Inaugural IPA Talent & Diversity Conference to explore recruitment, retention and recognition

Wednesday 4 May

Talent is our most valuable resource and biggest asset, but how should we be recruiting, retaining and recognising the amazing people that make up our industry?

This is the big question set to be answered at the inaugural IPA Talent & Diversity Conference on Wednesday 4 May. The hybrid conference will explore each of the core themes of recruitment, retention and recognition through panels, workshops and breakout sessions to provide agencies with the information, inspiration, and tools needed to combat the talent crisis and improve diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry.

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During the conference, we’ll hear keynotes from David Olusoga and Jaspreet Kaur, as well as DEI experts from within the industry on the importance of recruiting diverse talent, retaining talent through effective leadership and culture, how agencies can navigate the current talent crisis, and much more.

The IPA Talent & Diversity Conference will also see the reveal of which outstanding individuals have been named on the IPA iList 2022, helping to shift the culture within the industry and demanding better representation in creative work through a range of initiatives across all areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Julian Douglas, President, IPA and Vice Chairman, VCCP
  • Tunji Akintokun, Senior Director, Head of Marketing Solutions UK and Ireland, LinkedIn
  • Claire Barnett, Executive Director, UN Women UK
  • Ravleen Beeston, Regional Vice President, Microsoft Advertising UK, Microsoft and WINNER 2021 UK Asian Woman of Achievement, Business
  • Lynne Deason, Head of Creative Excellence, UK, Kantar
  • Annie Gallimore, Chair, IPA Talent and Leadership Group and Managing Director, ACNE London / Deloitte Digital
  • Roxanne Hobbs, Founder, Hobbs Consultancy
  • Pip Hulbert, CEO, Wunderman Thompson
  • Jaspreet Kaur, Spoken Word Poet and Author
  • Nicola Kemp, Editorial Director, Creative Brief
  • Abba Newbery, Chief Marketing Officer, Habito
  • David Olusoga OBE, Historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker
  • Will Pike, Disability Consultant, TV/Radio Presenter, Keynote Speaker
  • Xavier Rees, Chief Executive Officer, Havas London and Havas CX helia
  • Leila Siddiqi, Associate Director – Diversity, IPA
  • Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann Worldgroup
  • Sarah Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, Grace Blue
  • Lisa Thompson, Business Director, Wavemaker
  • Jordie Wildin, Head of Growth, POCC

We are very excited to be launching the inaugural IPA Talent & Diversity conference to address the most vital challenge our industry faces today around talent recruitment, retention, and inclusion. We have a fantastic line-up of leaders and experts from inside and outside of adland, to inspire you and offer you tangible solutions to your unique talent and diversity concerns; from how to recruit top talent to how to create authentic campaigns. Prepare to be uplifted, invigorated, and shown out of your comfort zone.

Leila Siddiqi, Associate Director – Diversity, IPA

IPA members can purchase tickets for the in-person conference for £125 +VAT, while virtual tickets are available for £65+VAT. Discounts for bulk tickets are also available.

Last updated 14 April 2022