Jonnie Taton

Director, regional Preschool Partnership, Midland County ESA
  • Midland County ESA
  • United States of America
Mary Ann Sieghart

Author, The Authority Gap; Non-executive director; Broadcaster; Visiting Professor, King's College London

Mary Ann Sieghart spent 20 years as Assistant Editor and columnist at The Times and won a large following for her columns on politics, economics, feminism, parenthood and life in general. She has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 4, such as Start the Week, Profile, Analysis, Fallout and One to One. She chaired the revival of The Brains Trust on BBC2 and recently spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank, is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and sits on numerous boards. She is Chair of the judges for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022.

Paula Rochon & Surbhi Kalia and Paul Higgs

Founding Director, Women’s Age Lab & Strategy Lead, Women’s Age Lab; Professor of the Sociology of Ageing, Women’s College Hospital & University College London

Paula Rochon is a geriatrician, senior scientist, and Founding Director of Women’s Age Lab at Women’s College Hospital. She is a professor and inaugural RTOERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. She obtained her MD from McMaster and MPH from Harvard.  Dr. Rochon’s research focuses on the unique needs of older women, and promotes their health and wellness. She has contributed to our understanding of aging, equity, and its impact on patients and the healthcare system, highlighting the need to consider sex, gender and age in research so results are more relevant to older women and men.

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Surbhi Kalia is the Strategy Lead of Women’s Age Lab – a centre focused on improving the health and wellbeing of older women, which is affiliated with the Women’s College Hospital. Surbhi engages in change initiatives in research, public policy, and advocacy in healthcare. Surbhi has received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and the University of London respectively.

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Paul Higgs is Professor of the Sociology of Ageing in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London. Dr Higgs edits the journal Social Theory and Health.  He is a Fellow of both the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Gerontological Society of America.

Jean Accius II

Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership, AARP

Dr. Jean Accius is a passionate champion and catalyst for changing how the world sees and values aging. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, equity, health systems transformation and modernizing the delivery and financing of long-term care. Dr. Accius is the Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership at AARP where he leads a team in positioning AARP as a global thought leader in identifying emerging trends around the world, cultivating and elevating new ideas, forging global strategic alliances and sparking bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of all as they age.
Mike Mansfield

Chief Executive Officer, ProAge

Mike is the CEO of ProAge. He is a seasoned thought leader on the topics of longevity, age-inclusion and multigenerational workplaces. ProAge is a UK charity dedicated to creating age-inclusive workplaces and high-performing multigenerational teams. The focus of Mike’s thought leadership work has been on building solidarity between stakeholders to create sustainable solutions that are inclusive of vulnerable groups where no one is left behind. Mike has been responsible for the establishment of the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, a collaboration of experts assembled by Aegon with representation from Europe, the Americas, and Asia. While working at Aegon, Mike authored and published 13 reports on retirement security with insights and recommendations for governments, employers and individuals internationally. He also developed and piloted the Silver Starters program to help people age 50+ understand if entrepreneurship is something for them and help them start their own business. Mike worked at Aegon for 18 years, previously holding roles as Sustainability Officer and Group Internal Auditor. Prior to working for Aegon, Mike worked for PwC and Wells Fargo Bank. Pro bono has included workshops for BraveStarts, and a volunteer for a local animal shelter. Mike is based in Amsterdam, is originally from Dublin, Ireland and has worked in San Francisco, USA
María Blanca

Co-Founder, Womentors

María Blanca is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) with a Double Degree in International & European Business from France and Mexico.

With over 15 years of experience working in the corporate world, with MNCs and SMEs in Europe and Asia, María has acquired extensive knowledge in management accounting, strategic planning and forecasting. Previously she has successfully established strategic alliances for multiple international companies in ASEAN. María also held positions as CFO and Finance Director, where she contributed her knowledge in corporate governance and financial controlling that assist companies to achieve their business goals.

With her thriving experience in different sectors, María is now Co Founder of WOMENTORS which focuses on establishing Diversity and Inclusion strategies for companies. Womentors is committed to help women remain active in the workforce at every stage of their journey.