CLC Live 24

We are thrilled to have you join us for our 3rd Courageous Leaders LIVE event.

In a world that is rapidly evolving, courageous leadership is more critical than ever for success in the future.

That’s why I love bringing leaders like yourselves together to share, learn and be inspired by leadership stories, strategies, and insights.

I hope you enjoy the day!

Joanna Howes

Founder of The Change Creators and The Courageous Leaders Club Podcast

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WELCOME: Courageous Leaders LIVE: 2024

Introduction of what’s in store today


TRAINING: Leading from
within: The Power of Self Reflection in Leadership

With Joanna Howes


PANEL: Leading with
Conviction: Embrace Your
Identity, Empower Your

Hosted by Joanna Howes, with Check Warner and Harjot Singh.

Joanna Howes

Leadership Coach & founder

Joanna is an international award winning leadership coach, behavioural expert and No.1 bestselling author who specialises in leadership and business operations.

She has 20 years’ experience working internationally with some of the world’s most-awarded advertising agencies, leading them to operational and leadership success.

Joanna is the founder of The Change Creators and also hosts The Courageous Leaders Club Podcast, consisting of candid discussions with
accomplished leaders to inspire more people to step into their courageous zone.

Check Warner 

Co-Founder & CEO

Check is a co-founder and CEO of non-profit Diversity VC.

Check started her career in marketing before pivoting to venture. She loves customer-centric companies that build communities and focus on the user. Her objective in life is about creating opportunities for people to realise their full potential.

Harjot Singh

Global Chief Strategy Officer

Over the last few decades Harjot has held senior regional and global strategy leadership roles in Europe, UK, North America, China and Asia. He joined McCann New York in 2011, and prior to being named global CSO of McCann, he served as CSO McCann EMEA, leading it to be the number one most creatively effective Agency Network for five years! Through this experience, he has learned and adopted a transformational style of leadership- focused on building vision, a culture necessary to realise that vision, inspiring shared dreams, and celebrating excellence.



Time to reflect and discuss with others on your table


BREAK: Coffee and connect

Time for a break and refreshments


Good Nugget

Academy student Solana Talenti discusses how Good Nugget is helping her career

12 noon

lollipop mentoring

Amber shares how lollipop has supported her and why an opportunity mindset is vital


PANEL: The Fine Balance: Empowerment and Control in Leadership

Hosted by Nicola Kemp, with Nishma Patel Robb, Karl Marsden and Sophie Trinder

Nicola Kemp

Editorial Director

Nicola is Editorial Director at Creativebrief and co-founder of the social learning practice Good Shout. She is passionate about changing the narrative and experience for women in the creative industries and she won The Women in Marketing Journalist of the year award for her work championing diversity in the creative industries. Her work has appeared across titles including Campaign, WGSN, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Observer.

Nishma Patel Robb

Former Senior Director at Google & President of WACL

Nishma is known to be one of the UK’s top marketing leaders and a great champion for representation and inclusion in our industry. Through her work at Google she has pioneered how marketing and technology can play a critical role in addressing societal inequalities, leading many of Google’s acclaimed projects and campaigns including 2022’s Skills To Go (with Ian Wright MBE and Steven Bartlett). Her accolades include being listed in the Top 100 marketers (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020) in Campaign, Marketing Week and Creative Review, was Ad Age’s Woman to Watch, Europe (2018)

Karl Marsden

Former Chair / CEO

Karl is an ex-media executive turned business performance and turnaround specialist with a specific interest in the SME sector. After nearly 20 years in the magazine & digital media sector Karl left his corporate seat to become part of the founding management team at Shortlist Media Ltd a freemium based media company. Most recently Karl completed a successful turnaround as Contagious was acquired by Ascential Plc in August of this year (2023).

Sophie Trinder

Head of Brand Strategy UK

Sophie Trinder is Head of the X Next team in the UK, the in-house Creative and Strategy team who help brands and agencies unlock the creative potential of the platform. Prior to joining X in 2016, Sophie oversaw integrated campaigns at Saatchi and Saatchi New York and London, Adam and Eve and We are Social.


BREAK: Lunch

Time to grab a bite to eat and refuel



TRAINING: Beyond Comfort Zones: The Power of Embracing Discomfort

With Joanna Howes


Panel: Taking Action: Transitioning from Cautious to Courageous Leadership

Hosted by Joanna Howes, with Maria McDowell, Lizi Hamer and Efrain Ayala.

Maria McDowell

Operations Director at Publicis Poke. Founder of

Maria started her career as a digital delivery consultant working with a vast array of digital agencies and brands spanning the past 20 years.

Maria is the Operations Director at Publicis Poke. Cultivating teams over the years led Maria to develop a deep passion for mentoring and coaching which led her to founding lollipop Mentoring.

The aim of lollipop is to ensure that Black women have access to individuals who can help to get them to the next level. I want them to know that they are not alone – there is help.

Lizi Hamer

Global ECD

As well as her role as Global ECD for Octagon, Lizi has co-built the foundations of a new kind of agency; No2ndPlace. An agency using the power of sport to create enduring social change, they work with brands, sports bodies, not-for-profits and athletes to drive awareness and impact societal issues through meaningful work that helps the world win. Lizi has the “creative enthusiasm of a school bus on the way to the zoo” and boy is it contagious.

Efrain Ayala

Global Creativity and
D&l Director

Efrain, the Global Creativity and D&I Director at Reckitt, is a renowned expert in leveraging the power of brands to drive meaningful change. With a proven track record of delivering award-winning campaigns that drive growth and deeply resonate with diverse audiences across cultures and geographies, Ayala is widely recognised as a trailblazer in the industry.


BREAK: Coffee and connect

Quick break to grab a cuppa and chat


FIRESIDE: Leadership Insights from the Army and Adventure

With Jennifer Price and Mark Fetters

Mark Fetters

Bomb Disposal Squadron Commander, British Army

Mark Fetters is a Major in the British Army and has spent the majority of his 15 years working in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He has just finished commanding a Squadron of 150 bomb disposal specialists. His other experience includes being responsible for bomb disposal policy at the Ministry of Defence and advising the African Union Mission in Somalia.

Jennifer Price

Defence and Security Consultant, British Army Officer and adventurer

Jen Price, is a former British Army Officer who spent the entirety of 2022 undertaking an extreme set of adventure and endurance challenges on behalf of the Veteran’s Foundation. The solo was to complete 12 challenges in 12 months. The challenges included the Devizes to Westminster international canoe race, an ironman, a multistage ultra-marathon, summit of Aconcagua, and a 1000 mile self-supported Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle. Jen raised nearly £35,000 for the Veterans’ Foundation.



Time to reflect and discuss with others on your table



A review and reflection of the day with Joanna Howes


RECEPTION: After event drinks

Join us for after event drinks and networking in the foyer

and these 2 amazing causes
that we are all supporting

Lollipop’s mission is to address the lack of representation and inequity faced by Black women in leadership roles.

They are committed to creating an equal playing field by providing Black women access to mentors and sponsors from diverse backgrounds.

Find out more here.

Good Nugget are a non-profit organisation that want to make the creative industry more diverse by supporting young people who are underrepresented.

They empower young people through a range of initiatives such as mentoring and online webinars, helping to kick start their creative careers with their belief that diversity and collaboration creates better ideas.

Find out more here.

We develop leaders and teams so they can activate their full potential.

We have a passion for discovering the untapped opportunities within your leadership, team and business.

Through our coaching and training programmes we help you become the leader you know you can be, to empower your team and achieve the business success you deserve.

We want you to grow. Then, grow some more.

Everything we do is designed to help you build a high-performance business you can be proud of.

companies we’ve helped
or continue to help:

If you would like to find out more, you can book a free discovery call with Joanna here to discuss the change you’d like to make

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