Keynote Speaker: HELEN WEBB

Topic: Trendwatching .. Knowing how the future will move your business to the next level

An introduction to what is a mega trend (vs trends and fads) and why they matter with some examples of good business trend-watchers and what to do next

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September

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Helen Webb

Topic: Trendwatching .. Knowing how the future will move your business to the next level

At the height of the dot.com boom, Helen was appointed UK Managing Director of lastminute.com, one of the UK’s first digital success stories. With her team, she grew topline revenues 9-fold in three years to £400m, before leaving to start her own strategy consultancy. As Digital Disruption rages around us up-ending so many business models, she guides businesses through the forces behind the change. Helen is a Strategy Consultant and Trustee of the Landmark Trust and as Chair of Ordnance Survey Leisure Ltd, recently helped digitise their centuries-old product offering , reignite their brand – and win many awards for the transformation. Out of work achievements include setting up Pushy Mums charitable pram walks, writing an acclaimed photography book – and surviving the day-to-day ups and downs of parenting a teenager.

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After-lunch workshop

Facilitator: Andy Lopata

Topic: The workshop will be based around his new book Just Ask the premise of which is that we are conditioned to look strong, be independent and, most importantly, be seen to know all of the answers. Andy says: “I don't think that this is healthy for individuals or efficient for business. I interviewed a large number of people for the book and in it I share some of their stories as well as exploring some issues around vulnerability and opening up."

Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent. Lopata is the author of three books on networking, has been quoted in a number of other business books and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. He is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and of the Learning and Performance Institute and a Master of the Institute for Sales Management. For eight years, he was Managing Director of one of the UK's leading referral-focused networking groups with over 2,000 member companies. Since then, he has worked with companies such as HSBC Securities, Northwestern Mutual and GlaxoSmithKline. His fourth book, Just Ask Than You is scheduled to be published this month.

Timetable

Our meeting place

  • Judge’s Court (pictured bottom left), Brown’s Courtrooms
    1st floor, 82 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AG
  • Nearest Tube:
    Exit 4, Leicester Square
  • About the venue:
    Hidden away within Browns Covent Garden is Browns Court Rooms. This historic two floor event suite is designed with grand sweeping staircases and stunning original features. The building was once the Westminster’s County Courts and in 1996 was converted into a bar and restaurant. Within the largest room - The Judges Court, the original Judge’s Bench is still in place. It was from here that convicted defendants were sent down to the detention cells ... these detention cells now serve as the wine cellars!
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