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
- 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.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 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
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- 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 industry3
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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/
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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.
Pitch 100 SuperwomanThe Pitch FanzineSuper 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.