This Wintrade week Focus ison an amazing woman who we have the honour of announcing as a keynote speaker on 28th June, at the Park Plaza Hotel. Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, CEO EMEA Facebook will be speaking with us about her career and current role at Facebook.

As many well know, her career has started in 1992 at  Bartle Bogle Hegarty where she climbed through the ranks to Business Development Director. She went on to become she Deputy Chairman of Grey London in 2004, European Business Development Director for the Grey Communications Group till 2008, partner and executive chairman at Karmarama, a London advertising agency after that and finally joined Facebook in 2013 as VP EMEA. She currently also  serves on The Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, The UK government’s Industrial Strategy Council and is a non-executive director of Diageo, as well as being co-president of the charity Norwood.

This incredible career has definitely been defined by Ms Mendelsohn’s vision and her attention to the importance of diversity and what individuals have to contribute to the corporate culture. Ms Mendelsohn once said, “There is a power of culture, culture is vital to Facebook. Culture changes attitudes and behaviours — better than any policy or target.”

It is exactly this understanding of the importance of culture which shapes the positive impact of diversity and inclusion in the business world.  Ms Mendelsohn once said at the 4YFN conference in Barcelona in 2016, that it was an absolute privilege for her to be responsible for over 120 countries and to see how people from different countries interact with each other in different ways.

Her work  is without a doubt global (she spent over 200 days in 2015) and she has been acknowledged both in the UK and abroad. Indeed, Ms Mendelsohn was awarded  Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries here in the UK.

She is certainly a visionary leader, apart from joining Facebook in 2013 and currently being the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council.  She also has many firsts for women under her belt, including being the first woman president of the influential advertising-trade body IPA and the former president of the Women in Advertising and Communications London club (WACL). And she has achieved all of this in the face of many personal challenges and adversities.  This women is one we should all be applauding, and it will indeed be an honour to do so when she gives her speech at the Wintrade Convention. So don’t miss out,…click here to be part of the Wintrade Experience where women in trade share and network with other corporate and entrepreneurial women for this unparalleled week.

Also, click here to nominate womenwho you feel have had outstanding professional achievements so that they can be acknowledge in the Wintrade Awards 2019.