INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2017

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BRUCE DAISLEY, EMEA VICE PRESIDENT, TWITTER

Bruce joined Twitter in 2012, following a career at Google (where he had responsibility for YouTube and display advertising), Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio. New Media Age has recognised Bruce as having made the Greatest Individual Contribution to new media in the UK. In 2015 he was voted Individual of the Year in The Drum's Social Media rankings. He runs a podcast 'Eat Sleep Work Repeat' on work culture, which has featured in the iTunes top business podcasts since its launch at the start of 2017. 

CAT GAZZOLI , FOUNDER, PICCOLO

Cat is the founder of Piccolo, the fastest growing brand in the baby food market, with a turnover of £2m in its first year. Piccolo gives 10% of its profits to food education programmes to help encourage parents to give their children the best start to a positive relationship with food. Cat began her career with the United Nations food agencies in Rome, where she created campaigns and programmes promoting sustainable livelihoods for farmers, as well as promoting female parity and equal opportunities. She then became the CEO of Slow Food UK, the global campaigning organisation for good, clean and fair food. Cat was named by Channel 4 4Food’s as one of Britain’s most inspiring food women for her food education work. 

SARAH HARVEY, UK LEAD, SQUARE

Sarah joined Jack Dorsey's payments company Square in 2016 to lead its expansion into the UK, where she is responsible for a range of business functions including recruitment, sales and marketing, business development and strategy. Prior to Square, Sarah was COO of endurance events company Tough Mudder in NYC, and has also worked across Europe and Africa for the UK Civil Service, for management consultancy Bain, drinks giant Diageo, and on a range of international development projects for not-for-profit organisations and businesses. Sarah holds an MA in English from Cambridge University and lives in London. This year, she appeared on the cover of Management Today as a 35 Women Under 35 star. 

EMMA LAWTON, AUTHOR AND FREELANCE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Three years ago, Emma was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s. She was aged just 29. Yet Emma has gone on to do more in those three years than she ever expected to achieve in a lifetime. Her journey has taken her from an unexpected diagnosis to winning CharityComm’s Inspiring Communicator of the Year Award 2015, featuring in a BBC television documentary and appearing in magazines such as Cosmopolitan. This year she published her first book, Dropping the P Bomb, on dealing with her diagnosis. Emma is head of creative at insurtech startup SPIXII, a creative strategy expert for the Digital Tourism Think Tank and a freelance creative director. She is speaking on the 'When the Chips are Down' panel.

Read more about how Emma's transforming her career. 

KATIE MCQUAID, DIRECTOR, AMAZON MARKETPLACE UK

Katie joined Fulfilment by Amazon in 2014. She started her career as a consultant at McKinsey and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group) before joining Tesco, where she was responsible for business development for Tesco.com including the launch of Tesco’s Marketplace, then UK Clubcard director, heading up all targeted marketing activity and end-to-end management of the loyalty scheme with 16 million members. She has an MBA from INSEAD. 

 VICKI MAGUIRE, EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, GREY LONDON

A promising career in fashion design was cut short when Vicki discovered she couldn't draw. Encouraged by her mentor Paul Smith to write her ideas down instead, Vicki soon found her way into the world of advertising. Vicki has spent over 15 years developing campaigns, thoughts and ideas for agencies including Wieden + Kennedy, Mojo and Amsterdam International before joining Grey London to work on briefs as diverse as full fat butter and the British Heart Foundation. She has collected more than 35 major awards for her BHF 'Hands only CPR' Vinnie Jones campaign – which has now saved more than 50 lives (and counting) – while The Angina Monologues, also for the BHF, earned her a coveted British Comedy Award. Last year saw her take the chairmanship of the Creative Circle Awards, becoming the first female chair in its history. 

POPPY MARDALL, FOUNDER, POPPY”S FUNERALS

Poppy is a multi award-winning, progressive funeral director who quit her high-flying career at Sotheby’s auction house to revolutionise the funeral trade, a sector dogged by bad practice. A former Samaritan and Trinity Hospice volunteer, Poppy was appointed a trustee of Cruse Bereavement Care in 2015. Poppy has been featured in The Times, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Newsweek, Tatler, Cosmopolitan and Stylist and appeared in Management Today's 35 Women Under 35 list in 2014. 

YASMIN SHEIKH, FOUNDER, DIVERSE MATTERS

Yasmin is a disability consultant, coach, trainer and multi-award winning speaker. A former lawyer with Clyde & Co, she sustained a spinal stroke at the age of 29 which resulted in her having to use a wheelchair. She now helps both individuals and organisations to tap into our skills, be resilient, overcome challenges and also have confidence around disability (both visible and non-visible) to ensure people truly flourish though her workshops, webinars, events and speaking. 

KATE BASSETT, FEATURES EDITOR, MANAGEMENT TODAY

Kate has been a business journalist for the past 14 years, editing Real Business magazine and writing for The Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times. At MT, you'll find her interviewing business big shots and entrepreneurs, commissioning columnists and running the Inspiring Women event.


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