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Women Mean Business Live


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52 Chiswell Street
London, London EC1Y 4SD United Kingdom
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Overview

Women Mean Business Live will unite over 500 business leaders and entrepreneurs for a day of action, debate and networking to overcome the barriers that all too often prevent female-led businesses and professionals within the workplace from reaching their full potential.

Why attend

Outstanding speakers
Hear inspiring business leaders and founders share their inspiring stories on how they scaled the ladder so you understand what it takes to meet them at the top.

Speed networking with VCs
We want to bring funding away from back pockets and into the boardroon, so we’re bringing the VCs to you via pre-booked networking slots.

Practical workshops
Presenting, mentoring, investing and hustling workshops – hosted by women at the top of their game – will equip you with a skillset that’ll have you investor-ready in no time at all.

Incisive debate
There’s no one-size-fits all solution to gender equality in business. Through a series of panel discussions chaired by Telegraph journalists, we’ll unite a range of viewpoints to tackle the cultural, social and political barriers that prevent female-led businesses from flourishing.

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NatWest

Platinum sponsor

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NatWest

Platinum sponsor

‘If women started businesses at the same rate as men, there would be a 150,000 extra start-ups each year in the UK’ (Source: NatWest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2018)

NatWest recognises the incredible potential and value that women have to contribute to the world of business and to the UK economy. That’s why they want to inspire and support the next wave of female entrepreneurs. To celebrate those women that have created successful businesses, to showcase their individual journeys and what they’ve learnt along the way. By offering resources, solutions and access to networks, NatWest are on a mission to support more women in starting, and running a successful business.

Women Mean Business Live


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52 Chiswell Street
London, London EC1Y 4SD United Kingdom
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Speakers

Tina Brown

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tina Brown Live Media

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Tina Brown

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tina Brown Live Media

Samantha Cameron

Founder, Cefinn

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Samantha Cameron

Founder, Cefinn

Poppy Gustafsson

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace

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Poppy Gustafsson

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace

Tina Brown

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tina Brown Live Media

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Tina Brown

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tina Brown Live Media

Samantha Cameron

Founder, Cefinn

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Samantha Cameron

Founder, Cefinn

Poppy Gustafsson

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace

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Poppy Gustafsson

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace

Marta Krupinska

Head of Start-ups, Google

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Marta Krupinska

Head of Start-ups, Google

Asma Khan

Founder & Owner, Darjeeling Express

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Asma Khan

Founder & Owner, Darjeeling Express

Asma moved to Cambridge from Calcutta in 1991 to join her academic husband. She is
Rajput on her father’s side and Bengali on her mother’s. After studying law, Asma went
on to do a PhD in Law at King’s College London. Cooking was her passion and she began
her food career in 2012 as a supper club in her home. In 2015, she opened a pop-up in a
Soho pub and Darjeeling Express the restaurant opened its doors in June 2017. A year
later, her cookbook “Asma’s Indian Kitchen” was published by Pavilion in October 2018.
The book was the winner in the U.K. category for food publishing in Indian cuisine in the
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Asma’s Indian Kitchen was also shortlisted for best
debut cookbook in the Fortnum & Mason 2019 awards. Asma is the first British chef to
feature in Netflix’s Chef’s Table. The series’ sixth season, which includes Khan’s episode,
was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Documentary section. Asma is married
and has two boys.

Robert Jenrick MP

Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government

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Robert Jenrick MP

Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government

Robert is the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Amongst other responsibilities he leads on economic growth, productivity, infrastructure investment and regional growth.

Robert was elected Conservative MP for Newark in June 2014. He sat on the Health Select Committee and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, and then to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP. Prior to joining Parliament Robert had a successful business career, latterly as International Managing Director of the art business, Christie’s. Robert trained as a corporate lawyer and practiced with US international law firms Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell in London and Moscow.

Victoria Harper

Features Director, The Telegraph

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Victoria Harper

Features Director, The Telegraph

Victoria Harper is Features Director of the Telegraph overseeing the long read articles in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and works closely with columnists such as Allison Pearson, Bryony Gordon, Celia Walden and Judith Woods. She is a keen campaigner for womens’ rights and is often invited to speak on panels and in debates about the issues facing women in the workplace today. She believes that unless men are part of the debate – no real change will ever happen.

Bryony Gordon

Columnist, The Telegraph

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Bryony Gordon

Columnist, The Telegraph

The Telegraph’s feature writer and columnist, takes a street-smart, thirtysomething view of the irritations, absurdities and occasional epiphanies of modern life.

Sadie Frost

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Sadie Frost

Professor Sandra Wachter

Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

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Professor Sandra Wachter

Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Fiona McIntosh

Founder, Blow LTD

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Fiona McIntosh

Founder, Blow LTD

Fiona McIntosh is Co-Founder and Creative Director of blow LTD, the UK’s leading On Demand beauty services app. She is the former editor-in-chief of ELLE, ES and Company magazines and was the launch editor-in-chief of Grazia magazine. She was on the board of Mondadori International and consulted on the roll-out of Grazia magazine into international territories. She won BSME Magazine Editor of the Year for ELLE and Company magazines and the CEW Digital Achiever award for blow LTD.

Ayesha Hazarika MBE

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Ayesha Hazarika MBE

Ayesha Hazarika MBE was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to
2015. While in politics, she was a speechwriter, led on communications, specialised in women’s issues and
helped draft the landmark Equality Act 2010. She is now a much sought-after political commentator and
broadcaster.
She is a columnist for the London Evening Standard, the Scotsman, the i paper, Grazia and other national
publications. She frequently appears on television and radio including the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight,
Sky News, Good Morning Britain, LBC and CNN International where she was a regular pundit on domestic and
international affairs.
Ayesha is also a familiar face and voice on many satirical panel shows including The News Quiz, BBC Scotland’s
Breaking the News and has appeared on Have I Got News For You.

In 2016, Ayesha performed her stand up show Tales from the Pink Bus at the Edinburgh Festival which was a sell-out hit, in the same year she also performed Women of the World at the Southbank Centre. She then extended this show, creating State of the Nation, which she toured throughout the UK in early 2017 including a hugely successful run at the Soho Theatre, which had extra dates added due to phenomenal demand. During the show, Ayesha lifts the lid on what life was really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics.

Her first book ‘Punch and Judy Politics’ – an insider’s guide to Prime Minister’s Questions – was published in
May 2018 and came out in paperback earlier this year.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from her alma mater Hull University in January 2019.

 

 

 

 

Meg Mathews

Founder, MegsMenopause

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Meg Mathews

Founder, MegsMenopause

An icon of the nineties Brit Pop scene, Meg Mathews is a former music industry PR, events planner and designer turned entrepreneur and advocate for the menopause. In January 2018, Meg launched MegsMenopause.com: an open source of information and advice dedicated to empowering women through an honest and frank discussion of all things menopause. When Meg turned 50 in 2016, she began to experience the first symptoms of the menopause. She was shocked at the lack of support and understanding shown to women during this time in their lives and made it her mission to break the stigma around the menopause.

Jennifer Quigley-Jones

CEO & Founder, Digital Voices

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Jennifer Quigley-Jones

CEO & Founder, Digital Voices

Jennifer is founder and CEO of Digital Voices, a YouTube-specialist, Influencer Marketing agency in London. They build powerful YouTube creator campaigns with courageous brands. Digital Voices has grown rapidly in the last two years and run campaigns for clients like Rolls-Royce, the Royal Air Force, Universal Music Group and Trainline.

Jennifer also speaks internationally and Digital Voices been featured by Forbes, BBC News, Evening Standard and Sky News.

Prior to founding Digital Voices, she worked at YouTube, teaching creators to grow on the platform. Before that, she completed her Master’s at Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies, on a full scholarship from the Kennedy Memorial Trust.

Ben Hurst

Head of Facilitation & Training, Good Lad Initiative

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Ben Hurst

Head of Facilitation & Training, Good Lad Initiative

Ben is a talented and versatile facilitator and he’s most at home in front of a rowdy group of young people or steering a new cohort of volunteers through complex issues. Ben’s warmth, humour, and energy (aka his legendary charm!) are central in building and maintaining our volunteer community and in getting people on board with our approach and mission. Ben has a wealth of experience in working with young people having previously worked at sex education charity ACET UK (Esteem) and gaining a degree in Youth Work and Theology from Regents Theological College. Outside of work, Ben is a photographer and artist. He runs music events via Soulfeatures and Scotch Bonnet as well as providing freelance facilitation via Space for PSHE and co-delivering critical whiteness and anti-racist practice training with Decology.

Lu Li

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Blooming Founders

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Lu Li

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Blooming Founders

Harry de Quetteville

Special Correspondent, Technology, The Telegraph

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Harry de Quetteville

Special Correspondent, Technology, The Telegraph

Harry de Quetteville is the Telegraph’s Special Correspondent, Technology. Previously he edited the paper’s comment and opinion pages, the obituaries page, and worked as a foreign correspondent in France, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Agenda

Full agenda
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
08:00

Registration

09:00

Chair’s welcome

09:05

Opening keynote

Tina Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tina Brown Live Media

09:30

Panel discussion

Call it out – How to make yourself heard 

  • When you should make a fuss
  • How to stick your neck out
  • Whose responsibility is it to call out behaviour when it crosses the line?
  • What place do NDAs have in the workplace? 

Claire Newell, Telegraph Investigation’s Editor
Asma Khan, Founder and Owner, Darjeeling Express

10:10

Panel discussion

Take control: How to change your career and never look back

  • How do you kick start a second career?
  • What you need to know about becoming a midlife entrepreneur

Sadie Frost
Fiona McIntosh, Co-founder and Creative Director, Blow LTD
Meg Matthews, Founder, MegsMenopause
Ayesha Hazarika, Political Commentator

10:45

Networking break and VC drop-in sessions (pre-booking required)

11:30

Keynote address

Why backing women was my best business move yet

Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

11:50

Panel discussion

Will the AI revolution help or hinder women in work?

  • What impact will AI have on working women’s lives?
  • Is sexism being hard-baked into algorithms?
  • How can the technology industry improve by welcoming more women?

Poppy Gustafsson, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace
Professor Sandra Wachter,
Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

12:30

Networking lunch

14:00

Expert-led workshops

1) What success looks like – and how to get it

  • How to work out what success means for you
  • Achieving the success your business deserves

Lu Li, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Blooming Founders

2) How to avoid the work life merge and stop business burnout

  • Writing your life priorities into your business plan
  • How to take back control when you feel overwhelmed
  • Adapting your entrepreneurial role to suit your whole life

3) How to be a successful male mentor

  • What can men do to truly support women in the workplace?

Ben Hurst, Project Coordinator and Lead Facilitator, Good Lad Initiatives

14:45

Expert-led workshops

1) The power of risk – and how to use it

  • Identifying the risks when creating your business plan
  • What’s the difference between good risk and risking it all?
  • How to harness the adrenaline and use it to drive you

2) Mentoring masterclass

  • How to get the most out of mentoring and being mentored
  • The trick to reverse mentoring
  • Asking for help when it’s all going wrong

3) How to turn likes into money

  • How to be an influencer and have successful business
  • The secrets of the successful side-hustle

Jennifer Quigley-Jones, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Voices

15:30

Networking break

16:00

Panel discussion

Mental health in the workplace – what you should say and how to say it?

  • How to make conversations about mental health a norm
  • How can an entrepreneur manage their wellbeing on their own?

Bryony Gordon, Columnist, The Telegraph
Victoria Derbyshire,
Journalist and Broadcaster

16:30

Closing keynote

Why it’s more important to be brave, not perfect

Samantha Cameron, Founder, Cefinn

17:00

Drinks reception

18:00

Close of event

Sponsorship opportunities

Bring your brand onboard to help us boost funding opportunities for women-led businesses and call time on start-up sexism

Through sponsorship, there are many ways your brand can get involved. As well as aligning your brand with a campaign for change, a sponsorship package will also give you the opportunity to:

  • Position your brand as a champion for gender equality
  • Educate prospective customers about what you’re doing to tackle gender inequality in business
  • Generate leads with some of the most promising female-led businesses across the UK, and participate in discussion with policy makers

Alongside our premier event, our best-in-class products are the perfect platform to amplify your brand to an unrivalled reach of:

  • 2.7 million monthly business readers
  • 2 million event-related impressions on Twitter
  • 1.4 million corporate directors and managers
  • 1.1 million engaged readers reached by digital and print advertising
  • 804,000 C-suite, MD or above
  • 467,601 copies of The Telegraph distributed every day
  • 30,000+ event website visits
Interesting in learning more?

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a partner or sponsor of this event, please contact:

Charles Sheppard
Head of Sponsorship
The Telegraph
[email protected]
+44(0) 207 931 3496