About the event

About the event

Calling all career-focused women, of any age and from any industry, looking for inspiration, advice and skills to advance your career, change direction or set out on your own.

23rd April 2016 Altitude 360, London

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About the event

Join us for one inspirational day of game-changing talks, practical advice and hands-on workshops.

    High-octane programme designed to get your mind and body in shape for professional success
  • WORK LAB – new for 2016!
    Vibrant environment where you’ll have the opportunity to book one-to-one appointments with a range of fantastic experts
    Relaxation area where you can take some time to enjoy a beauty treatment, and attend a talk on mindfulness and personal wellness in your working life
    Enjoy bespoke advice from fashion and beauty experts
    Whether you've found your ideal sector or you’re looking to break into a different industry or start a new business of your own, @WORK LIVE is a must-attend event where you’ll find everything you need to progress your career. See you there!
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A dazzling array of must-see
high profile speakers

  • Trish Halpin
    (Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire)
    Trish Halpin, Editor of Marie Claire (chair)

    Trish Halpin is editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, the market-leading women's glossy for which she was voted BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors) Editor of the Year in 2013. She has also edited fashion title In Style and lifestyle glossy Red, where she won the BSME award in 2003 and 2005. A patron of children's charity Rainbow Trust, Trish lives in South West London with her husband, photographer Neil Cooper, and their twins Esmé and Kit.


  • Isy Suttie
    (Actress, Comedian, Writer and Song Writer)
    Isy Suttie, Actress, Comedian, Writer and Song Writer

    Isy Suttie is an award-winning comedian, writer, songwriter and actress. Her TV acting credits include: Peep Show, Shameless and Skins.

    She regularly performs to live audiences and on radio, including her Sony Award-winning BBC Radio 4 series Isy Suttie’s Love Letters, and has been nominated for a British Comedy Award three times. Isy has written for The Guardian and The Observer and her first book The Actual One (W&N) is out now.


  • Stella Creasy
    (Labour MP, Walthamstow)
    Stella Creasy, Labour MP, Walthamstow

    Stella Creasy is the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow in North East London. She has served on the Public Accounts Committee and in Labour's Shadow Home Affairs and Business teams and has been one of Labour's most effective campaigners – taking on issues including the inclusion of women on banknotes, the tampon tax, housing and public debt management.

    An active member of Labour Women's Network, Creasy is dedicated to bringing about political change and about the need for a greater female presence in politics. She is also active in the One Billion Rising campaign, which fights against domestic violence, harassment and abuse. She was named Spectator’s Campaigner of the Year and is one of the most active and visible parliamentarians on Twitter. Creasy previously served the Walthamstow community as a local councillor, Mayor and Chief Whip of the Council. Before becoming an MP, she worked for the Scout Association and she has a PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics.


  • Holly Tucker MBE
    (Founder and Chief Inspirator, notonthehighstreet.com)
    Holly Tucker, Founder and Chief Inspirator, notonthehighstreet.com

    Holly is the Founder, Chief Inspirator and Non-Executive Director of award-winning online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com. Founded in 2006, the company currently has a team of 200 based in Richmond, which Holly likes to refer to as 'Silicon-upon-Thames'. Holly's dedication to business has been duly recognised through a number of awards won over the years, and by publishing her first book with co-founder Sophie Cornish, Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table (Simon & Schuster) in July 2012, which topped the Amazon and Sunday Times Business bestseller charts. Their brutally honest follow-up book, Shape Up Your Business, published in July, has achieved equal success.

    In recognition of her contribution to business, stalwart Holly was awarded an MBE for services to small businesses and enterprise, and most recently, in November 2015, Holly was appointed by the PM as the UK Ambassador for Creative Small Businesses.

    Ultimately, Holly's holistic future vision is to build a nation of micro entrepreneurs - an army of happy individuals who own their own small business, working for themselves, benefitting from a more rewarding and fulfilling living.



  • Karen Blackett OBE
    (Chair (UK and Ireland), Mediacom)
    Karen Blackett, CEO, Mediacom

    Karen has been in media for 22 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £1 billion. Prior to this Karen was CEO for 5 years.

    Karen has been instrumental not only in the success of MediaCom, but in championing diversity throughout the advertising and media industry. In 2012 Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications.

    In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours. Karen has won the Women in Marketing (WIM) Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award, featured 5 times in the Power List of Britain's 100 Most Influential Black People (heading the list in 2015, the first business woman to do so), and has appeared in the Woman's Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers, and Marie Claire's Women At The Top Awards.

    Most recently Karen has been appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a UKTI Business Ambassador for No 10.

  • Caroline Hirons
    (Blogger, Beauty Industry Expert and Advisor, Brand Ambassador)
    Caroline Hirons, Blogger, Beauty Industry Expert and Advisor, Brand Ambassador

    Caroline has worked in the beauty industry for nearly 20 years. She is trained in over 100 brands and a globally qualified advanced facialist. Her blog is a skincare addict’s bible and her tell-it-like-it-is delivery makes you feel like you’re speaking to your best friend.

    Caroline has worked in retail/the service industry for 31 years and the beauty industry for over 18 years. This means she is fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to try lots of product. Lots of product. The majority of what she reviews has been sent as a PR sample or passed on from a brand directly but this never affects her opinion or recommendations, and She’s still a massive beauty shopper.

    She specialises in all retailers from mass through to prestige including all major department store chains, major grocer and chemist chains and all e-tailers large and niche both in the UK and beyond.




  • Anita Rani
    (Television and Radio Presenter and Journalist)
    Television and Radio Presenter and Journalist

    Anita presents BBC One’s Countryfile, but became known to a much broader audience when she took part in last season’s Strictly – reaching the semi-finals. Anita has worked in television and radio for the BBC and commercial channels, presenting programmes across a number of genres including current affairs, sport, entertainment, consumer affairs and travel. She was also featured in the latest series of 'Who do you think you are? ' where she explored her family tree and Punjabi heritage.


  • Laura Bates MBE
    (Founder, The Everyday Sexism Project)
    MBE, Founder, The Everyday Sexism Project

    Laura is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality which has expanded into over 20 countries worldwide.

    She works with politicians, the UN, the Council of Europe and schools and universities worldwide. She regularly writes for the Guardian, Independent and TIME and is a Contributor for Women Under Siege, working against the use of rape as a tool of war. Laura is also Patron of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, part of the Rape Crisis network.

    In 2014, Laura was named a Woman of the Year by The Sunday Times, was 9th on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List and received the Oxford Internet Institute ‘Internet and Society Award’ alongside Tim Berners Lee.

    Her first book, Everyday Sexism, was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book of the Year, Political Book Awards Polemic of the Year and named one of the Bookseller’s Top 10 Non Fiction Books of the Year. Her second, Girl Up is published in April.



  • Sophie Kinsella
    Sophie Kinsella, Author

    Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the worldwide bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number and Wedding Night, and most recently the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. Her novels have sold over 36 million copies worldwide, been translated into over 39 languages in 42 countries and Confessions of a Shopaholic, the first Shopaholic novel, has been made into a film starring Isla Fisher. Sophie has judged the Costa Book Awards, been hailed as Glamour magazine's Writer of the Year and was given the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association in 2014.

  • Sharmadean Reid
    (Founder and Owner, WAH Nails)
    Sharmadean Reid, Founder and Owner, WAH Nails

    Sharmadean Reid graduated from Central St Martins with a first class degree in Fashion Communication before styling for international magazines. She became Sportswear Editor at Arena Homme + magazine and, with a special place in her heart for teenage girls, worked with noted fashion photographers to capture 'the effortlessness of youth' which still informs her work today.

    Sharmadean started a fanzine called WAH, a reaction to the wave of booty shaking videos, to promote females in creative industries, going on to take the product online as one of the pioneers of blog culture.

    In 2009 she set up WAH Nails, a salon and creative space in Dalston, expanded into shows and parties at London Fashion Week and had a successful pop up salon in Selfridges. She was named one of the "15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain" and featured as part of the "New Generation" in Vogue.

    In 2010, WAH Nails opened in Topshop, Harvey Nichols and collaborated with Opening Ceremony Tokyo. In 2014, after publishing two books on nail art and girl culture, Sharmadean launched the WAH London product line in Boots.


  • Miranda McMinn
    (Deputy Editor, Marie Claire)
    Miranda McMinn, Deputy Editor, Marie Claire

    Miranda McMinn Marie Claire's deputy editor Miranda McMinn has held senior roles in newspapers and magazines for 20 years, including on the Times, Observer, Daily Mail and Red, after starting out as a trainee reporter on local papers (thanks, Hendon Times!). Miranda has three noisy daughters, an expensive Dior beauty counter habit and is an obsessive wild swimmer.

  • Kate Franklin
    (Co-founder, White & Lime)
    Kate Franklin, Co-founder, White & Lime

    Kate Franklin has been a workplace coach, facilitator and keynote speaker for ten years. She's worked on UK and global assignments for a broad range of clients including The Allied Irish Bank, RSA Insurance, Thomson Reuters, Freshfields, Unilever and Save the Children. Kate is a certified professional coach (CPCC), accredited by the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation.



  • Kathleen Saxton
    (Founder, The Lighthouse Company)
    Kathleen Saxton, Founder, The Lighthouse Company

    Kathleen Saxton is the founder of The Lighthouse Company, an executive search and selection consultancy placing senior level candidates across a range of sectors. Kathleen started her career in media, working for Sky TV, Capital Radio, Emap, Carlton Screen, PHD and Virgin Radio.

    After a long-term interest in the idea of professional headhunting, she became a founding partner and shareholder at Grace Blue. In 2009 she founded The Lighthouse Company with a vision to create the modern headhunting firm that clients have been asking for. Additionally, she co-produces Advertisting Week Europe, an industry conference, is a member of the Marketing Society and is a frequent public speaker on a range of issues from talent and business to women in advertising and has recently joined the Speakers for Schools initiative.


  • Lisa Oxenham
    (Beauty & Style Director, Marie Claire)
    Lisa Oxenham, Beauty & Style Director, Marie Claire

    Lisa Oxenham Beauty & Style Director Lisa Oxenham has an impressive fifteen year history in the industry in which she's worked with and for both huge brands and famous faces, amassing awards for art direction, beauty writing and styling among others. Most recently, she's clocked up shoots with the likes of David Gandy and a host of Victoria Secrets models in far-flung locations like the Maldives and The Seychelles, as well as adding vlogging for the Marie Claire website to her already well-feathered hat.

    When not interviewing supermodels, make-up artists and hairdressers around the globe, Lisa likes nothing more than discovering the next big beauty innovation from cutting edge skincare to the must-have make-up buy. While Lisa loves a beauty find as much as anyone, she's a holistic woman at heart and enjoys learning about the medicinal properties of food, how the body benefits from nutrition and how practices such as meditation and yoga are beneficial to wellbeing and, of course, the appearance.

  • Des Lewis
    (Senior Style Editor, Marie Claire)
    Des Lewis, Senior Style Editor, Marie Claire

    Des Lewis began her magazine career as an assistant at iD, following on from this and after a period as a freelance assistant, she then went on to land the position of Senior Fashion Assistant at Glamour magazine. Des then progressed in her career to become Shopping Editor at InStyle, Fashion Editor at Glamour and then to her current position as Senior Style Editor at Marie Claire. Des is known for her love of denim and her understated minimal wardrobe of black, white, navy and grey.

  • Lucia Debieux
    (Fashion Editor, Marie Claire)
    Lucia Debieux, Fashion Editor, Marie Claire

    Lucia completed her BA Hons in Fashion Management at London College of Fashion, and started her fashion career as Contributing Fashion Assistant at Glamour, then moved to Marie Claire where she has worked her way up to her current role at Marie Claire. She works across editorial and online, producing and styling fashion shoots including the Front of Book Shopping Section 'Fashion First', 101 Ideas plus watches and jewellery specials. Lucia is an avid fan of the High Street, leopard print and a high heel.

  • Julie Deane
    (Founder and CEO, The Cambridge Satchel Company)
    Julie Deane, Founder and CEO, The Cambridge Satchel Company

    Julie graduated from Cambridge University in 1987, and worked as a chartered accountant before returning to the University as Fellow for Development– the first female appointed to this role in the college's 650-year history.

    In 2007 Deane, wanting to raise enough money to move her daughter out of a school where she was being bullied, came up with an idea to make traditional leather satchels for the schoolchildren of Cambridge. With an initial investment of just £600, the company, is now a handmade-in-Britain worldwide phenomenon with a flagship store in Covent Garden, over 130 employees and selling to over 100 countries.

    Deane is committed to preserving British manufacturing and has used the company's success to drive a re-skilling of the British population from its Leicestershire factory. In addition, Julie is an ambassador for QEST, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, reflecting her ongoing commitment to British manufacturing and craftsmanship.

    In 2014, Julie Deane received an OBE for Services to Entrepreneurship. In 2015, David Cameron, asked Julie to carry out an independent review of self-employment in the UK. The report will be delivered in 2016.


  • Laverne Antrobus
    (Consultant psychologist, Author and Television presenter)
    Laverne Antrobus, Consultant psychologist, Author and Television presenter

    Laverne Antrobus is a Consultant psychologist, author and television presenter. She works for the Tavistock Clinic in London where she trained more than 20 years ago. Laverne is a professional and acc tutor on the Doctorate in Child Community and Educational Psychology working to train the next generation of psychologists. Laverne appears on popular daytime broadcasts, has made programmes for the BBC and is often asked to give expert advice and opinion in both radio and print media.

  • Katie Winterbourne
    (Intuitive Business Consultant, The Evolutionaries)
    Katie Winterbourne, Intuitive Business Consultant, The Evolutionaries

    Focused on facilitating positive change in the world of business, Katie Winterbourne has been working as a professional consultant in metaphysics more than 15 years. Thanks to her unique understanding of and ability to read the energy of the business matrix, Katie is able to highlight subconscious issues that may be limiting personal and professional growth, purpose and happiness. Ultimately, she empowers clients to develop their own intuition, creativity and judgement, in order to make positive changes.

    Katie’s previous successes include advising business start-ups, acting as a consultant within a number of focus groups, inclusion on a steering committee of a large global corporation, and mentoring CEO’s, entrepreneurs and individuals. When she is not working directly with international businesses, working from the world famous Harrods Spa Urban Retreat or at her private practice on Wimpole Street, Katie can be found hosting retreats, courses and speaking engagements around the world.



  • Kate Unsworth
    (Founder and CEO, VINAYA)
    Kate Unsworth, Founder and CEO, VINAYA

    Kate achived a 1st Class degree in Mathematics & Statistics and an MSc in Economics before workinging as a technology consultant at Accenture. Here, she became aware of the negative impact her digital life was having on her social life, sleep and happiness and after a two week “digital detox”, Kate realised that she wanted a solution to being subtly connected to the things that matter.

    In 2013, Kate founded VINAYA, (previously Kovert Designs). The company’s mission is to find new and creative ways of using technology to improve lifestyle, empowering you to be the best version of yourself. Kate believes in the power of real human connection and wants to empower people to take control of their technology, rather than letting it control them. One way VINAYA does this is by integrating technology into our lives in a more seamless way, meaning we can and focus on the stuff that really matters.

    As Founder and CEO, Kate may spend one day building and testing electronics with her tech team and the next designing jewellery. With VINAYA’s focus on mindful life, Kate also leads daily meditation with the VINAYA Team and the wider "TRIBE".


  • Fritha Strickland
    (Blogger, Tigerlilly Quinn)
    Fritha Strickland, Blogger, Tigerlilly Quinn

    Fritha Strickland writes the award winning UK family lifestyle blog Tigerlilly Quinn - A blog about appreciating the little things and celebrating the ordinary moments in life. Fritha has two young children, a four year old named Wilf and a baby girl named Mabli and lives in the colourful city of Bristol.

    The blog was created in January 2009 as a space to showcase her illustrations after completing a graphic design degree, but soon became a space to document her life. When Fritha became pregnant with her first child, she regularly blogged about her experience. Her blog grew and developed with her small family and now covers topics about parenting, fashion and travel. After going on maternity leave in 2011 she made the decision to begin to monetise the blog and now four years later it has become a full time income.

    As the blog has developed this has led to collaborations with major brands and travel opportunities for her and her family.



  • Jen Stanbrook
    (Blogger, presenter and founder of Love Chic Living)
    Jen Stanbrook, Blogger, presenter and founder of Love Chic Living

    Jen Stanbrook is a blogger, presenter and founder of Love Chic Living, an award winning home and interiors blog. In under 4 years her blog has become a top ranked UK Design site and acted as the platform to showcase her love of all things home focused. Jen works with many brands both on her blog and theirs, as well as on many film collaborations. She is also now a Presenter on live TV channel, QVC, as a brand ambassador for several interior brands. Having won Cosmopolitan Magazine's Best Interiors Blog in 2013, the Style Brilliance in Blogging award 2014, and reaching over 900K Pinterest followers in 2015, the success of her blog continues to grow.



  • Nishma Robb
    (Head of Ads Marketing UK and Chair of Women@Google UK)
    Head of Ads Marketing UK and Chair of Women@Google UK

    Hailing from an advertising career with pre-digital origins, Nishma is a digital marketing veteran drawing on experience working with media owners, in client firms and at advertising agencies.

    Before Google, Nishma was Chief Client Officer at Dentsu Aegis’ digital specialist agency, iProspect. Earlier in her career, she was Managing Director of Daily Mail-owned Teletext Holidays. She is prior recipient of the Asian Women of Achievement’s "Business Woman of the Year" award and was once named one of Media Week’s "Top 30 under 30."

    As Chair of Women@Google in the UK, Nishma is on a mission to help inspire girls and women entrepreneurs with the magic and promise of technology.


  • Amy Hanson
    (Founder & CEO, Small Steps Project)
    Founder & CEO, Small Steps Project

    Amy Hanson is the founder and CEO of Small Steps Project. She gave up her job as a celebrity reporter and set up the charity after a life-changing visit to Cambodia. After seeing first-hand the inhumane conditions in which children were living on a rubbish dump, Amy organised a project that gave 1000 children wellington boots on a dump site in Cambodia and made a documentary about it called Small Steps. Six years on the charity delivers emergency aid and sustainable solutions to help support children surviving on landfill sites take small steps out of poverty.

    Amy made the most of the contacts she made in her days as a journalist by setting up the Celebrity Shoe Auction, an annual fundraiser which now has over 300 celebrity donors and has run for five years raising money for her charity.

    Amy lives in London with her rescue puppy Ernest.

  • Andrea Thompson
    (Features Director, Marie Claire)
    Features Director, Marie Claire

    Andrea Thompon is Features Director at UK Marie Claire. She has 15 years journalism experience as an editor and writer across print, TV, and digital media, and has held senior staff positions at the Daily Mail and Grazia, and got her first real break as a feature writer at Glamour. She has also freelanced for the Sunday Times, the Guardian and Channel 4.

  • Rosie Llewellyn
    (Blogger (A Little Lusciousness) and Pop-Up Restauranteur)
    Rosie Llewellyn

    A Little Lusciousness is a food and drink blog, and a successful pop up restaurant. A Little Lusciousness blog is now over 5 years old, and has seen Rosie start writing for other publications and cookbooks including Time Out, Try This For and The Daily Mail, as well as travelling as far as Japan to learn about sake production and Italy to find out about olive oil, and getting the chance to interview chefs like Michel Roux Jr. Rosie's blog stems from her upbringing in rural Somerset where she was surrounded by dairy farms and pick your own fruit farms and developed a keen interest in good food, where it comes from and making dishes with it. She is now writing her first cookbook full of British seasonal recipes. Rosie's pop up restaurants grew from writing her blog and have been going for over two years. They are the number one pop up restaurant on Grub Club, who look after over 250 different chefs and her pop up clients have included River Island, Farmdrop and MoneySuperMarket.

  • Bruce Masefield
    (UK Creative Director, SASSOON)
    Bruce Masefield

    Bruce Masefield joined Sassoon in the late 80s where he quickly developed a natural flair for the world famous Sassoon cutting techniques. Having established himself in the salon as a highly successful stylist and proving to have a keen eye for spotting trends, Bruce was appointed Assistant Creative Director 1991 and Creative Director in 1993.

    Bruce's passion, dedication and commitment in developing the Sassoon Team on a wider platform led to him being appointed UK Creative Director in 2006 a role he describes as 'immensely rewarding and inspiring.'

    As well as coaching and teaching the next generation of the Sassoon Team, Bruce has developed an international reputation for being the consummate professional on the many shows and seminars he undertakes globally. He's ability to combine international fashion with contemporary, expertly polished hair means that he is constantly pushing the boundaries and intuitively knows what looks sexy and fresh.

  • SJ Froom
    (International make-up artist & presenter)
    SJ Froom

    SJ discovered her passion for educating women about make-up while still at school. As she shared her personal tips and tricks with her girlfriends, SJ quickly recognised that beauty inspired their self-confidence. At the age of 18, she joined Glauca Rossi School of Make Up in London. Then, in 2002, she trained with one of her favourite artists, Jemma Kidd. Jemma quickly spotted SJ’s talent and personally took her under her wing as her first assistant. SJ went on to become Chief Makeup Artist at Unlisted London.

    SJ joined bareMinerals in 2006 after finding that she identified strongly with this award-winning brand and its unique approach to beauty. As International Makeup Artist, SJ brings the brand to life through TV Presenting, global press events, editorial photo shoots, television campaigns, radio campaigns and voiceovers. One thing SJ loves is that the role gives her the chance to educate and inspire women all over the world.


Work Lab Experts

  • Orianna Fielding
    (Founder, The Digital Detox Company and author of 'UNPLUGGED how to live mindfully in a digital world’)
    Orianna Fielding, Founder, The Digital Detox Company and author of UNPLUGGED how to live mindfully in a digital world

    Internationally, recognised author, designer, change maker and broadcaster, Orianna has spent several years researching the negative impact of our digital over-connection. Her findings based on extensive research and in-depth consultation with leading experts in the fields of mindfulness, psychology and wellness, form the core of her book UNPLUGGED how to live mindfully in a digital world.

    The 'UNPLUGGED digital detox programme was created as a step-by-step guided learning platform integrating the Mindfulness, Psychology and Yoga practices featured in the book, to provide a unique, restorative, profound and life-changing Digital Detox Course to encourage a life of balance and wellbeing.

    Unplugged: The Essential Digital Detox Plan



    Orianna will be holding 'one on one' sessions to address the side effects of digital overload and share her expert advice on how to achieve a more balanced relationship with your digital connectivity.

  • Iona Bain

    Iona Bain is the author of Spare Change, a beautiful and down-to-earth guide that helps readers to take control of their finances. It follows the success of youngmoneyblog.co.uk, which Iona established in 2011 to help young people navigate money. She enjoys a busy freelance career which has most recently seen her become a regular financial and property writer at The Times. She is also a personal finance correspondent at the Herald and writes for a host of other websites and publications. She has also been an expert on BBC Breakfast, most notably during its post-Budget coverage this year, as well as BBC 5 Live, Radio 1 and Channel 4 News. Iona also loves to write and play music – her songs can be found at soundcloud.com/ionabain.

    Iona will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab offering advice on self-employment, freelancing, maternity transition and personal finance.

  • Linzi Boyd
    (Author of Brand Famous / Global Partner Shirlaws Group)
    Linzi Boyd, Author of Brand Famous / Global Partner Shirlaws Group

    By the age of 24, Linzi had set up and sold two businesses - her second company, which had seven global distribution channels, was sold to Caterpillar. Her third business, Surgery, became renowned for influencing an industry championing some of the countries most well-respected high-street consumer brands known today.

    Linzi‘s No1 best seller: "Brand Famous - How To Get Everyone Talking About Your Business" was awarded ‘Book of the Month’ by the CIM in July 2014 and 2015 Winner - Marketing Category” by Small Business Trends in the US.

    Today, a Global partner in Shirlaws Group, Linzi works in the SME space, taking business owners on a journey to Grow, Fund and Exit their business. Here, she created BOB’s school connected to Bob’s Greenhouse (a mini fund) to teach early stage growth businesses how to build a famous brand and get them ready for funding.

    You can keep up with her journey and latest events on www.linziboyd.com


    Linzi will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab to share her knowledge and expertise on how best to identify, build and maximise your brand.

  • Veronica Winterbourne
    (Founding Partner, The Evolutionaries)
    Veronica Winterbourne, Founding Partner, The Evolutionaries

    Veronica Winterbourne is a government-approved health care professional who has utilised cognitive-based mindfulness and meditation techniques in her career as counsellor and humanistic psychotherapist for more than 20 years. Having witnessed the benefits of this ancient awareness practice first hand, Veronica has immeasurable insight into how mindfulness can be used to establish a productive, calmer, kinder, and more creative way of being.

    Passionate about delivering engaging workshops that make mindfulness accessible for everybody, Veronica created The Evolutionaries Mindfulness and Meditation programme for modern-day businesses and individuals. As well as facilitating the programme, she is responsible for the training and supervision of The Evolutionaries Programme Facilitators.



    Veronica will be running a series of 15 minute introduction to mindfulness workshops bringing together the science behind and benefits of mindfulness.

  • Amali de Alwis
    (CEO, Code First:Girls)
    Amali de Alwis, CEO, Code First:Girls

    Amali is the CEO of Code First:Girls, a social enterprise which works with companies and women to increase the proportions of women in tech. She previously worked as a consultant at PwC, prior to which she was a senior research and strategy consultant at TNS Global. Outside of the day job, she is a small business mentor through Start-up direct, a Tech London Advocate, as well as a fellow at the RSA.



    Amali will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab offering advice on digital upskilling.

  • Annabel Shorter
    Annabel Shorter, Scotwork

    Annabel Shorter Annabel joined Scotwork in 2007, working as a Senior Consultant. She has more years Sales & Marketing experience than she cares to add up across a number of blue-chip companies including Levi Strauss, Castrol and Virgin Mobile. Having decided that negotiating was the subject she was passionate about she now enjoys working with clients to improve their negotiating performance.



    Annabel Shorter and Debbie Spurgeon will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab offering short consultations on enhancing your negotiation skills.

  • Debbie Spurgeon
    Debbie Spurgeon, Scotwork

    Debbie Spurgeon Debbie spent 10 years selling wines and spirits. She has worked for Scotwork since 2000, 8 years of which was running courses in the UK and Internationally. She has tutored more than 500 courses for an extensive list of Scotwork's global clients. In 2011, Debbie joined Scotwork Australia as Head of Teaching. Debbie returned to the UK as a Senior Consultant in May 2014.



    Debbie and Annabel will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab offering short consultations on enhancing your negotiation skills.

  • Pernille Lind
    (co-founder, Lind + Almond)
    Pernille Lind

    Pernille Lind studied at the University of the Arts London and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture and Design. Pernille has significant experience working within commercial hospitality design and high end residential interiors both in the UK and internationally. She has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Soho House & CO. Conran + Partners and Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio. Gaining valuable experience from a divers range of projects and roles. In 2015 Pernille launched architecture and interior design studio, Lind + Almond, with her business partner, Richy; a company specialising in premium hospitality and residential design.



    Pernille will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab offering her top tips on the dos and don’ts of launching a new business.

  • Jules Miller
    (founder, The Nude Co.)
    Jules Miller

    Jules Miller has over 7 years marketing experience with some of the world's biggest brands, and more recently, some of the most innovative start-ups in the wellness Industry. Jules' career kicked off when she joined the team responsible for delivering the £2.5m Carlsberg UEFA EUROS campaign, which was activated globally across over 40 markets. Wanting to extend her marketing experience, she took on a role at Budweiser where she headed up the Accounts team responsible for the 2014 World Cup activation, the campaign was activated on TV, Social, Print, Press and Outdoor Billboards. After 5 years in the advertising industry Jules wanted to combine her professional experience with her love for health and wellness. She took on the role of Head of Business Development at The Detox Kitchen and in her first year grew their social media following by 200%, launched The Detox Kitchen Bible cookbook as well as their concessions in Selfridges & Planet Organic, managed the biggest PR campaign the company had ever secured and led partnerships with Bobbi Brown, Lululemon, Liberty and Estee Lauder. Doing everything from food styling, photography, retailer pitches and event management – Jules got a taste for the start-up life and never looked back. She is now a consultant based between London and LA and is currently launching a new supplement brand, The Nude Co.

    Jules will be in the Marie Claire Work Lab offering advice on how to use social media to make your business fly.

  • Julie Linsdell
    Julie Linsdell

    Julie has found herself at the negotiating table for most of her 25+ year career. She started out as a buyer for Hotpoint (GE) as the first female in production FMCG environment. Negotiating both internally with stakeholders, large international vendors and local tool makers. She then moved into the all male Service Division where she successfully negotiated with the IT department and implemented one of the first computerised call handing systems, closing down many offices along the way.

    She then moved into procurement consulting working with GSK, Cathay Pacific, Caterpiller etc on international transformation projects. Negotiating with clients, their suppliers and internally at the consultancy.

    A brief stint living in the US saw her switch sides and she ran her own business and became a sales person!

    She is now firmly back in the UK working for Scotwork as a consultant and also still consulting, training and mentoring in all aspects of procurement with Hiscox and MMC Insurance companies, Guardian News and print, VW Europe. Her toughest and most frequent negotiation is currently with her teenage daughter.

  • Emma Watkinson
    (co-founder and CEO, SilkFred.com)
    Emma Watkinson

    Emma 29, is the co-founder and CEO of SilkFred.com - a website offering some of the world's best independent fashion labels in one destination. In 2011 Emma left her dream job to start SilkFred.com and, following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013, Emma has seen her business grow 400% in sales year on year with SilkFred.com becoming the UK's number one destination for independent fashion and accessory brands. The fast-growing development of SilkFred.com alongside Watkinson's young age and entrepreneurial aptitude lead to a multitude of press features and awards. SilkFred.com won 'Online Business of the Year 2013' and was named 'Fashion Start-Up to Watch' by the Huffington Post. Watkinson is also known for her involvement with government initiative 'Business is Great Britain', working closely with No.10 and No.11 Downing Street, championing small businesses.

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The workshop and seminars for the day include:

  • 9.30-10.00am Registration and coffee

  • 10.00-10.45am Opening keynote panel: Game changers: how can we direct our professional destiny? Do we all inherently fear the concept of change? How do we react when faced with changes which are not of our making? How do you seize the moment to create opportunities rather than face barriers? Join Trish Halpin as she chairs an expert panel for the day’s agenda-setting discussion. Hear their views and experiences on the psychological impact of change and how this can influence our personal and professional mind-set. Panellists include presenter and journalist Anita Rani, Google's, Nishma Robb, psychologist, Laverne Antrobus and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates.

  • 10.45-11.15am Morning break & refreshments

  • 11.15-12.00pm Morning breakout session
    Session A: How to negotiate for success in a changing work climate Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you had negotiated better? Perhaps you have found yourself backed into a corner on a deal or undersold yourself when asking for a pay rise?
    Led by Debbie Spurgeon and Annabel Shorter from Scotwork the Globally respected negotiation consultancy, this whistle-stop session will give you some key ideas on how to become a resilient negotiator – able to recognize when a negotiated solution will give you a better outcome and a few thoughts and techniques on how to build value and trade to enable you to get more of what you want.
    Truly great negotiators are made through a recognition of the process that underpins the seemingly chaotic deal landscape and having the opportunity to develop the appropriate skill to use at the appropriate time. This 1-hour session will help you start that journey.
    Whether you work for an organisation where you need to negotiate internally or you strike deals in a client-facing environment, this is an invaluable session designed to help you go forward in your career with greater confidence and self-worth.

  • Session B: Personal Branding With the surge of social media, you have ability and arguably the need, to manage your reputation, both online and in real life. What do you wish for people to associate with you or your business? Is there a certain subject matter in which you want to be perceived as an expert or are there general qualities you want linked to your brand?
    Whether you are working within an organization or leading one, a strong personal brand can yield tremendous ROI and once you understand how you wish your brand to be perceived, you can start to take a strategic approach to achieving that goal.
    Serial entrepreneur and author of Brand Famous, Linzi Boyd, will lead you through a five stage process to from discovering the true essence of your brand to nailing that all-important recognition. She will explore tactics for achieving stand-out status as well as common mistakes to avoid when building your brand so that you can use the same exact tools and processes she has used with some of the country’s most famous brands.

  • Session C: DreamDareCreate: From blog to business How do you evolve a personal passion, into a viable business? Bloggers have been at the forefront of this conundrum for the last 10 years, as the rise in digital consumption has presented new opportunities for their medium. Hear from our panel of high-profile, highly influential bloggers including Rosie Llewellyn, (A Little Lusciousness), Caroline Hirons, Fritha Strickland (Tigerlilly Quinn) and Jen Stanbrook (Love Chic Living) about how they developed their blogs into brands and businesses- and changed their lives in the process – You'll hear invaluable tips every blogger needs to turn their passion into profit.
    Sponsored by Cointreau

  • 12.00-1.00pm Inspirations A rousing series of back to back thought bursts from four exceptional women who have made it to the top of their game in the worlds of media, politics, business and the arts. Mediacom Chair, Karen Blackett OBE, Stella Creasy MP, Founder and Chief Inspirator of notonthehighstreet.com, Holly Tucker MBE, and bestselling author Sophie Kinsella will tag team it to the lectern to deliver brilliant talks guaranteed to engage, entertain, enlighten and inspire.

  • 1.00-2.15pm Lunch Meet new friends, take time out for a pampering treatment, get some style advice in our Style Lounge or visit one of our experts in the Work Lab - all whilst enjoying a delicious healthy lunch.

  • Next Style Lounge: Buy it once, buy it right PLUS create a signature look It wouldn't be a Marie Claire event without a healthy dose of fashion. Need help developing your personal style? Drop by the Next Style Lounge during the lunchtime break where our Fashion Team will be delivering informal style workshops on building the ultimate wardrobe to develop your personal style. You'll have the opportunity to see our selection of key pieces for creating an incredible work wardrobe as well as top recommendations for updating your look using cool accessories. The team will also be on hand to offer mini one-to-one style consultations and offer tailored advice on how to go from the conference room to the cocktail hour. The Next Style Lounge will be located on 28th Floor of Altitude 360.

  • Work Lab In our vibrant Work Lab environment you'll have the opportunity for one to one consultations with a range of fantastic experts on topics as diverse as personal branding, getting the best out of social media, digital detox, setting up on your own, negotiation, personal finance and maternity transition. We are also running a series of mini hands one workshops on Mindfulness and the benefits of mindful living.

  • Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop Alongside her session, 'Cultivate your Inner Zen to Unlock Your Productivity', Veronica Winterbourne is running workshops over the lunch hour. These 20 minute introductions to Mindfulness offer you the opportunity to experience a moment of mindfulness, and to hear about how it can help you navigate life's ups and downs and experience life more fully and with more joy in the present moment.
    A Workshop is a great add on to the afternoon session but will work equally well as a standalone introduction to the subject of mindfulness.

  • Treatment Area Alongside the work lab we have a gorgeous Treatment Area offering a fabulous range of express treatments. Take some time to relax and indulge yourself with a massage, a mini manicure or pedicure a test run on a new hair-do or even a gym session for your face.

  • 2.15-3.00pm Afternoon breakout session 1
    Session A: Starting your business: tops tips on getting it right In a thriving economy of entrepreneurial success stories, there has arguably never been a better time to launch your own business. But that doesn't make the prospect any less scary. In this hot-house session, our expert panel including Miranda McMinn, Sharmadean Reid, Julie Deane, Amy Hanson and Kate Unsworth, will offer advice on the dos and don'ts of getting a business off the ground, as well as how to rapidly develop once you're up and running. Whether you have the seed of an idea or are already in start- up mode, this session is designed to provide essential advice for business managers and aspiring entrepreneurs (from any sector) to dream big and get it right - from the start!

  • Session B: Demystifying coding and the web As working professionals, all of us have to do and understand a lot more about digital than we originally learnt at school. Whether it's digital comms, analytics, sales or business management, understanding the role that digital and the internet plays in our business is critical - regardless of role, level or industry. Code First:Girls has worked with women directly as well as with companies ranging from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to Twitter, to help increase the number of women in tech roles. Their CEO, Amali de Alwis, will be demystifying what coding and the web is about, and offering expert advice on digital up-skilling.

  • Session C: How to avoid burnout & change your working style If you ever feel physically, emotionally or mentally exhausted at work and worry about job burnout, our 'clear head' session with Kate Franklin from White & Lime is a must-attend. Combining a rule-breaking approach to stress management rooted in neuroscience, psychology and business, this session will provide you with the tools to manage overwhelming workloads, while increasing focus and reducing the risk of burnout.

  • 3.10-3.50pm Afternoon breakout session 2
    Session A: Beauty Hacks: Hair & make-up - shortcuts from the experts Join Marie Claire's very own Beauty & Style Director, Lisa Oxenham and team, plus Sassoon's UK Creative Director, Bruce Masefield, and international make-up artist, SJ Froom, from bareMinerals for a brilliant master class in how to have hair and makeup that's as sharp as your CV. Using live models, Lisa and our team of stylists will reveal their top beauty hacks to ensure you never have to worry about your work/life style ever again. From how to get ready for work in ten speedy minutes to top tips on making your make-up last the entire day, this expert session will give you the inside track and top advice on the best tricks and products – all tried and tested by the editors.

  • Session B: How to change your job prospects Join acclaimed head-hunter Kathleen Saxton, Founder and CEO of Lighthouse Company, who will take you on a whistle-stop tour of her best advice to change your job and get ahead in your career. Combining personal experience with solid professional advice, covering CV writing, mentoring and expanding your networks, Kathleen will show you how it's possible to affect change within your own industry or segue into an entirely new career altogether.

  • Session C: Cultivate your inner Zen to unlock your productivity Dating back to ancient Buddhist practices and now a firm fixture in the day-to-day rhythm of Silicon Valley, mindfulness is taking the (business) world by storm. With recent research suggesting that programmes based on mindfulness can radically reduce workplace stress levels and increase productivity, there’s little wonder that contemplative practices are now a key feature in many forward-thinking enterprises the world over. In this introductory session led by Evolutionaries founding partner, Veronica Winterbourne, we will explore the scientific research which validates the use of mindfulness as a way to combat the challenges of modern working life and help you with everything from managing stress and communicating more effectively to better decision making, creativity and increased productivity. Intuitive business consultant, Katie Winterbourne will also be exploring the huge role intuition plays in making decisions. She will share the secrets to honing your intuition so that you can be more discerning and trust your business decision.' Veronica is also running Introduction to Mindfulness workshops over the lunch break.

  • 3.50-4.20pm Afternoon break & refreshments

  • 4.20-5.00pm Closing keynote Join comedian, actress and writer Isy Suttie for some comic musings on growing up and getting on with life. Isy woke up one day in her late twenties to discover that the invisible deal she'd done with her best mates - that they'd prolong growing up for as long as possible - had all been in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets and nappies, rather than the idea of running naked into the sea or getting hammered From papier-mâché penguins to being stranded on a dual carriageway in nothing but a fur coat and trainers, Isy muses on the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside her quest for a genuinely good relationship with a man who doesn't use moisturiser. She will be signing copies of her book: The Actual One: How I tried and failed to remain twentysomething for ever, after the event.

  • 5.00-6.00pm Drinks reception Join to team to unwind at the end of a brilliant day with some delicious cocktails, courtesy of our friends at Cointreau.

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Partner Sponsor


Cointreau is proud to be sponsoring @Work Live because of its global commitment to championing creatives across the globe through the worldwide philanthropist programme the Cointreau Creative Crew. This will see Cointreau champion creatives and encourage them to make their dreams a reality by supporting them to dream, dare and create. For more information, check out The Cointreau Creative Crew Grant Scheme at here #DreamDareCreate #Cointreau #CreativeCrew


The NEXT retail chain was launched in February 1982 and the first store opened with an exclusive coordinated collection of stylish clothes, shoes and accessories for women - followed quickly with collections for men, children and home. Today NEXT trades from more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire and has around 200 stores in more than 40 countries overseas. NEXT is delighted to be sponsoring this year's Marie Claire @Work Live event, make sure to take a moment to visit their Style Lounge on the 28th floor.

Altitude London

Since 2008 Altitude London has been a renowned market leader in ultra-modern venues, exceptional events and impeccable service in London. With three very unique venues located over three very different floors of the grade II listed Millbank Tower, Altitude benefits from excellent transport links and isclose to some of the capital's most famous landmarks. Each venue has its own bar and amenities and offers a memorable experience. The two high rise venues, Skyloft and Altitude 360 boast breath-taking views of the London skyline providing a stunning backdrop for guests to enjoy.

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Don't miss

Work Lab

Book one-to-one appointments with a range of fantastic experts

Marie Claire bag

Pick up your amazing goody bag packed with beauty treats, generous gifts from our sponsors and much more...

Glass of Fizz

Unwind at the end of a brilliant day with a Cointreau cocktail with the Marie Claire team while admiring the views from the Altitude bar.


Join Murad, the award-winning skincare experts, for a complimentary YouthCam skin analysis and express facial, to leave your skin healthy and glowing.


Pay a visit to the personal trainers for your face… FaceGym, the original non-invasive skincare studio, will be offering complimentary tasters of their signature face workout proven to tone, tighten and lift facial muscles. We don’t think twice about toning our muscles at the gym. Why think differently about the face? Take your face to the gym…

The Braid Bar

The Braid Bar
Transform your look in less than fifteen minutes with a visit to our pop-up braid bar. With our talented braiders on hand and a menu of 6 signature styles to choose from, there's something to suit everyone!


Sassoon Salon is renowned for understated luxury and effortless sophistication. Their talented team of experts will be on hand to offer the ultimate experience in beautiful hair tailored to enhance your individual style.


Luxury British skincare and spa brand, ELEMIS delivers pioneering, clinically trialled therapies and products for face and body. Visit our therapists to experience a wonderful on-the-spot massage.

Neal's Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies
Neal's Yard Remedies have been passionately producing natural remedies, skin and body care from the finest organic ingredients for over 30 years. Come and visit their skilled therapists to indulge in a complimentary hand treatment using their dedicated hand and nail care range, enriched with natural exfoliants, moisturising oils and fragrant organic essential oils to refresh, revive, soften and smooth.

Le Salon

Le Salon
Remember to take some much-needed time to pamper yourself and book an appointment for an express manicure or pedicure treatment from one of the Le Salon beauty therapists. Their team will be on hand from 9am to 4pm on 28th floor.

DJ set by Harriet Rose

DJ set by Harriet Rose
TV/Radio Presenter & DJ Harriet Rose currently hosts the drive-time (new music chart) show on Fubar Radio. She also presents for LDN SND, Action Productions, her own YouTube channel and is a go-to DJ for all the latest fashion and celebrity events around London. instagram.com/harrietrose___ twitter.com/HarrietRose_ soundcloud.com/harrietrosedj

Altitude London

Altitude London
Join us in the glamorous surroundings of Altitude London and prepare to be wowed by Altitude's famous 360° views of the capital.

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How to get there:

London Underground
Pimlico – 8 minute walk
From the station please follow the signs for Tate Britain, you will find us in the large tower next door!

Westminster – 10 minute walk
From the station please take EXIT 4 and follow Abingdon Street past the Houses of Parliament and continue walking until you reach the Millbank Tower.

Vauxhall – 10 minute walk
From the station, please cross Vauxhall Bridge and take a right along Millbank.

Altitude 360
Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank

Marie Claire @ Work
+44 (0)20 31487684

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23rd April 2016

Ticket price is £95 (includes lunch and a fabulous goody bag)


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