Disruptive Leadership

future Leaders Monday

Start Date: 11 Nov 2019

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:30 PM

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Venue: CMI Offices , 77 Kingsway , London , WC2B 6SR › View map

Students price: £8.00

Admission price: £10.00

Event Capacity: Full

Future Leaders Festival 2019 is a week dedicated to championing the leaders of tomorrow. We’ll be shining a spotlight on leaders who have the skills, knowledge and courage to be change-makers.

Hear Political Activist and writer, Gina Martin and Co-Founder of tech start up and apprenticeship provider WhiteHat, Sophie Adelman talk about what disruptive leadership means to them and what Future Leaders can learn from their differing experiences of disrupting the status quo. We’ll also hear from one of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices, Alexia Lovell, who is currently studying on a new degree programme for the Third and Charitable sector at Queen Mary University, London. The speakers at our opening event will share their top tips for starting out on the journey to lead change before taking questions and networking with attendees. 

The event will be hosted by Robert Baker, Leader of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for the International Region at Mercer, the leading global human resources consulting firm.



Gina Martin

In February 2019, Gina's eighteen-month campaign to make upskirting a sexual offence in England and Wales was successful and The Voyeurism Act was passed into law. In 2018 Gina was named ‘One to Watch’ by Cosmopolitan and named one of PORTER’s Incredible Women of the Year.
She won Equality Champion of the Year at the Stylist magazine Remarkable Women Awards, shortly after being crowned Cosmopolitan’s Change Maker of the Year 2019. This year, Gina also published her debut book ‘Be The Change: A toolkit for the activist in you.'


Sophie Adelman

Sophie is Co-Founder and President of WhiteHat, a tech scaleup on a mission to create a diverse group of future leaders. They are doing this by building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships. WhiteHat focuses on three core area; giving employers a framework for measuring potential outside of academics and work experience through their platform; bringing incredible content from around the world into applied learning programmes; growing an apprentice community to enable young people to build social capital and strong professional networks. In the UK, WhiteHat is at the forefront of enabling companies to hire and train a diverse group of future leaders in the technical skills they need.

Prior to joining WhiteHat, Sophie was Head of EMEA Sales at Hired (www.hired.com), a US tech startup that has a marketplace approach to recruiting focusing on technical talent. Sophie joined Hired as General Manager UK, with responsibility for all sales, candidate management and operations, and then managed the integration of a French startup acquisition before taking on the Head of Sales position. Previously Sophie worked for Lord Jacob Rothschild at RIT Capital focusing on Strategic Investments, including the venture portfolio, and as an Associate Consultant at Egon Zehnder International. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in Debt Capital Markets.


Robert Baker

Robert (Rob) Baker is the Leader of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for the International Region at Mercer, the leading global human resources consulting firm. Based in London, but part of a global team, he and his colleagues help organisations build the diverse and inclusive cultures, workplaces and workforces they need to meet the key business challenges of disruption, innovation and growth.
Rob is a thought leader on diversity & inclusion and on engaging men to support gender equality: at work, at home and in all aspects of life. In recognition of his achievements in supporting women in the workplace, he was named an Agent of Change 2019 by Management Today.
Rob is past Co-President of PWN Global, a major global women’s network. In this role he shared the leadership of the Global Board and worked with global partners and local PWN City Networks to help drive gender balance.
Rob has spoken at numerous conferences and has contributed to many publications and blogs on the importance of balanced leadership. Rob also speaks widely on talent trends, innovation and the future of work, including the importance of engaging all employees in the workplace and getting the best from the multi- generational workforce.

Alexia Lovell

Alexia Lovell

Alexia Lovell is a Degree Apprentice working at the Prince's Trust and studying at Queen Mary University of London since September 2019. An aspiring future leader, believing in strong social change and justice and the importance of youth voice in solving today's complex problems. The alternative route of the degree apprenticeship gives her both the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which links closely with the theoretical studies at University whilst also earning her a valued CMI status and gaining priceless life skills.


  • Evening event
  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to CMI Events at cmievents@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207485.

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