Ashley Banjo, choreographer and founder of dance troupe Diversity, and Cally Beaton, media entrepreneur, writer and comedian, will deliver keynote addresses at Cvent CONNECT Europe 2022.
The hybrid event, hosted at the InterContinental London - The O2 on 4-6 October will offer both in-person and virtual experiences. Cvent will also host an in-person experience in Germany on 5 October at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, offering local attendees the opportunity to view live sessions streamed from the London event and engage with peers in the area. Cvent CEO and founder Reggie Aggarwal will also take the main event stage as the opening keynote.
“We’re excited to feature both Ashley Banjo and Cally Beaton at this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe conference and to have them share their unique experiences with our attendees,” said Patrick Smith, Cvent SVP and chief marketing officer. “Ashley understands the power of delivering impactful experiences that not only bring people together, but inspire meaningful conversation; while Cally’s broad reaching career in media gives her a unique perspective on what it takes to be a successful business leader and mentor.
"Ashley and Cally anchor a robust three-day agenda that is sure to inspire and educate our attendees on the power of meetings and events.”
Ashley Banjo MBE rose to prominence when Diversity, the dynamic street dance troupe he founded, won Britain's Got Talent in 2009, beating Susan Boyle. Since that pivotal moment, the BAFTA award-winning group has sold well over half a million tickets across their 10 sell-out UK tours. Aside from the group Ashley is well known for his television roles; he has presented, judged and produced many award-winning programmes including Britain’s Got Talent, Dancing On Ice and the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning The Real Full Monty.
In his keynote, Banjo will discuss leadership strategies including how to establish supportive and empowering environments and create pathways for group success.
Cally Beaton, a media entrepreneur, podcaster, writer and performer, has held senior management positions at some of the biggest media companies in the world including MTV, UKTV and Viacom.
Throughout her career in media she has broken barriers including being the youngest and only female member of the ITV board. For 10 years, she was the Senior Vice President at US studio giant Viacom CBS – where she was responsible for brands such as MTV, Comedy Central,
Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures.
While working with Comedy Central, Beaton began to develop and explore her passion for performing as a stand-up comedian – with personal guidance and motivation from the great Joan Rivers. She has since become one of the UK’s most-booked professional comedians, and is a frequent guest and commentator on BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio London and Times Radio.
In her keynote address, Cally will leverage her wit and storytelling to provide useful tips on how to successfully navigate personal and organisational change.