Festival of Talent 2024: Unlocking Leadership for creativity

An unforgettable day for ambitious women building their future in media, marketing and communication leadership.

WACL’s Festival of Talent 2024 is a one-day accelerator designed for established and emerging female leaders.

With speakers, workshops and performances, the hybrid event provides a best-in-class leadership toolkit that attendees can put in to use straight away, helping them maximise their impact.

This year’s programme is designed to enable attendees to unlock creative thinking in themselves and their teams.


“Creativity is the attribute I value the most when seeking to build a successful leadership team”

Lyssa McGowan

CEO, Pets at Home

From top left to bottom right Karen Blackett OBE, Claudia Osei-Nsafoah, Lyssa McGowan, Reeha Adler
From top left to bottom right: Karen Blackett OBE, Claudia Osei-Nsafoah, Lyssa McGowan, Reeha Alder

Confirmed 2024 speakers include:

Lyssa McGowan.
CEO, Pets at Home.

Claudia Osei-Nsafoah.
Chief People Officer, Sky.

Karen Blackett OBE.
President, WPP UK; Non-Executive Director, Diageo

Chloe Davies.
Founder of ‘It takes a village’; leadership, social impact and inclusive representation consultant.

Nishma Patel-Robb.
WACL President; former of Director of Marketing, Google;  Founder of Fast Track 50.

Kelechi Okafor.
Author ‘Edge of Here’ & ‘Strong Like me’; Director, Actress, Dancer and  ‘Say your mind’ Podcast host.

Baroness Ruth Hunt.
Co-Director Deeds and Words; Cross-bench peer in the House of Lords; Ex CEO Stonewall

Reeha Alder.
Global Authenticity Coach and founder of ‘Mighty You’.

Shahroo Izadi.
Behaviour Change specialist and author of ‘The Kindness Method’

Ellen Jones.
Author, Consultant, Activist.

Hamish Nicklin.
Former CEO Denstu Media and CRO of The Guardian.

Shiva Raichandani.
BAFTA -nominated screenwriter, director, producer and inclusion consultant.

The day will explore how new models of leadership can unlock self-awareness, emotional regulation and is key to protecting, sustaining and strengthening our industry’s life blood: creativity.

“Felt like an inclusive space, with speakers of many different backgrounds and abilities – having such different perspectives was deeply refreshing

2023 FOT Attendee

Ticket Information:

Join us on the 2nd May 2024 for a day of inspiration, discussion, and co-creation. You can join virtually (from £165) or in-person (now sold out..) to unlock your potential and accelerate your career. All the profits will go to supporting WACL’s purpose of accelerating Gender Equality including our chosen charities NABS and the WACL Talent Awards. 

Book tickets for a team of 10 for a whopping 33% off. (Eventbrite admin fees and VAT payable)


Who should attend?
This accelerator is designed for emerging and established female leaders. Ambitious women from any discipline or part of the media, marketing and communication industry who lead or want to lead in the future. Most of our attendees have five to fifteen years’ experience – we’d say the minimum experience to get the best out of the day is around three years
When will it take place?
2024’s Festival of Talent will take place on May 2nd.
The event will be hybrid with limited tickets available at Sky’s Campus and majority of attendees joining virtually.
How can i get tickets?

Tickets are on sale NOW please click here to book!



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