Each week, our colleague Maria Franzoni invites one of our keynote speakers to discuss their life, work, current projects and passions. We hope that hearing more about them will allow you to get a better understanding of who they are.
My guest this week has been recognised world-over for five decades as one of the world’s most influential lifestyle experts, predicting and creating societal, business and consumer trends; initiating and promoting major events such as London Fashion Week and Green Consumer Week as well as advising major corporations including McDonalds, Tesco, HSBC and Next on women’s engagement.
She is the creator of B.Hive, the world’s first women’s business club in partnership with Regus; was Chair of Viva women’s radio and put on the UK’s first women’s festival, What Women Want and founded SEED, the women’s leadership platform based on her global best-seller, The SEED Handbook, the feminine way to do business. As well as having written several women’s leadership books she also ran her successful US-based new marketing agency, GlobalFusion, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2018, she received an OBE for her contribution to business, fashion and women’s empowerment.
Please welcome Lynne Franks
Lynne Franks – Guest
Throughout Lynne’s long and successful career, she has influenced awareness of many societal shifts and trends both in the UK and internationally. She positioned the UK as a world fashion leader by initiating London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards. Her wide breadth of influence in the business world includes developing McDonald’s UK women’s leadership network; working with Tesco on engaging their women customers through media partnerships; launching high fashion home shopping with NEXT and motivating the public towards responsible consumerism when advocating John Elkington’s trailblazing Green Consumer Week. Lynne also initiated a wide diversity of awareness campaigns for social causes including the creation of Fashion Cares, taken over by Mac Cosmetics to become the world’s biggest fundraiser for HIV/Aids, working with Amnesty International on global awareness of human rights through music and collaborating with Bob Geldof and Harvey Goldsmith on the production of Fashion Aid at the Albert Hall.
Maria Franzoni – Host
Maria Franzoni is one of the most experienced speaker bookers in Europe and a recognised speaking industry expert. She has been a part of the London Speaker Bureau since 2000 & is the founder of MFL, a licensed office of London Speaker Bureau.
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