Karen Blackett OBE to speak at Thames Valley Brittelstand Symposium 2018
Karen has been profiled in Media Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times Business section - Andrew Davidson interview, Company Magazine and The Independent and is a contributor to The Telegraph Wonder Women editorial section. Karen has also recently been named as one of the Evening Standards Progress 1000, London’s most influential people of 2015 and as one of the Debrett’s 500 2016 which was published in the Sunday Times.
Karen is an experienced speaker both within her industry sector and wider, and has spoken at the House of Commons, Black Women Mean Business event, at the Voice of Women event as part of the organisation’s women as agents of social change programme, Management Today Inspiring Women conference, Mumsnet Workfest, AANA Reset Conference in Sydney Australia, has given a TEDx talk, and was a panellist for The Guardian Changing Media Conference whilst also guest editing the publication. In 2013, Karen received Women In Marketing (WIM) Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award, and was also one of the 2014 finalists in the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year awards. In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to Media & Communications.
Karen has featured 5 times in the Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People. In November 2014 Karen topped the Power List coming in at number 1, being the first Business woman to do so. Karen was also included in the 2015 Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers, being positioned at number 8. The list included Nicola Sturgeon, Angelina Jolie, Anna Wintour, Katharine Viner and Camilla Cavendish. Karen was also named among the top ten inspirational women for Marie Claire's Women At The Top Awards.
In 2015 Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a DIT (Department for International Trade) Business Ambassador for No 10. Karen is also a Non-Exec for Creative England whose focus is to support new and emerging talent in the Creative Industry helping grow the UK Economy and a Council member of the Creative Industries Federation. In March 2016 Karen became the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and well-being in the workplace and presenting the business case for Diversity.