Network 25 and Women@Ciena present: Personal brand in a digital world

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Network 25 and Women@Ciena present: Personal brand in a digital world

Join us on Thursday 22 October from 4.00pm - 5.00pm (BST) for our free event 'Personal brand in a digital world'

The event will be hosted by Paula Cogan, Colt's EVP Sales, Marketing & Customer Relationship Management and founder of Colt's women's network (Network 25). She'll be joined by Samrah Akhtar (Business Partner Marketing Executive and founder of YOUnited at Colt) to interview Holly Osborne, VP, Global Brand & Campaigns at Ciena.

In a relaxed interview setting, we’ll talk about why personal brand is important in a post-COVID digital world, how our virtual selves are the same / different to our face to face selves, how women can benefit / be challenged by gender and identity in a tech environment, and whether women and non-binary people should aim to fit in or stand out.

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Thursday 22 October


4.00 pm - 5.00 pm BST
8.00 am - 9.00 am PT


This is a virtual event, you will be provided with the event link post-registration.

Meet our experts

Paula Cogan

EVP - Sales, Marketing & Customer Relationship Management

Paula is responsible for driving Colt’s commercial strategy, leading global teams across sales, presales, marketing, and customer relationship management, as well as working closely with the wider organisation to ensure Colt delivers on its vision of transforming the way the world works through the power of connectivity.

Paula is a founder of Network 25, Colt's women's network, with the goal to promote diversity and gender balance at Colt and engage with all employees to enable Colt’s women to thrive.

Read more about Paula

Holly Osborne

VP, Global Brand & Campaigns at Ciena

With a 20-year focus on business transformation through brand, Holly Osborne brings deep brand-strategy expertise and leadership to Ciena. As VP of Global Brand and Marketing Programs, Holly steers the vision for Ciena’s brand and drives the marketing programs that bring it to life.

While previously leading strategy for Google’s BrandLab, and running teams for Landor’s San Francisco and London offices, Holly spearheaded complex brand-overhaul engagements for the likes of Adidas, Bain & Co, Barclays, Chevron, Disney, Mattel, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Unilever.

Read more about Holly

Samrah Akhtar

Business Partner Marketing Executive, Colt

Samrah has recently completed the graduate scheme at Colt and is now a Business Partner Marketing Executive within the CMO function. As the founder and chair of the YOUnited network at Colt, she is a strong voice and advocate for cultural and diversity awareness, with a particular focus on the BAME community.

In her spare time, she writes and speaks on Muslim and ethnic minority platforms from all things taboo in culture, society, and the identity crisis’ faced by living in the West, including discussions on BBC Asian Network.

Read more about Samrah