Here’s what we learned about maximising our energy at the Fabled Peak Performance panel

Here’s what we learned about maximising our energy at the Fabled Peak Performance panel

Prepare to be empowered.

To mark Marie Claire UK’s 30th birthday we have launched our Womankind campaign, hosting a series of game-changing events throughout the year to empower, educate and inspire the women around us.

This week saw the second event in our Womankind series, an exclusive beauty evening and panel discussion held at our flagship Fabled store on Tottenham Court Road.

Attended by 100 readers, the evening saw Marie Claire Editor-in-chief, Trish Halpin, host a powerhouse panel, including Balance Me founder Rebecca Hopkins, super fitness influencer Adrienne Herbert, and leadership coach Nikki Armytage-Foy.

The four future shaping women discussed the theme of the evening, maximising our energy to reach our peak performance – and to say it was inspiring would be an understatement.

With each panelist bringing a different angle to the discussion, guests came away armed with quotes, exercises and practical advice for reaching peak performance in mind, body and health.

Here were the some of the most inspirational takeaways:

How to maximise your energy to reach your peak body performance

Adrienne Herbert
Fitness influencer and global Adidas ambassador

Adrienne is a global Adidas brand ambassador, personal trainer, mentor, motivational speaker and co-founder of worldwide creative women community, Get To Know. She is most known among millennials however for being an online fitness influencer, using her social media platforms to inspire women to celebrate, love and respect their bodies.

Adrienne’s inspiration and tips:

1. ‘All women of course have insecurities but you have to respect your body. At 29 you’re focused on the aesthetic and you forget about the fact that your body is working for you 24/7. It needs to be loved. Celebrate your body, your body needs to be lived in, think about yourself with love and don’t focus on changing it.’

2. ‘If we did things only when we felt like them then we would never exercise – feeling motivated all the time is just not realistic, so I don’t talk about motivation, I talk about discipline.’

3. ‘As women we give, and so taking time to exercise is important. That’s us giving to ourselves and prioritising ourselves.’

4. ‘Don’t just think about the top and how quickly you can get from zero to fit. Think about the now – what can you do today?’

5. ‘Don’t underestimate the chemical release of endorphins – it’s not only a high, it also improves concentration and productivity. It is literally win win.’

6. ‘Try to do a 360 approach – something that’s going to encourage cardio, strength, and be restorative.’

7. ‘If you haven’t discovered almond butter you’re missing out.’

How to maximise your energy to reach your peak skin performance

Rebecca Hopkins
Co-founder of Balance Me

Rebecca co-founded natural skincare brand, Balance Me, with her sister on a personal quest to find a better work-life balance. Now they’re big time beauty bosses, with their British-made skincare designed to bring skin back into balance and enhance skin’s natural beauty.

Rebecca’s inspiration and tips:

1. ‘If you don’t need a product on your skin it’s like if you don’t need to eat something – just don’t do it and keep it simple.’

2. ‘Be kind to your skin and listen to it – often your skin will tell you what it needs and that’s your guide.’

3. ‘Neroli is the queen of oils, it’s very rejuvenating for stretch marks or redness and the fragrance itself is so beautiful, it’s a brilliant essential oil.’

4. ‘If you have sensitive skin, try using rose – it is not only rejuvenating but restorative.’

5. ‘Witch hazel is great for addressing dark circles.’

6. ‘Avoid parabens. They are preservatives with big question marks around them. If you can find an alternative, do, because why put something on your skin that you’re not sure about?’

7. ‘Do what makes you feel good but also remember to start young with good habits.’

How to maximise your energy to reach your peak mind performance

Nikki Armytage-Foy
Founder of Electric Woman and leadership coach

Nikki has used her decade’s worth of experience coaching female leaders to create her Electric Woman manifesto. Her aim? To support women to embody their most confident and ‘Electric’ self and to lead their lives with vitality and purpose. This according to Nikki, will make them happier, more relaxed and clear in their mission and what they want to bring to the world.

Nikki’s inspiration and tips:

1. ‘Be an electric woman. An electric woman is a woman in her power – by feeling grounded in who she is and having that kind of self-belief and self-assurance. Every woman has an electric woman in her.’

2. ‘How do you find your electric woman? Visualise her. Close your eyes, create a journey to meet her – who is that version of you? How does she dress, how does she show up and how is she living her life? Think about her approach.’

3. ‘Lots of women feel disconnected with their bodies – I used to have an eating disorder so I know how it feels to feel disconnected with your body but you need to respect it. Ask how your electric woman would treat your body.’

4. ‘Don’t let misguided voices lead the way – Miss perfectionist, Miss little girl, Miss work horse, Miss punisher, Miss Sunday – let your electric woman lead the way.’

5. Identify what your limiting beliefs are and what kind of things you are saying about yourself. Identify that voice, connect with your electric woman, and notice when and why that negative voice is showing up. Get your electric woman to talk to it like a little child, like “Darling, I hear you, it’s not very helpful, what do you need?”‘

6. ‘Everyone should keep a journal at all times if they can and speak their truths – let it rip.’

7. ‘There’s nothing more attractive than a woman who really owns it, whatever age, whatever body size. I want to encourage women who are more mature to step into their bodies and into their “poweress” within.’

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Fabled by Marie Claire talks if you want to experience the empowerment first hand.

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This London woman has been voted the best teacher in the world

This London woman has been voted the best teacher in the world

Continuing our #WomenWhoWin series, we speak to Andria Zafirakou, the inspirational winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

best teacher
Credit: Varkey Foundation

Andria is an art and textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in north-west London and, after being nominated by former and current colleagues, was announced as the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2018 in March. This annual award from the Varkey Foundation that names the best teacher, is worth $1m (about £720,000) , and is presented to an exceptional educator who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

Andria’s passion for helping her students, as well as her knowledge of the challenges they face is clear from the beginning of our conversation. She says, ‘We love our students. Brent is not the most affluent borough, we’ve got lots of deprivation so it’s not right to just keep it in the classroom… we like to make sure that [the students] are okay outside school.’

True to her word, on top of being the best teacher and her senior leadership roles, Andria escorts pupils to their buses after school to protect them from recruitment into local gangs, has introduced an after-school boxing club and can be found at the school-gates every morning, greeting children in one of 30-something languages spoken in the school.

As one of Andria’s colleagues said in her entry video, ‘You grab on to that enthusiasm that [Andria] has, and it drives you forward as well.’ Victoria Fell sat down to chat with Andria about her childhood ambitions, proudest moments and the changes she would make if she were education minister for the day.

Tell me about your background?

‘I was a very happy child. My parents are migrants, I went to a multicultural primary school in Camden and was Head Girl at my secondary school. My music teacher was an incredibly inspirational teacher. He was in love with teaching his subject, he was so passionate that when you were in the room, you didn’t know what was coming next!’

Where did your ambition to become a teacher come from?

‘I’ve always known I was going to be a teacher – it wasn’t a choice. When I was 4 years old, I used to play ‘teachers’ with my teddies and younger brother, or with my cousin, where I’d be the teacher and she’d be the librarian. When I was older, during my GCSE art lessons, I used to look around the room and think, “Well, in my art class, I’m going to have a wall there, I’m going to have things hanging from the ceiling…” – I was actually visualising my teaching environment!’

Andria Zafirakou

Andria winning the 2018 Global Teacher Prize. Credit: Varkey Foundation

What inspired your love for art and textiles?

‘I only found out when I went to university that my grandmother in Cyprus was a weaver by profession. She used to grow her own silk worms and weave silk on a loom. During the conflict between Turkey and Cyprus, the British government told her that she had to give them silk so that they could make parachutes. She would weave silk for them during the day and then secretly by candlelight in the evening, she made her own garments to provide her family with an income.’

How did you feel about being named best teacher?

‘I felt honoured that I was the one 
who got recognised out of 33,000 others worldwide. This award is all about the impact that teachers can have within their communities and what they are doing to go above and beyond. Teaching is an underappreciated profession, but we’re changing lives and creating destinies.’

What has been your proudest moment?

‘I feel proud when I watch my daughter as the star in her school Nativity play, and also when my children who have left the school come back and say, “Miss I’m now an architect” or “Miss, I’m working for Google designing gaming apps”. The fact that I’ve helped children be inspired to go out and achieve, then come back to me to tell me what they’ve done gives me such a incredible sense of pride.’

Andria Zafirakou

Andria with some of her students. Credit: Varkey Foundation

What would you do if you were education minister for a day?

‘I would bring the arts to the forefront. STEM subjects are important, but when you get young people to think creatively, it teaches them focus and resilience. Looking at the children in my north-west London community (a deprived area), arts, drama and music are the subjects that inspire and motivate them.’

Is there anything you refuse to compromise on?

‘I have really high expectations, but in a positive way. I need the people I work with to be on it, to be giving the best they can and to feel confident in making mistakes. I think making mistakes is the best thing that you can do, because that’s how you learn!’

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The most inspirational takeaways from Marie Claire Future Shapers Live

The most inspirational takeaways from Marie Claire Future Shapers Live

Prepare to be inspired…

Future Shapers Live 2018

This weekend we hosted our annual Marie Claire Future Shapers Live event, in partnership with Neutrogena, taking place this year at Sofitel St James, London.

The Saturday saw 300 career-focused women, of all ages and industries, gathering in the London hotel for inspiration, advice and skills to advance their careers, change direction or set out on their own.

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

This year’s theme was ‘playing to your strengths’,  with a powerhouse line-up of CEOS, entrepreneurs, influencers and career coaches giving killer advice in a series of game-changing talks and workshops, closing with a keynote discussion between MC Editor-in-Chief Trish Halpin and singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon.

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

From talks on starting a business from scratch and Facebook Lives on creating a social media following, to a workshop in coping with stress and a lecture on determining what’s not your job, every session served up practical advice and some very inspirational quotes.

Here are some of the best takeaways from the event…

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be fearless:

‘If we eliminated fear, we would fly. The universe only wants good things for us – you just have to be fearless.’ Alesha Dixon 

‘Someone once described me as courageous and it was the biggest compliment I’ve ever been given. You don’t have to be born with courage. If you want it, you can have it.’ Victoria Pendleton

‘The biggest prison we live in is the fear of what other people think – if we change that mindset, we can be whatever we want to be.’ Aimee Bateman

‘Women are socialised to be perfect. We should be socialised to be brave.’ Stephanie Phair

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be open to mistakes:

‘We need to redefine the word “mistake” – mistakes are important and necessary, and that’s true in all walks of life – it’s just that you’ll only find that out in hindsight.’ Pavan Ahluwalia

‘I nearly went bankrupt. I remember crying one night because I couldn’t afford to pay £16k in wages to my staff the next day. I had to go and tell them that I couldn’t pay them, and it was humiliating. But it was a huge learning curve and it changed my entire business, because I had to make sure it would never happen again.’ Rachel Flanagan

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be authentic:

‘You can’t just copy someone else as you’ll only ever go as far as that person. You have to be you to reach your own potential.’ Sebina Hussain

‘I’ve been told my whole life I need to act more like a boy, which is a bit boring, isn’t it? I’m going to be that feminine person, I’m going to do it my way and it’s going to work.’ Victoria Pendleton

‘Be emotional. Be exactly who you are, and if people don’t like it, they’re not your tribe. What three words do you want people to use to describe you? That’s your brand.’ Aimee Bateman

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be open to help:

‘Don’t be a busy fool. I know what I’m worth in my business and every time I put something in my diary, I think “Is that a job a director should be doing?”‘ Rachel Flanagan

‘Be inquisitive. If you’re stuck on a hurdle, ask and people will show you the way. And don’t spend your time doing something someone else can do. You need to be the person who’s improving the top line and bottom line therefore – stick to what you’re good at.’ Anna Gibson

‘Don’t dim your light, shine. It’s ok to be different, we can work together to make collective change. Even superheroes can’t do it on their own.’ Aimee Bateman

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford

Be persistent:

‘When you’re a young girl and you have dreams of your future, the path seems clear, but then reality kicks in. I wanted to be a doctor, and I was told that people like me couldn’t do it. I didn’t listen. When one door closes, you find a window with a tiny crack open and you find every bit of strength inside you to shatter that crack and jump through.’ Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

‘Let’s not think change happens to us. Let’s take the reigns and be the change makers. That will ensure we are not negatively affected by change – we will be driving the change.’ Brita Fernandez Schmidt

‘You have to communicate why you do what you do. There’s always going to be someone who dresses better than you or uses longer words, but the way you can win is giving people something to connect to.’ Aimee Bateman

Future Shapers Live 2018

Credit: Joe Burford


Be generous:

‘It’s not about pulling the ladder up behind you, it’s about trying to let down lots of ladders to give other women a leg up too.’ Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

‘It is such a privilege to be able to help others – we must use that privilege.’ Brita Fernandez Schmidt

‘People will fall in love with you if you give them something to fall in love with.’ Aimee Bateman


Feeling inspired? Come along next year and experience the first hand empowerment yourself.

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What to expect from Future Shapers Live 2018 this Saturday

What to expect from Future Shapers Live 2018 this Saturday

It’s nearly time for the ultimate career conference, this Saturday! Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to on the day…

Future Shapers Live, in partnership with Neutrogena®, is just around the corner and here at Marie Claire HQ we could not be more excited. Not only have our team been working hard to put together an amazing line-up of speakers but we’ve also got a fantastic array of activities, food, drinks and goodies for you to enjoy throughout the day. So whether you fancy pampering yourself in the beauty lounge or meeting top CEOs from across the UK by the end Future Shapers Live you will feel ready to take on absolutely anything.

So without further ado, here’s what’s in store for you this Saturday…

Neutrogena Beauty Lounge

In between feeling inspired and planning your next career move feel free to pamper yourself at our pop-up Neutrogena Beauty Lounge featuring express facials and hand massages by Neutrogena, make-up by KIKO, henna tattoos from Paven Henna , hair styling by Headmasters and mini express manicures.

Future Shapers Live Goody Bag

The Goody Bag

What would a Marie Claire event be without an amazing goody bag? Of course, at the end of this empowering day you’ll be treated to a goody bag jam packed full of amazing treats from the following brands plus much more…

Marie Claire
Charles Worthington
Schwarzkopf Professional
Soap & Glory
Cover FX
Living Proof
System Professional

Instagram Competition

Ever wondered the secret to taking a perfect instagram shot? Well, this year at Future Shapers Live we will have an expert sharing with you the tips and tricks to perfecting the ultimate picture. Visit our Neutrogena Beauty Lounge to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes for the best shot on the day!

Thirsty Planet

Plus, stay hydrated throughout the day with water supplied by Thirsty Planet. A water brand dedicated to bringing clean water to the most disadvantaged communities across sub Saharan Africa. To learn more about this great cause visit their site here.

We hope you’re just as excited as we are and we can’t wait to see you all there. And if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket make sure you keep up to date with all the events on the day on our Instagram and Twitter or join the conversation using #FutureShapersLive.

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Just announced: Alesha Dixon as keynote speaker at our bespoke career conference, Future Shapers Live

Just announced: Alesha Dixon as keynote speaker at our bespoke career conference, Future Shapers Live

Book now for your for a career makeover…

Alesha Dixon

If you’re ready to take your work or business idea to the next level, it’s time to invest in yourself, because you are your best asset. Let Marie Claire help you achieve your goals with an empowering day of networking and career advice from some of the UK’s most high-profile bosses, influencers and motivational coaches.

Join the Marie Claire team at our Future Shapers Live 2018 event, in partnership with Neutrogena, plus a powerhouse line-up of CEOs, entrepreneurs, career coaches and inspiring women who are changing the future of work. Plus, hear from keynote speaker Alesha Dixon at the end of the day discussing the challenges, defeats and big wins of her journey to the top. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to enjoy a day of game-changing talks, workshops and insider advice – all packed into a bespoke programme designed to arm you with the skills, tools and motivation to achieve your potential and reinvent your career.

To read more about Future Shapers Live visit or to book CLICK HERE.

WHEN Saturday 9 June 2018

TIME 9.30am-6.30pm

WHERE Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

TICKETS £99 and includes lunch, cocktail reception and a goody bag worth over £100 (booking fee applies).

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Shackelia Jackson: ‘People thought I was obsessive, but that activism helped me to heal’

Shackelia Jackson: ‘People thought I was obsessive, but that activism helped me to heal’

Human rights defender Shackelia Jackson is next in our Women Who Win series, fighting against police violence and brutality in Jamaica…

Shackelia Jackson

Additional reporting by Victoria Fell

Next in our #WomenWhoWin series is Shackelia Jackson, who refuses to give up in her quest for justice after the death of her brother, Nakiea, who was shot and killed by police in 2014. They had been searching for a ‘Rastafarian looking’ robbery suspect – Nakiea fit the description and so was shot dead in his small restaurant.

The case against the officer who shot Nakiea was dismissed in 2016, after one of the key witnesses did not attend court. According to Amnesty, he was too afraid of what might happen afterwards: in 2015, 8% of all murders committed across Jamaica were at the hands of law enforcement officials.

‘We are scared of the police, of their very presence,’ explained Shackelia.

Not only has Shackelia had to deal with her grief, she has also faced intense intimidation from the police and an unresponsive legal system.

Still, she refuses to be silenced.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Shackelia Jackson and her fight for justice is that in a nutshell.

Shackelia has been fighting not just on behalf of her family, but for others in the same situation. As she puts it, ‘I became a beacon of hope’.

We sat down with Shackelia to talk about the legislative change achieved by her tireless campaigning and her hopes for the future.

What was your upbringing like?

‘I was raised in the inner-city in a large family, it was a really small community, very tight-knit. I didn’t even have a key for my house, that’s how much it was always open and accessible. It was a space of love and a space where our parents allowed us to dream: there wasn’t really any social limitations. We really represented what was right about Jamaica and could have been the model for what leaders talk about in terms of their vision for the inner city.’

How did that change after the death of your brother?

‘It wasn’t as if there was a gradual progression. We went from being this happy, safe space, where there were no feelings of vulnerability, to a very paranoid space. The community felt like prisoners.’

Shackelia Jackson

Credit: Richard Burton/Amnesty International

What made you dedicate your life to the cause?

‘I never said, “Okay, I’m going to do this” or realised anything; I was just on autopilot. I worked every single day until my phone crashed, I tried to engage with the authorities in terms of understanding the procedure, I took a year off from school. I became a genuine servant of the process: everything I did was peripheral to this. Maybe people thought I was obsessive, but that kind of activism was helping me to heal. I was learning to take care of myself.’

What keeps you motivated?

‘I have three brothers to also live for and protect, and to ensure that if a police officer were to stop one, [they’ll] always remember that they have a Shackelia. So, unless [the police officer] is prepared to go through the process, he might not be as fortunate as the previous officer.

On a daily basis, I get phone calls and texts saying, “This is happening, I am fearful of this police officer, what can I do?” I have become a source of protection, and a source of information, who people feel will take them to a place of hope. This experience has allowed me to really own and come into my purpose. The worst really brought out the best in me.’

Credit: Richard Burton/Amnesty International

What has been your biggest achievement?

‘I’ve become a better person. The need to be more socially aware and socially conscientious is often there, but we don’t do anything about it. I’ve invested in my education and I’m dreaming for a sound mind to be able to continue this process, to drive it towards the results where things are now documented and in policies, and we are holding people accountable.’

What active legislative change do you want to see?

‘I would like to see change in terms of how a crime is processed and how police officers are treated after being charged with a crime: it’s almost as if they haven’t broken the law. I’m comfortable with policy changes, but we need legislative changes that are there, on the books, to ensure accountability and transparency. The police have the same training as they did in the 1960s and it needs to evolve to suit 21st century society.’

Have you seen the effects of your work reflected in the law?

‘I’ve been told, “Your brother has saved many.” That was kind of a double-edged sword: I was happy that the writing is now on the wall but if we’re working according to policies and procedures, it should not have come to that point. It means that there are still systemic issues that need to change and promises that were not fulfilled, so we’re continuing to work towards achieving these. But [people] know there is a Shackelia now.’

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The secret to success: Find out how the best have succeeded in our ‘How I Did It Series’ at Future Shapers Live

The secret to success: Find out how the best have succeeded in our ‘How I Did It Series’ at Future Shapers Live

Calling all career-focused women, of any age and from any industry, learn how the best have made it to the top at our bespoke career conference…

Ever wondered how the top CEOs got to where they are now, or how key influencers launch and grow their brand?

Maybe you’re looking to switch careers but aren’t sure where to start. Or perhaps you have a brilliant idea for a business and need practical, take-home advice on how to secure investment, scale your growth, or build a pro portfolio career?

Whatever your dilemma, our handpicked roster of leading business-leaders and creative minds at Future Shapers Live are perfectly placed to arm you with your ultimate workplace arsenal. Join us for a full day of inspiration, Q&A and panel discussions to learn how you can make it to the top.

Here’s just a few of the line-up on the day who will be speaking in the series…

How to start your own business from scratch

Pavan Ahluwalia, Founder of the Pavan Henna Bar

Pavan the world’s fastest Henna Artist and founder of the Pavan Henna Bar, was born in East London to two hugely inspirational parents. In 2012, Pavan claimed the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest Henna Artist with this global achievement seeing Pavan’s client list grow to include celebrities such as Ellie Goulding, Perrie Edwards and Alesha Dixon. In 2013 the demand for Pavan’s work was ever increasing and after recognising there wasn’t a flagship destination currently available, Pavan opened her first Henna Bar in Topshop taking the high street by storm. The new location was met with huge success, leading Pavan to open Henna Bars in Selfridges London & Birmingham, Harvey Nichols and Shoreditch salon Barber & Parlour.

How to start a side hustle and keep your day job


Ruth Penfold, Head of Talent at Shazam and Yoga Instructor

Ruth has worked in the recruitment sector for around 18 years, and has spent the past four years in-house leading the quest for hiring incredible talent for Shazam globally. Powered by plants, water and positivity, Ruth believes that brilliant people are the lifeblood of any successful business and enjoys creating the right space for people to grow into the best versions of themselves. She does this both in and outside the workplace, by teaching yoga in her spare time. The work that she does in both areas are mutually enriching, and she thrives on the difference and balance both bring to each other.

How to harness your individuality

Emma Gannon, Author, broadcaster and podcast host

At the forefront of business, technology and career development with wide-ranging experience and expertise, Emma Gannon launched her own podcast CTRL, ALT, DELETE in 2016 – amassing 1.5 million downloads to date, with listeners in over 100 countries. Interviewing guests from around the world, from Greta Gerwig to Lauren Laverne and Lily Cole to Anne Boden, Emma has won numerous critical acclaims including Editor’s Choice’ on iTunes multiple times.
Emma has led training workshops with prestigious charities such as Princes Trust and the Queen’s Young Leaders and given a TEDx Talk on Online Identity and taken part in Digital Sessions at the BBC Academy as well as being an expert voice on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on subjects such as ‘How To Start a Side Hustle’ and ‘How to Achieve Work/Life Balance’. She was selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list in the media and marketing category.
Emma’s first book was a ‘Millennial memoir’ called CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up Online and was published in July 2016 and has a new book THE MULTI-HYPHEN METHOD due for release this May.

To read more about Future Shapers Live visit or to book CLICK HERE.

WHEN Saturday 9 June 2018

 TIME 9.30am-6.30pm

WHERE Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

TICKETS Take advantage of our super-early bird ticket offer and book at the discounted price of £84 before 10 May (usual price £99). Ticket includes lunch, cocktail reception and a goody bag worth over £100.


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Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Join us at Future Shapers Live and find out the right way to switch careers

Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Join us at Future Shapers Live and find out the right way to switch careers

Switching careers can be daunting. Find out the first step you should take in making the change at Future Shapers Live…

Whether it’s an industry you have worked in for years or something you’re relatively new to, leaving the comfort of a career you know can be daunting. That’s why here at Marie Claire we have designed a bespoke career conference to arm you with the tools you need to make the change – Future Shapers Live. Hear from an expert panel who will be discussing on where to start when it comes to leaving the job you’re in, to venture into a career you’ve only dreamed of.

So let’s meet the experts and businesswomen who will be talking you through the do’s and don’t of changing career on the day…

Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO of Girls’ Day School Trust

Cheryl Giovannoni has the ultimate portfolio career. Before joining the GDST in 2016, Cheryl had a long and successful career with WPP, the marketing communications group, running three of its companies, her most recent role being CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency. Before this, Cheryl was European President of Landor Associates, and CEO of Coley Porter Bell. Now as Chief Executive of the GDST, Cheryl’s vision for this unique family of schools is to be pioneers in, and shapers of the future of girls’ education. GDST schools aim to provide inspirational teaching and outstanding pastoral care, enabling every girl to reach her full potential. Cheryl is passionate about helping to create female leaders and leading a renaissance in girls’ education. She believes that education is the key to developing happy, confident young women and who can fulfil their dreams.

Cheryl also enjoys mentoring and coaching, supporting young women either informally as a mentor or through WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London). She was previously involved with Fearless Futures, a charity that seeks to empower young women to become leaders in society.

Dr Jessamy Hibbert, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jessamy Hibberd (BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, PgDip) is a Clinical Psychologist, author, commentator and mother of three. She works one-to-one with adults experiencing common mental health problems like anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. Jessamy is on a mission to make psychology more accessible. She is co-author of the bestselling “THIS BOOK WILL…” series (sold in 14 countries), which aims to give you the tools to understand why you feel, think and behave the way you do – and then to change it. Perfect if you’re looking to switch careers. She also works as a media psychologist, regularly contributing content to popular newspapers and magazines.

Her motto is: “What we do every day makes the biggest difference. It’s small steps that lead to the greatest changes.” She shared this message, as well as her personal and professional experience of how to find happiness, in her TEDx talk ‘Adventure of a Lifetime.’ As part of which she highlighted three simple changes anyone can make to feel happier, more content, and live a daily life that fulfils.

Dawn Moore, HR Director

With an HR career spanning some 20 years Dawn Moore, HR Director at UK construction giant Morgan Sindall has been instrumental in helping to attract and retain more female talent to this very male-dominated industry. She has recently pioneered the company’s ‘Returnships’ programme, which aims to encourage women who have had career breaks to raise families to develop careers in the construction industry and was instrumental in Morgan Sindall being recognized at the Working Mums 2017 Top Employer Awards. In addition to her work at Morgan Sindall, she is also a non-executive director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


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Catt Sadler just broke down how to successfully ask for a pay rise 

Catt Sadler just broke down how to successfully ask for a pay rise 

We’re listening…

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Catt Salder recently quit E! over unequal pay

You may not have heard of Catt Sadler until recently, but since the gender pay gap scandal of recent months, she has become a household name.

The former E! host publicly left the network after working there for 12 years, upon learning that her male co-host Jason Kennedy was earning almost double her salary – something that the network wasn’t willing to rectify.

The support that Catt received from men and women across the world was unprecedented, and with the backing of A-list women who took to the red carpet to bring attention to Catt’s situation, she soon became the face of the fight for equal pay.

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But being a poster girl against the the gender pay gap isn’t enough for Catt, she’s turning her attention to empowering other women in similar positions and making active immediate change.

In a recent interview with InStyle, the 43-year-old gave her practical advice on negotiating pay – and from someone who walked away from her dream job to prove her worth, we’re definitely listening.

‘I’m well aware that the majority of women can’t just walk away from their job tomorrow like I did,’ Catt explained. ‘That’s just not realistic. But if you’re deadlocked and your boss isn’t moving and you’re going to essentially become another statistic, it’s about engineering your exit strategy. And on top of that, because of the current political climate, there are so many rallies, organisations, and marches that you can turn to. I would encourage women to get involved in the fight because together we are all stronger.’

She continued: ‘Culturally we’re taught as women to think, “Great, I got the job I wanted” instead of “What are other people making in the marketplace?” or “What can I bring to the table to sweeten the pot a little bit?” Another key thing is putting down the number first. A lot of us wait to see what they’re offering, but we should be saying, “Here’s what I would like.” Especially in the beginning of your career, you want to start off as high as possible because then you’re more likely to continue to grow that number. It’s harder to make big salary leaps down the line.’

But how do we actually do that? According to Catt it’s all about asking the hard questions.

‘It’s okay to declare ownership of your professional future by saying, “Do you believe in equal pay?”’, she stated. ‘Or “If I take this job, can I be sure that a male in the same position, with the same experience, and the same education, and the same work load, will be on par with my salary?” It’s okay to own that before you even step foot into a new company.’

Luckily we won’t have long to wait for a dose of Catt Sadler’s gender pay inspiration – with the former host teaming up with Jennifer Lawrence for a new project tackling this very issue.

We officially cannot wait.

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Reese Witherspoon is responsible for bridging the HBO gender pay gap

Reese Witherspoon is responsible for bridging the HBO gender pay gap

And we’re not surprised in the slightest…

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Reese Witherspoon is the woman of the moment, from spearheading the Time’s Up movement to using her public appearances to call for better representation and roles for women in the film industry.

And with Big Little Lies season 2 filming already underway, we shouldn’t have too long to wait till she returns to our screens.

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, the HBO show’s co-producers as well as its leading ladies, are set to be earning the big bucks for season two, reportedly taking around $1 million per episode.

But being champions of gender equality, it looks like they also ensured a significant pay rise for the whole BLL girl gang – with some said to be more than doubling their pay packets. Zoe Kravitz for instance took around $380,000 for the show’s first season, and will reportedly be taking $3 million for its second.

But it looks like the duo – in particular Reese – had even more of an effect, with HBO executive Casey Bloys crediting them with bridging the HBO gender pay gap, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Reese and Nicole had the vision to know what this would become,’ Bloys explained. ‘They brought us a jewel and their enthusiasm became infectious, not only with the Big Little Lies team but throughout all of HBO.

He continued: ‘One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently. We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s a direct result of the Time’s Up movement.’

‘So, the thing that has been interesting about the whole movement is that it really is reminding everybody to do what’s right, and I think it’s retaining all of our thinking.’

Yet another reason to love Reese Witherspoon.

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