Vanessa Vallely OBE is one of the UK’s most well-networked women!
A prominent figure in gender equality, Vanessa often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent.
Vanessa was awarded her OBE in June 2018 for her services to women and the economy.
At the height of her successful 25-year career in the financial services, Vanessa launched the award-winning WeAreTheCity.com in 2008 as a vehicle to help women progress in their careers.
WeAreTheCity.com now has over 120,000 members and provides resources, conferences, awards and jobs to women across the UK.
Furthermore, Vanessa is the founder of the UK wide diversity forum Gender Networks.
Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks) brings together diversity leaders from 85 cross-sector firms to share best practice on a quarterly basis.
Vanessa Vallely is the author of ‘Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World’ which tracks her career and shares 13 chapters of tips to succeed in the workplace.
Over the past twelve years, she has accumulated over 20 industry awards, including Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women Globally and Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs.
In 2015, Vanessa was in GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners.
Vanessa is a regular guest on TV and radio and sits on the Government Digital Services advisory board.
An experienced keynote speaker, Vanessa delivered inspirational presentations for over 500 companies worldwide on a number of topics including:
- The Power of Profile
- The Power of Mentoring
- Speed Networking
- Speed Mentoring
- Career Planning and Goals
Vanessa is also available as a panellist, facilitator and leadership programme host. All talks can be tailored to specific audiences.
Outside of business, Vanessa is the Pearly Queen of The City of London, a tradition that has been in her family for over 100 years. She is an avid charity worker and sits on the board for Cancer Research UK as one of its Women of Influence. Vanessa also sits on the Centenary Action Group founded by Dr Helen Pankhurst CBE.