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Karen Blackett Visits Ashmole Academy 

Karen Blackett OBE, the Chief Executive Officer of MediaCom, visits Ashmole Academy 

It was a pleasure for us to meet Karen Blackett OBE, the Chief Executive Officer of MediaCom and first business woman to top the ‘top 100 power list’, and gain an insight into the industry of media and advertising. Karen gave us some very useful advice during her talk for ‘Speakers for Schools’ about university, work experience and the importance of being a dedicated opportunist in life. She also stressed the importance of diversity in the environment which she works in and said that she wants ‘an assemble of avengers with all sorts of superpowers’ in her team. She answered a variety of questions from our students including what sorts of challenges she faced to do with her race and gender or general challenges in the competitive media industry. Karen also spoke about her experiences of advertising around the world and the differences she noticed between each country, particularly to do with how certain forms of media are more effective than others depending on the audience. Karen is an incredible business woman and inspiration to many of us due to her ability to challenge stereotypes and become top of her field.

Sophia Karydis