Karen Blackett


Karen Blackett, UK Country Manager, WPP
A passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace, Karen’s role means she is responsible for over 14,000 colleagues across the UK.

Karen has been instrumental in supporting women in the workplace and changing the face of the UK advertising and media industry. She championed a Women Returners to Work programme with the organisation Successful Mums and also launched Project Blend, which helps people blend work and life to reach their true potential.

At MediaCom, Karen launched Shine4Women as an empowerment training programme for senior women to help them realise their ambitions. Karen also started a new initiative called [email protected], a role model scheme inviting external speaker to share experiences.

Outside of her day job, Karen mentors many people across the industry and further afield and works closely with The Pipeline to prepare the next generation of women for senior management and leadership positions, helping them to develop their personal brand.

Karen is a Trustee for the MOBO Trust, a member of Women in Advertising and Communications London, (WACL) and is an external advisor helping to diversify the Civil Service. She was appointed UK Government’s Race at Work Champion in 2018 and helped launch the Mayor of London’s Our Time initiative, a sponsorship programme to help women progress into senior leadership positions.

Karen is the PM’s Race equality champion, a Non-Exec for the Cabinet Office and a Trustee of the Sussex Royal Foundation. She was named number three in HERoes and Yahoo Finance’s 100 Women Executive 2019 role model list.