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AXA Growth Leaders Series: The Future of Leadership

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Business leaders face unprecedented challenges that require a new mindset. Learn from leaders who have applied a growth mindset to succeed.

More than ever, leaders need a growth mindset to navigate today’s talent landscape and the rapid pace of change. Tomorrow’s leaders must be more entrepreneurial and ambitious, looking to new horizons while seeking new routes to success. 

Since it was founded 15 years ago, The Supper Club has seen first-hand how being open to different perspectives and passionate about life-long learning leads to breakthroughs — in life and business. Those who look after their health and wellness put themselves in the best position to ensure that their business flourishes. 

The Supper Club and AXA PPP healthcare will bring together successful entrepreneurs and leading thinkers to share insight on how to lead with a growth mindset and build high performing teams as part of ‘The AXA Growth Leaders Series’, which will launch on Thursday 21st March. The AXA Growth Leaders Series will explore how a growth mindset can support positive development and smart business thinking in three events - The Future of Leadership, Making Wellbeing Work and Leading the Future Workforce.

Join us to hear from a world-renowned keynote and two fascinating and interactive panel discussions on how to adopt a Growth Leader mindset, which will explore how it can:

  • attract talent, build high performing teams, and develop future leaders
  • boost brand and personal profile around purpose and wellbeing
  • improve health and wellbeing to drive productivity and happiness
  • optimise networks to learn, connect and build business
  • create a culture of growth and innovation, which can enable opportunity

Keynote Speaker

Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder & CEO, Mindset Works

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Eduardo co-founded Mindset Works in 2007 with the foremost growth mindset researcher, Carol Dweck Ph.D., and education expert Lisa Blackwell Ph.D. Mindset Works provides digital and in-person training services, consulting, and programmesto support the development of growth mindset cultures. Eduardo regularly gives keynotes and facilitates workshops at industry conferences for professionals and leaders. His TEDx talks, The Power of Belief and How to get better at the things you care about have been viewed by millions of people. He has been featured and quoted in The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Education Week, MindShift, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more. Prior to Mindset Works, Eduardo was a Principal at the Sprout Group, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, where he was part of the technology investment team and served on several for-profit and non-profit boards. Eduardo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.

Panel One: How to lead with a growth mindset

Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount

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Edwina is best-known as co-founder of the international data analytics company Dunnhumby, a business she launched from her kitchen table with her husband Clive Humby in 1989. The pair were instrumental in the creation of the Tesco Clubcard and are widely credited with redefining the relationship between retailers and customers worldwide. Today Edwina is CEO of Starcount, a digital start-up that measures the global tastes and trends of 1.7 billion people across 12 of the world’s largest social networks, before applying a progressive view of data science to help brands navigate their social media journey. Edwina is a passionate campaigner for women and founded The Female Lead, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making women’s stories more visible and offering alternative role models to those ever-present in popular culture. 

John Stapleton, Co-Founder, New Covent Garden Soup Company and Little Dish

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John has co-founded three FMCG businesses, building and growing them to exit. In 1987 John was a founder-member of the New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd., which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK. In 1998, on reaching over £20m revenue, John exited this and immediately co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc. which brought the fresh soup-in-a-carton concept to the US. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year. Little Dish created the chilled toddler food category, developing full UK retailer distribution and became the go-to brand in fresh toddler food. Having grown to approx. £17m annual retail revenues, John exited Little Dish in 2017. John now advises, invests in and mentors a number of early-stage growth businesses

Sophie Devonshire, CEO, The Caffeine Partnership

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Sophie is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur & brand specialist. Her career includes brand management at Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola GB, Brand Strategy for Interbrand and Group Account Director for Leo Burnett in the Middle East. She founded, managed and sold an e-commerce business and was CEO of a luxury gifts brand where she doubled turnover. Sophie writes and speaks on the role brands play in successful business. She’s also a passionate advocate of flexible working as the future of effective companies (having won awards for her own business ‘sexi-flexi’ approach), and regularly discusses innovative approaches to balance business and family life. Sophie is the author of Superfast: Lead at Speed, the #1 bestseller in Change Management books on Amazon and shortlisted for Leadership Book of the Year in the Business Book Awards 2019.

Joel Perlman, Co-founder, OakNorth

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Joel co-founded OakNorth with Rishi Khosla in September 2015 to provide fast, flexible, and accessible debt finance to entrepreneurs, fast-growth businesses and property developers. It has since built a £2bn+ loan book and developed its ACORN data and technology platform - which will enable banks and lending institutions to originate, underwrite and monitor deals more quickly and replicate the success of OakNorth in the UK. Through its data, tech, and process, Joel and Rishi hope to reach a £10bn loan book and become the first UK ‘decahorn’. Previously, Joel and Rishi co-founded Copal Amba, which they scaled to 3,000 employees over 12 years until it was sold to Moody's in 2014.

Panel two: How to develop growth leaders

Celia Francis, CEO, Rated People

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Celia is a proven pioneer in emerging technology companies and has extensive experience in leadership and creative roles across the digital sector. In 2015, Celia became CEO of Rated People, an innovative online marketplace connecting homeowners with skilled local tradespeople. Rated People has amassed a huge set of ratings and reviews of tradespeople over the past 11 years. In the past year, it has seen around 1 million jobs posted by homeowners on its site, with a total job value of circa £2 billion. Celia is passionate about inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and can be found mentoring early-stage start-ups in her spare time. A champion for Coder Dojo (with a particular interest in teaching young girls to code), she regularly speaks at industry events and talks passionately about getting more people into well-paid, skilled and satisfying work, including young people and apprentices.

Dr Mark Winwood CPsychol CSci AFBPsS, Director of Psychological Services for AXA PPP Healthcare

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Mark is director of psychological services for AXA PPP healthcare's specialist Health Services division. He holds associate fellowship and chartership with the British Psychological Society and is also accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and a chartered scientist. Mark joined the medical services of AXA PPP healthcare in June 2008 and has focused on developing clinical and operational frameworks to allow the joint delivery of evidence based psychological care across its wellbeing and medical services. Prior to this Mark was clinical director for AXA PPP healthcare Employee Support service for over 10 years, responsible for the day-to-day running of the employee assistance programme, supervision of clinical staff, developing and overseeing the case management, production of client reports, account management liaison and corporate consultancy; he was also responsible for the development of bespoke programmes for key corporate clients. Prior to joining AXA, Mark worked as a senior psychologist in the NHS and has many years of clinical experience and research expertise. His academic interests include the development and application of evidence based interventions in the workplace with groups of employees/managers. Mark’s doctoral research centred on the development of novel methods of delivering therapy and so is keen to pilot services using new technologies. He has extensive experience in mental health and developing interventions to address this in the workplace. Mark is also an active member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, British Psychological Society and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Workplace) and maintains a private practice as a psychologist in London

Parveen Dhanda, Head of Growth Programmes & Late Stage, Tech Nation

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Parveen heads up the Future Fifty programme, an initiative that works closely with the C-Suite of Britain's fastest growing digital companies to help them scale. It’s alumni includes Just Eat, Shazam, Zoopla and Skyscanner. Prior to this, Parveen ran the London City Incubator at City University and co-founded Stubble and Strife, a men's lifestyle business focused on male grooming. Outside of her work, Parveen has mentored businesses in India as part of the Cherie Blair Foundation, and following her Executive MBA was the Chair for Cass Entrepreneurs Network, an alumni group from Cass Business School with over 5,000 members. Parveen is also a member of The Supper Club Advisory Board.

Charlie Walker, Founder, Harmonic Finance

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Charlie Walker set up his first recruitment business at 24, scaling it to £30 million in sales in 7 years across 48 countries and making fifth place on The Sunday Times International Track. Since exiting the business he has founded the rapidly-scaling Harmonic Finance. Based from Camden Market and Barcelona, it specializes in supplying Finance & Accounting hires into entrepreneur-led businesses. Charlie is a thought leader in the evolving role of the FD and CFO with the emergence of AI and automation in accountancy and financial management. A member of The Supper Club since 2012, Charlie is passionate about combining profitability with an ethical, values-based approach to leadership and organisational culture.

Adam Ludwin, Chief Visionary Officer, Captify

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Adam is co-founder of advertising technology company, Captify. Founded in 2011, it is the global leader in Search Intelligence, uniquely analysing billions of exclusive searches to empower brands all over the world to make the most informed media and marketing decisions. Captify’s actionable insights play a crucial role for brands such as Apple, American Express, BMW, Unilever and Emirates airlines. A global team of over 190+ across five markets have steered the company to record yoy growth. Adam has led various initiatives to develop millennial talent and leadership including Captify’s Futures Board – a nominated team of eight global Captifiers who have been formed to shape and influence how the business is run. This initiative brings together a spokesperson from every country and department with the co-founders and two of Captify’s investors to pitch new ideas.

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Thursday 21 March, 2019 8.30am

Courthouse Hotel, 335-337 Old Street, London EC1V 9LL