Lauralee Whyte and Ally Owen on inclusion, diversity washing, deaf rave DJs, and the future of work

From the future of work and championing diverse and inclusive talent to deaf rave DJs and leading on change

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Lauralee Whyte and Ally Owen on inclusion, diversity washing, deaf rave DJs, and the future of work
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For this latest MediaCat Magazine podcast our Editor, Mike Piggott, spoke to Lauralee Whyte and Ally Owen about a great many things, including brand diversity and inclusion washing, working from home, the future of work and the great resignation, the marketing and advertising industry’s diversity problem, keeping hold of talent, what industry trends they’ve been seeing in recent months, plus highlighting some of the talented people on Brixton Finishing School’s and Spectrum’s books, such as Troi Lee, founder of Deaf Rave.


Lauralee is a speaker and talent specialist, an equality, diversity and inclusion champion, the founder of Spectrum Speakers, and one of The Dots’ 100 Black trailblazers redefining the industry in 2021. She was also shortlisted for the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award 2022.

Ally’s the founder of Brixton Finishing School, AdCademy and Visible Start and was one of Ad Age’s Woman To Watch In Europe 2020. She’s also winner of The Media Leader Judge’s Special Choice Award 2022 and the Future is Female Advertising Week Europe 2022.

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The ADcademy NSQ podcast with Pricilla Britton

Featured image: Troi Lee, founder of Deaf Rave

Mike Piggott

Mike is Executive Editor at MediaCat Magazine. For eight years (2013 to 2020) he shaped and led The Marketing Society’s editorial, digital and content strategy, working with CMOs, marketing directors, CEOs, authors, and heads of strategy to produce culturally relevant content that resonates with business leaders worldwide. Near the end of 2021 he joined MediaCat Magazine. On the side he's a screenwriter, spoken word poet, film and TV blogger and music critic. He also once came second in a Creative Review competition to rewrite Trainspotting's famous 'choose life' speech.

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