Emma Gardner

Emma Gardner

Founder, Consultant, EntrepreneurLondon, United Kingdom
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Emma Gardner

Emma Gardner

Founder, Consultant, EntrepreneurLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Co-Founder at Born Equal Consults | Co-Founder at Not Your Monolith (NYM) | Co-Founder at With Not For | Mentor at Bloom UK | IPA iList shortlist 2020 | Pitch 100 Superwoman 2019 | Public Speaker Emma is an Equity & Inclusion Consultant and Entrepreneur that has worked in the creative industry for 20+ years. Driven by a desire to support businesses evolve to ensure they are inclusive, she has worked with charities, industry bodies, agencies & clients to raise awareness of the importance of representing and including all aspects of diversity within businesses, their output and their wider reach. Emma’s work has been recognised through the following awards including: • IPA iList shortlist 2020 • Pitch 100 SuperWoman, Pitchfanzine Notable achievements include: • Co-Founder of Born Equal Consults • Co-Founder of Not Your Monolith • Regular speaker and commentator – Face Equality International, Media Trust, lbb online, Creative Brief, Hubdot, Interlaced, Transform & Communicate Magazine, Zebedee Management. • Podcast Host & Guest – Born Equal, PS Younger Self • Mentor & Co Mentor – Bloom UK 2020 & 2021 Cohort • Previous Managing Partner of award-winning ad agency ELVIS • Organiser & Panel Guest of Campaign X ELVIS Outspoken: The Disability Debate • Host of ELVIS Outspoken LGBTQ+ Creative Workshop • Producer of ELVIS X Zebedee Management ‘Talent with’ Campaign for World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day • Judge & Speaker Ocean Outdoor Awards 2018 & 2019 • Advisory Board – We Are Future Female
Projects
  • Guest Speaker: Festival of Happiness
    Guest Speaker: Festival of HappinessGuest speaker at the Alliance of Independent Agencies Festival of Happiness talking about mental health & what happiness & belonging look like for me. The presentation also touched on purpose, life as a parent and working carer and making big life changes in the name of purpose.
  • Keynote: Punched in the Purpose
    Keynote: Punched in the PurposePunched in the Purpose: setting boundaries and making better decisions for you, your family and your career A keynote by Emma Gardner on life, parenting, mental health and the game changer that is her daughter Dotty. Event description: Expect a lot of oversharing as Emma talks to us candidly about her successful career in advertising, the work she’s now doing in the equity and inclusion space and how becoming a mother and a carer of her disabled child changed her life radically for the better.
  • TEDxLadbrokeGrove Alternative Paths Event - Sponsored by Born Equal Consults
    TEDxLadbrokeGrove Alternative Paths Event - Sponsored by Born Equal ConsultsWhat do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question many of us have asked and been asked. As children, we can never imagine the challenges that lie ahead for us - from blockers and minor upsets to experiences that nearly break us. The path to our achievements are rarely smooth. Our theme of Alternative Paths inspires us to view every step as a gift and embrace the determination and resilience of humanity.
  • Creative agency ELVIS host a free workshop which aims to offer LGBTQ+ young people an insight into a career in advertising.
    Creative agency ELVIS host a free workshop which aims to offer LGBTQ+ young people an insight into a career in advertising.The free workshop, which takes place ahead of Pride in London, aims to offer LGBTQ+ young people an insight into a career in the ad industry Developed by Elli Stone and James Bougourd, an ELVIS creative team with a passion for inclusive advertising, the day-long event on Thursday 4th July aims to give queer youth the boost they need to begin a career in marketing. With inspirational speakers and hands-on exercises, the workshop is open to all LGBTQ+ youth (aged 18 or over) looking for their pla
  • Zebedee celebrates diverse personalities of people with cerebral palsy in new campaign by ELVIS
    Zebedee celebrates diverse personalities of people with cerebral palsy in new campaign by ELVISThe campaign, ‘Talent With’, aims to showcase the diverse personalities and passions of a broad cross-section of people with cerebral palsy. Zebedee commissioned 13 different photographers to shoot portraits of 24 models, all of whom have cerebral palsy. Emma Gardner, Managing Partner, Operations, ELVIS, added: “We’re passionate about ensuring that people with disabilities are better represented in advertising, so we’re very proud to be partnering with Zebedee on this initiative. The campaign’s
  • The Disability Debate: More Than Represenation
    The Disability Debate: More Than RepresenationA panel discussion planned by & featuring Emma Gardner, facilitated via the Elvis Outspoken event, "The Disability Debate: More than Representation", at the National Gallery, attended by agency leaders, marketeers, charities, influencers, talent and recruiters. The panel was chaired by Campaign’s Nicola Kemp & also featured Sulaiman Khan, founder and chief purpose officer at ThisAbility; Michele Oliver, global vice-president, corporate brand and purpose, at Mars; and Zoe Proctor and Laura John
Projects credited in
  • Responsible Communications & Marketing Report
    Responsible Communications & Marketing ReportBorn Equal Consults first responsible marketing report investigates the fashion industries circular economy business models, rental and resale by exploring how misleading marketing claims may influence citizens to perpetuate habits of mass consumption through rebound resulting in business as usual. We offer industry solutions critically discussed in the full report and bespoke consultancy using our responsible marketing framework which aligns with the new green claim code legislation. Summary:
  • How to Support the Carers in your Workforce Workshop
    How to Support the Carers in your Workforce WorkshopA workshop for Managers to help understand & support employees providing unpaid care around their daily work responsibilities & career. Created & delivered by Emma Gardner, Co-Founder of Born Equal Consults, this 90 minute digital workshop provided key insights into the realities of life for those providing care and how challenging it can be to sustain alongside a career without the appropriate support. An unpaid carer is a person who provides unpaid help and assistance to a spouse, partner, c
  • Born Equal Consults: The Equity & Inclusion Workshop
    Born Equal Consults: The Equity & Inclusion WorkshopBorn Equal Consults is a company built with values that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We have created a unique framework to deliver training and consultancy to support the SDGs, using it to benchmark ourselves and measure our impact. We provide sustainable solutions to businesses who want to change systemic structures to include a broader perspective, and create a workplace culture that supports equity and attracts a diverse talent pool. Our creative industry
Work history
    With Not For logo
    With Not For logo
    Co-FounderWith Not For
    United KingdomPart Time
    With Not For specialises in offering employment & empowerment to disabled people whilst connecting employers & recruiters to disabled talent. Co-Founders Kelly Gordon & Emma Gardner are on a mission to support businesses to include disability within their hiring strategies and are passionate about working with leaders to change mindsets around the employment of disabled people. Connecting employers to the candidates in their diverse and progressive database, spanning many sectors, roles and skill sets, their aim is to make sure that disabled people are not only on the agenda but that they have the opportunity to lead the meeting. https://www.withnotfor.co.uk/
    Not Your Monolith logo
    Not Your Monolith logo
    Co-FounderNot Your Monolith
    United KingdomPart Time
    An online magazine exploring pop culture & life through the lens of disabled creatives. Launching October 2021.
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Skills
  • Creative Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Business Operations
  • Creative Production
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Team Building
  • Workshop Delivery
  • Event Delivery
  • Thought Leadership
Awards
    The IPA (The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) logo
    The IPA (The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) logo
    iList shortlistThe IPA (The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising)
    IPA reveals 63-strong roll call of iList contenders; The IPA has published a shortlist of 63 contenders for its iList – a roll call of ad practitioners who are helping to make adland a more inclusive place. The list spans all levels of job role, from chief executive to HR, from creative to strategy – at agencies and media owners, as well as freelancers. The iList is designed to promote inclusivity in adland, celebrating role models who have helped to make the industry a more inclusive one.
    The Pitch Fanzine logo
    The Pitch Fanzine logo
    Pitch 100 SuperwomanThe Pitch Fanzine
    Super people have been nominated by their advertising creative industry colleagues as a person getting things done in our industry right now. Sherry Collins launched Pitch Superwomen in 2017, acknowledging women working behind the scenes in the creative industry and Pitch Supermen (launched in 2020), to champion male allies supporting women. Over 500 Supers have celebrated their nominations so far.