San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Attendees will spend an evening with Jessica Huie - MBE, listening to her career journey and learning how to create PR for their business or project.
- 6pm - Registration and welcome drinks reception
- 6.30pm – Opening Remarks
- 6.35pm – Jessica Huie – MBE talk including Q & A
- 7.45pm – Networking and Drinks
- 9pm – Event Ends
Presented by Jessica Huie - MBE
(Company Director - JH Public Relations and Owner - Colour Blind Cards Ltd)
Jessica Huie is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and founder of Color blind Cards and JH Public Relations. In recognition for her contribution to diversity and entrepreneurship, aged just 34 Jessica was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list (June 2014).
Having been invited to the Cabinet Office in June 2014, Jessica stated, “it is not how far I have come, but the distance I have travelled” which was significant about her honour. Jessica became a mother aged just 17 years old and began her adult life in a hostel with just four GCSEs and no sense or purpose.
Having returned to education when her baby daughter was 9 months old, after graduation through her relentless work ethic and resilience Jessica enjoyed a glittering career in media working with some of the world’s biggest names and brands before a lunch-break trip to a greeting card store became the catalyst to her entrepreneurial journey.
Inspired by the high-street’s lack of representative multi-cultural greeting cards, following a shopping trip for a card to boost her daughter’s (then aged 7) self-esteem, Color blind Cards was launched in 2006. The award-winning multi-racial greeting card and gift company is credited with having made history as the first company to secure a presence for a black card range in the UK high street (Clinton Cards 2007), with a range which is currently stocked in ASDA stores and department and independent stores around the UK.
Despite Jessica’s achievements in the UK, Color blind Card’s brand presence in Johannesburg, South Africa was particularly poignant due to the political sensitivity in the region following apartheid, and resulted in the South African Times newspaper writing about her achievement. Following a school assembly Skype talk to 600 school children in Johannesburg about her journey, Color blind Cards were sold in the region with 50% of proceeds going back into the school to fund the purchase of tables and chairs for the pupils to eat lunch at.
In 2008 Jessica founded JH Public Relations, a PR agency representing inspiring individuals, entrepreneurs and Startup businesses. Having spent over a decade working for two of London’s most high profile PR agencies Jessica learnt from the industry’s best.
Armed with enviable international relationships, and a passion for media, Jessica’s transition from employee to employer aged 28 saw her launch JHPR with a glittering clientele and focus. The roster has included Samuel Jackson’s Glittering Stars in Dessert Nights event, Kelly Rowland and former Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey. Since 2012 the agency have focussed almost entirely on the representation of entrepreneurs, groundbreakers, innovators and small businesses;
Crediting entrepreneurialism with having changed her life, Jessica is passionate about supporting Startups and using PR as a tool to help share the business journeys of her clientele with the next generation of Britain’s entrepreneur. JH Public Relations are partnered with the British Library and the government’s Startup loan initiative to educate mentees on how to use PR to raise awareness of their business.
Jessica, who was winner of the Daily Mail’s Enterprising Young Brit award was named one of Britain’s Most inspiring entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard and sits on Glamour Magazine’s Power List as one of the UK’s most influential women, is mother to 15 year old Monet and 2 year Jensen. In 2013 Jessica won a National Diversity Award for Color blind Cards contribution to diversity and has been invited to No. 10 Downing street to advise on encouraging a more enterprising young Britain.
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