Each week, our colleague Maria Franzoni invites one of our keynote speakers to discuss their life, work, current projects and passions. We hope that hearing more about them will allow you to get a better understanding of who they are.

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn recently stepped down as the first female Director General of the CBI – the Confederation of British Industry. She was invited to share her point of view on the future role and opportunities women have in the business world today. This insightful discussion also covers topics such as inclusion in the workplace, digital transformation and international trade. The discussion is hosted by Producer, Presenter and Interviewer Roy Sheppard.

Please welcome Carolyn Fairbairn & Roy Sheppard


Carolyn Fairbairn Keynote Speaker

Carolyn Fairbairn – Guest

As the first female Director-General of the CBI (2015 – 2020), Carolyn Fairbairn has incredible appreciation for the role of women in global business. With her outstanding academic achievements including a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, she shares with us a wealth of knowledge and her own personal experiences from the boardroom. As a partner in McKinsey’s media practice and Director of Strategy at the BBC, she speaks to us about the role of leadership and how we can develop that to adapt to our current climate, whether that be gender, diversity or inclusion.  International Women’s Day is something she cares about deeply and helps us to see how we can pave the way for women today, as she has done.

Maria Franzoni Keynote Speaker

Maria Franzoni – Host

Maria Franzoni is one of the most experienced speaker bookers in Europe and a recognised speaking industry expert. She has been a part of the London Speaker Bureau since 2000 & is the founder of MFL, a licensed office of London Speaker Bureau.

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