We brought together more than two hundred visionary speakers for this summit - and the topics they spoke about were equally ambitious. The overall event was divided into central themes based on the topics we covered.

Bringing More Diverse Perspectives Into Marketing, PR and Advertising

About This Session:

Does the road to creating a more inclusive world start with shifting the way organizations communicate? Experts from every communications discipline gather in this session to talk about the often-criticized world of marketing: how people are working to embrace inclusion, build a more diverse pipeline of young people hungry to join the industry, and how they are going about it. MK1

Jennifer Risi


Jessica Doyle


Simon Fenwick


Caroline Dettman


Lindsay Orosz


Suresh Raj


About the Speakers:

  • Jennifer Risi, Founder and President, The Sway Effect - Jennifer Risi is the Founder and President of The Sway Effect, a network of independent marketing and communications agencies focused on driving brand reputation and integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of business today.
  • Jessica Doyle, Vice President, Global Communications & Engagement Marketing - Jessica is currently the global head of communications and engagement marketing at Etsy, an accomplished strategic communicator, amplifying executive, corporate, and brand image in creative, S&P 500 environments and tech cultures and a recognized leader with two decades of media relations, broadcast, digital and print journalism experience covering commerce, hospitality, technology, luxury, finance, and consumer trends.
  • Simon Fenwick, EVP Talent, Equity & Inclusion, 4A’s and 4A’s Foundation - Simon has 30 years of global experience crafting and implementing talent and engagement strategies. His focus has been on talent development through learning, designing strategies and driving process improvement. Simon has also been an advocate and leader for diversity & inclusion as well as implementing candidate & employee engagement tools to attract and retain great talent to drive success and growth across numerous businesses, both on the client and agency side.
  • Suresh Raj, Chief Business Development Officer, Blue Impact - Suresh is the Chief Business Development Officer at Blue Impact/Vision7 International, in addition to being a huge champion on matters of equality and inclusion in and outside the marcomms industry.
  • Lindsay Orosz, Chief Operating Officer, Girlgaze Inc.- Lindsay Orosz is the COO of Girlgaze, a multi-sided platform company that leverages its innovative technology platform, the Girlgaze Network, to provide companies, hirers and brands direct access to its curated, global community of womxn and non-binary creative talent, all in order to propel its mission of championing diversity, inclusion and representation across the creative industry.
  • Caroline Dettman, Founding Partner, Have Her Back - Caroline is founding partner of Have Her Back Consulting, a woman-owned business backed by IPG, working with brave companies to tackle equity for all differently and authentically. Now an entrepreneur, Caroline leverages her 25 year agency career as an award-winning creative leader working with C-suites to solve workplace and culture inequities in unique ways that inspire and deliver impact both internally and externally.

Diversity In Retail: How To Create More Welcoming Experiences For All

About This Session:

How can retail outlets create environments and experiences where diversity and inclusion flourish? Learn what these retail experts are doing to revolutionize the retail space to make it an accessible place where everyone feels that they belong. [MK2]

Neil Redding


Brittany Castaneda


Johanna Zeilstra


MJ Lyons


About the Speakers:

  • Neil Redding, Founder and CEO of Redding Futures - Neil Redding is Founder and CEO of Redding Futures—a boutique consultancy that enables brands and businesses to engage powerfully with the Near Future. His rare multidisciplinary perspective draws on the craft of software engineering, the art of brand narrative and expression, and the practice of digital-physical experience strategy.
  • MJ Lyons, Bookstore Manager, Glad Day - MJ Lyons is an writer, game maker and bookseller who manages the bookstore side of Glad Day, the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore, and lives in Toronto with his goblin of a cat.
  • Johanna Zeilstra, CEO of Gender Fair - Johanna Zeilstra is the CEO of Gender Fair as well as an established business strategist who worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, JPMorgan Chase, and with over a dozen client organizations. She co-founded GiveBack, a platform supporting companies to implement authentic and effective social responsibility initiatives.
  • Brittany Castaneda, Brand & Marketing Director, Champagne & Sparkling Wines at Pernod Ricard. She was worked with brands such as Daily Harvest, Becca Cosmetics (Estee Lauder Companies), Revlon and Nickelodeon.

Visualizing Diversity: How the Imagery in Marketing, Advertising and Packaging is Being Reimagined

About This Session:

What shifts can brands make in their marketing, advertising, and packaging efforts to offer an inclusive and accessible experience for consumers? This panel takes a deep dive into how diverse imagery and inclusive design can impact brands and customers. [MK3]

Rohit Bhargava


Vimbayi Kajese


Shelina Janmohamed


Claudia Marks


About the Speakers:

  • Rohit Bhargava: Rohit is the founder of Non-Obvious Company and the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Non-Obvious Megatrends. He has dedicated his career to helping leaders and professionals learn to see what others miss. Rohit also co-founded Ideapress Publishing with his wife Chhavi and previously spent 15 years as a marketing strategist for Ogilvy and Leo Burnett. He also occasionally teaches marketing, innovation and storytelling at Georgetown University.
  • Vimbayi Kajese, Vimbayi is the Founder and CEO of #Adtags​​, a proudly African based marketplace that helps conscious brands source desperately needed images of people of colour for advertising, from everyday social media users around the world. Vimbayi has featured in several publications, been invited to present on the TEDGlobal, and TEDx stage; was recognized as a "Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum; a "New Generation Leader" by the African Leadership Network; declared one of Zimbabwe's "Most Influential Under 40"; and was appointed by the Chinese government as a "Special Friendship Envoy and Cultural Ambassador".
  • Shelina Janmohamed, Shelina is the Vice President of Islamic Marketing, Ogilvy Consulting - Shelina leads the world's first bespoke consultancy for engaging with Muslim audiences as part of Ogilvy, the biggest global advertising and branding network. She's also an award winning author of non-fiction and children's books, and writes as an op-ed columnist and cultural commentator.
  • Claudia Marks, Claudia is a Senior Art Director at Getty Images. Marks has more than 20 years of experience in publishing and image making. At Getty Images, she creates briefs, provides inspiration for high-end commercial creative content, and drives recruitment of new talent.