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Uncomfortable Conversations | Is an uncertain future good for business?

In Partnership with Publicis Groupe UK

Central London, 17 July, 8:30am to 10:30am

Join us for our latest Uncomfortable Conversations event, "Is an uncertain future good for business?" in partnership with Publicis Groupe UK.

In 2024, the only thing marketers can still be certain of is uncertainty. The global pandemic may be over, but it has left behind a state of perma-crisis: one defined by political upheaval, international conflict, and economic turmoil. This constant turbulence has left many of us struggling to keep our teams, brands and businesses afloat. But could all this unforeseen disruption also inspire some surprising silver linings? Join us for a stimulating breakfast session, featuring Leo Burnett’s research platform, Pop Pulse, and discover what those silver linings might be.

We'll be joined by thought-provoking marketers to discuss if and how brands can now triumph through this turbulence. Can they lean into the leadership vacuum? Is now the time to develop radical new ways to operate? To carve out competitive advantage and steal a march? Or is planning just wasted time?

Is your brand surrounded by crisis or opportunity? Decide for yourselves.

Hosted by The Marketing Society board member and fellow Alison Orsi - joining us for this session is Tom Sussman, Deputy CSO at Leo Burnett, Mark Sandys Chief Innovation Officer for Diageo and Victoria Fox CEO of AAR.

Our Uncomfortable Conversation series aims to create comfortable spaces to have honest conversations, bringing together our powerful and influential network to share challenges in an open environment. Where we spark provocative debate, encourage our speakers and guests to step outside their comfort zone, and push boundaries. As an industry, we far too often just scratch the surface of problems so we aim to delve deeper into everyday business challenges.


Date: Wednesday 17 July

Time: 8.30 - 10.30am

Venue: The Pregnant Man, 40 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1JA


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Alison Orsi

Consultant, Advisor and Executive Coach; Former CMO IBM EMEA

Tom Sussman

Deputy Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett

Mark Sandys

Chief Innovation Officer, Diageo


Central London
Dress code
Smart Casual