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First Scottish gathering for all-women business event

Judy Murray: among the speakers


An all-women business event, WACL Gather, which aims to be a catalyst for female talent in the marketing, advertising and communications industry to achieve their career and life goals, is coming to Scotland for the first time. 

Founded in 1923, WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications, London) provides female leaders with the tools, support and ideas to fast-track their careers, while promoting and accelerating gender equality through inspiration, support and campaigning. 

WACL Gather was first organised in London in 1996, and is an annual sell-out attracting over 400 female leaders from across the sector. 

Pippa Glucklich, president of WACL and CEO of Amplifi UK, part of Dentsu Aegis Network, said: “We are thrilled that WACL Gather is expanding beyond London. The inaugural Scottish Gather will explore how to be a powerful force for change – at work, in your own life and in the wider world.

“The line-up is stellar; it includes some incredible speakers, lively panel discussions, personal stories, practical advice and tips for success, as well as speed mentoring with some of the UK’s most brilliant female leaders.”

Among the speakers is tennis coach Judy Murray – who will be interviewed by sports presenter Jane Dougall – as well as Egyptian athlete and Nike influencer, Manal Rostom. 

The event also features senior business leaders including; Lisa Thomas, Chief Brand Officer, Virgin and incoming President of WACL, the first female Managing Director and Non-Executive Chair of Boots UK Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of Mind Stevie Spring, Ella Dolphin, CEO of Stylist Group, Katie Lee CEO of Lucky Generals, and the UK MD of global change agency NOBL Lauren Currie OBE.

WACL Scotland takes place at the Signet Library, Edinburgh on 19 September. The event has two elements – a senior leaders’ Gather event from 9.30am-5.30pm and a future leaders’ Gathering event from 5.30pm-7.30pm      

The not-for-profit event has been made possible through the generous sponsorship from Barclays, Facebook, ITV, Posterscope, The Guardian, Spotify, Omnicom and Google.  All profits raised from WACL Scotland ticket sales will be donated to the national industry support charity NABS and the Glasgow-based female empowerment charity MsMissMrs.


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