In our series of ‘In conversation with….’ webinars, developed and delivered in partnership with IABM, you will hear from some fantastic women who have made their mark in technology roles within the creative sector.

These webinars are all free to attend, however sign up in advance is essential.

Upcoming webinars

In conversation with Sandy Nasseri, CEO of MelroseINC

Tuesday 20 October | 10:00-11:00 (PST) / 18:00-19:00 (BST)

Following the launch of Rise North America, our Co-Chair Meghan Ross from EditShare will be interviewing Sandy. This session, in partnership with IABM, will also have an introduction to Rise from founder Sadie Groom.

Sandy Nasseri founded, and has been spearheading, the Melrose team since 2003 and has grown MelroseINC from a small startup into a powerhouse WBENC-certified, woman-owned technology company. Melrose now has three distinct divisions servicing customers from independent artists to well-known global brands.

Sandy was an engineer in the military and has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in the media technology sector. In May 2020, her flagship storefront was completely destroyed during the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protests by looters. 

In this session we will discuss:

  • How she grew her company to become an industry leader;
  • Navigating the challenges of 2020 – not only COVID, but also the devastating incidents in May;
  • Her advice on succeeding as a woman in business.

In conversation with Kathy-Anne McManus, Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCXO) and SVP of Avid’s Global Customer Solutions and Services business

Wednesday 4 November | 15:00-16:00 (GMT)

In this lively and interactive webinar, we will be in conversation with Kathy-Anne McManus, who is the Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCXO) and SVP of Avid’s Global Customer Solutions and Services business.

We chat to KAM (as she is also known) about her international career, the challenges she has overcome and what keeps her passionate about the industry. KAM has been an inspiration and a mentor to many women in the media and broadcast community, and this interactive conversation is a unique chance to hear from KAM and also ask her your questions.

In conversation with Emma Keith, Head of Broadcast and National Theatre Live at the National Theatre

Date will be announced.

We talk about the ground-breaking initiative from the National Theatre –  NT Live which broadcasts plays live from the National’s stages to cinemas worldwide. Emma led the National Theatre’s response to the Covid-19 crisis delivering National Theatre at Home, a programme of 16 broadcasts released for free on YouTube and reachinga global audience of 15 million people.

In this conversation, Emma will share more about the impact this has had on the diversifying audiences as well as the state of theatre itself.  At a time when we are hearing tragic news of the impact the pandemic has had on the theatre industry , NT Live is a shining light that has kept theatre alive and at home during this time. 

Previous recordings

In conversation with Margaret Craig

In conversation with Margaret Craig – leading a company in these extraordinary times. 

Margaret Craig has been at the helm of Signiant since 2012 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the broadcast sector. In this session we will discuss; changing business models, how to lead a company whatever size, how patents benefit a product company, and how to transition from a technology background to business leadership roles.

Organised in partnership with IABM.

In conversation with Sarah Asante

Sarah Asante is Commissioning Editor at BBC Comedy. In this session, Sarah is interviewed by Rise board member, Tanya Rai and shares more about her role at the BBC, developing a slate of diverse and exciting short and long form comedy shows – and the challenges of attracting and retaining talent.

She also talks more about her inspirational career path, including jumping from a career in advertising into broadcasting at the age of 30 and the challenges for women working in TV, as well as giving advice for those looking to get in, or get on in a career in the sector.

In conversation with Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson shares more about her experiences as one of the UK’s first female fast jet pilots and her career since leaving the RAF, including as MD of Hickson-Experience from the Front Line.

During this interactive and lively webinar, Mandy explores how to overcome the fear of failure; as well as developing self belief; teamwork, leadership and the empowerment of your team. She also shares more about the importance of decision making under pressure; communication skills and risk taking.

In conversation with Cait O’Riordan from the Financial Times

In this Q&A, Cait O’Riordan, Chief Product & Information Officer at the Financial Times shares more about her impressive career; from hitting a 1m subscription target a year early in her current role at the Financial Times, to previous roles including as VP of Product at Shazam, devising the BBC’s digital strategy for the London 2012 Olympics and previous to that, a career in journalism.

We also explore her about her inspirations, career history and leadership, why so many women in tech have changed careers, and how to build and keep a diverse workforce.

In conversation with Caroline Ewerton from DAZN

Caroline is Head of Operational Delivery at DAZN Group. She shares more about her about her career highlights & challenges to date, including her work at ITV and the DPP. She also explores the future of sports broadcasting. Interviewed by Rise Advisory Board member, Anna Lockwood. Delivered in partnership with the IABM.

In conversation with Sarah Wells & Nayana Shetty from the Financial Times

Rise board member, Tanya Rai interviews Sarah Wells and Nayana Shetty from the Financial Times. Sarah and Nayana share what the culture is like at FT, how diversity plays an important role more specifically within their tech teams and what the Chaos Engineering principle is!

In conversation with Louise Tapia from Take 1

Louise Tapia is CEO of Take 1, a global transcription and captioning services company that works with projects such as Fleabag and Serengeti. Interviewed by Bea Alonso, Louise shares more about her career path and her work as CEO at Take 1; the importance of corporate social responsibility and the challenges of working as a female business leader in a male dominated sector – and encouraging other women in developing their careers.

She also explores more about building networks and business relationships in the ‘new normal’ Covid environment, as well as her top tips for getting in and getting on in the media technology industry.

In conversation with Deepa Shah from Lab Eight

On 9 May we were joined by award-winning Deepa Shah, who shared more about how her career and what it has been like making the transition from working as an experienced leader within a global brand (as CFO within the Omnicon Group and Publicis Sapient’s UK CFO) to launching her own business, Lab Eight. She also shares more about the importance of building good networks and role models.

In conversation with Purminder Gandhu, who is leading innovation at The Edge, BBC

Having been a senior studio director for BBC Radio for 25 years she has taken the bold and exciting step into the world of leading innovation at The Edge, BBC.

Purminder will share more about her career to date, including being chosen for the BBC News Women in Technical Production for 2018-2019, and about leading on diversity and inclusion within her teams.

In conversation with Aradhna Tayal & Ann Charles from Radio TechCon

On 25 May, we caught up with Aradhna Tayal and Ann Charles, freelance radio professionals who run Radio TechCon, the UK radio & audio industry’s leading engineering conference.

Hear more about their fascinating career history, from working at the BBC in engineering and production roles respectively, through to their current consultancy roles. They also be give their top tips for success for those starting out in their careers, or looking to move into radio broadcast engineering. 

Donna Mulvey-Jones, Director of Post Production – Non Fiction, Netflix

On 12 May 2020, we were delighted to be joined by Donna Mulvey-Jones, Director of Post Production – Non Fiction, Netflix, as part of our ‘In Conversation with…’ webinar series.

Interviewed by Nic Kemp, Bethan gives us a candid insight into her career journey to date, including the differences in working culture she’s encountered of moving to the States from the UK for her new role at Netflix.

She also shares more about her current role, the challenges of managing a team and how remote working can have a positive impact on productivity.

Bethan Wilkin – Head of Content Delivery, ITV

On 5 May 2020, we were joined by Bethan Wilkin, who has recently been promoted to Head of Content Delivery at ITV. She leads a busy operational team who restore, transfer and deliver content both within ITV and externally. The team support other broadcasters, production companies, post houses, public sector organisations, archive researchers and private collectors.

During this interview with Tanya Rai, Bethan shares more about how she worked her way up to a senior role, including the challenges she’s faced – and how she overcame them. She also talks more about her article ‘Where are All the Women Working in Tech… the Mother of All Algorithms‘ about the drive for gender diversity across the broadcast tech sector.

Morwen Williams – Head of UK News Operations BBC

The world of news has never moved so fast and broadcasters are having to adapt at pace. Our daily news updates have become completely critical to our health and wellbeing and of course our understanding of the world as we know it.

On 14 April 2020, we were delighted to be joined by Morwen Williams, Head of UK Operations for BBC News as our first ‘In Conversation with…’ interviewee

Morwen gave us a fascinating insight into her career, her current role bringing together journalism and technology, as well as the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to the hectic broadcast newsroom.