GoCardless, Zendesk and Hubspot Join Netflix, Airbnb and Spotify in Redefining the Future of Business at Leadership Event, Forward

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  • 11.11.2021 01:45 pm
  • Pleo announces new speakers from Zendesk, GoCardless and Hubspot for virtual leadership summit “Forward” to celebrate, challenge and inspire the future of business leadership

  • Forward is a one-day conference featuring 25+ speakers and 15+ sessions focusing on business leadership, product innovation and people management.

Fintech scale-up Pleo, the smart spending solution, continues to strengthen and diversify the speaker roster of its inaugural leadership conference ‘Forward’, taking place Thursday 9th December. Adding to the already 20+ strong list of industry leaders attending Forward, Pleo is now excited to welcome a range of new speakers including; Morten Primdahl, Founder of Zendesk, Ben Knight, Head of Sustainability at GoCardless and Katie Burke, Chief People Officer of Hubspot. 

These experts will join the likes of speakers from Spotify, Netflix, Hopin and Airbnb, to be a part of the digital-first event, bringing together business leaders, industry thought-leaders, academics and futurists for one day to celebrate and discuss the future of business leadership. Other inspirational speakers, including Pen Hadow, Arctic Explorer and Ocean Conservationist, Futurist Ravin Jeusathan and Charlotte Sweeney OBE, Author of Inclusive Leadership, will also explore wider topics related to their personal experiences, and the future role of business within society.

Forward will involve a mixture of keynote talks, fireside chats, panels and curated workshops to address challenges businesses are facing while also looking ahead to a positive future. The digital event will lean into recent and emerging trends across business and leadership – exploring pressing topics such as mental health, diversity inclusion and equity. Other sessions will also reflect on product innovation, and how businesses can implement and build better solutions to support the future workforce.

Pleo is also pleased to announce Nathalie Nahai as the MC for Forward, who will lead the event, set up discussions and address future trends. Nathalie is a Psychologist and Host of the Hive Podcast as well as an international speaker, consultant and author of two books: Business Unusual, and business best-seller Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion. Her work explores the intersection between persuasive technology, ethics and the psychology of online behaviour, with past clients such as Google, Accenture, Unilever and Harvard Business Review, among others.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Pen Hadow, Arctic Explorer and Ocean Conservationist

  • Alex Stephany, CEO of Beam

  • Morten Primdahl, Founder of Zendesk

  • Joi Thailon Ngo Torres, Global Inclusion + Diversity, Expedia

  • Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor and CEO Coach

  • Geoff Mcdonald, Co-founder of Minds@Work, BBC Contributor and Former Global VP of Unilever

  • Marc Mckenna Coles, Diversity, Belonging and Inclusion Lead at Spotify

  • Karen Tobiason, Ex-CPO at Nordea and Phillips, and Author of the Heart Revolution

  • Jessica Neal, Chief Talent Officer at Netflix

  • Reshma Sohoni, Partner at Seedcamp

  • Sarah Manning, VP of People at Hopin

  • Quasar 'Q' Hamirani, Global Head of People Operations at Airbnb

  • Charlotte Sweeney, OBE, Author of Inclusive Leadership

  • Ravin Jeusathan, Futurist, Author and Global Leader of Transformation at Mercer

  • Jeppe Rindom, co-Founder & CEO of Pleo

  • Katie Burke, Chief People Officer, Hubspot

  • Ben Knight, Head of Sustainability, GoCardless

  • Olov Eriksson, Chief Product Officer at Pleo

  • Daniel Illes, Head of People at Vinted

  • Karina Howley, Head of Corporate Citizenship + Diversity, KPMG

  • Nathalie Nahai, Best-selling author and host of The Hive podcast

  • Peter Mulhmann, Founder of Trustpilot

Jeppe Rindom, Co-founder & CEO at Pleo, says:

“At Pleo we’ve seen first-hand how significantly the pandemic impacted our customers over the last two years. But although times have certainly been tough, it's inspiring to hear stories of innovative businesses surmounting challenges and beginning to thrive again in 2021. This is part of the reason we’re incredibly excited to be launching Forward - so we can hear the inspiring stories of leaders and founders, and learn from them to build even stronger foundations for the future of business. We’re looking forward to welcoming attendees from all backgrounds to Forward, and hope it is merely the beginning of an exciting platform for business leadership.

Registration for Forward is now available via the official landing page, here: https://pleo.io/en/forward 

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