Honest Talks: Leadership in 2020

H onest Talks with Fourth Day is back with Leadership in 2020 – a discussion which explores the big issues impacting business leaders today.

A space for open conversation, Honest Talks offers you the chance to explore ideas with others, without fear of condemnation.

The intention of Honest Talks is to facilitate free flowing conversation – with our panellists and compère leading a discussion rather than dominating the debate. We’ll be taking our in-person meet-up online, with limited tickets to maintain the intimate feel of previous events.

Honest Talks: Leadership in 2020 will discuss how a business leader can be an effective figurehead in 2020; the challenges presented by Covid-19; when being a public figure is essential and when it’s best for a business to build a reputation beyond one individual.

Whether you’re a business owner, your own boss or an employee, we’ll be asking about the importance of leadership in turbulent times and how you’ve been affected. How has the pandemic altered your leadership style? What have the challenges been? When should business leaders speak out? Is there ever a time when it’s okay to say nothing?

Fourth Day PR has gathered a panel with a range of viewpoints to stimulate a lively discussion. We invite attendees to join us on July 22nd at 4pm.


Diana Xhumari, chief executive, Tegeria – CEO of Tegeria, a successful global tech company, Diana leads a team of talented tech experts with wide ranging knowledge in different areas. Having faced great economic, political and social struggles, born and educated in a time and country which didn’t celebrate youth, women or ambition, Diana has overcome huge adversity on her journey to success. She is now an inspiring leader, not only committed to supporting clients on their own success journey, but also providing opportunities for young people.

Henri Murison, director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership – as its first permanent Director, Henri has established the Northern Powerhouse Partnership as the business led organisation which convenes the North together. From securing further investment to guarantee HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail would work together as an integrated high speed network, to challenging for a better deal for the most disadvantaged from the education system, his team are focused on how government, business and partners can drive the North’s ambitions.

Olive Strachan MBE – Global business woman, entrepreneur and founder of Olive Strachan Resources, ex chair of CIPD and CIPD fellow, Olive has spent over 20 years developing managers and leaders across the world. Awarded an MBE in 2019, she was named as a Northern Power Woman in 2020 and is an Ambassador for Women of the Year 2020.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive, Manchester Pride – Mark has worked with Manchester Pride since 2004. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall management of the charity and its activities. He leads the charity’s most successful team to date as it focuses on delivering Manchester’s Annual LGBT celebrations, as well as raising the profile and reach of one of the UK’s largest LGBT charities.

Rupert Cornford – Our event compere, Rupert is an experienced event host and journalist. He is a director of Story Publishing, which produces editorial and audio content for businesses. A former editor at North West Business Insider in Manchester, he has also worked in business psychology and runs workshops on storytelling and communication.

Register via Eventbrite here.

Attendees will receive joining instructions ahead of the event.

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