A list of amazing women speakers for International Women’s Day.
Men only panels continue to be a feature of marketing, media, public relations and technology conferences and events.
Only one in seven of the speakers at the two-day Northern Powerhouse conference in the UK in February was female, and several panel discussions featured no women at all.
Gender parity should be a minimum goal.
These are all people I’ve worked with or heard speak recently. Every single one is inspiring and has taught me something new.
If you’re organising a marketing, media or public relations conference in 2017 or beyond, any of these women would make a great addition to your event.
Apologies in advance for anybody, I’ve inevitably, missed.
Farzana Baduel, CEO, Curzon PR – advocate for fair workplace schemes as a means of improving equality.
Stella Bayles, director, CoverageBook.com – public relations tools and workflow. Managing performance and measuring effectiveness.
Penni Blythe, founder and director, Centre for Creative Change – creative coach and mentor in leadership; and personal and organisational transformation.
Kate Bosomworth, board member, Sport England – role of sports as means of promoting equality, mental resilience and well being.
Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications – future thinker, public relations mentor, teacher and doer.
Liz Bridgen, principal lecturer undergraduate recruitment lead, Department of Media Arts and Communication, Sheffield Hallam University – wide ranging thinker and doer on female talent in the workplace.
Alison Clarke, non-executive director, business advisor and mentor – building and growing agencies through profitable client and agency relationships.
Liz Davies, marketing and communications manager, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – public and stakeholder engagement in health and well being.
Gini Dietrich, CEO, Arment Dietrich – the role of paid, earned, shared and owned, in a modern public relations campaign.
Carol Featherstone, counsellor and psychotherapist, independent practitioner – developing positive and sustainable personal relationships and partnerships.
Debra Foreman, partner and president, Ketchum Digital – building, managing and nurturing a fast growing, high performance digital team.
Karen Freberg, assistant professor in strategic communications, University of Louisville – using modern forms of media and technology for teaching and learning.
Nicky Garsten, PR and communications programme director, University of Greenwich – nurturing the next generation of talent in media and public relations.
Jemima Gibbons, engagement lead, digital apprenticeship service, Department for Education – helping organisations become social through coaching and consulting.
Nicola Green, director of corporate affairs, O2 – public relations and reputation management, working with the board.
Anne Gregory, professor of corporate communication, University of Huddersfield – leadership, organisational communication, and developing a global competency framework in public relations.
Gemma Griffiths, managing director, The Crowd & I – building communities and reputation for fast growth companies.
Sarah Hall, managing director, Sarah Hall Consulting – advocate for public relations as a management discipline, gender equality, and creator of the #FuturePRoof community.
Fritha Hookway, creative strategist, Snap – social media and messaging adoption and usage for consumer engagement.
Denise Kaufmann, partner and CEO, Ketchum London – building, managing and growing a talent led organisation.
Betony Kelly, group head of strategic engagement, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – building and managing modern communication teams for public engagement.
Amanda Kowal Kenyon, chief organisational effectiveness officer, Ketchum – communication and learning as a platform for a high performance organisation.
Tina McCorkindale, president and CEO, Institute for Public Relations – exploring the relationship between theory and practice in public relations.
Julia Menninga, head of learning & development Europe, Ketchum – applying new forms of media to build community-led learning environments.
Claire Murphy, counsellor, psychotherapist and copywriter – developing healthy and sustainable work routines to survive and thrive in media and public relations.
Deidre Murphy, partner and COO, Ketchum London – managing international public relations campaigns across borders.
Sharon O’Dea, independent consultant – future thinker on internal engagement, and the deployment of enterprise social networks.
Jaime Pham, content marketing evangelist, LinkedIn – using social media for internal engagement within an organisation.
Tracy Playle, CEO and founder, Utterly Content & Pickle Jar Communications – content marketing and community building for further and higher education.
Barri Rafferty, partner and president, Ketchum – mentoring, women in leadership, and building a borderless public relations agency.
Jo-anne Robertson, partner and deputy CEO, Ketchum London – modern corporate affairs practice, building and growing a public relations agency.
Mindy Rubinstein, chief communications officer, Ketchum – the role and responsibility of the chief communication officer in managing an organisation’s reputation.
Iliyana Stareva, channel consultant, Hubspot – planning and executing inbound public relations campaigns with a focus on business to business.
Sarah Stimson, CEO, Taylor Bennett Foundation – tackling BAME and social economic diversity in public relations.
Karen Strauss, partner and chief global strategy and creativity officer, Ketchum – the role of creativity in public relations to drive engagement and performance in award winning campaigns.
Laura Sutherland, founder and director, Aura PR – modern public practitioner, and creator of #PRFest, the Scottish based community and event.
Betteke van Ruler, emeritus professor, University of Amsterdam, – applying modern management and planning techniques to public relations campaigns.
Pamela Warhurst, chair and founder, Incredible Edible – community activist and founder of Incredible Edible.
Jenni Wheller, communications director, Perrigo – relationship between internal and external communications within enterprise organisations.
Mary Whenman, director of communications and corporate affairs, Inmarsat – gender diversity in the workplace, managing the career transition from agency to in-house.
Ann Wool, partner and president, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment – planning and delivering award winning earned and paid influencer marketing and public relations campaigns.
Heather Yaxley, rhizomatic educator academic practitioner consultant author specialising in public relations and professional development – developing a lifelong attitude to learning and professional development.
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