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Our Work Ambassadors
Welcome to our work pillar – where we're all about propelling women to thrive in their professional journeys. We've assembled a group of exceptional trailblazers for you to follow, making this your ultimate go-to hub for all things work-related.
We’ve carefully curated the best voices for you to follow.
Angelica is a three-times bestselling author of #SheMadeIt: a Toolkit for Female Founders in the Digital Age (Kogan Page, January 2021); Unattached: Empowering Essays on Singlehood (Penguin Random House, February 2022) and The PR Bootcamp: Take Your Business from Invisible to Unstoppable (Little, Brown, November 2022).
Inspired by her bestselling books, Angelica delivers keynote speeches and workshops on public speaking, women’s entrepreneurship and The Visibility Method, her signature personal brand approach.
Angelica is a dynamic on-stage host who has been chosen to lead events for household names including WeWork, The British Library, NatWest, Santander, QuickBooks and Courier Media and more.
Mehar Sindhu Batra
Mehar Sindhu Batra is a career coach, mentor, entrepreneur and the founder & CEO of MSB Vision – an organisation with the vision to "empower young professionals to recognise & reach their true potential and accelerate their careers". A Chartered Accountant from India and an MBA from Imperial College London, Mehar has mentored over 15,000+ students through 1:1 sessions, university talks and sessions. Her online presence with 550,000+ people across social media platforms comprises students and young professionals who follow her for regular and informative content to boost their careers!
Sharmadean Reid graduated from Central St Martins with a First Class degree in Communication and became a brand consultant and fashion stylist for Nike, Asos and Arena Homme +. She started WAH as a hip hop magazine for girls in 2006 while still at university. She then founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009.
Sara Davies is the founder and creative director of Crafter's CompanionBusinesswoman and TV personality, Sara Davies founded her company, Crafter's Companion at the age of 21 while she was studying Business Management at York University. She left with both a first-class honours degree and a business with a turnover of more than half a million pounds. Today, that business is a global retailer, selling craft products to thousands of people across the world.
Michelle Kennedy is the founder and CEO of Peanut, one of the fastest-growing social networking apps for women. Listed as Apple’s Trend of the Year 2021, TIME100’s Most Influential Companies 2022 and Fast Company’s Most Innovative 2023, Peanut has become a coveted destination for women looking to find friendship and support throughout all stages of motherhood.
Katy Leeson is CEO of Relentless Media and host of the podcast ‘I Shouldn't Say This, But…’ Katy has long been vocal about the challenges leaders face and dedicated her podcast to the difficult conversations with which we can all relate but struggle to have, as well as calling for more purposeful and value-led social media use. Notably, Katy made the Northern Power List in addition to being named amongst the Business Live 22 Women in Leadership 2022 and an IPA Women of Tomorrow finalist.
Natalie engages with her 1M+ follower communities across Instagram and TikTok via corporate & work-from-home content, while also sharing relatable lifestyle struggles and advice. She balances her content between humorous bits and tips for career growth, confidence, and navigating new work models. Natalie also consults early-stage startups and assists fellow creators with their own social growth through her virtual assistant company, ExpandVA. Natalie consults with a variety of female creators on brand building, negotiating paid partnerships, and mastering storytelling on socials, all to tackle the existing gender disparities in social media collaborations. Each day brings new and exciting trends, challenges, learnings, and opportunities to network with inspiring women, which is what Natalie loves about her job.
Saira Khan is a well-known and celebrated businesswoman, journalist, author, and broadcaster in the United Kingdom. HerTV career was launched in 2005 when she became therunner up in the BBC2 Series, The Apprentice.Nowadays, Saira can be seen gracing all forms of the UK"s media, including magazines and newspapers, through her column withThe Sunday Mirror newspaper and Hello Magazine!
Joan Melendez Misner, a native of Orlando, FL., is a Mission Integration Systems Engineer at NASA for the Launch Services Program working on management of space and aeronautical flight systems for all non-crewed and scientific missions. Her missions include the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), Europa Clipper, GOES-U and Dragonfly.
Joan received a dual bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to working for NASA, Joan worked for Blue Origin on the New Glenn rocket, and Naval Air Systems Command on jet engines, fuel systems, and biofuels research/qualification.
In her spare time, Joan volunteers throughout the community and is fully involved with STEM Outreach Programs, including judging robotics competitions, mentoring middle/high school-aged students, and participating in the “Women in Math” events. She was chosen as a “Wonder Woman” for the STEM-ing event due to her endeavor in the community. She was also chosen to be a part of the DoD’s “30 under 30” promotional video which aimed at raising awareness about STEM career opportunities among college students studying in STEM.
Additionally, she creates STEM content on both Instagram and TikTok under the name “YourFemaleEngineer”.
Yvonne is a Partner at LocalGlobe and Latitude. She is also a founding member of Impact X Capital LLP and an investor in much-loved companies such as Wise (previously Transferwise), Flutterwave and Marshmallow. Previous roles include investment banking at Goldman Sachs and representation on the board of HarbourVest Global Private Equity. She currently sits on the board of Innovate Finance and is also a member of the London Hub of Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum, a community of young people driving change.
As a strong advocate for entrepreneurship and leadership, Yvonne has been featured in many publications including Forbes, Management Today and The Financial Times. In 2020 she was listed on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe Finance List, along with a position on Forbes’ 25 Leading Black British People.
Shama Hyder is the Founder & CEO of Zen Media, an international keynote speaker, and a bestselling author. Fast Company calls her a "millennial master of the universe" and a "zen master of marketing." She's a Forbes and Inc. 30 under 30 alum, and LinkedIn has called her a Top Voice in Marketing four years in a row. Shama was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by The White House and a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
About 30% of businesses in the U.S. are owned by women—only 2% break $1 million in revenue. When you look at women of color, this number drops even more dramatically. Shama is no stranger to navigating uncharted territory.
Zen Media is a PR and marketing agency serving tech-driven b2b companies around the globe, which include Chase Business, Dwolla, ATB Ventures, Cox Communications, and more. Shama has been a media correspondent for Fox Business, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNBC and she's one of the world’s leading experts on marketing and PR in the digital age.
Janice Gassam Asare
Janice Z. Gassam Asare, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, an award-winning DEI consultancy designed to help organizations create cultures built on racial equity. Dr. Janice provides consultations, facilitates workshops, provides guidance, delivers keynote speeches and “Awareness Talks” to spark important dialogue about equity in the workplace.
Dr. Janice has had the opportunity to collaborate with Google, Amazon, Yale University, Nordstrom, H&M, and Paypal/Venmo among many others. Dr. Janice is the author of two best-selling books, Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All and The Pink Elephant: A Practical Guide to Creating an Anti-racist Organization and one forthcoming book, Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace, which will be released through Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
She is a senior contributing writer for Forbes having authored nearly 400 articles, a Harvard Business Review contributor and a LinkedIn Learning Instructor. In 2022, Dr. Janice was recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Racial Equity. In 2023 she was recognized by Gusto as one of the 25 Top Workplace Experts to Follow. She is a 2-time TEDx speaker and the host of the Dirty Diversity podcast where she discusses all things diversity, equity, inclusion. During her free time, Dr. Janice enjoys volunteering as a job coach for the Coalition for the Homeless.
Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, Top 50 keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, podcast host, and Board Member of Healthlynked Corporation. As a former C-suite executive in media, she was named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 right before her unexpected termination. Heather leveraged this opportunity to write her first book, Confidence Creator, launch her Keynote Speaking career, podcast and her new book Overcome Your Villains.
Adunola Adeshola is a career strategist and coach to high-achievers. She often works with mid-to-senior level corporate professionals and her clients in dozens of industries have landed job offers at top companies such as Google, Vogue, LinkedIn, Tiffany & Co. and other companies they love. She’s also a Forbes contributor where her career column on how to land a new job has been read more than three million times and her expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg and other publications.
Ashley Stahl is a counterterrorism professional turned career coach, podcast host, and international bestselling author passionate about helping others make what she likes to call a “YOU Turn,” where they discover their truest selves, attune to their intuition and unlock greater clarity and fulfillment. With more than 8 million views, her TED talk is ranked amongst the top 100 TED talks on the Internet, and her self-development show, “The You Turn Podcast,” is ranked amongst the top 100 mental health shows in the United States. She's also helped more than 45 clients book and write their TEDx talks. Her message is this: don't do what you love, do what you ARE.
Kathy Caprino, M.A. is an international career and leadership coach, writer, speaker and educator dedicated to helping professional women build rewarding, impactful careers of significance. A former corporate VP, she is also a trained therapist, seasoned executive coach, Senior Forbes contributor, top media source, and the author of two top-rated books aimed at supporting the advancement of women in business -- Breakdown, Breakthrough and her latest, The Most Powerful You:7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss.
With her Finding Brave podcast, books, assessments, coaching programs, courses and other key resources, Kathy’s been named a Top Career Coach and Leadership Voice in the U.S. and globally. Her ultimate mission is to support a “finding brave” movement that empowers professionals to close their power gaps and rise to reach their highest and most thrilling potential. Her new video training and online course, The Most Powerful You, based on her book, helps emerging and seasoned female leaders and their teams achieve greater confidence, self-esteem, strategic vision, impact, communication strength and key success results that align with their core values and personal missions.
Somi Arian is a prominent tech entrepreneur and thought leader in AI, Web3, Business and Marketing and the Future of Work.
Somi is the founder of InPeak, an innovative platform enabling creators and businesses to build and monetise communities using AI and blockchain functionalities. She's a transition architect, bridging the gap between technology, society, and business, offering invaluable insights for the fast-evolving digital age.
Somi is an award-winning filmmaker, tech philosopher, and author whose work sits at the intersection of AI, blockchain, and the future of work. Her documentary, "The Millennial Disruption," won several international awards and featured industry leaders from The Economist, Marie Claire, Bentley, JLR, and Steinway. Somi was commissioned to write a book on the impact of AI on the future of work by Kogan Page, titled "Career Fear and How to Beat It," which received an endorsement from LinkedIn. She is a regular speaker at international tech conferences, has appeared on BBC5 Live, ran an Influencer campaign for the Times and Sunday Times and has given a TED talk. Somi also has a growing podcast where she has interviewed top industry leaders, including Kevin Rose, Raoul Pal, and Tom Bilyeu., to name a few,
As one of the top women in tech leadership, Somi is passionate about increasing female representation in business and technology. Her expertise covers a broad spectrum:
* Revolution of community building and monetisation through Web3 tools
* The impact of AI on society and the future of work
* The intersection of technology, philosophy, and business
Sharanya is an established design leader, speaker, and mentor with 10+ years of experience crafting exceptional digital products and experiences. With a passion for elevating the human experience in an ever-connected world, she has led numerous impactful initiatives across industries like Gaming, Advertising, Entertainment, and Finance. Sharanya currently leads design strategy for digital channels at JPMorgan Chase. As a recognized thought leader, Sharanya has spoken at various conferences globally on topics ranging from design thinking, building inclusive teams, business impact of design, to design ethics. Her innovative approach to design strategy is matched by her commitment to fostering inclusive environments, pushing for equal representation across all levels of corporate hierarchy.