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Five reasons why you must not miss Karren Brady at IoD Open House

12 Feb 2018

Karen Brady Open House

Baroness Karren Brady CBE is one of the most famous figures in British business today. She is the Government’s Small Business Ambassador, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United and one of Lord Sugar’s advisers on The Apprentice.

You can see her next month when she delivers a keynote speech at the IoD Open House…

From March 12-14 March, the IoD’s headquarters at 116 Pall Mall will be transformed as it becomes the venue for a unique three-day business event.

You will get the chance to hear from, meet and network with some of the most influential, inspirational and forward-thinking figures in business including Baroness Brady, who will be our keynote speaker on 13 March.

Here are five reasons why you should not miss her appearance at IoD Open House…

  1. Hear from one of the UK’s most famous and sought-after speakers on business. In her keynote speech, Karren will offer invaluable advice for leaders growing any enterprise, drawing upon 30 years of experience working in a variety of different industries including media, retail and, of course, football.

  2. She is one the country’s most influential and prominent supporters of small business. In 2013, she was appointed by the Prime Minister as the UK government’s Small Business Ambassador. In this role, she travels up and down the country meeting small companies and entrepreneurs seeking to become tomorrow’s multinationals and talking to them about what the government can do to support their ideas and ambitions. Therefore, she is acutely aware of the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs in the UK today.

  3. Karren is at the forefront of championing women in business. She is the chairman of Mentore, which works with businesses to harness the talents, ambitions and drive of women within their organisation, and ensure more women are appointed to senior management and Board positions. “I think if women like me don’t campaign for other women, who’s going to do it? So I take it seriously.”

  4. She is never afraid to speak out on the most contentious issues within the workplace. Recently, Karren has been interviewing men and women around the country ahead of a documentary due to be broadcast on Channel 5 later this year. Following last year’s furore about pay inequality at the BBC she noted that, “Women who work still earn less than men. The UK-wide pay gap is just over 18 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics.”

  5. She knows what it takes to succeed in a man’s world. When Karren was appointed as managing director of Birmingham City Football Club at the age of 23 it was an appointment met with scepticism and outright sexism within sections of the sport. When she arrived, the Blues had only just come out of administration and by the time she left in 2009, after 16 years at the club, it was sold for £82m. She has said, “Although I expect to be treated like an equal, I never act like a man. If you try to be one of the lads it backfires.”


This unique three-day festival of business will be held at the IoD’s headquarters at 116 Pall Mall.

Headlining an inspirational three-day event at the iconic 116 Pall Mall, join Baroness Brady and a diverse mix of directors, leaders and entrepreneurs in setting the conversation for the future of business.

Don't miss out, confirm your place here!

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