Agenda – IWD with micebook

6 March 2023 | Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Welcome to IWD with micebook

Enjoy a morning coffee along with a chance to network with industry peers. 

IWD 2023 Kick Off

Why does ‘A New Pathway to Leadership’ matter? An introduction to IWD 2023 with micebook led by Samme Allen, Founder of



Leading to win in an engagement economy, a look at the key attributes of effective leadership in a fast changing world.

Lorraine Heggessey, the first woman to be Controller of BBC One, now a media consultant and television producer will share her fascinating career story with insight and learnings from her journey to leadership.
Sponsored by Speakers Corner


Uncovering the Pathways to Leadership for women in MICE

Jessica Charles will lead this panel discussion to explore why and how women in our sector have created their own career pathways; one that plays to their strengths and better serves their needs and ambitions. Our panelists are:

  • Venetia Campbell – Global Events Specialist, HubSpot
  • Cassidy Knowles – Director of Events and Operations, Chorus Agency
  • Charlotte Bute – Senior Project Coordinator, Strata Creative Communications Ltd

Buffet Lunch & Networking

Leadership Unlocked - Solutions Room

With Samme Allen (Founder of and Dr Emma Abson PhD, Senior Lecturer (Events Management), Sheffield Hallam University

A review of the headlines from the 2023 Study into ‘Women’s experiences of developing leadership careers in the event industry’ with an eye on the future to uncover ways to better navigate the pathway to leadership. 

Breakout discussions will be facilitated by leaders from our community. Expect rich discussion and lively debate!

Trailblazing an Unchartered Path

With Manila Di Giovanni, MD & CEO, DWorld
A member of Forbes 30 under 30, Manilla will share her inspirational career journey and hopes for the future; from starting and running her own business to creating an interconnected metaverse platform and virtual economies; making Monaco the first country to be recreated in the metaverse.
Sponsored by Visit Monaco Convention Bureau

Maintaining optimum health on the pathway to leadership

Hosted by Health & Wellbeing expert, Lavina Mehta MBE.
In this panel discussion, we will discuss the health needs of women and share ways to ‘thrive not just survive’ the rollercoaster ride that is a career in MICE. Our panelists are:

  • Charlotte Gentry – Pure Communications
  • Charla Forinton – Rocco Forte Hotels
  • Josephine Somers – Lore Group
  • Lizzie Mildinhall – Agency and Live Delivery Consultant
Evening Guests Arrive
KEYNOTE SESSION: Owning your Career Capital
Hosted by Kate Munday, Professional Storyteller & Coach - Out The Box Speakers | Creative Business Partner - Google

How to network effectively using learned techniques for how to get people listening and remembering what you have to say. Understand how to quickly form genuine, long-lasting connections through the way you communicate.

6:15pm - 8:00pm
Evening Reception & Entertainment

Event Partners

Event Sponsors

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