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There Is Nothing Like The Royal Air Force

 

I have to say since I founded Serendipity PR and Media, I have had the privilege to meet some inspiring people, attend great gatherings, international travel for client work, speak at events featuring great minds…and I think on Friday 18 March, is one of my best moments. As you can see here, I was delighted to have been photographed with the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the Women in Conversation (WiC) event that I was moderating for Asian Voice newspaper.

It was the first WiC event, after a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, and there is a lot of time to make up for, as since 2019 the work on equal pay for equal work or for more diversity of the boards of companies has been stalled. This WiC event was back, bigger and bolder, with a strong panel that included acclaimed British singer songwriter, Rumer; award winning celebrity jeweller, Sam Ubhi, and Sahera Chohan, a business coach who was a TV presenter. We also heard from Group Captain Joanne Swainston, who spoke about some of the strides that have been made in the RAF towards diversity and inclusion.

The conversation we had struck a chord with the audience, and you always know it is a good event when the questions keep coming.

I think I also need to mention that having the RAF associated with the event was tremendously special. When I mentioned to people prior to the event that the RAF were supporting it, people were immediately in awe and impressed. It reinforced the idea to me how respected, trusted and loved the RAF is to many. Especially in this day and age, when sadly there are few organisations that we can truly say that we trust and hold in high-regard…but the RAF is one such institution.

Book, Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations Shortlisted

This has been a good news week and humbling set against all the devastating news that is happening in Ukraine right now. The book, Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations, which was published in 2021 has been shortlisted by the UK Business Book Awards.

It is such a proud moment for me and the book, for it to be acknowledged and to be shortlisted, alongside a strong list of books and authors.

There are 15 global interviews in this book and I was lucky to interview these brilliant minds, as their wisdom and knowledge makes the book. I was also incredibly lucky to have environmental journalist, Lucy Siegle write the foreword for the book, which gives it context.

When I was writing the book, we were going into a global pandemic and I had no idea at that time, how much the pandemic would influence the book. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and put it high on the agenda for all types of businesses and sectors. Now more than ever, it is important for all organisations to have authentic CSR at the heart of both their business strategy and brand.

There is also a special chapter on India within the book, which for me is an important part of the book because we can learn so much from the East. In this chapter, I have interviewed an Indian Yogi, who talks about CSR and mindset, and that CSR is a shift in thinking for all entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business leaders, across all sectors and regions.

On a personal note, this book has been an achievement, because when writing it, I had just lost my mum. At that time I had this block in my head, where the words did not make sense. I now realise, that I was writing through grief.

I feel like a winner, and I have no fingers crossed. My hope now is that more people buy the book so that we can make the changes that this planet so desperately needs.

 

Chartered Institute of Marketing -CIM – Sustainability Summit, 31 March, London

 

Spring has sprung and we are re-emerging from this global pandemic, which means real-life events are back with a wonderful bang! Between March and April, I have a few events coming up, including this Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Sustainability Summit on 31 March in London.

The number of challenges we face is overwhelming at the moment. However, the environmental challenge (the biggest challenge) is one we can ALL do something about both individually and collectively.

If you want to:

  • Learn more about how you can become carbon literate, why it is so important, and the opportunities it brings?
  • Dive into and explore and understand the circular economy?
  • Hear all about the importance of effective communication, how to talk about sustainability, the power of authentic storytelling and the significant role marketing has in changing the course we are on?
  • Find out what initiatives and solutions are out there to support you and your business on your sustainability journey, no matter what point you are at?

Then come along to CIM | The Chartered Institute of Marketing which has a host of amazing people – Sue Fennessy, James George, Michelle Carvill – MA, FCIM, Author, Emily Laws, John Grant, Helen Hepworth FCIM, Phil Korbel, Jennifer Wilson, Purpose Disruptors (with more names to be announced) all eager to share and drive change for a better future.

Come and ask questions, get involved in discussions, and most importantly grow your sustainability network to help support you and your business moving forward. For more information and to book click here – https://bit.ly/35GkIAE

We all need to drive change for a better future. The United Nations climate panel warned us on 28 February in its major new report that it released, that climate change is upon us and humanity is far from ready,

Shortlisted for Women in Marketing 2022 Awards: Storyteller of The Year

Well, am over the moon to let you all know that I have been shortlisted for this year’s Women in Marketing (WiM) Awards, in the category of Wim Storyteller of The Year, which recognizes my corporate social responsibility, climate change, and sustainability interviews and news pieces that I have been writing over the years.

This year’s WiM Awards are entitled, Hope, Humanity & Healing and it is extra special as is back after a two-year hiatus.

It is such a great feeling to be shortlisted, especially, as my work has been valued by a panel of judges. It has made all those moments of hustling, chasing those interviews, being away from home…worth it!

The Awards take place on 2 March, so fingers crossed till then!

Goodbye 2021 and Happy New Year

Well, I have not written anything for a long time here and apologies for that, but the latter part of the year became extraordinarily busy with client work, book work and teaching. By the time December arrived, there was still no sign of things slowing down. Christmas suddenly had arrived, and a few days before Christmas eve, I decided to down tools till January arrived, otherwise, I knew I would completely miss out on the feeling of Christmas that I love.

Serendipity PR was featured in the Women of the City Magazine, which was such a coup and helped create lots of book and business opportunities.

One of the highlights of 2021, was that I attended COP26, where I was in the blue zone with the world leaders. I managed to hustle and get into the opening session with Sir David Attenborough, Prince Charles, and other world leaders. It was an incredible and lasting experience. I also had the unexpected moment to meet Prime Minister Modi and have my photo taken with him!

COP26 itself was very chaotic, frenetic, and disorganised. But amid all this noise, there was an underlined message, that kept cropping up at the World Leaders plenary sessions and at the fringes, which is this – all businesses have an important role to play in helping to shift the climate change needle within the next ten years. World leaders acknowledged that there are businesses with more wealth and resources than most governments, who can invest in finding new technologies and renewable energies to fight climate change and these businesses needed a seat at the table. Along with the big businesses, the world leaders also spoke about how it was important for small businesses to have authentic corporate social responsibility, which proved to me how relevant and important my book is – Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations.

At Serendipity PR, we had the opportunity to work on some fabulous client projects, which included working on the curry awards again for the third year running, which is always a joy to be able to champion the best curry houses on our high streets. In other client work, we not only managed to generate 52 pieces of international coverage for Constructive Voices but also helped to create new business opportunities by creating relevant media partnerships.

There have been lots of good things that happened this year, despite living parts of the year in lockdown with limited travel. It has been a kinder year, which has sown seeds for new things in 2022.

Happy New Year All!

 

Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations – Now in the US

Irish Tech News Podcast

 

My latest book, Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations has been so well received and am thrilled to say that award-winning podcast platform, Irish Tech News has enjoyed the book and offered me to run a mini podcast series focused around the topic of the book, which is corporate social responsibility and sustainable business news.  I have done eight podcasts, which are a variety voices of people within my book and some new ones.

Each conversation tells a story and I have interviewed business leaders and change makers who are doing wonderful things from learning about the stories that bees tell us to the clowns making children laugh in refugee camps; to food waste and fashion;  animalltea, a brew that is empowering endangered animals story to artificial intelligence doing good, and so much more. You can have listen to all these podcasts and the all the other great content at Irish Tech News.

In The Top 15 Women Influencers in PR & Comms And In The Top 100 Of The PR Influencer Index

 

 

There’s nothing like a good surprise and finding out that I had made the PR Influencer Index was certainly a good one; am in the top 100 at number 25! It feels good to be up there with my peers and to be recognised for the work Serendipity PR & Media does. Plus, I also made it in the Top 15 Women Influencers in PR & Comms, am at number 10!

A little about  – The PR Influencer Index, is by Commetric, which uses an influencer mapping methodology and human analyst expertise to identify social media influencers working in PR & Communications. The Index is based on both quantitative and qualitative evaluation of English language Twitter data.

We Are The City

 

Every now and again wonderful opportunities come our way and about a few weeks ago, I was approached by the very talented Ashish Bhardwaj, who is based in New Delhi and writes for the platform ‘We Are The City’ – a news platform that supports what the it calls the ‘female pipeline’. Ashish asked if he could do a Q&A with me, and of course I said yes! I was thrilled to be on an Indian news platform that supports women; it was a huge honour.

Ashish one of those rare people who works tirelessly to connect with and interview Indian women across India and abroad; he is proud to actively be involved in empowering Indian women.

Here is the piece that was recently published, that has been well received. I hope you enjoy reading it and finding out more about me, the person behind Serendipity PR & Media and here is the piece that I am very proud of…