Carol Mackay, Nancy Bugeja, Amber Bonney

Until there are more female names on the door

Until there are more female names on the doorCarol Mackay, Nancy Bugeja, Amber Bonney
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Until there are more female names on the doorCarol Mackay, Nancy Bugeja, Amber Bonney

There is much research and many stats around the lack of female business ownership. Nancy, Amber and I are the voices behind the stats – we’ve all co-founded and run sustainable creative businesses employing many other designers. I think we have stories worth sharing.

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Another IWD has come and gone. Rather than go back to business as usual, we say it should Never Not be International Women’s Day. Welcome to a mind-changing, bias-ridding, downright mutinous loop of ideas and musings from women in the creative and associated industries everywhere that will run 24/7/365 on a loop forever, or until...we don’t need to talk about it anymore.

If the last couple of years have taught us one thing, women are still a long way from equality and equity. Globally, women bore the brunt of the physical, emotional and financial impacts of the pandemic with their livelihoods affected at almost twice the rate of men.

As International Women’s Day passes, we say enough really is f*cking enough.

Enough of our stoicism. Enough of our patience. Enough of the injustice. It will be Never Not International Women’s Day until all women including women of colour, women with disabilities, and queer or trans women, stop being penalised for being women.

Enough really is f*cking enough

So why didn’t we just call this “Always International Women’s Day”? In the spirit of Never not Creative we thought it should be Never Not International Women’s Day. Not just ‘another’ event. Never just another event. Instead an event that won’t go away until… it’s redundant. The idea grew into a never-stopping, continuous and ever-updating loop that will be live forever for you to tune into no matter where you are or what time it is across the world. So that was it.

The only decision left to make was who to invite, and when to launch. The day after Never Not International Women’s Day seemed fitting, and the speakers… well you can see for yourself. Identify as a man? You’re a biiiiig part of the solution, so you’re in there as well. Help us out and get other male eyeballs on this content.

If you’d like to submit a talk, or indeed a Pecha Kucha, poem, song, rant, meme or something that fills in your own personal blank around “It should Never Not be International Women’s Day until…”, share your idea here.

Our Speakers

Tanarra Schneider

Tanarra is a Managing Director at Accenture Interactive, leading Design in the Midwest. Over her 20+ year career, she’s designed everything from corporate education programs to healthcare apps to business models, both as a consultant and as a member of “in-house” design teams. ​Tanarra is a product of a very eclectic background. She’s been a dancer, cook, event planner, designer and — most recently — a mother.

Tea Uglow

TL Uglow ('Tea') is Creative Director for Google's Creative Lab in Sydney. She works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the space between technology and the arts and what can happen where they intersect. Tea has a history in the arts, a love of literature, and a problem with staying focused. She speaks graphics geek, a bit of web‑dev, some Python, a touch of digital strategy, remedial project management, and really bad French. In May 2018 Tea was celebrated as one of Australia's #OUT50 LGBTQ Leaders by Deloitte and in the same month Editions at Play was awarded a Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award.

Jess Gosling

Jess Gosling is a UK Civil Servant, an Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Academic & International Strategy / Culture / Diversity / Leadership Consultant. Named 27th in the Top 100 Women Future Leaders 2020, Jess has consistently strived to bridge the gap between culture, diplomacy and innovation. Last year she began her PhD in interdisciplinary thinking, focusing on how soft power is understood, what metrics we use and how successful it is as a term. In January 2021, Jess launched Gosling & Co. to challenge the perceptions around self-promotion, unconscious biases and imposter syndrome facing women and under-represented groups.

Jane Duru

Jane is a writer and editor with over 15 years’ experience in branding and journalism, working across Sydney and London. Jane is passionate about bringing verbal identity to life in distinctive, creative and compelling ways. She believes by bringing a strategic and creative lens to design, we can create the blueprints for how brands use language to communicate. Her work has been recognised and awarded by D&AD, AGDA and The Best awards.

Sumita Maharaj

Sumita is a senior designer with over a decade of experience in broadcast, advertising and design. For Sumita, brands are living, breathing entities. Her approach to design stems from a belief that we live in a dynamic, motion-first world. Her diverse experience and hands-on approach to creativity equips her with the agency to lead cross-functional design projects large and small.

Nicola Mansfield

Over her career, Nicola has pioneered numerous agency services for customer experience, retail strategy, workplace strategy and brand for place. She has built offerings in professional service consultancies, led agencies, created client-side brand functions and founded startups. She has worked across most sectors including place, retail, property and financial. She has worked extensively in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Gabby Lord

Gabby Lord is a small human with a boss surname. More importantly, she’s an Australian designer and art director who has achieved great things wherever she has been across the world. From Australia to Germany, the US and beyond. She is now the Co-Founder of Super Keen Studio with Lauren Wong.

Lauren Wong

Living and working in New York, Lauren is a BIPOC and female-identifying brand strategy leader with deep experience in brand strategy, design research, innovation strategy, and trends analysis. Lauren has a passion for building brands with and for historically excluded founders/communities. She is now the Co-Founder of Super Keen Studio with Gabby Lord.

Alex Skougarevskaya

Alex is a pragmatic design leader and juggler of life (featuring three small children and a dog, Frida) who loves organized chaos and systemic thinking. She was a founding member of the Atlassian Design System and is currently redefining the future of work for Confluence, Atlassian's remote collaborative workspace product for all teams.

Andy Polaine

Dr. Andy Polaine is a designer, educator, coach and writer who helps clients build and grow their own design and innovation capability, transform their organisations and themselves. He is co-author of the Rosenfeld Media book, Service Design: From Insight to Implementation, now a standard text for Service Design. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney. He can be found online at, on Twitter as @apolaine. He writes a popular newsletter called Doctor’s Note and hosts the Power of Ten podcast.

Carol Mackay

After 30+ years running a graphic design firm, Carol pivoted from client-focused projects to consult to the design industry. Now with the Design Business Council Carol uses her experience, and research, to help designers build robust, sustainable businesses, and help businesses integrate, and profit from, design. Carol is a mentor, friend and advocate for many in the creative industry and a great friend of Never Not Creative.

Nancy Bugeja

From first establishing HM, 22 years ago, Nancy has always believed that design is everything – it’s an integral part of everybody’s life. It helps guide people, communicate messages and can offer a solution to even the most complex issue. This philosophy still rings true today. As a creative Managing Director, Nancy is a constant innovator, continually exploring the ways in which her work is applicable to new methods of communication.

Manon Rossi

Manon is a digital marketer with international experience with brands including Nike, L’Oreal and Google. Manon has a passion for challenging ideas and building diverse and inclusive content. She is an advocate for the rights of women and successfully and smartly uses digital platforms to raise awareness and improve outcomes for women.

Tom Tapper

Tom is the Co-Founder and CEO of B-Corp certified agency Nice and Serious. In 2008 he co-founded Nice and Serious with a clear purpose: to make creative work the world needs. Since then he’s exclusively worked with pioneering charities and brands to make creative work that amplifies social and environmental causes. From international brands like IKEA, Unilever, Innocent and Ben & Jerrys, to pioneering charities like Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Alliance and Parkrun.

Jess Lilley

Jess is a co-founder at The Open Arms, a creative company that strives to weaponise empathy to help communities thrive. After a near 20 year career as an award-winning writer and creative director in some of the world's most renown ad agencies, Jess realised the culture of the ad world just wasn't working for her (or her family). She joined forces with a couple of great people to create something a little different. Their goal is to make work with a social purpose that leaves their patch of the world a little better than they found it. Jess continues to balance work with personal creative projects across public radio, photography, film and theatre.

Amber Bonney

Amber is the Founder and Managing Director of award-winning business The Edison Agency. Amber’s a branding and identity strategist, guest lecturer, speaker and current President of Creative Women’s Circle. With over 20 years experience across diverse industry sectors, Amber has a vested interest in both traditional and disruptive design methods that activate, provoke and inspire. Amber helps organisations and brands connect, transform, excite, gain trust, disrupt, transform and be seen.

Lizzie Bildner

Lizzie Bildner is a Chicago-based branding and marketing consultant. You’ve probably used one of her client’s apps on your phone (Twitter, Uber, Wingspan) or in real life (Lola). Lizzie’s CV includes an impressive list of the worlds most celebrated design consultancies from IDEO to Interbrand. She’s great friends with Amanda Munilla.

Amanda Munilla

Amanda has spent her career creating brands that match business ambition. She’s delivered strategic and innovative solutions in partnership with global brands like AT&T, Uber, Google, Johnson & Johnson and the Carlsberg Group. Amanda leads a cross-discipline team to deliver work that transforms businesses and the experiences employees and customers have with companies. She’s currently the Managing Director of Wolff Olins in San Francisco (and great friends with Lizzie Bildner).

Daniele Fiandaca

By his own admission, Daniele Fiandaca is the very definition of privilege: white, male, straight, middle class and privately educated. As Founder of Creative Social he often spoke about issues facing the creative industry including the lack of gender diversity. Daniele setup the Token Man community to create a safe space for conversation and get men to improve their education and get a better understanding of the challenges women face. Daniele is Founder of Utopia, a culture change business that re-wires organisations for the Age of Creativity.

Deborah Rey-Burns

Deborah helps events and organisations to connect with the superhero thinkers of today - the thought leaders and change-makers working on the bleeding edge of business and culture. Founder of Propela and Curator-at-large for ReDesign Business and The Future Of_, Deborah has built a global network of moon-shooting experts that can help companies thrive.

Kelly Bayett

Kelly co-founded Barking Owl, a commercial sound and music company in Los Angeles. As a female leader she's focused on inclusivity, female empowerment and cultivating a diverse staff, including 73% women and minorities. It's her mission to give women a voice in the male-dominated advertising and music industries.

Helen Job

Helen Job has worked in future forecasting for two decades, leading multi-disciplinary, global futures, and strategy teams for Flamingo, WGSN and MTV in New York and London. Helen co-founded disruptive futures, insight and strategy collective The Akin and most recently TCOLab, a problem solving lab within creative agency TCO. Alongside her corporate work Helen is an educational practitioner. She conceptualised the Global Trend Forecasting Curriculum for Parsons School of Design, in New York and is a visiting lecturer for the University of the Arts, General Assembly and Hyper Island in London.

Nadine Spencer

Nadine ‘Nads’ Spencer is a Female Leader and a Creative & Content Director with over 15 years experience in the industry. Every single person on this Speaker List has an amazing career both behind and ahead of them, but it’s what we leave for our successors that will make the change. Instead of a list of brands, agencies and awards that she has worked with and won, Nads chose to share her self-written Leadership Philosophy.Dear Reader, I am not a mother, yet I have many children. I am not a teacher, yet I have many pupils. I am not a fighter, yet I will go to war for those I believe in. I am not a healer, yet I will always try mend their wounds. I am not perfect in any way, I fall, I slip, I make mistakes, but I learn. I am not here because of someone else or because of luck. I am not here because I found a way to jump the queue. I am here because this is where I belong, and where I belong is leading next to you.

Who’s behind NNIWD?

Prue Jones

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Prue is a long term veteran of the creative industries, having graduated from design school in 1993 and gravitating to the world of advertising where she has held multiple CDships, before moving back to the world of design and into corporate. She is also an avid public speaker, National Board Director of the Australian Graphic Design Association, Co-host of Australian Design Radio and dedicated to seeing the creative industry become more inclusive in all aspects.She’s also entirely ticked off that not much has changed in womens’ favour in the 25+ years she’s been in it.

Ve Dewey

Throughout her career, Vanessa has been driven by three things: cultures, connections, and communities. She continually looks both outward and inward to foster inspiration, forge creative communities and encourage risk-taking, curiosity and bold action. As a result her career isn’t a straight line. With her roots in graphic design she has led global re-designs of iconic brands, created her own role in HR which provided educational & inspirational opportunities for 600+ creatives, is now Co-Creator of Never Not Creative, the Global Co-Lead of the Decolonising Design Coalition at the RSA and an MBA candidate at Central Saint Martins London.

Andy Wright

Andy is the creator of the Never Not Creative community and co-chair of the creative, media and marketing industry Mentally-Healthy Change Group. He's been working in the creative industry for many years across the UK and Australia. From running the local offices of global agencies like Interbrand and R/GA, he was also an original co-founder of For The People in Sydney.Andy’s day job is as CEO of Streamtime, project management software with a mission to create healthier creative businesses. When not doing any of the above, you might find him somewhere in Scandinavia chasing the Aurora Borealis and a bit of peace and quiet. Andy’s been part of a number of all-male management teams. He’s keen to redress the balance.

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