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Previous events


Drinks and talk on the journey to CEO

Thurs 12 Oct 2023, 6-8pm

In person

With guest talks from​

  • Ella D’Amato (CEO of QRTD)

  • Maria Raga (former CEO of Depop)

 Generative AI:
6 months in 

Thurs 14 Sept 2023, 5-6pm

Zoom call

  • How much is your business using Generative AI already?

  • What are other businesses doing so far?

  • Are you moving fast enough? 

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Keeping the energy up in tough economic times

Thurs 20 July 2023, 5-6pm

Zoom call

  • Does it feel like you and/or your team is running on empty after so long in a difficult market?

  • How do you bring the energy to your organisation?

  • Is it the leader's job to energise everyone else or are there things you can do to get your direct reports or team involved in a mindset shift?

  • And how do you re-energise yourself?

Building your 10 year career plan

Thurs 27 July 2023, 5-6pm

Zoom call

  • Studies show people who make future plans achieve more...

  • But how do you plan your career?

  • Come and get some food for thought to mull over on the beach this Summer

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Joining Boards

With Dawn Airey
Chair of Women's Football Association, Chair of National Youth Theatre, NED at Channel 4, Blackbird plc and Grosvenor Estates

Wed 21st June 2023 5-6pm

Zoom call (details by email)

  • Hear from experienced Chairs and NEDs

  • What makes a good Non-exec Director?

  • What does a Chair look for in a NED?

  • How to think about your first NED role

How to keep developing yourself

 Fri 2 June 2023 9-10am

Zoom call (details by email)

  • Reading, coaches, mentors, feedback - how do leaders carry on developing themselves and what actually works?

  • Have you thought about getting a coach or finding a mentor? Have you had a good or bad experience with either? Does your team give you honest feedback?

  • Does your Board give you useful feedback? Do you read on leadership? Have you tried a course? Please come and share, so we can all learn

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Your leadership career
Meet the WITSEND group

Zoom call (details by email)

 Thurs 25 May 2023 5-6pm (UK)

  • How do you think about your career as a leader?

  • Compare notes with other leaders

  • Hear from the WITSEND founders

  • Meet your WITSEND group

The founder journey

 Thurs 18 May 2023 6-8pm

In person - Farringdon

  • Hear from founders in the WITSEND Community about their journey from initial idea through fundraising and growth to exit

  • Speakers include Louise Hill, co-founder and COO of Fintech firm Go-Henry, which announced its sale to US-based Acorns in April 2023

  • Small group event (up to 20) for Founder-CEOs to meet and compare notes 

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Holding people accountable

Fri 21 April 2023 9-10am


  • Successfully holding people accountable is critical in creating a high performance team but HOW is this best done? 

  • A chance to swap notes and discuss different methods to hold your direct reports and peers accountable to achieve outcomes at work

  • What actions, processes, meetings and/or conversations do different personality types use to create accountability - and what works?


Fri 31 March 2023 9-10am

  • WITSEND's best-loved format

  • Meet WITSEND members one on one in 9 minute slots to build your network and get some inspiration over coffee on a Friday morning

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Generative AI

Fri 17 March 2023 9-10am

  • Introduction to content-generating, human-inspired artificial intelligence tools such as OpenAI's Chat GPT and Google's Bard

  • Learn from true experts in the field 

  • Discussion on use cases, possibilities and limitations

  • Implications for business leaders, the future of consumer experience, marketing and the digital industry more generally 

How to find your next role

Thu 23 Feb 2023 5-6pm

  • With special guest Clare Johnston from The Up Group

  • Comparing notes and sharing tips and expertise on how to find your next role (exec or NED)

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