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WARREN, NJ — September 21, 2018 –Caroline Frankum, CEO, Lightspeed and Helene Silverman, Senior Vice President of Client Relations in North America, have been named HERoes Champions of Women in Business 2018, celebrating female role models who are helping increase gender diversity in the workplace. The announcement was made at today’s Financial Times’ Women at the Top Conference in London.


Caroline Frankum Helene SilvermanCaroline and Helene join the impressive roster of FT & HERoes 100 Female Executives 2018, all nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were reviewed by the FT and HERoes judging panel, led by Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments. Each person was recognized for the seniority and influence of their role, their work done internally and externally to champion other women, and their recent and significant business achievements.


Founder of INvolve and HERoes, Suki Sandhu, says: “These lists have been created with one aim – to create gender parity in workplaces across the globe. The role models we’re recognizing aren’t just those who have achieved success themselves – they’re those who are committed to lifting others with them as they climb, and ultimately fueling the female talent pipeline.”


“Making everyone feel that they can be themselves and at their best at work and having a diverse inclusive culture is a priority for us here at Kantar, and for me personally,” commented Eric Salama, CEO, Kantar. “Caroline and Helene are both important members of my leadership team and are making enormous contributions to evolving our culture and workforce. I am extraordinarily proud to see their efforts recognized in such a prestigious platform and thank them for all that they are doing.”


Caroline’s inclusion journey started with sharing her own personal story with everyone in the business, when she first took on the role of Lightspeed’s Global CEO. Since then, her proactive approach has seen her increasing the female representation on the Board of Directors from 27% in 2016 to 44% in 2017. She has introduced a 3 Year Plan of Transformation for the business, including new transformation-focused global values, which encourage everyone, especially women, to be bold in their careers. She regularly encourages the business to take time out to the celebrate important landmark anniversaries for diversity e.g. International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Mental Health Awareness Week. Not only has her work lead to implementations of policies on agile working and addressing the gender pay gap, Caroline also makes time to mentor female colleagues. Externally, Caroline has been hugely involved in conducting pro bono research to provide an initial baseline view of ‘what the Market Research Industry truly looks like when it comes to Inclusion and Diversity.’ Results from the research led to a large number of projects and policies to address the lack of female representation at senior levels.


Helene believes that supporting women’s professional development and advancement is crucial to the success of an organization, and relies on fundamentals of role models, mentors, connections and support. She has made addressing these fundamental needs a central part of her career, and was a founding member of the Women’s Mentor Program at Information Resources. This group established mentorship best practices, identified mentor pairings, and provided ongoing support to mentees through one-on-one sessions, group workshops and inspirational yet practical guest speakers. She brought this experience with her to future employers and continues to play a role in formal mentor programs. At Lightspeed, she is currently a mentor in the LEAP program, which pairs influential senior women with high potential women in other parts of the company. She is currently developing a program to bring one-on-one mentorship to a broad group of employees, to go beyond existing invitation-based mentoring. She is often sought out as a mentor and coach, particularly in the areas of communication, employee engagement, and difficult conversations, and has developed mentoring relationships both internally and externally.


About Lightspeed
Lightspeed is a leading digital data collection company on a mission to help clients discover truth through data. Our 700 employees in 14 countries are helping clients find more creative ways of collecting and connecting data: from search to modern survey, from opt-in panels to programmatic exchanges and DMPs, from self-reported answers to appended profiles, from insights to activation. Headquartered in the US, Lightspeed is part of Kantar, one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies.


About INvolve and HERoes

INvolve is a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. It sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, membership initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender diversity. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

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