Rachel Clarke is a doctor, campaigner and bestselling writer. She started off as a TV journalist, making documentaries about subjects ranging from the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She retrained as a doctor in her late twenties and is now a palliative care doctor and a passionate campaigner for the NHS. She has written three bestselling books: Your Life in My Hands, Dear Life and Breathtaking, an account of working at the Covid frontline. In this podcast, she talks about truth, beauty and humour - yes, even in a pandemic
Julia Hobsbawm is an entrepreneur, writer and expert on connectedness in the machine age. She founded the network and media business Editorial Intelligence and the Social Capital Network for BAME professionals and was awarded an OBE for services to business in 2015. Her books include Fully Connected and The Simplicity Principle, which won two awards and is also a podcast and self-help brand. Julia is Chair of the Demos Workshift Commsission, a speaker on social health and a regular guest on Sky News. She talks about connection, the importance of generosity and what she learnt from her Grandma Lily’s salons.
Douglas Board is a leadership and career coach and a senior research fellow at the former Cass Business School. He was a senior civil servant and a headhunter before embarking on a portfolio career as a writer, coach and board member. He has been Chair of the Refugee Council, treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and is currently on the Queen’s Counsel selection panel. He has written two research books on leadership and two satirical novels, MBA and Time of Lies. His new book, Elites asks: can you rise to the top without losing your soul?
Guvna B is a multi-award-winning rapper, author and broadcaster. He has released 10 albums, including Secret World, Hands are Made for Working and Everywhere + Nowhere. He has won two MOBO Awards, three Urban Music Awards and presented documentaries on radio and TV. He has also published two books: Unpopular Culture and Unspoken. Guvna B, whose real name is Isaac Borquaye, talks about toxic masculinity, dealing with rejection and what he has learnt about success.
Sarah Churchwell is Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London. She's an expert in 20th-century American literature, culture and history and has written four highly acclaimed books: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, What Americans Like, Careless People and Behold America. She writes for newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, is a regular guest on TV and radio and has judged the Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She talks about the return of the expert, the power of scholarship and how to fight falsehood and fascism in a pandemic.
Harriet Minter is a journalist, speaker, broadcaster and coach. The founder of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership initiative, she has written about leadership, diversity and the future of work for publications ranging from The Times to Marie Claire and Psychologies. She presents Badasswomen’s Hour for Talk Radio, has given two Ted X talks and currently has two new books out, Great Ted Talks Leadership: An Unofficial Guide to Words of Wisdom from 100 TED Speakers and WFH: How to Build a Career You Love When You’re Not in the Office. She talks about how to work out what you really want and how to build your brand, even when the idea of it makes you wince.
Ayesha Hazarika is a broadcaster, journalist, political commentator and award-winning stand up comedian. She was a Labour Party special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. She now presents her own show on Times Radio, is a columnist for the Evening Standard, the Scotsman and the i paper and a regular guest on TV and radio shows ranging from The Andrew Marr Show to Have I Got News for You. Her first book, Punch and Judy Politics was one of the top ten bestselling political books of 2018. Ayesha was awarded an MBE in 2016. She talks about politics, comedy, power - and finding joy at work.
Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, author and host of the chart-topping podcast, You’re Booked. She has written two highly acclaimed works of non-fiction, How To Be A Grown Up and The Sisterhood, has written for almost every national newspaper and magazine and has been an agony aunt for Grazia and a columnist for The Pool. Her first novel, Insatiable, is a sizzling, funny, tender portrayal of lust and the search for love. She talks about millennials and money, desire in a time of "Me Too", mental health in a pandemic and owning ambition.
David Bodanis is a bestselling author, speaker, futurist and polymath. His books include E = mc2, which was translated into 24 languages and made into a ballet, Electric Universe, Passionate Minds and The Art of Fairness. He has been a popular speaker at Davos and big corporates and for many years taught the “Intellectual toolkit” course at Oxford. He talks about how to write a bestseller - and how nice guys (and girls) can win.
Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian, TV and radio presenter, executive coach and one-woman powerhouse. She's the host of the chart-topping podcast, How to Own the Room, which is also a bestselling book and has published two literary self-help books, The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature and Au Revoir Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature. Her new book, Lift As You Climb explores the challenges and joys of combining generosity with ambition. She talks about money, power and finding fun at work - yes, even now.