Trailblazers 2023
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Professor John Amaechi OBE | Founder, APS Intelligence Ltd

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There are many things to tell you about John. There’s all the usual bio stuff: Professor John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, an award-winning, international (Sunday and New York Times) best-selling author, a sought-after public speaker, an executive coach and the Founder of APS Intelligence Ltd. He is a non-executive director of a […]
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Laura Bates | Feminist Activist and Writer

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Laura Bates is a feminist activist and writer. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and a bestselling author of many books, including Men Who Hate Women and Fix the System Not the Women. Her campaigning and advocacy work has seen Facebook change its policies on sexual violence, helped British Transport Police to […]
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Samina Akram | Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance Ltd

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Samina Akram has a wealth of experience within the investment, private and commercial banking space. Previous organisations she has worked for include; Merrill Lynch International Bank (where she was heading up their Islamic finance wealth management business). Deutsche Bank, Barclays Bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank and National Bank of Dubai (Emirates NBD). Samina specialises in the field […]
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Anna Whitehouse | Founder at Mother Pukka

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Anna Whitehouse is a journalist, editor, Heart radio presenter and mother, turned Flexible Working Campaigner. Her hugely successful podcast, Dirty Mother Pukka, airs the dirty laundry of it’s brilliant guests in the most straight-talking, gritty and hilarious way possible. She was included in the Telegraph’s ‘Time Wise top 50 Power List’ in 2019. Anna is […]
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Pinky Lilani CBE DL | Founder and Chairman, Women of The Future

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Pinky Lilani CBE DL CMgr CCMI is an internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the Women of the Future Programme, a portfolio of global events, projects and networks that support women and celebrate their talent and success. The Women of the Future Programme events include; the Women of the Future Awards, […]
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Professor Susan Vinnicombe CBE | MA PhD FBAM CCMI Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield School of Management

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Susan held the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Endowed Chair in Women’s Leadership at Simmons College, Boston, USA from 2013-2016. Her research interests focus on the lack of women in leadership and specifically on corporate boards, women’s leadership behaviours and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers. Susan and her co-authors produce the annual Female […]
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Kate Stephens | CEO, Smart Works Charity

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Kate Stephens is CEO of Smart Works, a female employment charity that dresses and coaches women for interview and job success. Kate leads the charity’s mission to inspire and empower all women who need help getting into work, and over the last 9 years has led Smart Works’ growth from one centre in London to […]
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Jude Kelly CBE | Founder & Director, The WOW Foundation

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Jude Kelly CBE is CEO and Founder of The WOW Foundation, which runs WOW – Women of the World Festivals across the globe to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and confront global gender injustice. Starting at London’s Southbank Centre in 2010, where Jude was Artistic Director for 12 years, the festival now takes […]
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