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Over 200 delegates from OMNICOM agencies throughout the UK attended an inspirational thought provoking day hearing from guest speakers covering a range of topics that impact women in leadership within the working environment on a daily basis.
Keynote speakers on the day included:
Emma Sergeant President of the Europe DAS Group chaired the event and introduced Natalie Brzezinski, CEO of Symposium Stockholm who spoke about how impactful Social Media is in the world today and how self-belief and resilience are the key to her successful career to date.
Amir A. Dossal Founder and President of the Global Partnerships Forum shared his career at the UN. He called out the importance of Women’s influence in business and in his life personally.
Sophie Daranyi Chairman, Haygarth. Her message to us was to be our authentic self and it is ok to be a working mother, speaking openly about strong communication at home being key to getting the balance right.
Ruth Hunt Chief Executive, Stonewall took us on an enlightening and humorous journey through her career and the advances seen in LGBT rights to which she has been highly influential.
During the breakout sessions topics were covered including:
‘Is a great leader a resilient leader’ and that it’s not about achieving a ‘work life balance’ it’s about ‘life balance’ where home and career are intrinsically linked. Ali and Rose’s own career and home life journeys provided useful insight in managing ‘Hairdryer moments’ through the lens of ‘perspective’.
‘The Psychology of Wellbeing and Resilience’ Looking at the signs of Survival mode vs Competence mode with survival mode bringing strong emotions that hi-jack competent thinking. John Perry provided some top tips in how to remain in competent mode through the ability to choose one thought over another.
The event finished with key speakers sharing their pledges for ‘being bold for change’ along with many top tips to take away including; Finding the rainbow and following it, if not a worry in 5 years don’t spend 5 minutes worrying, play from a straight bat and back yourself.
CPM attendees confirmed the day provided an excellent environment to be involved in a high profile learning and development forum; offering the ability to network with senior women across OMNICOM and wider client industries; along with celebrating women in the workplace.
CPM are delighted to be part of this initiative and have undertaken a number of activities across our field marketing and call centre business to celebrate women in the workplace, including supporting ‘Smart Works’ providing business clothing helping low income women back to work, helping them feel confident and look fabulous for job interviews.