Rachel-Brushfield

Rachel Brushfield | Energise - The Talent Liberation Company

An entrepreneur embraces risk. Rachel’s target audiences and markets are some of the most risk averse, magnified in uncertain times.

Rachel Brushfield is The Talent Liberator.

Incurably curious, with a ‘wide angle zoom lens brain’, she thinks across career, talent, learning, marketing and branding. Insights, ideas and making connections are at the heart of who she is and what she does. Comfortable with both risk and uncertainty, Rachel’s business Energise has been independent and self-funded for over 20 years and she regularly takes career retreats to look at trends, take stock, creating space to think, write and let new ideas percolate.

18 years before lawyers saw the merit in non-lawyers, Rachel focused on the legal profession creating thought leadership, seeing ahead the opportunity to help a fast-changing profession needing innovation, but inhibited by its own risk-aversion and business model.

Rachel is passionate about helping people to achieve uplifting transformational career and business breakthroughs and has pioneered the lawyer career change and lawyer portfolio career sectors e.g. she initiated the first ever portfolio career and changing career direction events for The Law Society. Her inventive ‘squeezing oranges’ CV approach has been helping professionals to successfully reposition themselves in their career for over 30 years.

Rachel energises professionals to see their transferable skills, feel hope and gain career fulfillment. A decade before content curation, she created 120 short topics and a career e course and marketing content to help more people.

A published author on gender balance for the IBA, Rachel helps women to ‘blow their own trumpet’ and create inspiring portfolio careers. She is co-founder of her own women’s network, PWHub and has helped at The Law Society Returners course pro bono for over 6 years.

Rachel sees D&I as individualism and hopes that in future, employers ‘unbox’ and liberate talent.


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Tanya Dennis | Eventsuncut

Alongside her six years of International conference and exhibition management experience (in-house), working within a variety of sectors including Interior Design, Aviation, Finance, Technology and Health Care; at 28, Tanya is also Founder of Event Tech start up Eventsuncut.

Tanya had the vision for the event promotion and directory business www.eventsuncut.com when she struggled to identify reputable event suppliers for the entertainment events she project manages in her spare time. Over the 5 years since its initial launch, Eventsuncut has evolved into an event finder for young people in London to easily locate events that interest them, from Coding workshops to club nights. Living in London should mean that there is never a shortage of places to go, but quite often people don’t know where to find out about these events! Tanya would also like to see Eventsuncut become a trusted review and news site, and an app.

Outside of her day job, Tanya often joins charity projects as an event or venue manager; most recently Oxjam Brixton which raised £6800.

In 2015 Tanya was accepted as an inaugural mentee in Fay Sharpe’s FastForward15 mentoring scheme which aims to inspire, encourage and empower women in the events, hospitality and related industry to be the best they can be: http://www.fastforward15.co.uk


Lalita Purbhoo Junggee

Lalita Devi Purbhoo Junggee | Nineteen Fifty Design & Print Co Ltd

My name is Lalita Purbhoo-Junggee. I am 28 years old, married and the mother of two kids. I am the co-founder of 1950 Design & Print Co Ltd, which is located in Pailles, Mauritius.

I started my career as a trainee reporter at sixteen. Following high-school, I began work at a top newspaper in Mauritius. After eight years of working full-time, I decided to take on the adventure of becoming an entrepreneur.

Together with my husband, we started a large format printing and advertising company. Step by step, we have expanded our operations, while sticking to our core values and principles. Our major goal is to have the biggest positive impact we can on the environment. Living in an island nation, we see first hand how much of an impact man made climate change is having on the island. From severe droughts to extreme heat.

My biggest personal strengths are my focus and followthrough, my ability to commit to a task and see it through to completion. I am a very intuitive and curious person who loves to learn, problem-solve and find innovative solutions for everyday problems. I am very open-minded, optimistic, hard working and these traits are very beneficial in a career oriented around creativity and design.


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Shainul Kassam | Fortune Law

Shainul qualified as a corporate lawyer specialising in stock market flotations. Aged 29, she founded her own commercial law firm Fortune Law. She was reported at that time to be the youngest female to start a law firm in the UK solo. In her first year of trading, and initially from her kitchen table, she advised on 2 stock market flotations and was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Her expertise covers corporate matters including M&A, fundraising and sensitive boardroom issuesadvising on domestic and international shareholder and partnership disputes and unrest within family businesses. She has acted as expert witness for the CPS on AIM boiler room fraud cases and for defendants in FCA proceedings. Her primary focus however is advising business founders and smart start-ups. She has recently launched a legal boot camp for young entrepreneurs in partnership with The Budding Entrepreneur Academy with plans for national roll-out. Her key message for those wanting to start their own business: “if you don’t get a seat at the table, you can #buildyourowntable”.

Her commitment to pro bono work and giving back has changed her life in many unexpected ways. She is currently a board member on His Highness Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board where, as an accredited mediator, she represents the UK and Europe dealing with cross border disputes, hearing arbitration appeals and drafting policy for 18 jurisdictions globally. She has contributed to the drafting of the Charter for International Family Mediation Processes an initiative of International Social Service (ISS) a Swiss NGO promoting child protection and welfare across borders.

Shainul has held several long standing trusteeships including the African Environmental Film Foundation.   She lives in West London with her husband and two young sons with whom she runs, bakes and travels the world.


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Jenny Garrett | Reflexion Associates

I am an award winning Executive Career Coach, Author, 2 x TEDx Speaker, Leadership Trainer. Commentator. Women & Teen Advocate and Entrepreneur.

I have been running my business, Reflexion Associates Limited, which is a Leadership Consultancy for 11 years, Before that I held senior marketing roles in organisations, such as Schroder Leasing and Hamptons International.

4 years ago I wrote my Amazon best selling book Rocking Your Role, on the taboo subject of female breadwinners and this led to my work evolving to support working women and the broader diversity agenda.

My mission is to transform the world for everyone, one empowered woman at a time. I work with women entrepreneurs and business executive to helping them come to terms with, appreciate and thrive on the varied challenges they face in their demanding lives. I use my years of experience in coaching and leadership to inspire and motivate people, working with them to deliver career and life changing results beyond expectation.

I have reached an audience of over 30,000 through my speaking engagements, including, and coached individuals all over the globe from Australia, to Botswana, the US, Mexico, Spain and the UK, with over 3000 coaching hours under my belt.

I am a Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation and have mentored women in Botswana and South Africa and am an informal mentor to women I meet.

I am regularly asked to contribute on news stories relating to women and the workplace, most recently on Sky News, BBC Radio 5 and LBC Radio.

My most recent clients include MasterCard, EY and Mace Macro.

A client recently described me as a ‘yoga stretch for the career!


Chayya Syal

Chayya Syal | Avid Scribbler

Chayya is an award winning Broadcast Journalist with seven years' experience working across print, digital, broadcast, video and radio from London, UK.

She currently works on a live news programme at the BBC, is a Schools Speaker for Amnesty International, is a Huffington Post blogger and goes to schools and colleges across London to discuss careers, responsible journalism and tech.

She is also the creator and founder of her blog Avid Scribbler which she started in 2012. Here Chayya discusses the complexities behind constructions of ethnic identity in a post 9/11 world for women of South Asian origin and the challenges, opportunities and experiences that they continue to face.

Since the blog's beginnings, she now has an international readership of 10,000 which is still increasing, has been featured in a documentary by the Media Trust, won in the Media category at the Women of the Future Awards ceremony in November 2016 and more recently has been listed in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe 2017 in the Media category.


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Bryony Thomas | Watertight Marketing

To quote one reviewer on Amazon, Bryony Thomas is the author of “the book on marketing that makes sense of the rest”. Watertight Marketing (Panoma Press) brings together her extensive experience and many perspectives on marketing.

  • She was managing telephone fundraising campaigns for the likes of Mind and Help the Aged at age 19.
  • She was designing and running pan-European campaigns for Dell and Microsoft by age 24.
  • She secured a role as divisional director of marketing in FTSE 100, Experian, by age 28.

As a self-funding student she took the role of telephone fundraising with ActionAid, within 3 months – aged just 19 – she was co-managing telephone fundraising campaigns for UK’s best-loved charities, alongside her ‘full time’ studies. By age 24 she was heading up the largest account at leading technology marketing agency Mason Zimbler – running integrated campaigns across Europe for the likes of IBM and Dell. If you ask nicely, she’ll tell you about the yellow trainers. Aged just 28, and with a CIM Diploma and an award-winning MBA under her belt, she secured the role of divisional director of marketing for FTSE 100 company, Experian.

In 2008, she started her journey to what is today the Watertight Marketing Methodology. First, building a six-figure marketing consultancy where she designed and delivered the 12-month marketing transformation programmes that she has now captured in her best-selling book and mentoring programmes  –  Watertight Marketing.

Bryony is also the founder of the UK's only network of quality-assured independent marketing consultants.


Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis | BAME Recruitment

I am a passionate female entrepreneur who is determined to make a difference for people from under represented backgrounds within the workforce. I have worked within the recruitment industry for over 18 years and worked for a number of organisations including BT, Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk and at ITV for Creative Access.  Throughout my career, no matter what organisation I worked in, there were never many people who looked like me working in similar positions. I faced barriers in my career and when I wanted to move up the ladder, the only way for me was to move out due to the lack of opportunity to progress.

I found that it wasn’t just myself. A lot of people who came from a similar background to me from ethnic minority, or from other under-represented backgrounds had similar issues. I started to look at organisations more closely and started delving into the data. It soon became clear  that a lot of organisations were not as diverse as they thought they were. Whilst there were lots of people who looked like me at a certain level, at the hierarchy the numbers significantely reduced. I’m a great believer in being part of the change that you want to see in the world and so armed with this, I decided to set up my own business. I felt that my recruitment experience, excellent market knowledge and work within the diversity networks could enable me to make a difference.


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Claudia Lambeth | Luna Mae London

At the age of just twenty-two, Claudia Lambeth founded the British Bespoke lingerie brand, Luna Mae London. After discovering a gap in the market, the brand was established as a personal and private service for women wanting to experience the ultimate luxury in British lingerie and loungewear. With exclusive Bespoke fittings offered around the world by appointment-only, emphasis is placed on empowering women through unrivalled quality and attention to detail, confidence in accurate fit, and accompanied by a dedicated service.

Claudia has sustained international press coverage in The Times, How To Spend It, Vogue, W, Tatler, and on an NBC and CNBC TV episode where Luna Mae London was credited as “The world’s most exclusive lingerie”. After securing Angel investor backing in 2016, Claudia introduced Luna Mae London’s debut Ready-to-Wear collection securing stockists such as Fortnum & Mason and other prestigious boutiques worldwide. The brand will be opening its first flagship store in Belgravia during the Summer of 2017.

Claudia is also a public speaker, passionate mentor, and an avid supporter of charities such as Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Campaign, and Lady Garden.


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Dr Ava Eagle Brown | Ava Eagle Brown

Multi-award winning International Speaker, Author and Transformation mindset coach, Dr Ava Eagle Brown is in a class by herself. She is the author of her memoir The Mango Girl soon to be a feature film. Ava has moved from incest, rape, failed marriages and being homeless to a household name globally. She has shared stage with the likes of Eric Thomas, Lisa Nichols, Nick Vujicic, Andy Harrington, Hollywood -Sheryl Lee Ralph, Paul O’Mahony, Darren Winters, Mac Attram, Reena Marla, Simon Coulson, Paul Preston , Joseph McClendon 3rd among others of influential and status in this space.

She has been featured in the Financial Times, Guardian just to name a few of the press that has sought to have words from this great country girl turned corporate queen.
Out of her journey, Ava has created Awakening Your Lifes Purpose, Purpose Walk and the Get Your Book Out of Your Gut Programmes with the view of helping others maximise their truest potential and claim their BEST LIFE.

She has helped over 28 individuals rewrite their stories in less than a year, some of these authors of having gone on to being featured in media globally and have started their journey of transforming others.

Ava operates on an ethos of transformation through mindset mastery. She seeks to empower others to understand that the word IMPOSSIBLE means I”M POSSIBLE – thus helping them claim the lives they were meant to live, a life of abundance, joy, peace and success.

The love, desire, and passion Ava has to see others come out of the RUT and claim their best self, stands at the CORE of her WHY. Her style of being truly transparent, authentic, enthusiastic and welcoming are all part of her success. She has often referred the UK’s answer to Lisa Nichols Oprah Winfrey.

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