INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2018

SPEAKERS 2018

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TRACY DE GROOSE, CEO, DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK UK & IRELAND

Since becoming CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland in 2014, Tracy has expanded the group to more than 4,000 people and 20 media, technology, data and creative agencies. Her earlier career saw her tackle some of the UK’s biggest marketing and communications challenges; from the early days of revitalising the Stella Artois brand in the 90s, making it reassuringly expensive and 1998 FMCG Brand of the Year, to turning media agency Carat into the fastest growing network in 2013 and a Sunday Times’ top company to work for in the UK. Last year, Tracy was named one of London's most influential people in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 list, and hailed as a ‘Woman to Watch Europe’ by Advertising Age. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council. 

JUDE COOK, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, SHAREIN

Jude studied general engineering at Durham University, specialising in fluid mechanics, before qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte's in London, then working in various strategic planning and corporate finance roles at BT. After taking a career break to have three children, Jude founded Edinburgh based fintech business ShareIn in 2011. ShareIn is one of the founding members of the UK Crowdfunding Association and firmly believe all types of alternative investments can and should happen online. 

SARAH HARAN, FOUNDER, VVA

Sarah started her career creating and managing operations centres for large corporations such as Microsoft, Compaq and Scottish Power. She was part of the founding team of iomart, and was central in its development and growth from a small start-up telecommunications provider into the largest UK-owned cloud computing and data hosting company. Sarah left her position as the group's COO and board director earlier this year to focus on her fashion business: a luxury accessories brand that combines quality and practicality, empowering the modern woman who appreciates artisan techniques and functionality. 

KELLIE RIXON MBE FIH, FOUNDER, RIXON ASSOCIATES

Kellie started her career in the leisure business working for multi-site operator Bourne Leisure. She quickly fell in love with hospitality and worked for pub retailers including Marston’s. With a passion for people development, Kellie moved into HR. After some time in retail with TK Maxx, she joined De Vere hotels as head of learning and development in 2002, before becoming group HR director for the Resorts Collection, then group director of brand development. In 2012, she was awarded fellowships from the Academy of Food and Wine and the Institute of Hospitality as well as an MBE for services to hospitality through the groundbreaking work of the De Vere Academy of Hospitality, which saw 10,000 young people trained for a career in the industry. Kellie joined the Executive Board of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts in early 2014 as group brand director, then people development director. She left this role in June 2016 to set up her own HR consultancy, Rixon Associates. At the conference Kellie will be talking about overcoming her most difficult moments.

MOJI SHAND, CEO, DUNCAN TAYLOR SCOTCH WHISKY

How does an LA criminal law attorney and senior supervisor to 90-plus other lawyers drop everything to become the CEO of a whisky company in Scotland? Born in Persia and brought up in the US, Moji fell in love with whisky whilst on a sabbatical from her job. Travelling around Europe she landed up in Scotland for the first time on a whisky tour where she discovered the Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky company. The company, founded in Glasgow, will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year and, with Moji at the helm, it has just had one of its strongest year of sales globally as it continues to export to over 50 countries. 

DAME CILLA SNOWBALL, GROUP CHAIRWOMAN AND GROUP CEO, AMV BBDO

Cilla joined AMV BBDO in 1992 as the agency’s first new business director. Having risen up the ranks to become group chairwoman and CEO, she now oversees the three companies that comprise the AMV Group in the UK – AMV BBDO, Proximity and Redwood. Cilla sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide and Derwent London and she chairs the Women's Business Council. She was the first woman to chair the Advertising Association. Cilla was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for services to advertising, diversity and equality. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham in July 2017. Most importantly, she is Fred, Albert and Rosie’s mum. 

MICHELLE THOMSON, FORMER MP AND FOUNDER, MOMENTOUS CHANGE

Following a career spanning classical music, IT, change management and property, Michelle entered politics in 2015. Not afraid to think differently and challenge the status quo, she wanted to be a force for change. But having taken a seat at Westminster, she found herself in a media storm. Accusations of financial fraud against a former business adviser were turned on her, despite the judiciary making it clear that Michelle was not under investigation. Unable to defend herself, she resolutely continued in her role as MP: she led the enquiry into Sir Philip Green, was the vice-chair on various All Party Parliamentary Groups and, in one of the most powerful speeches delivered in the House of Commons, spoke honestly about a personal experience of rape. She has now moved on from politics and is the founder of research consultancy Momentous Change. 

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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