Creative Equals RISE 2019: In Pictures

  • Gemma Greaves
  • Chaka Sobhani
  • Sulaiman R. Khan [he/him/his/Disabled]
  • Bronac McNeill
  • Ali Hanan
  • Pip Jamieson
  • Megan Egan
  • Munroe Bergdorf

Our flagship conference! Yes. It's time to RISE. 

Only 13% of creative director contracts are currently given to women (and they are paid 7% less than their male peers). This is why RISE exists to change that across the creative and tech industries. And, we're INCLUSIVE. For change to happen, we need everyone to be involved in the narrative.

Here are highlights from the conference (15 May 2019) held at the London Symphony Orchestra's home in Shoreditch, one of the most beautiful locations in town. 

Photography: Bronac Mcneil.
THEME: INCLUSIVE CREATIVITY host and MC: Pip Jamieson, founder, The Dots 
  • Why we need creativity more than ever  Claire Beale, Global Editor-in-Chief, Campaign 
  • What you need to know in 2019: Building back trust Keith Weed, CMO, Unilever, Chair, Advertising Association 
  • Why and how inclusivity benefits everyone’ Munroe Bergdorf, model, trans activist
  • I am NOT your token Samantha Renke, actor, disability activist 
  • Disruption: winning in the workplace and on the high street  Mary Portas, founder, Portas Agency, author, 'Work Like A Woman' in conversation with Nicola Kemp, trends editor, Campaign 

  • The role of brands in society Rak Patel, Head of Sales, Spotify

  • Understanding ROI of creativity Sophie Lewis (CSO, YMLY&R) Sarah Jenkins (CMO, Grey London) Charlie Hurrell (Managing Director, McGarryBowen) Lindsay Pattison (Chief Transformation Office, WPP) and Chair: Candace Kuss (Director of Social, H+K Strategies)

  • What's on the mind of brand CMOs? Phil Smith, Director General, ISBA Catrina Funk, VP, European Brand and Marketing Director, TJX Europe Abi Cromer, former CMO, British Airways and Oyster Yachts Radha Davies, Senior Brand and Communications Director, King Chair: Richard Robinson, Managing Partner, Econsultancy

  • Visual diet: what are we consuming? Adelaide Damoah, artist  Mimi Gray, Head of Visual Content, M&CSaatchi   Marine Tanguy, CEO, MTArt Agency  Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett
  • IMPOSTER SYNDROME: a fishbowl Host: Gemma Greaves, CEO, The Marketing Society
  • Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone Liz Nottingham, Human Resources Director, R/GA
  • Giving diversity context Rosa Rolo, Commercial Director, Major Players 
  • How we made it: the untold story of work  AMVBBDO + Libresse 
  • Embracing difference: strength, power and dollars! Karin Onsanger-Birch, Chief Creative Officer, FCB West
  • Why 'diversify' matters  June Sarpong, broadcaster, TV presenter, author 'Diversify' 
  • The power of all our stories  Meera Syal CBE, actress, author 'Goodness Gracious Me', 'Anita and Me'  To end: Queer Caravan