Over 57% of our speakers at The Good Business Festival are female.
Past and present we have ensured a gender balance across our programme. For International Women’s Day 2022 we want to highlight just a few of the amazing women who inspire and empower us everyday. Let’s #BreaktheBias together!
Aimee Welsh, Project Director & Rhiannon Newman, Project Manager at The Good Business Festival.
Aimee & Rhiannon truly are the glue that holds The Good Business Festival together.
As one of the founding members of The Good Business Festival, Aimee has been at the helm of the festival since its inception in 2019, always keeping the project on track.
From content creation to speaker liaison, production to project plan Rhiannon is dedicated and unwavering – bring her best Bootle sense of humour to any challenge she encounters.
Despite their many years combined experience in the events industry, nothing could have prepared Aimee & Rhiannon for the monumental challenges faced when navigating a major project through a global pandemic. Throughout, they both remained passionate and committed to the values and promise of The Good Business Festival.
You will undoubtably see Aimee & Rhiannon during the three days of the festival later this month.
Jude Kelly CBE, CEO and Founder of The WOW Foundation
The team have had the privilege of working with Jude previously and she has been a long standing champion of the Good Business Festival. Her dedication to confronting global gender injustice is unparalleled. We’re delighted to have Jude with us on Tuesday 22nd for ‘The Un-Data-bles’, looking at the gender data gap with Kelly Beaver, CEO of Ipsos UK.
Safia Qureshi, CLUBZERO Founder & CEO
Born of Safia’s interest in technology and design and how their intersection can boost the circular economy, CLUBZERØ is the pioneer of reusability in consumer food and beverage packaging. She is passionate about empowering other founders, designers and technologists (women in particular) to think circularly. Safia will take her passion to the stage on Tuesday 22nd March when she takes part in ‘Circular Economy Explained, Circular Economy Implemented’.
Kate Hardcastle MBE, Founder, Insight with Passion
Global go-to consumer specialist Kate Hardcastle is a multi-award-winning business consultant and commentator who has has championed good causes for over 25 years. On Wednesday 23rd March, Kate will host ‘Unlikely Hero’s, The Power of the Micro Business’, Looking at the collective power of the millions of UK microbusiness and how they can play a critical role in promoting social mobility and helping nations reach their green targets and plans to achieve carbon neutrality.
Danielle Oreoluwa Jinadu, future human rights Lawyer and charity founder, disability activist, content creator, speaker and Law Graduate from the University of Warwick.
As a black disabled women Danielle continues to challenge the boundaries of systemic discrimination within all spheres of life through her advocacy work. Addressing the intersections of racism, gender disparities and disability inequality. She’ll be joining us on Thursday 24th March as part of the 1.3 Billion People session to discuss how to end the disability inequality crisis.
Professor Louise Kenny, Executive Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool and deputy Chair of the Board of Liverpool Health Partners.
Louise was the founding Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT www.infantcentre.ie) and was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cork University Maternity Hospital where she worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from 2006-2018. Louise has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
She will join Big Pharma in Partnership with Aspen UK on Thursday 24th March to look at the pharmaceuticals industry – asking what is the real price of our health?
Felicia Odamtten, Founder and Director of The Black Economists Network (T-BEN)
Felicia is passionate about using economics to drive investments and positively impact society and communities both domestically and abroad. She believes in equitable distribution of global resources to improve the lives and living conditions of people in developing countries with emphasis on the continent of Africa. A long supporter of The Good Business Festival, Felicia will return to Liverpool on Wednesday 23rd March to discuss how capitalism has evolved in the past and what needs to be done for it to change again as part of the ‘Creative Capitalism Challenge’ session.
Eve Kekah, Founder, Bundle
Eve Kekeh is the founder of Bundlee, the UK’s first baby clothing rental subscription. Using circular economy principles, Eve started Bundlee in 2018 to tackle the challenge of baby clothing waste. Since then, Bundlee has saved thousands of garments from landfill. Bundlee has been featured in Vogue and The Guardian. Eve was honoured as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in Europe and was recently listed on Drapers 30 Under 30 in 2022. Eve will be joining ‘We’re Going Out of Fashion’ session on Wednesday 23rd March to discuss are we putting vanity above our planet?
Holly Tucker MBE, Founder of Holly & Co and Notonthehighstreet
A passionate supporter of small businesses and of those who choose to live a life less ordinary. Holly has helped thousands of UK independents thrive, and thousands of people discover their new favourite brands, products and ways of doing things differently. A dedicated champion for female entreprenuship Holly has been an avid supporter of The Good Business Festival since it began. You can catch up on Holly’s digital session from Act 1 in October 2020 ‘Do More On Purpose’ here.
The Good Business Festival is passionately non-exclusive. It’s not about what you do or who you know. It’s not about agreeing on everything all of the time. It’s about everyone working towards a better world – no matter where you’re starting from.