Karen Blackett

During the five years she was CEO MediaCom’s staff evolved from 11% to 20% people of colour – black, Asian and other ethnicities – and women make up 46% of the top two tiers of management. In 2012, Karen launched an Apprenticeship Scheme for 18-24 year olds at MediaCom. More recently, in 2015, Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, championing race with Permanent Secretary Richard Heath, and in March 2016 Karen became President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presents the business case for Diversity. Karen also speaks at numerous events and conferences to champion diversity, including BFI Black Star Symposium, Inspirational You at the House of Commons, The Economist Pride and Prejudice event and has been interviewed on Channel 4 News and BBC Breakfast News – all focusing on diversity in the workplace. Additionally Karen is an Advisory Board Member to Hyden Media, a recruitment consultancy who specialises in hiring talent from a BAME background into the Creative Industry and has been a judge for the Black British Business Awards since its conception.

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