/ PUK Talk - Trailblazing Women

Date: Wednesday 11th March
Venue: Curzon Soho

/ Running order

2:00-2:45pm – BBC journalist and presenter, Tina Daheley, in conversation with writer, multi award-winning podcast host and Sunday Times bestselling author, Emma Gannon.

2:45-3:45pm – Panel discussion: Redefining the Creative Industries with Liv Little (founder of gal-dem), Pip Jamieson (founder of The Dots) and Munroe Bergdorf (model and activist) – hosted by Tina Daheley (journalist)

3:45-4:15pm – Networking

4:15-5:00pm – Workshop ‘F*ck Being Humble’ with Stefanie Sword-Williams

5:00-6:00pm – Aisling Bea In Conversation with Sharon Horgan

Followed by drinks until 7:00pm

/ Sessions

PANEL: Redefining the Creative Industries Panel Discussion

Every generation believes it can change the world, but the pressure from the next generation of creative talent to embrace change is too powerful to ignore. Our panel, hosted by broadcaster and presenter Tina Daheley, comprises trailblazing women set to redefine the creative and digital industries over the coming years, through their unswerving dedication to positive change.

WORKSHOP: F*ck Being Humble: Why self-promotion isn’t a dirty word

Taking inspiration from heroes Eve & Gwen Stefani, this workshop will teach you how to capture what makes you distinctively different and present it in a way to blow people’s minds. That’s right, it’s time for you to stop describing yourself as ‘hard-working’ and ‘friendly’ and really get under the skin of what you stand for and why people should care. At F*ck Being Humble it pains us to see great talent go unnoticed, that’s why we need to start throwing away those generic personal bios, factual portfolios and cover letters that are going nowhere but the junk folder. People buy people, but only if you let your true personality shine through. So whether you’re in the market for a new role, or just want to polish up on your personal brand, we want to help you with practical tips and actionable tips that enable you to spread your word.

/ Event Speakers

Tina Daheley

Broadcaster and presenter Tina Daheley’s work stretches across news and current affairs to sport and the arts, appealing to a wide range of very diverse audiences. Tina can currently be heard 06.30 – 09.30 Mon – Fri presenting the news on the biggest breakfast radio show in the UK, the BBCR2 Breakfast show hosted by Zoe Ball. The very same week that the show launched in 2019, Tina could also be seen presenting the BBC One Primetime Panorama: Takeaway Secrets Exposed and Tina is fast becoming a go to face for the BBC. Before this, she was best known for hosting the news and sport to nearly 6 million listeners every week on BBC’s RADIO 1 BREAKFAST SHOW from 2012 to 2018 alongside Nick Grimshaw. With a first class honours degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, Tina joined the BBC in 2007 and is a regular face on television, presenting BREAKFAST NEWS on BBC ONE along with regular slots on the prolific BBC NEWS AT SIX as well as the BBC NEWS AT TEN . She regularly presents WOMAN’S HOUR on RADIO 4, and also manages to to fit in hosting THE CULTURAL FRONTLINE, her own weekly global arts programme on the BBC WORLD SERVICE. Tina was the voice that took Points of View from a visual presenter led show into a voice hosted show in 2018 on BBC One and was an integral part of the BBC SOUNDS launch, co-hosting the new Radio 4 podcast “Beyond Today” alongside Matthew Price.

Tina is passionate about making news, current affairs and the arts accessible to everyone and is especially skilled at hosting audience debates. She has interviewed a host of incredible names and most recently, was personally invited by THE ROYAL FOUNDATION to host their forum with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex to talk about the foundation’s charitable projects and upcoming work. More and more Tina is being asked to co-host major BBC event coverage, and this year she was part of the lead presentation team for the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018. Tina was one of the lead presenters for BBC NEWS during the 2017 and 2015 General Election Campaigns and the EU Referendum, hosting THE FINAL ELECTION DEBATE on BBC ONE and leader interviews on BBC TWO, RADIO 1 NEWSBEAT and the BBC NEWS CHANNEL.

Away from news, Tina also fronts Women’s Football for BBC SPORT, hosted last year’s Women’s FA Cup Final live from Wembley, live coverage of England Women’s Euro Qualifiers and THE WOMEN’S FOOTBALL SHOW. She hosted the Women’s Football World Cup in Canada in 2015.

Tina is a prolific social media user. She has more than a quarter of a million followers on Twitter. Outside of her journalism work she recently made a cameo appearance in A League of Gentlemen’s Christmas special and another highlight was her on-air rap battle with Idris Elba on Radio 1.

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Emma Gannon

Emma Gannon is a blogger, podcaster, bestselling author, consultant and speaker. Most recently Emma was announced as Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

Formerly the social media editor of British Glamour, Emma is now an award-winning writer and has been published everywhere from The Telegraph to Teen Vogue.

Her first book, ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ was published by Ebury, Penguin Random House in 2016 and was called an “excellent memoir” according to a recent piece on Internet Books in The Guardian. In 2018, Emma released her second book, ‘The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work Less, Create More and Design A Career That Works For You’ which became an immediate no.1 Amazon and Sunday Times best-seller and was endorsed by Richard Branson.

Emma’s hit podcast ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ discusses work, social media and careers and features guests such as Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ava Duvernay and Greta Gerwig. It has now reached over 3 million downloads and has been listed as a recommended podcast across the Times, iTunes, Elle UK, Marie Claire and Esquire to name a few. Emma does countless live shows in partnership with brands and venues such as BFI, Waterstones and festivals all over the UK. Most recently Emma released a very special podcast episode recorded from Buckingham Palace as part of her Queens Young Leaders partnership.

Recently, Emma has starred in a national advertising campaign for Microsoft which showcases and celebrates her multi-hyphen career. She was also selected in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe 2018 list in the media and marketing category and her podcast was nominated for a prestigious WEBBY award. Emma is currently working with the Princes Trust as part of their the Get Hired initiative as well as the Media Trust charity which helps young people develop their voices in the media. She was also a judge for the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards and D&AD New Blood Awards this year. She’s recently been involved in many charity festival with the likes of Amnesty International and Women for Women International.

Liv Little

Liv is the founder and CEO at gal-dem, an online magazine and media platform run by women and non-binary people of colour.  Liv has spent time working within TV, most recently in commissioning in the factual department at the BBC where she developed a new strand focused on the history we aren’t taught in schools.  She also has experience working on a range of shows as researcher, producer and art director and in 2018 produced her first audio documentary for the Migration Museum.  Liv has been voted as a Future Leader, a rising star at WOW and included in the inaugural BBC’s 100 women series.  Before this, she spent time working in a range of third sector organisations including Women for Refugee Women and the Simon community in Dublin.  Liv is obsessed with storytelling and has written for a range of outlets including Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, The Guardian, Wonderland and Elle Magazine.  She has spoken to audiences of up to 10,000 people and been recognised as one of the top women speakers in Britain by the Dots.

Pip Jamieson

Pip Jamieson is the Founder & CEO of The Dots, dubbed ˜The next LinkedIn?’ by Forbes. The Dots is designed around the networking needs of ‘No Collar’ professionals – creators, freelancers and entrepreneurs. As routine jobs become more automated, these No Collar professionals will represent the future workforce.

Delightfully Dyslexic with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it) Pip was named by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs innovating in their respective fields, by Creative Review as one of the top 50 Creative Leaders & by Campaign as one of the 50 Trailblazers of the Future. Head to Wikipedia for more info.

Being a dyslexic sole female tech founder, Pip has put helping business build diverse teams at the heart of everything they do! 68% + of The Dots community is female, 31% + BAME & 16% + LGBT+. The Dots also do a lot of work around socioeconomic diversity and neurodiversity to fuel a more balanced industry of the future.

Munroe Bergdorf (D. Litt)

Familiar for her honest insight into matters of inclusion, feminism, and the transgender community. Model, Activist and Doctor of Letters, Munroe Bergdorf has proven herself as the brave and bold voice which society needs. An icon in an age of increasing social awareness, Bergdorf uses her profile to advocate for a fairer world and to empower individuals to fight for positive change. Munroe regularly features on national and international news outlets to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and most recently was appointed an UN Women UK Changemaker.

Twitter and Instagram: @MunroeBergdorf

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Stefanie Sword-Williams

Stef is the founder of platform and event series F*ck Being Humble, having refined her method of imparting self-worth and self-promotion skills giving talks at industry panels and events. She has been commissioned by international companies including Google, Warner Music, Unilever, Bumble, SmartWorks and Cannes Lions Festival to run professional development workshops. Stef was also named as one of The Dot’s “Creative Trailblazers”, identified as one of the 100 women redefining the creative industries.

Aisling Bea

Aisling wrote, produced and starred in smash-hit comedy-drama This Way Up, for Channel 4 and Hulu. The show, which also stars Aisling’s long-time friend and collaborator Sharon Horgan, received mass critical acclaim and a second series has been commissioned.

As an actor, Aisling has been nominated for the Breakthrough Award at the 2020 Royal Television Society Awards for her performance in This Way Up. Her acting career has seen her take roles in a number of high-profile television series, including BBC2’s The Fall and, last year, she co-starred alongside Paul Rudd in Netflix original series Living With Yourself.

Aisling is one of the most in-demand stand-up comedy performers in UK and Irish comedy. In 2013 she was nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award for Best Newcomer for her debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival show C’est La Bea, which received a plethora of 4- and 5-star reviews in its sold-out run.

Aisling’s stand-up skills secured her a comedy special on Netflix as part of The Comedy Line Up and a performance on the prestigious BBC1 show Live At The Apollo. She is a regular on UK comedy panel shows such as BBC2’s QI, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and BBC1’s Would I Lie To You, and has taken on the Taskmaster (Dave) in the fifth series of the award-winning show.

Sharon Horgan

Her outrageous characters have led her to be called the “Queen of difficult women” and she is one of the most in-demand scriptwriters in the world.

BAFTA award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Sharon Horgan combines starring in feature films such as ‘Game Night’, ‘Military Wives’ and “Everyone’s talking about Jamie” with the global commercial success of her company Merman, nominated for best production company of the year at the Edinburgh TV awards.

The company founded in 2014 and has won multiple accolades including three BAFTAs and numerous Emmy and RTS nominations, as well as first look production deals with Amazon and Sky. As well as scripting award-winning TV and film, Merman is globally renowned for creating and executing the next generation of branded entertainment, advertising and premium short form content.

Merman’s recent shows include ‘Catastrophe’ for Amazon and Channel 4, “Divorce” for HBO with Sarah Jessica Parker, “This Way Up” for Channel 4 and Hulu, and the parenthood comedy “Motherland” for the BBC. Projects in development are ‘Shining Vale’ for Starz, ‘Therapy Dog’ for Fox, ‘Guru’ and ‘Dirty’ for Amazon and ‘Delilah’ for HBO Max. Merman is also co-producing ‘Herself,’ a female fronted film that follows a broken family’s journey to find a home set during the Irish housing crisis.

Sharon has been responsible for some of the biggest cult comedy hits of recent years. At any point she might be working across a mind-boggling 30 projects, including promoting her latest box office hit movie and preparing for her feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of novel “The New World”.

Join her for a rare and highly anticipated appearance at Promax UK’s Trailblazing Women event.

/ Tickets

Many of you will remember our sell-out PUK Talk for International Women’s Day last year. It’s back by popular demand and we’ll be releasing the line-up at the end of the month.

Tickets are available now, so if you want to avoid the rush and bag your ticket straight away call  020 7228 1363.

Ticket prices are:
£79 for members (£99 for non-members)
Bundle x 5 – £350 (£70 pp)
Bundle x 10 – £600 (£60 pp)
Bundle x 20 £1000 (£50 pp)
Freelancer £25 pp (Buying out of own pocket – limited availability)
All +VAT

More information to follow.

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