Come with me, and escape…

With summer and socially distanced pina coladas now a distant memory, we’re all in need of some serious escapism during our collective winter hibernation. So I’ve rounded up a few of our keynote speakers to help keep us occupied.

Being stuck at home this winter doesn’t mean we can’t take a quick trip around the globe with keynote speaker Monty Halls. He’ll take you for an extraordinary journey through The Dominican Republic, Australia, the Galapagos… you name it! During his interactive World Tour Webinar, he wows audiences with footage of incredible views and unbelievable animal encounters.

For the adrenaline junkies among us, perhaps a stomach-dropping climb with high altitude mountaineer and scientist Suzie Imber is just what the doctor ordered. Suzie talks us through her climbs in Alaska, the Himalayas, the Andes and charting new territory that’s never been climbed before. During her speeches Suzie can also take us out of this world (thank goodness!) as she discusses the gruelling challenges she faced during her time on Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?

If you get your kicks from a good book, why not dive into a copy of Author and keynote speaker Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth. This page turning classic will undoubtedly leave you wanting more, so you can also catch the four- part television adaptation on Channel 4. During Q&A sessions, Zadie discusses her writing, life and the topics that have inspired her work.

Another binge worthy series aired on Netflix this year and features Canadian Comedian Katherine Ryan. The Duchess is the perfect antidote to the winter blues and will ultimately leave you wondering why you’ve never used an indoor mug outdoors before! Katherine is the perfect host for any live and/or virtual awards, bringing her humour and glittery headbands with her.

For my final suggestion, rather than escaping, we’ll instead travel back in time to the 1980s with Steve McQueen’s latest instalment of Small Axe. Episode three Red, White and Blue follows the incredible story of former Met Superintendent Leroy Logan and his determination to change the Met from the inside out. Also a keynote speaker, we’re lucky enough to be able to hear Leroy’s account first hand as he discusses ethical leadership, the importance of creating the necessary space to challenge a system, and how to avoid blocks in middle management.

To book the above (or any other speaker) for your event please contact JLA here.

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