Never mind the glass ceiling. In the workplace today there's a glass wall. Men and women can see each other clearly through the divide, but they don't speak the same language or have the same expectations. And as a result, women and their careers are suffering.
With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, now is the time to address the assumptions and miscommunication holding women back. Sue Unerman will talk about her book, The Glass Wall, which gives women the tools they need to master any situation. From unlocking ambition and developing resilience to nurturing creativity and getting noticed, these are the skills that everyone needs to learn to help break down that wall and create better workplaces for all.
Chief Transformation Officer, MediaCom
Sue is MediaCom’s CSO. With the media landscape changing as it is, Sue is responsible for delivering a strategic edge, both in terms of communications planning for our clients and in terms of ensuring MediaCom UK is a step ahead.
Sue has worked for MediaCom and its predecessor The Media Business since 1990 – one of a core team that has grown the business to be number one in the UK, the first £1bn agency ever, and Campaign’s Media Agency of the Decade.
As CSO she drives the strategy for MediaCom in the UK and leads its change management execution. Convinced that we’re in the Age of Dialogue – the 4th Age of Communications, with unprecedented challenges, she continues to ensure accountability, cut through and innovation in all work. Part of her responsibility is to ensure that MediaCom UK is at the leading edge of practical NPD and new ways of thinking.
Campaign magazine says about Sue: “widely considered to be one of media’s finest strategic brains, helping to turn MediaCom into a £1billion agency, she is still disarmingly down-to-earth, challenging and sparky”, and says that she is “fast becoming the grand dame of media planning”.Kathryn Jacob OBE
Pearl & Dean
Kathryn’s pre-cinema life she worked in national newspapers, magazines and radio. Following the sale of Ginger Media Group to Scottish Media, her new role encompassed television, posters, radio and cinema. The lure of the big screen was impossible to resist and so she joined Pearl & Dean as CEO. Building on the reputation of Pearl & Dean, the team have grown their activities outside of the usual venues into pop up cinema, cinemas on luxurious ships, film partnerships and product placement.
In 2016 Kathryn co-wrote ‘The Glass Wall’ with Sue Unerman, aiming to use their experiences and research to help women and businesses thrive. In the same year Kathryn was honoured with an OBE for services to the promotion of equality and diversity.
Outside of work Kathryn sits on the board of Women’s Aid, the Development Board at RADA, the board of the Association of Colleges and the Council and board of the Advertising Association. She’s on the Government Expert Group on Body Confidence. She has two children, a naughty dog, a lovely husband and not enough hours in the day.