Lord Sugar's assistant on The Apprentice, Karren Brady is probably best known as 'the first woman in football' after becoming Managing Director of Birmingham City FC at only 23 and turning the club's fortunes around.
Karren took over the club when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 the Club launched on the Stock Market valued at the time of float at £25 million; she was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK. During her tenure at Birmingham City Karren Brady increased the average gate of the Club from 6,000 to a sell-out capacity of over 30,000 and in 2009 her business was valued at over £80 million. In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC.
Karren has written four books; a factual account of her first season at Birmingham City, two novels, and 'Playing to Win' about successful women in business. She is a regular contributor to The Sun and Guardian newspapers.
Karren Brady is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards and the Sports Industry Awards. She is on the business Board of Scope, and is Ambassador for Birmingham Women's Aid. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television, Sport England and Arcadia. She was voted by Cosmopolitan as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004 and again in 2006 when she attended The Queen's lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders.
In October 2007 Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year and in November 2008 she was named as one of the top leadership role models in a national poll. This recognition was quickly followed in December 2008 when she was presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards, acknowledging her outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business.
November 2010 saw Karren listed in the business category of The Sunday Telegraph's '100 Most Powerful Women in Britain', whilst also included in the Evening Standard's list of 'London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010'.
Karren Brady delivers a straight-talking, genuine and personal account of how she built up her company and how she leads people towards change, whilst speaking passionately about how she succeeded in a man's world, sharing funny anecdotes and giving practical and inspiration advice to companies and individuals.
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On behalf of Sage World 2010, I would like to thank you for your participation in the event earlier this month. The feedback received has been fantastic, and your involvement certainly contributed to the success of the event.
The feedback on your presentation at our Monaco conference has been exceptional. It certainly seems that you struck a chord with our staff, many of whom have said your presentation was both the highlight of the weekend and a really motivational experience.
Karren's after luncheon speech was informative, motivational, humorous where needed and highly inspirational. She also agreed to a Q&A session as well and spent 30-40 minutes answering questions from the audience. The audience all commented on what an excellent speaker she was, how warm and engaging and extremely humorous. By far one of the best speakers we have enjoyed at City Luncheon. 10 out of 10.
Karren, thank you for making our dinner so memorable last week. You achieved what many consider to be unachievable - a silent audience during your talk! I have received many compliments saying that this was one of the best so far.
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