Women only speaker list

Women only speaker list

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.

Today is International Women's Day. I'm following James Whatley's lead last year and publishing a list of women from my network who are brilliant speakers.

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-ann 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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