Mini-Squawk: Dan Saxby and Shannie Mears, Co-founders, The Elephant Room

The independent creative agency has been specifically set up to address the industry's elephant in the room - Diversity

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Dan and Shannie call their agency model 'inclusion by design' whereby they actively reach out to and engage with and recruit underrepresented communities.

Circumstances have meant it's been a hard year for them as an independent and a relatively new agency but equally, other circumstances around Black Lives Matter have meant that they're at the front of the debate.

For Shannie, it's frustrating that it's taken a tragedy to get people and businesses to commit to change, but now is the time for the industry to do some raw, committed work towards better diversity and inclusion.

Accessibility is one of the biggest challenge for the industry, and Shannie has developed 'The Guest List' talent forum and 'Creative Storytellers' event series to address this.

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Suki Thompson

Founder / Chair, Oystercatchers

Suki Thompson is an entrepreneur and transformational business leader. She is CEO and co-founder of Oystercatchers and part of the Centaur management team where she is helping lead Centaur Media, the UK’s leading B2B media publisher, through a journey of transformation anchored in the ability to advise, inform and connect. Suki leads the strategic development of Oystercatchers and is the driving force behind the proprietary evaluation model Optimise™. She works with businesses on transformational change and is part of the team commercialising the ‘M3 model’ bringing marketing and digital together. Suki is also passionate about capability and learning.

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