The Pros Winter Series Programme

Wednesday 1 December 2021

08:30 – 09:30

Menopause, Maternity, Miscarriage & MeToo – Smashing Comms’ Patriarchy

Panel:
– Corrina Antrobus, Founder of the Bechdel Test Fest, Freelance Film Journalist & Cultural Development Manager for Hackney Council
– Chloe Davies, Head of Social Impact, Lucky Generals
– Janelle Peñalosa Feliciano, Creative Director, The Romans
– Valerie Wai-Sze Holloway, Director, Hope&Glory PR
– Alicia Solanki, Managing Director, Client Experience, Ketchum UK
– Anisha Vikram Shah, Consulting Director, Blurred

Chair: Annalisa Toccara, Communications Manager, Voluntary Action Sheffield

12:30 – 13:15

Keynote Q&A: Emma Dabiri, Broadcaster, Historian & Author, on What White People Can Do Next

Chair: Julian Obubo, Brand Strategy Director & Partner, Manifest

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

Thursday 2 December 2021

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How to… Get Your Organisation Talking About Race
Presented by Efe Otokiti, Senior Editorial Manager, Harvard

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How to… Do Purpose Right
Presented by Phillipa Chikwedze, Consultant, & Mary-Jane Attafuah, Consulting Director, Blurred

Friday 3 December 2021

08:45 – 09:30

Comms Lessons from the Covid Frontline

Panel:
– Caroline Bernard, Director of Communications, Young Women’s Trust
– Matt Brown, Director of News & External Relations, Transport for London
– Kenon Man, Deputy Director of Marketing, University of Nottingham
– Karen Tippett-Lehane, Comms Consultant/Owner, TippettPR & Social Ltd

Chair: Harriet Otoo, Communications Director, ViacomCBS

12:30 – 13:15

The Founder: PRs Friend or Foe? Join our panel as they discuss the good, the bad and the Musk.

Panel:
– Jessica Hope, CEO, Wimbart
– Zaiba Malik, Founder & Director, Coppergate Communications
– Julian Obubo, Brand Strategy Director & Partner, Manifest
– Ben Roberts, Director, Harvard

Chair: Daljit Bhurji, CEO & Co-Founder, Diffusion

14:00 – 14:45

Keynote Q&A: Lottie Whyte, CEO & Co-Founder of MyoMaster on The View from The Founder

Chair: Sebrina Kepple, International PR Manager, McAfee

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

Monday 6 December 2021

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How to… Nurture Young Diverse Talent
Presented by Anthony Mba, Communications Specialist, Freelancer

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How to…. Get More BMEs in Senior Comms Roles
Presented by Shanil Nayee, Senior Account Manager, Ben Roberts, Director & Puneet Sandhu, Associate Director, Harvard

Tuesday 7 December 2021

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Infertility & Black Women: A Case Study on Addressing Inequality
Presented by Ramona Akosua Aning, Senior External Communication Manager, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA)

08:45 – 09:30

The Impact of Covid on Healthcare Comms

Panel:
– Maya Anaokar, Head of Communications & Marketing, The Patients Association
– Selena Dhanak, Associate Director, Global Communications, Organon
– Avril Lee, Head of Health Europe, Zeno Group & Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Network, CIPR
– Maxine Myers, Communications Manager, Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre

Chair: Arun Sudhaman, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, PRovoke Media

Wednesday 8 December 2021

09:30 – 10:15

Keynote Q&A: Nishma Robb, Senior Director, Brand & Reputation Marketing, Google UK

Chair: Anaïs Merlin, Account Director & Deputy Head of Mobile & Telecoms, CCgroup

12:30 – 13:15

‘What Do I Even Have to Say?’ – A Masterclass in Finding a Voice in the Creative Industry & Owning It

Presenter:
Donya Davis, Head of Design, Ketchum London

Chair: Krish Jeyakumar, Data & Analytics Consultant/Marketing Manager

16:00 – 17:00

Talker Tailor Trouble Maker Takeover – “It’s Raining Them”

Presenters:
– Cremilda Daniel, Account Executive, Talker Tailor Trouble Maker
– Chris Maho, Account Assistant, Talker Tailor Trouble Maker
– Olivia Mushigo, Creative, Talker Tailor Trouble Maker

Chair: Whitney Simon, Account Director, Missive

Thursday 9 December 2021

08:45 – 09:30

YouTube: Creating The Outsiders

Presenter:
– Jennifer Ogunleye, B2B Communications, Google UK

Chair: Maria Adediran, Account Director, Wimbart

12:30 – 13:15

Love Island: Unpicking and Debating the Power of the Problematic Ratings Hit

Panel:
– Paula Akpan, Freelance Journalist
– Fayola Douglas, Senior Reporter, Campaign
– Emma-Cherrice Gordon, Associate Business Director, Vice Media Group
– Chanté Joseph, Freelance Writer, Digital Content Producer, Host of Channel 4’s How Not To Be Racist & The Face Magazine’s ‘My Public Me’ Podcast
– Ronke Lawal, PR Consultant & Founder, Ariatu PR

Chair: Paul Nezandonyi, Head, Communications & Engagement, Legal Services Board

16:15 – 17:00

The Uprising – Young, Gifted & In Comms

Panel:
– Lejohn Dillon, Junior Consultant, Blurred
– Lateefah Jean-Baptiste, Press Officer, Internews
– Deepak Kumar, Press Officer, Transport for London
– Nabila Mahmood, Account Executive, CCgroup
– Naomi MG Smith, Account Manager, Ketchum
– Amira Williams, Senior Account Executive, Harvard

Chair: Ronke Lawal, PR Consultant & Founder, Ariatu PR

Friday 10 December 2021

11:00 – 11:45

Keynote Q&A: Musa Okwonga, Author, Broadcaster & Musician, on the summer of sport, Southgate’s England squad & the footballer as an activist

Chair: Kristian Hoareau Foged, Founder, Analytics & Strategy Director, Simply Thought

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

Monday 13 December 2021

12:30 – 13:15

Keynote Q&A: Poorna Bell, Author, Journalist & Public Speaker, on female leadership, diversity & the lessons learnt navigating her extraordinary career

Chair: Sanjani Shah, Global Head of PR, The Body Shop

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

Tuesday 14 December 2021

08:45 – 09:30

Keynote Q&A: Femi Oluwole, Political Commentator, on The State We’re In

Chair: Bieneosa Ebite, Head of Corporate Communications, Centrica

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

12:30 – 13:15

Keynote Presentation: Katie Dash, Planning & Delivery Director, CBI, on The State of UK PLC

Chair: Chinedu Udezue, Senior PR & Comms Director

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

16:00 – 16:45

How Can Corporate Comms Support Business Post-Covid?

Panel:
– Mary-Jane Attafuah, Consulting Director, Blurred
– Sarah Samee, Independent Consultant, SJS Strategies Ltd
– Charandeep Singh BEM, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
– Scarlett Zhao, PR Manager, International Corporate Communications EMEA,
Alibaba Group

Chair: [TBC]

Wednesday 15 December 2021

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12 Stats for 12 months aka 2021 Stats Every Comms Pro Should Know
Presented by Kristian Hoareau Foged, Founder, Analytics & Strategy Director,
Simply Thought

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Five Podcasts PRs Should Check Out… And Podcasting Mistakes to Avoid
Presented by Harriet Small Okot, Internal Communications Officer, Hackney Council & Co-Host of Have You Got 5 Minutes?

Thursday 16 December 2021

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Why Content is Still King
Presented by Esther Akinola & Sarah Akinola, Founders, The Kosi Agency

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Bechdel Test Films That Are Essential Christmas 2021 Viewing
Presented by Corrina Antrobus, Founder of the Bechdel Test Fest, Freelance Film Journalist & Cultural Development Manager for Hackney Council

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‘300’ – an explorative presentation looking at the makeup of the creative industry as a Black man
Presented by Simba Zvobgo

Friday 17 December 2021

12:30 – 13.15

Keynote Q&A: Sathnam Sanghera, Author & Journalist, on Empireland, Politics and The State We’re In

Chair: Julian Obubo, Brand Strategy Director & Partner, Manifest

[Please note: this keynote Q&A will not be recorded or available on demand]

Please note: More speakers and sessions to be announced. Programme is subject to change but unlikely to.

*WATCH NOW! is exclusive on demand content created for The Pros Winter Series 2021.

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