Balance in Business: Who leads? Who (still) cares? The Talent Perspective

We are delighted to bring to you the 3rd and last of the Balance in Business: Who leads? Who (still) cares? series – and our first hybrid event.  The live event is going to be a small gathering of leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow, who care about balancing their businesses, who care about reaching a more equitable society. At the previous events, we have asked experts, executives and board members to share the hard facts and their real-life experiences. Now, we ask those who are close to the ‘Talent’ about the why, what, how and when:

  • Why care? Does everyone broadly accept the ‘why’?
  • What’s going on?What are companies doing to balance their business?
  • How to Balance?What measures can be taken to ensure all communication is consistent.
  • When will we stop talking and start walking?

We will close the series with the input of the decision makers: CEOs, Boards, CFOs, C-suite and executive search experts. This event will bring interactive discussion between the audience, you, and the speakers. 

Our Panellists

Mark Spelman 

Moderator, NED, Exec Committee Member at the WEF and previously MD/Partner focused on Digital at Accenture 

Over the past five years Mark has worked with the Executive Chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on their Digital Economy challenge. Mark was also recently appointed a NED at the global engineering consultancy Buro Happold.

Mark’s sits on the Advisory Board of Newdea, an open source trade and investment platform; is a member of Chatham House’s finance committee; and Chair of Leap, a charity specialising in helping young people understand the causes and consequences of conflict. Mark was a NED at Harlequins RUFC and Sports England.

In his executive career, Mark was Global Head of Strategy at Accenture focusing on international growth strategies; talent management; and digital technology. Mark also ran Accenture’s global macro-economic think-tank.

Milka Kramer 

Panellist, Country Manager Pinterest UK & IE and Mentee on the INSEAD Alumni IMPACT Mentoring Programme

Milka Kramer is the Pinterest Country Manager for UK and Ireland where she leads the advertising business in the region.

Prior to Pinterest, Milka worked at Microsoft for eleven years in emerging and developed markets across a variety of sales and marketing roles. Most recently she was a Senior Sales Director for the UK. Prior to joining Microsoft, Milka worked in media and publishing.

Milka regularly speaks at conferences and industry events, and has sat on several advertising industry boards including IAB and Advertising Association.

Milka is originally from Bulgaria where she gained her undergraduate degree from Sophia University. After living in five different countries she now calls the UK home.

Suki Sandhu 

Panellist, Founder /CEO at Audeliss, an executive search firm specialising in diversity, Founder/CEO INvolve

Suki Sandhu has been a game-changer within the executive search and diversity arenas for over 17 years.
In 2011, Suki established Audeliss, a global executive search firm that levels the playing field for diverse
talent at the most senior level in business. Suki is also Founder & CEO of INvolve, a consultancy which helps
organisations drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces.
Suki is also Patron for The Albert Kennedy Trust, on the Board of Directors of OutRight Action International,
and a Trustee for the Guild of HR Professionals. He was awarded an OBE in 2019 for Services to Diversity in

Loren Shuster 

Panellist, CPO, Head of Corporate Affairs at Lego Group and Mentor on the INSEAD Alumni IMPACT Mentoring Programme

Loren I. Shuster is Chief People Officer and Head of Corporate Affairs at the LEGO Group. In that role he is focused on leveraging the people agenda to deliver business outcomes and committed to driving the LEGO Group’s reputation. Loren has brings into play a diverse set of experiences in Sales, Marketing, HR and General Management across 5 industries and 4 continents.

Loren is energized every day by the LEGO mission ‘to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow (kids)’, a deep belief that leadership is for everyone – not just people leaders, and a passion for creating a culture where everyone’s talent is unleashed in an inclusive way.

Joëlle Warren

Panellist, Founding Partner at Executive Search firm Warren Partners, contributor to the Hampton-Alexander review

Joëlle is the founding Partner of executive search firm, Warren Partners, a top-20 UK firm. She advises on Chair and Non-Executive appointments across sectors and works with Boards to improve diversity and effectiveness in the boardroom. Before starting her own business Joëlle worked in the City.

Joëlle worked with The UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) developing the Search Firms Voluntary Code of Practice around gender diversity on boards and subsequently with the Hampton Alexander Review putting this into practice in organisations.

She is a regular speaker on the business benefits of boardroom diversity in all its forms and was awarded an MBE for services to business in 2016.

The event takes place on 2nd November, 2021 at the In & Out Club in London, UK from 5.30pm-9.00pm including the opportunity to network prior to the event as well as at the networking cocktail after the panel. The panel runs from 6.00pm- 7.45pm.

For those attending the virtual event, Vtogether, our technical partners, will create an incredible opportunity for all to network and have fun. This is not a webinar nor a zoom event. You will be able to walk around, chat, network. The panel runs from 6.00pm- 7.45pm and will be streamed live; there will be opportunities for questions.

We are grateful to our invaluable sponsors, Dawn Capital, our Platinum Founding Partner of the Impact Mentoring Programme; 20-first, our knowledge partner, Genpact, our event founding partner in 2020 and Chronus, our platform partner.

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