Since the day it was founded 150 years ago, Harper’s Bazaar has always championed the cause of the career woman. For the past four years, our Bazaar At Work initiative has aimed to inspire, empower and inform our readers with the most exciting developments in the world of work.
Now in its third year, the Bazaar Summit returns to bring together Britain’s most inspiring female leaders from the worlds of finance, fashion, business, wellbeing and technology for a life-changing day of empowering talks, thought-provoking panel discussions and unmissable networking opportunities.
This year’s speakers are soon to be announced, but the inspirational guests that joined us at the last Bazaar Summit included:
Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Rosamund Pike has earned international acclaim forboth her stage and film roles. Perhaps best known for her lead role in the hugely successfulGone Girl, Pike has most recently been seen in Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, José Padilha’s Entebbe and Brad Anderson’s Beirut.
This year, Pike starred in The Human Voice, an adaptation from the play by Jean Cocteau. This short film follows an unflinching portrait of a woman’s heartbreak over thecourse of a final telephone conversation between lovers. The actress will also soon play legendary Sunday Times war reporter Marie Colvin in A Private War (set for release in November), a film based on Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article, ‘Marie Colvin’s Private War’, and is directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts).
Pike just completed filming for Radioactive, a movie exploring the life of the iconic scientist Marie Curie (played by Pike). The Working Title production directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) is based on an adaptation of Jack Thorne’s novel Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout. In July, she also began filming State of the Union, a 10-part series directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nick Hornby.
Her previous film credits include A United Kingdom, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (opposite Simon Pegg), Jack Reacher (opposite Tom Cruise), and Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman. She also played Lisa Hopkins in the dramatic film Made in Dagenham with Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins – for this she was nominated for a 2011 London Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress in a Supporting Role.
Pike has also appeared in a number of theatre productions, including a starring role in Gaslight, Patrick Hamilton’s Victorian thriller at the Old Vic Theatre, as well as performing opposite Judi Dench in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Madame de Sade.
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Helena is well known in the City, particularly for her work on gender equality. She was CEO of Newton Investment Management for 15 years and is now leading a new business at the UK’s largest fund management company, Legal and General, to encourage more people – particularly women – to invest for their future.
In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a business-led campaign to improve gender balance in the boardroom. The proportion of female directors on UK listed company boards has since more than doubled and there are now 10 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena chairs the Diversity Project, a cross-business initiative aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions within the UK investment and savings profession.
Helena is an ambassador for the Eve Appeal, a charity funding innovative research into gynaecological cancers and a member of the Institute of Public Policy Research’s Commission on Economic Justice. She has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 Person of the Year at the paper’s Boldness in Business annual awards. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.
Helena is a Philosophy graduate. Her husband is a stay-at-home father – they have nine children; six girls and three boys, whose ages range from nine to 26. Her first book, A Good Time to be a Girl, Don’t Lean in, Change the System, was published by William Collins in February 2018.
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News’ international editor and the author of In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin and Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution. She has covered many conflicts of recent years.
In 1994, she was the only English-speaking journalist in Rwanda when the genocide began and in 1999 reported from Belgrade on the Nato bombing of Serbia.
During the 2003 US invasion, she was in Baghdad and covered the Fallujah assault in 2004. From 2006 to 2008, Hilsum was the Channel 4 News China correspondent.
She has won several awards including Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year and the Charles Wheeler Award.
Elizabeth Day is an author and journalist. She has written four novels. Her latest, The Party, was an Amazon bestseller, an Observer Book of the Year and has been optioned for television. The recipient of a British Press Award, she has written for The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Observer, New York Magazine, Grazia and Harper’s Bazaar, where she is contributing editor. Elizabeth is also the host of the iTunes top-three podcast, ‘How To Fail With Elizabeth Day’, and a regular broadcaster for Radio 4 and Sky News.
Bloomberg described Gina Miller as an ‘Establishment Wrecking Ball’ but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity is about reform, not wrecking. Her expertise and areas of work cover investments, charities, democracy and political processes; as well as social justice. As a passionate believer in responsible capitalism, Miller believes we all have a civic duty to be actively engaged in challenging contemporary issues facing businesses, politics and wider society.
Post the financial crisis, Miller and her husband Alan founded SCM Direct as a modern disruptive digital wealth manager centred on 100 per cent transparency, low cost and putting clients first.
In 2012 Miller launched the True and Fair Campaign, calling for an end to rip offs and dubious practices in the UK investment and pension industry. Gina’s campaigning has resulted in contributions to three EU Directives – MiFID II, PRIPS and The Shareholder Directive.
In 2016, Miller successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court in what is hailed as the most important British constitutional case for 200 years. Gina continues a ‘democracy and legality’ watching brief of the UK Government’s activities as Brexit is progressed.
At the end of August 2018, Miller published her first book ‘Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way’
Sarah Sands trained on The Sevenoaks Courier as a news reporter, before moving to the Evening Standard – initially as editor of the ‘Londoner’s Diary’ – and took further posts as features editor and associate editor. She joined the Daily Telegraph in 1996 as deputy editor to assume responsibility later for the Saturday edition.
Sands was appointed the first female editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 2005. In 2006 she worked as consultant editor on the Daily Mail and in 2008, she became editor-in-chief of the UK edition of Reader’s Digest. She was appointed deputy editor of the London Evening Standard in 2009 and became its editor from 2012-2017. Sands is currently the editor of the Today Programme.
Clare Smyth opened her first solo restaurant Core in August 2017.
The restaurant, in the heart of Notting Hill, celebrates the finest British produce, craftsmen and artisans in a relaxed setting, offering an exceptional fine-dining experience.
Smyth’s credentials are exemplary and her steep rise to chef patron at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was not surprising. Her devotion to her craft, extremely high standards and meticulous work ethic are just three of the reasons why she remains the first and only female chef to have run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK.
Born in Northern Ireland, Smyth grew up on a farm in County Antrim where her lifelong passion for food began. As a young girl, she loved the countryside and preparing food from scratch for the farm workers. She had a confident and competitive nature, especially when it came to showjumping. At 15 she began working in one of the best restaurants in Northern Ireland, and at 16 she moved to England to learn the skills that would eventually make her a world-class chef. On completing her studies, Smyth was driven by her thirst for knowledge to work and stage under many influential chefs around the world.
In 2002, Smyth joined Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and worked her way up the ranks to become senior sous-chef. She left London in 2005 to gain experience abroad and joined the kitchen at Alain Ducasse’s renowned Le Louis XV in Monaco. In 2007, she returned to London as head chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, aged just 28 and in 2012 became chef patron.
In 2013, Smyth was appointed MBE for services to the hospitality industry. The Good Food Guide awarded Chef of the Year to Clare in 2013 and she and her team achieved a perfect 10/10 score in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – their restaurant became one of just three to receive such acclaim in Britain. In 2015 the restaurant was awarded five AA rosettes and in what is regarded as the Oscars of the hospitality industry, Smyth was honoured with the Chef Award at the Cateys 2016. In the 2017 edition of the Great Britain and Ireland Michelin Guide, Smyth was also given a special award recognising her achievement as a female chef. In 2018 Core by Clare Smyth was named Best Restaurant at the GQ Food and Drink Awards and received the Elit Vodka World’s Best Female Chef Award.
She has appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Great British Menu, MasterChef, The Late Show and The One Show and numerous international demos across the world. All this points to Smyth building her own legacy in her typically understated way.
Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE became Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe in January 2018. She was also re-elected to the Board of the Co-op in the same year and was appointed Chancellor of Coventry University in 2016.
She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her 2018, for services to charity and for promoting diversity, upon ending her term as trustee and Chair of international development Charity ActionAid UK.
She is a trustee of the Radcliffe Trust, which supports the development of skills in classical music and traditional arts and crafts.
She chaired a diversity review of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards for CILIP (the Libraries Association); and is currently on the panel overseeing a strategic review of the British Council.
She was Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary for the John Lewis Partnership for nine years. Before that she worked for twenty years with City law firm Dentons where she had been a partner and jointly led an award winning team in planning and development work), she’s now retired from executive roles.
Her portfolio now includes advising young entrepreneurs, and supporting and advising organisations on governance and advising those, in particular women and BAME or LGTBQ+ people, who wish to embark upon board careers. She is passionate about establishing diversity on boards and is an ambassador of Board Apprentice.
She’s also Chair of the Advisory Board of award winning Ultra Education, an enterprise which provides teaching of entrepreneurial skills to primary school children and which has recently successfully built two e-learning enterprise education modules for the Duke of York’s iDeas Enterprise training platform. These contribute towards the training opportunity for the DoY’s bronze and silver awards.
She mentors and advises the award-winning founder of an App called GrantFairy that matches higher education courses with bursaries and scholarships, which enables disadvantaged, but able students to access up to £850m worth of funding so that they can leave university without debt.
She is also a Patron of the John Staples Society, a body created across the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools,to develop social mobility by providing opportunities and access developed through the Federation’s outreach to Russell Group Universities.
She’s also mentor to rap artist and digital media entrepreneur, Kelvyn Colt, whose latest single was chosen for an aspirational advertising campaign by Saatchi and Saatchi for the current Head and Shoulders campaign.
Margaret’s portfolio in the past included being a Government appointed non-executive director of NHS England; special trustee of Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital Charity and also government appointed trustee of the Geffrye Museum.
Amy Brown is the head of creative strategy, events and experiences for Google in EMEA, having joined the company in 2010.
Her day job is to connect users and customers to Google, telling Google’s story and sharing the magic of technology in simple and surprising ways. In the process, she aims to bring people together to create serendipitous moments, inspiration and collaborations. Her work also includes presenting Google at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Google’s product launch events such as the Google Curiosity Rooms and YouTube Music in Residence, and Android at Mobile World Congress.
Brown joined Google from the Edinburgh Television Festival where she was the festival director. In that role she saw record sponsorship revenue and attendance figures for the event, with MacTaggart Lectures delivered by Jeremy Paxman, Mark Thompson and James Murdoch.
Prior to the Television Festival, Brown was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. She began her career at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts where she oversaw their membership and events strategy for 10 years.
Brown obtained her MBA from London Business School and holds an MA in Modern Literature from the University of London as well as a BA in Literature from Birmingham Southern College. She moved to the UK in 1997 studying collaborative theatre after winning the prestigious Thomas J Watson Fellowship.
A native Texan, Brown has lived in London for 22 years. When not working, she’s either running her homemade cookie business, Highgate Cookies, or walking on Hampstead Heath with her husband and daughter.
Baroness Shackleton works with a variety of significant clients, primarily dealing with family work. Chambers legal directory has described her as “a master strategist” and that “she has great skill in putting clients at ease, and she is very good at seeing the big picture”.
Fiona has used the knowledge garnered from 40 years in the profession to do a research project in human relationships “The Shackleton Project” with a view to educating people in making the right decision for marriage.
Fiona is Solicitor to TRHs Princes William and Harry and was appointed to the rank of LVO in the 2006 New Year’s honours list.
Fiona was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Exeter in July 2010.
In December 2010 Fiona was made a life peer and in September 2011 she was appointed an Honorary Bencher of Inner Temple.
Fiona is recommended in both Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK. Chambers & Partners UK writes that the “phenomenal” Fiona Shackleton commands respect for her expert handling of high net worth disputes and interviewees highlight her market-leading client service and strategic judgement, describing her as “the rainmaker of all rainmakers”. Another source for Chambers & Partners commends Fiona for her “excellent judgement”. The Legal 500 comments that Fiona is “immensely quick-thinking”, “extremely astute”, “accessible, with a reassuring manner”, and is “a demon negotiator”.
Fiona has for many years featured in the Citywealth Leaders List and this year, yet again, is listed in the Top 10 Leading Family & Matrimonial Lawyers and in the Power Women category.
Inga Beale is the departing CEO of Lloyd’s of London, after joining the company in January 2014. Previously she was group chief executive of Canopius with its principal operations at Lloyd’s. Prior to that, she spent four years with Zurich Insurance Group, including a period as global chief underwriting officer. She was group CEO of the Swiss reinsurer Converium Ltd and while there, she led a major turnaround of the business before it was acquired by SCOR in 2007.
Beale started her career as a reinsurance underwriter with Prudential before spending 14 years in a variety of international roles for GE Insurance Solutions. She is a member of the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, the UK Department for Education’s Business Advisory Group, the London Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, the Geneva Association Board and is president of the UK Chartered Insurance Institute. Beale is also a member of the UK Government’s Public Service Leadership Taskforce.
Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter. She has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand, is the veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows and fronts the cult podcasts Dear Viv and We Are Women. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review and appears regularly on BBC1’s This Week. As an executive coach, she works with women across business, media and advertising, helping them to hone their authority, presence and leadership.
Gina Rippon is professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre in Birmingham and a regular speaker at Women of the World Festival, the British Science Festival and the Royal Institution amongst others.
Her upcoming book, The Gendered Brain (published 28 February ahead of International Women’s Day) demolishes the myth of the male or female brain, and will have huge repercussions for the gender debate, for education, for parenting and for how we identify ourselves.
From 1997 to 2017 Fiona McTaggart was the Labour MP for Slough. She was elected to stand for Labour through an all-women shortlist.
In April 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Fawcett Society after campaigning to improve women’s lives and fight inequality and discrimination throughout her parliamentary career.
Priya Lakhani is the Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, an artificially intelligent learning platform for teachers and students. CENTURY, which launched in October 2015 and has been available globally from September 2016, provides algorithm-based personalised learning journeys to students on a content agnostic platform and offers real-time insights and predictive analytics to educators.
Priya started her career as a barrister, specialising in libel, privacy and reporting restrictions for the press including representing a newspaper in the House of Lords at the age of 25. In 2008, Priya successfully launched a FMCG business and launched products into nationwide supermarket chains and independent retailers. Passionate about CSR and incorporating a ONE=ONE model, the company’s charitable arm provided millions of meals and 35,000 vaccinations to the underprivileged.
Priya has been a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum, an advisory board member to several educational/skills organisations, including a founding entrepreneur of Gazelle Group Colleges. Priya authored childrens’ book, Zarin’s Perfect World, which was published in 2014 and was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chancellor in 2009 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. Priya now also presents on BBC World News as a commentator on world news, politics, business and technology on a bi-monthly basis.
Julia Hobsbawm is an expert on connectedness in modern working life. A prominent entrepreneur, media commentator and international speaker for corporate audiences, she has emerged as a leading voice on the future of the workplace, Social Health and behavioural networks, explaining how to best use social network science to enhance productivity, engagement and talent management.
Julia founded the pioneering knowledge networking firm Editorial Intelligence in 2005. She holds honorary visiting professorships at London’s Cass Business School and the University of Suffolk and has recently joined the board of Kronos’ new European Workforce Institute. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2015.
Carolanne joined UBS in February 2016 as the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, for UBS. Prior to joining UBS she spent 29 years at Citi and has an extensive background in senior HR leadership positions including Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Employee Relations.
Carolanne is an experienced Coach and qualified Mediator. Passionate about working with leaders to drive real change on the Inclusion agenda she is focused on fixing the ‘system’ rather than fixing the ‘women’ (or any other under-represented group!) She has a proven track record of creating impact.
At UBS, Carolanne has been driving a cultural change agenda to support the Boards objectives to have a greater number of Women in Senior Leadership roles. With a pragmatic approach underpinned by metrics, UBS is seeing genuine change that is delivering positive outcomes for employees, clients, investors and other stakeholders. Her body of work has been broad but 3 highlights; a) embedded management accountability for progress in every line of business, b) launched a global returner programme Career Comeback that brings people back into the industry after a period of career break, c) lead and authored a Global Study looking at the root causes leading to senior Female Attrition producing some myth-busting findings that are helping UBS rethink retention strategies.
She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Women and Public Policy unit at Harvard Kennedy School, a Chartered Fellow of the British Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and has been recognised by Women in Banking and Finance with Award for Outstanding Achievement
Outside of work, Carolanne and her husband Mark live in Hertfordshire and have 4 children aged between 14 and 23. She is a member and student of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace.
Shona Baijal is a managing director at UBS Wealth Management UK, responsible for a team of client advisers within the UK domestic business. She is a key player in the on-going development of the bank’s strategy focused on female clients, with a particular interest in the programme to improve the financial confidence of women. Since joining the bank in 1999 (and prior to taking on a management role), Shona was a client adviser working with entrepreneurs and corporate executives. She is a chartered wealth manager and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments. She holds a Masters degree from St John’s College, Cambridge, and was recently voted Woman of the Year in the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards. Shona is passionate about women’s empowerment and, as a parent to two children, she is fully aware of the significance of securing the livelihood of future generations and of instilling them with the values to sustain it.
Sally Dennis is the Director of Customer Operations for Mercedes-Benz, and has worked within the automotive industry for over 25 years, across a variety of brands and channels, including retail, manufacturing and most recently financial services. She has been named in the Top 100 Great British Women in the Car Industry and has been shortlisted for the Daimler European Excellence Leader of the Year award.
Sally leads a diverse team of 180 people and reflects that she doesn’t conform to the stereotypical automotive profile. Her strengths lie in her passion for leading teams through change and development, creating cultural shifts and simplifying things by reducing complexity: leading her team to achieve fantastic results. Her core belief is that each member of a team is unique, each with talent to offer, and no one individual is stronger than the collective.
Sally is proud to be part of Mercedes-Benz in the UK at a time when the senior team is 50% female – highly unusual for the automotive industry. When she first started her career there were few women in senior roles and she would often find herself being the only female at a meeting or a training course, “It could be quite isolating, and the subject wasn’t really openly discussed – unlike now.”
Harriet Homfray is the Collections Manager for The Camellia Collections, an extensive multi-disciplinary collection acquired over the past 50 years by Camellia Plc. Harriet, having worked for both commercial and charitable arts institutions, is now engaged in continuing the collection’s development and broadening its accessibility.
Celebrating 130 years this year, the British Plc Camellia employs and operates throughout the world in agriculture, engineering and food service and owns Jing Tea.
Camellia holds uniquely important collections of manuscripts, philately, fine art and furniture, located across three continents. The Camellia Collections’ suffrage archive has been in active development since the 1980s and is an important source for academic research relating to the women’s suffrage movement in the UK.
Natalie Reynolds is CEO of globally respected negotiation firm advantageSPRING, author of bestselling book ‘We Have a Deal’ and Honorary Visiting Professor of Negotiation at Cass Business School.
Natalie has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, business schools, governments and NGO’s including the United Nations and the Clinton Foundation, and has a reputation as one of the leading voices on diversity and negotiation. Natalie regularly appears in the media providing commentary and advice on negotiation relating to business, international trade, politics and equal pay. In 2018 Natalie founded The Make Your Ask Project, a global initiative to challenge conventional thinking that negotiation is all about aggression, tough talk and win/lose.
Make Your Ask promotes a method of negotiating based on collaboration, understanding, problem solving and creativity. In a bold bid to make negotiation more accessible to everyone, Natalie has created an online negotiation course priced at only £10, a fraction of its market value. For every £10 course sold, The Make Your Ask Project will gift a copy of the course to a woman around the world who really needs it via charity partners including UN Women.
Antonia Romeo is permanent secretary of the Department for International Trade, which has responsibility for global trade promotion and finance, inward and outward investment, trade policy, and trade negotiation and market access arrangements with countries outside the EU. Prior to this, Romeo was Her Majesty’s consul general in New York and director of general economic and commercial affairs in the USA, and special envoy to the US technology companies.
Romeo began her career in the private sector, at strategic consultancy firm Oliver Wyman. She joined the civil service in 2000 as an economist and has held a number of senior positions including director of general criminal justice at the Ministry of Justice, and director of general economic and domestic affairs in the Cabinet Office.
Romeo holds an MA (PPE) from Oxford University, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and an Advanced Management Programme diploma from Columbia Business School.
She is married to John Romeo and has three children.
Nathalie Nahai is an international speaker and author of the best-selling book, Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion, published by Pearson.
One of the foremost experts in web psychology, Nathalie helps businesses apply scientific rigour to their website design, content marketing and products. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, design agencies and SMEs, including Google, eBay, Unilever and Harvard Business Review, to name a few.
Nathalie lectures internationally on the digital application of behavioural sciences, has hosted Guardian podcasts, and contributes to national publications, TV and radio on the subject of online behaviour.
You can tweet to her @NathalieNahai
Vicki is currently professor of organisational behaviour at Ashridge Executive Education, part of Hult International Business School, having previously held positions at dean of faculty and global director of research.
Vicki specialises in well-being research, specifically related to memory and sleep. She has spent nearly 20 years researching memory, the impact of poor memory, how to improve memory and the effects of reduced sleep with a variety of individuals including older adults, children, forensic populations and employees. More recent research and teaching interests include the relationship between sleep, well-being and derailment, and the relationship between sleep and resilience in management populations.
Vicki also researches and teaches in the field of adult pedagogy, specifically in relation to learning transfer and how to make learning experiences ‘sticky’.
Vicki works with a range of clients from across the world, teaching leadership development, along with sharing her research findings. Her latest book, The Business of Sleep is published by Bloomsbury and is due out in March 2018.
Vicki studied Psychology at Manchester University, followed by an MPhil and PhD in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from Leicester University. She is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, a chartered psychologist and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Hilary Cottam is a social activist whose work in Britain and with communities around the world has focused on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of this century. Hilary has founded a number of social enterprises including Participle and School Works and is a former director of the UK Design Council, where she built the pioneering RED Unit. Before settling in the UK, Hilary was based in Africa and Latin America with a number of international organisations, including the World Bank, where she was an urban-poverty specialist working in five countries in Southern Africa.
Hilary was educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open University, and she holds a PhD in social sciences. Her work has received numerous awards and she has been recognised as Britain’s Designer of the Year, as well as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her innovative and life-changing models of social innovation.
Pip Jamieson is the founder of The Dots, a LinkedIn challenger designed around the networking needs of no-collar professionals – creators, freelancers and entrepreneurs. As routine jobs become more automated, these no-collar professionals will represent the future workforce.
Delightfully dyslexic with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it), Pip was named by Creative Review as one of the top 50 Creative Leaders, and by The Sunday Times as one of the top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs innovating in their respective fields.
Being a sole female tech founder, Pip has helped businesses put building diverse teams at the heart of everything they do. Pip lives on a houseboat with her husband in Kings Cross, London.
ABOUT THE DOTS
There are 80 million members globally, and 11 billion is spent each year on recruiting them. However, they don’t have a professional networking home online.
The Dots facilitates networking by collecting data on full teams that create projects, making their network high-trust as members have actually worked with a connected member. Collecting this high-trust data will enable machine learning to make sophisticated personalised recommendations to clients and in the longer-term will enable full team hires, not just individuals.
Pip has put diversity at the core of The Dots. The Dots community is 62 per cent female, 31 per cent BAME and 16 per cent LGBT + – they actually fixed The Dots’ algorithm so more diverse talent would feature higher in search results.
The Dots has a quarter of a million members, with the who’s who of the creative industries as current clients, including Google, Burberry, Sony Pictures, Viacom, BBC, Warner Music, AKQA, Tate, Discovery Networks, VICE and many more.
Dr Tara Swart
Dr Tara Swart is a medical doctor, neuroscientist and executive advisor. She is passionate about teaching others how to apply learnings from neuroscience to enhance their everyday lives.
A graduate of Oxford and King’s College London, she is the only top-tier leadership coach to have a PhD in neuroscience and a former career in psychiatry. Her experience across the medical, scientific and business spheres means that she offers rigorous guidance on how best to harness the brain’s power to thrive professionally and personally.
Her ongoing roles in academia ensure she remains at the cutting edge of scientific research. Swart is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan and King’s College, London and also teaches at Oxford Saïd Business School. She works with leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, and thereby improve their ability to manage stress, regulate their emotions and think outside the box. She specialises in sectors that face unusual levels of stress or change.
In 2016 she was named the neuroscientist-in-residence at London’s Corinthia Hotel. A world first, the role involved developing a ‘Brain Power’ luxury guest package, redesigning the hotel’s menus, a lecture programme, personal consultations with VIP and executive guests, and a study on the metal resilience of the hotel’s staff.
Swart is the co-author of Neuroscience for Leadership (Palgrave), which won the 2016 CMI Management Book of the Year.
Swart sits on the leadership advisory boards of the EFG private bank Arowana private equity, and is a brand ambassador for Pack for a Purpose, a charity that assists travellers in making meaningful contributions to the communities they visit. She is also the founder of the Unlimited Mind website, a resources hub for information about how to apply neuroscience to your life.
Her ambition is to help as many people as possible understand and get the best out of their brains, thereby maximising their potential, both at home and at work.
In the past year Swart has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Sun and The Daily Mail. She has regular columns with Forbes and Harper’s Bazaar commencing this year.
TV & radio work includes Sky, CNBC, Classic FM & Share Radio. She is an expert contributor to ‘Secrets of the Brain’, a series hosted by Dr Jack Lewis for the Insight Channel/Sky.
Swart has more than 5,000 Twitter followers and is a frequent speaker at a range of events, from large-scale international corporate functions to industry conferences on luxury and wellness. Her collaboration with Bazaar At Work in 2017 was our most popular event ever and was repeated in January 2018.
A practising psychotherapist, Lucy Beresford is known for presenting LBC’s Relationships & Sex advice show, as well as for being an agony aunt on ITV’s This Morning. She has written four books, including Invisible Threads, which was shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award. Additionally, she reviews the newspapers on Sky News, is a faculty member of the School of Life and has written for numerous international publications. In 2014, she set up The Kindness Club, which encourages random acts of kindness in an effort to promote positive change around the world.
Kirsty Bashforth is a non-executive director of FTSE 250 companies Serco plc and Kier Group plc, and CEO of QuayFive Ltd, where she advises senior teams how to align their culture to better deliver strategy.
At 45 she decided to go plural for the 2nd half of her working life; leaving her 24-year career at BP with the goal of spending 50% of her time as a board director and 50% running her business.
She is best known for putting organisational culture at the heart of driving performance improvement, and for being a passionate influencer and speaker on diversity, particularly women in business.
She led the work for 5 years to stabilise and refresh BP’s culture in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident, and was voted 12th in the Financial Times/OUT-standing list of top 20 executive LGBT Allies in 2014.
She is a columnist for Harpers Bazaar, providing tips on success in the workplace, and is also a governor of Leeds Beckett University and Ashville College.
Kirsty has an Economics degree from Cambridge and is married with 2 children. She has a passion for all things Viking and celtic, Manchester United FC, Ireland Rugby and above all, chocolate.
Helen Brocklebank is the chief executive of Walpole, the trade body for the British luxury sector that counts 200 of the UK’s finest brands, from Alexander McQueen to Wedgwood, among its members. The sector is worth £32.2 billion to the UK economy and is forecast to employ 160,000 people by 2019. Helen built her career in luxury publishing and ran her own content agency before becoming Walpole’s CEO in Feb 2017.
Justine Picardie is the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, formerly a journalist for the Sunday Times, features director of Vogue, editor of the Observer magazine, and a columnist for the Telegraph. She is the author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, ‘If the Spirit Moves You’, and has also contributed short stories and essays to several anthologies and books on fashion and photography.
Lydia Slater is the deputy editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country. She has interviewed everyone from Nicole Kidman to David Attenborough, and is responsible for Bazaar At Work’s editorial and events programme, as well as that of the Summit itself.
After studying French and Russian at Oxford University, where she was the literary editor of the university magazine Isis, she went on to work in newspapers. Her roles have included assistant features editor at the Daily Telegraph, features editor at Harper’s Bazaar, deputy editor of the Sunday Times’ Style magazine and editor of The Week: Fashion.
A regular columnist for Style magazine, ES Magazine and the Evening Standard, she spent a decade freelancing when her children were small, writing regularly for The Times, Stella magazine, the Mail On Sunday and the Daily Telegraph and many others, before returning to work full-time for Harper’s Bazaar.
Connie Osborne is the Group Managing Editor at Hearst, responsible for the Luxury and Young Women’s titles. She began her career at Condé Nast, where she spent three years working on various titles including Glamour, Easy Living and Vogue, before moving to join Harper’s Bazaar 10 years ago.
Helena Lee is the features editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country. She is responsible for Bazaar’s art and culture coverage and commissions award-winning writers and artists such as Margaret Atwood and Tracey Emin.
Most recently, she edited the annual Bazaar Art magazine, and spearheaded the cultural celebrations for Bazaar’s 150th anniversary, which included contributions from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yoko Ono and Ali Smith.
She began her career in advertising as a graduate trainee at Ogilvy & Mather, creating campaigns for BT, Unilever, the mental health charity CALM, Nestlé and Ford cars, before becoming a director at Lowe and Saatchi & Saatchi. She has also written for The Times, City AM, The Telegraph and Condé Nast Traveller.
Sarah Karmali is the digital editor of Harper’s Bazaar, overseeing the digital and social media strategy for the brand.
She previously worked on the online teams at Vogue, Marie Claire and InStyle, and wrote fashion and beauty content for the Huffington Post. Sarah was named Digital Content Leader of the Year at the 2017 PPA Awards.
Frances Hedges is the associate editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country. She oversees the online component of the Bazaar At Work programme, profiling leading women in business on a weekly basis. She has previously worked for Elle Decoration magazine and for the online retailer Net-A-Porter.
This year’s schedule is soon to be announced, but the day will be structured as follows:
9.00 – 9.45 Registration and breakfast
9.45 – 10.00 Welcome from Justine Picardie
10.05 – 10.35 First session
10.40 – 11.20 Second session
11.20 – 11.40 Refreshment break
11.45 – 12.00 Third session
12.00 – 12:40 Forth session
12.45 – 13:15 Fifth session
13.15 – 14.30 Lunch and networking
14.30 – 14:40 Sixth session
14:45 – 15:25 Seventh session
15:30 – 16.00 Eighth session
16:15 – 17:15 Drinks reception in upper galleries
16.00 – 16:10 Closing remarks
NB the schedule and speakers are subject to change