Karen Blackett

President of WPP UK, Former CEO of GroupM UK, Former Chairperson of MediaCom UK, Founding Trustee of the Black Equity Organisation & Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth





Karen Blackett received a 4.5 star rating across 7 events in 2023

Operations Director

"Karen Blackett is an inspiring keynote speaker on advertising and business. A pioneering media mogul, her transformational talks draw on her journey to the top, advocating for women's rights and diversity. As a prominent black businesswoman, her expertise and leadership have paved the way for others to succeed. Highly recommended!"

How to hire Karen Blackett

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Karen Blackett's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Influence & Leadership - Creating an Exceptional Culture
  • Unlocking & Understanding the Consumer
  • World Class Leadership
  • Future-Proofing Your Business in the 21st Century - Talent is Everywhere, Opportunity is Not

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Karen is an impressive force to be reckoned with. She's strategically sound, insightful, talented and an absolute joy to work with" - Shirley

  • 2024 - Keynote Speaker at WACL Festival of Talent
  • 2022 - Founding Trustee of Black Equity Organisation
  • 2022 - Non-Executive Director of Diageo Plc
  • 2022 - President of WPP UK
  • 2020 - GroupM UK CEO
  • 2018 - Appointed Race Equality Business Champion by the Prime Minister as part of the Race at Work Charter
  • 2018 - Country Manager of WPP
  • 2017 - Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth
  • 2016 - Chairperson of MediaCom UK 
  • 2015 - Named on the BBC Radio 4 Woman's Houe Power List of the Top Ten Influencers
  • 2015 - First businesswoman to top the Powerlist
  • 2014 - Appointed OBE for Services to Media & Communications
  • 2012 - Launched the Apprenticeship Scheme at MediaCom
  • 2011 - CEO UK of MediaCom
  • 2008 - Chief Operations Director of EMEA for MediaCom
  • 2005 - Named as one of the 35 Most Powerful Women Under 35 in the UK by Management Today
  • 2003 - Named as one of the 35 Most Powerful Women Under 35 in the UK by Management Today
  • Named as one of the UK's 100 Most Influential Black Women five times
  • Former DIT Business Ambassador for No.10
  • Non-Executive of Creative England, The MOBO Trust & The Creative Industry Federation