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, following the sell-out success of Bazaar At Work’s event programme, the Bazaar Summit aims to bring together Britain’s most inspiring female leaders for a life-changing day of empowering talks, thought-provoking panel discussions and unmissable networking opportunities.
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Inga Beale was appointed chief executive officer of Lloyd’s 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.
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News’ international editor and the author of 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.
Helena Kennedy QC is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers and public figures. She is a regular broadcaster, journalist and lecturer, and throughout her career has focused on giving voice to those who have least power in the system, championing civil liberties and civil rights.
Her 1992 book Eve Was Framed: The Changing Face of Justice – and Why It Matters to Us All led to a number of key reforms for women and was followed in 2004 by Just Law: Women and British Justice.
She was the principal of Mansfield College, University of Oxford, from 2011 to 2018, and was awarded a life peerage in 1997.
Born in Glasgow, she lives in London. Her new book, Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women, will be published by Chatto & Windus in October.
June Sarpong MBE is one of the most recognisable British television presenters and broadcasters. She is also the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration & Enterprise).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Louise Troen is vice president of international marketing and communications at Bumble – overseeing brand marketing, communications and strategic growth development of the brand outside of the US. Louise spearheads international expansion into new markets, whilst overseeing teams in UK, Germany, France, Spain and Australia.
Prior to launching Bumble in the UK in 2015, Louise worked in Los Angeles where she led brand development for a number of music artists before moving on to work in brand marketing for an agency representing tech giants Samsung and Google. Following this, she worked at Exposure Communications in London as an associate director where she spearheaded strategic communications for fashion brands, including Uniqlo and Converse.
Bumble now has a community of over 33 million users and offers a meaningful and safe platform to connect within love, friendship and now business. It was founded in 2014 and has speculatively been valued at over $1 billion.
Sheila is chief executive officer of International Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) and global co-head of the GSAM Client Business. She focuses on delivering GSAM’s client solutions globally, with primary focus on GSAM businesses in EMEA and Asia Pacific Ex-Japan.
Sheila serves on the Partnership Committee, European Management Committee, Asia Pacific Management Committee, Growth Markets Council, Goldman Sachs Leadership Development Initiative and is chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Global
Services Ltd. She is also a member of the EMEA Inclusion & Diversity Committee and former senior advisor for the Investment Management Division and Securities Division Women’s Networks.
Prior to her current role, Sheila served as co-head of Equities Distribution in Asia, and before that, she was head of US Derivative Sales and US Synthetics Sales in the Equities Division. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 as a managing director and was named partner in 2006.
Prior to joining the firm, Sheila was head of Trading Strategy with Morgan Stanley for seven years.
Sheila is a board member of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a member of 100 Women in Finance and a member of both the Global Leadership Committee and the Women in Leadership Initiative at Princeton University. She also serves on the boards of two charities, EcoHealth Alliance and GallopNYC. Sheila has taught a special advanced seminar on Equity Derivatives at the Columbia Business School. She was named to Fortune Magazine‘s Most Powerful Women in Asia in 2015.
Sheila earned an AB in Politics and Near Eastern Studies, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1991. She earned an MBA, with highest honours, from Columbia University in 1997.
FaceGym founder Inge Theron spent three years writing for the Financial Times, visiting 57 spas, sweating through 32 types of fitness classes, experimenting with 25 anti-ageing treatments and enduring 15 detoxes which she documented in her column ‘Chronicles of a Spa Junkie’. When a face-lifting procedure left her house bound, Inge realised there must be a better way to age gracefully and channelled all the expensive and time-consuming research of the three years into a unique concept of her own: a non-invasive workout for the face!
She says, ‘A two-year study in face massage and muscle stimulation, I traversed the globe and worked with amazing doctors, gurus, facialists and fitness experts from Paris to Mexico to create FaceGym, a 30-minute signature workout for the face, consisting of warm up, cardio, sculpt and cool down, performed by trainers in the Face Gym studio enhanced with powerful non-invasive machines to lift, sculpt and tone your facial muscles.’
Gina co-founded SCM in 2009 as an innovative investment manager offering low cost access to high end wealth management.
In 2012 Gina launched a True and Fair Campaign calling for an end to rip offs in the UK financial sector. Her relentlessly campaigning, has contributed to three EU Directives – MiFID II, PRIPS and the Shareholder Directive, which will see over 500m consumers across Europe benefit from enhanced consumer protection in 2018.
As a passionate philanthropist, her True and Fair Foundation supports dynamic small charities, and campaigns for greater scrutiny in the charity sector.
In 2016, Gina successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit; winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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.