International Women’s Day 2022, meet 100 rising stars inspiring change

  • Hilary Lovell
  • Simona De Leo
  • Kim Darragon
  • Lydia Bradley
  • Charlene Campbell
  • Hannah Tudor
  • Zoe Davies
  • Yetunde Abdou
  • Wing Kei Hoang
  • Visha Kudhail
  • Viv Galinari
  • Viktoria Wyckman

We still have a way to go when it comes to improving gender diversity and equality in the creative, tech and digital industries – which is why it is so important for us, as a platform, to use our force for good.

We’re thrilled to be releasing our annual list celebrating and shining a spotlight on 100+ rising stars – as nominated by The Dots community – who are transforming the industry of today and inspiring the generation of tomorrow.

The list beams with brilliant, talented people and their dedication to positive change. Book them for speaking gigs, interview them, hire them, commission them and support them in any way you can.

International Women’s Day isn’t just a day for us at The Dots – we shine a light all year round on brilliant folk, including alumni from our previous rising stars lists here.

Because together, we can create a better and more diverse workplace for us all to enjoy.

Abi Stephenson – art director & creative Agnes Mwakatuma – founder, Black Minds Matter Alex O'Brien – science writer & poker player Alexandra Lunn – design director Alisha Kadri – head of membership & business development Amirah Jiwa – social impact strategist Amy Charlotte Kean – founder & author Amy Lewin – editor Ayomide Akin – business strategist Beth Grace – creative & copywriter Cat Agostinho – co-founder, Imagen Insights & Dawn

Cathy Wang – user researcher Charlene Campbell – senior development producer, Renaissance Studios Charlie Gerard – author, speaker & creative technologist Charlotte Edmonds & Elizabeth Arifien – founders, Move Beyond Words Charlotte Schreurs – account director & DEI advocate, draftLine Coco Lom – artist & designer Daisy Morris – digital marketing consultant & founder, The Selfhood Dani Molyneux – typographic artist, designer & founder, Dotto Studio Denise 'Chip' Chippindale – european marketing manager, General Assembly & mental health advocate Dominique Davis – creative, All That is She Doone Roisin – founder, Female Startup Club Emily Ames – brand director

Emily Nelson – storyteller & strategist Emma Clarke – digital engagement & community manager Emma Hopkins – creative strategy lead Emma-Louise Boynton – journalist, broadcaster & founder, Her Hustle Eshita Kabra – Founder & CEO, By Rotation Esther Lalanne – freelance illustrator, character designer & art director Filipa Brandão – communication designer Fiona Thomas – writer & author Freya Hollingbery – entrepreneur & designer Gabriella Mussurakis – illustrator & visual artist Gemma Greaves – co-founder, Nurture & founder, Cabal

Grace Francis – chief creative & design officer, WONGDOODY Hannah Tudor – copywriter Harriet Wiltshire – advertising creative Heather Frost – coach & mentor Hilary Lovell – account manager Isabel Sachs – creative producer & founder, I LIKE NETWORKING Jade Coles – head of cultural programmes & experience Jahnavi Inniss – freelance graphic designer & creative producer Jamie Klingler – writer & co-founder #reclaimthesestreets Jane Evans – creative director Jayshree Viswanathan – copywriter Joana Alarcão – founder, Insights of an Eco Artist

Juliana Ogechi – storyteller & copywriter June Mineyama-Smithson – graphic designer, artist & lecturer Kara-Jessica Mallett – designer & DEI advocate, draftLine Kate Hamilton – content director Katy Ennis-Hargreaves – creative director Kei Maye – founder, Creative Champs Kelly Bewers – strategist Kerry Donnelly – creative Kim Darragon – marketing & events consultant Krystell Bringas – brand specialist & illustrator Latoya Fitoor – photography director

Laura McGovern – art director & creative Lavinya Stennett – Founder & CEO, The Black Curriculum Lexie Perez – strategy director Leyya Sattar – creative, speaker & co-founder, The Other Box Linn Frost – partner, Truant London Louisa Plint – CEO & founder Lourdes Pozo – coach Lucy Werner – public relations director, The Wern Agency Lula Gómez – animator & activist Lydia Bradley – illustrator, graphic designer & partner, Root Studio Lysa Thieffry – film director & photographer Maitilde Flanagan Wood – illustrator & graphic designer

Manjit Thapp – illustrator Matilda Egere-Cooper – founder, Fly Girl Collective Maya Posch – software developer & engineer Mica Anthony – creative Minerva Freire – art director & illustrator Mursal Hedayat & Guillemette Dejean – co-founders, Chatterbox Neesha Tulsi Champaneria – stylist & costume designer Nerea Marta – product maker & Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni Ngozi Okorie – founder, They Did I Can Too Olivia Ema – art director & designer Opashona Ghosh – illustrator

Otegha Uwagba – writer, speaker & consultant Penny Lee – niche brand specialist Perle Arteta – art director & creative Phoebe Sophia Russell – PR & social media director Poonam Dhuffer – founder, YSM8 Rae Boocock – freelance journalist & copywriter Rania Qaddoura – graphic designer & founder, Adala Apparel Rebecca Ricci – project co-ordinator Rebecca Thomson & Rachita Saraogi – co-founders, Sisterhood Rialda Dizdarevic – illustrator Rianna Faye – freelance fashion stylist Robyn Janine – illustrator, content creator & creative

Roshni Goyate – freelance copywriter & co-founder, The Other Box Sarah Elizabeth Tucker – artist manager & creative Sarah Musker – creative director Sharlene Gandhi – business consultant & journalist Siana Bezuhanova – graphic designer & illustrator Simona De Leo – illustrator, co-founder & art director Siobhan Johnson – graphic/brand designer & founder, Snails Studio Soila Apparicio – producer, BBC Sophie Taylor – copywriter Stefanie Sword-Williams – founder, F*ck Being Humble Sugarcoated Sisters – content creators

Suyin Haynes – editor-in-chief, gal-dem Tamara Barton-Campbell – founder, Renaissance Studios Tatum Swithenbank – accessibility & inclusion consultant Tobi Ajala – creative technology director Tori West – editor & founder, BRICKS magazine Vickie Ward – founder & Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni Viktoria Wyckman – founder, Culture Defined Visha Kudhail – EMEA director of business marketing, Pinterest Viv Galinari – creative engineer Wing Kei Hoang – social media freelancer & digital artist Yetunde Abdou – researcher & planner Zoe Davies – creative

With thanks to our brilliant community for nominating their rising stars!

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Image credits (from top):

1. Shades of Brown posted by Olivia Ema

2. YSM8 Qawwali Supper Club posted by Poonam Dhuffer

3. SOON COME (ZINE) posted by Tamara Barton-Campbell


5. Sisterhood posted by Rachita Saraogi

6. Sonder & Tell + Jigsaw create Comfort Zones the book posted by Emily Ames

7. PORTRAITS posted by Maitilde Flanagan Wood

8. Reclaim Her Name posted by Tamryn Kerr

9. New Faith Music posted by Rianna Faye

10. I LIKE NETWORKING posted by Isabel Sachs