they use research from the world’s top behavioural science and neurology institutes on what nudges judgement in our favour to produce actual results. Pyschologists call it ‘The Pyschology of Influencing’ and Rehearse it! teach how to influence opinion in your favour.
They have both private individual clients as well as much larger corporate contracts. Private clients range from board to junior level with business sizes starting at a 120 person digital marketing company in Shoreditch to Fortune 500 companies.
At Future Shapers Live Rehearse it! will offer a 30 minute ‘flash’ session - this is a very rapid introduction to how to nudge judgement in your favour in critical meetings and presentations when you need a ‘Yes' from your audience. Rehearse it! will share four very simple tools that you can rehearse in your own time.
The workshop and seminars for the day include:
9.30 – 10.00 am
Registration and refreshments
10.00 – 11.00am
Opening keynote panel: Reinvention and resilience – what career success looks like now
Marie Claire’s Editor-in-chief Trish Halpin hosts an agenda-setting panel on the rapidly changing world of work, and how to stay ahead of it. Jobs are transient, skills are vital and career flexibility is key to future-proof ourselves. How do we navigate this brave new world with resilience to not only fulfill our potential, but to exceed it?
Panelists include: elite sports psychologist Andrea Furst and founder of beauty brand This Works, Kathy Phillips.
11.00 – 11.30am
Morning break & refreshments
11.30 - 12.15pm
Morning breakout session
Session A: How to build your personal brand
Location: Piccadilly / Bloomsbury
Seeing yourself as a personal brand has never been so important. The rise of social media means that we are expected to manage our reputation, both online and in real life. Keeping on top of how you are perceived is key whether you are employed or running a business. What do you wish for people to associate with you or your business? Whether you want to rise within an organisation or lead your own, a strong personal brand is essential.
In this session Marie Claire's Features Director Andrea Thompson will be in discussion with three women who have nailed the process of brand building. Panelists include: brand consultant and entrepreneur Natasha Courtenay Smith, founder of Speak Up Like a Diva workshops Shola Kaye, founder of Honest Mum Vicki Psarias and Head of Baby Care Franchise, J&J EMEA, Yana Ignatova.
Session B: How to start a business from scratch
You have a game-changing idea and a laptop, but how do you transform your start-up dream from kitchen table to global business success? We speak to the inspirational women who have done exactly that about how to get things off the ground, the lessons they learned along the way and how to turn your business idea into maximum profit. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to take your business to the next level you’ll leave with practical tips and insider advice from some of the most inspirational entrepreneurs in the business.
In this session Marie Claire’s Features Editor Tracy Ramsden will be in discussion with three women who turned their business dream into a success story. Panelists include: founder of Blink Brow Bar Vanita Parti MBE, founder of Savile Row tailoring company Gormley and Gamble and Neutrogena ambassador Phoebe Gormley and Chika Russell, founder of snack brand Chika’s.
Session C: How to switch careers
Job-hopping is the norm for a generation of career nomads – chances are your final job title before retirement hasn’t been invented yet and your first job may already be extinct. This session addresses why we should switch focus from specific job titles and instead look at transferable skills, by meeting the women who have made their career pivots look effortless. Hosted by Marie Claire’s Deputy Editor Miranda McMinn, panelists include: cancer nurse-turned-lingerie entrepreneur Sadia Sisay, solicitor-turned-social media manager Lucy James, and business coach Fiona Rice.
12.15 – 1.10pm
LUNCHTIME INSPIRATION PANEL - The power of positivity
Motivational speaker and success coach Jen Sincero is the New York Times best-selling author of You Are Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life. What she doesn’t know about achieving personal and professional happiness isn’t worth knowing. Prepare to be inspired.
1.10 – 2.15pm
Neutrogena Beauty Lounge
Location: Mayfair A
Neutrogena #alwaysbounceback room
Location: Westminster Syndicate
Rehearse it! will be offering a 30 minute ‘flash’ session on how to nudge judgement in your favour in critical meetings and presentations when you need a ‘Yes' from your audience. They will be sharing four very simple tools that you can rehearse in your own time to achieve the outcome you need.
2.15 – 3.00pm
Afternoon Breakout Session 1
Session A: How to get ahead in the digital world
In a world where everything has gone digital and computers are replacing job roles at a faster rate than ever before, we discuss how to upskill and stay ahead,whatever your industry. From the importance of social media to the basics of coding (yes, everyone can learn it, even in one day!) here’s how to make technology your friend instead of fearing it. The future is here, and we’ll show you how to embrace it for long-term career success.
Panelists include: Instagram’s head of product marketing (EMEA) Amy Cole, Decoded’s product owner Michelle Brien and leadership programme Phenomenal Training’s Laura Thompson, this panel will be chaired by Marie Claire’s Online Features Editor Delphine Chui.
Session B: Is there a right time to have a baby?
Location: Piccadilly / Bloomsbury
From juggling working motherhood, to maximising maternity leave and turning parenting into a business idea, Marie Claire’s Deputy Editor Miranda McMinn is joined by Mumsnet COO Sue Macmillan; founder of Peanut, the social network for parents, Michelle Kennedy; and parenting journalist Charlotte Philby to discuss the ups, downs, chaos and badass skills learned from the frontline of working motherhood and asks, is there ever a right time to have a baby?
Session C: Wellbeing at work
How to eat, breathe and exercise your way to career resilience. Beat stress, stay focused and take care of yourself as three wellbeing experts share their strategies for success. Marie Claire’s Features Editor Tracy Ramsden talks to Frame co-founder Joan Murphy, foodie Melissa Hemsley and survival expert Megan Hine.
3.10 – 3.55pm
Afternoon Breakout Session 2
Session A: How to be your own influencer
Likes, shares and followers are the modern businesswoman’s currency so who better to quiz on how to become an influencer than three women who have amassed more than eight million followers between them. From building online communities from scratch, to engaging with followers and monetising your social media feeds, in this breakout session Marie Claire’s Entertainment Editor Lucy Pavia talks to lifestyle and beauty YouTuber Louise Pentland; parenting blogger Constance Hall and digital entrepreneur Xenia Tchoumi about how to find your voice online and stand out.
Session B: The future of work
Location: Piccadilly / Bloomsbury
Our careers are changing, so how can you ensure you remain relevant and resilient in an ever-evolving market? In this session, we’ll explore how the world of work has evolved over the past 30 years and look at the future of our workplaces and work practices to evaluate the skill set you need to stay ahead of the game and succeed in decades to come. Panelists include: CEO and founder of executive recruitment agency Further and More Sara Allen, Chief Transformation Officer at Mediacom Sue Unerman, and Worldwide Communications and Image Director at Remy Cointreau Maud Rubin.
Session C: The power of collaboration
'Two heads are better than one' - your mum's old adage has taken on a whole new significance when it comes to modern ways of working. You've got a great idea for a business or venture but a crucial gap in your skills that could mean make or break when it comes to success. That's where the perfect work partner comes in. Join Fashion Features Director Jess Wood and two brilliant business duos to talk about the secrets and challenges of teaming up with a professional 'other half'. Happy couple number one are Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine, of women’s career networking initiative Step Up Club. Perfect pairing number two are Shara Tochia and Hettie Holmes, co-founders of'healthily hedonistic' lifestyle site DOSE.
3.55 – 4.20pm
Afternoon break & refreshments
4.20 – 5.00pm
Keynote closing speaker: Katherine Ryan
Writer, performer, comedian and presenter Katherine Ryan has forged a successful career in one of the most unforgiving industries there is: stand-up comedy. So what has she learned? For this year’s closing keynote Katherine talks to Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Trish Halpin about her journey from Hooters waitress to critically acclaimed comedian, with plenty of humorous, take-home tips to encourage you to be just a little bit more of a badass in your working life.
5.00 – 6.30pm
Cointreau Fizz Cocktail Reception
Saturday 20th May 2017
9.30am – 6.30pm
Sofitel London St. James
Ticket £95 and includes lunch, access to talks and a luxe goody bag worth over £100.