#Grazia10: Come To Our ‘Predict Your Career Future’ Talk

#Grazia10: Learn How To Futureproof Your Career


by Alya Mooro |
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Can you believe we've reached the ripe (young) age of 10? Yes, a decade ago Grazia launched to a chorus of: 'A weekly glossy? Are you mad? It will never work!' Oh, how those words were eaten. Almost overnight Grazia became a publishing sensation, an agenda and trend-setting eyes, ears and mouthpiece for every upscale woman in the country. We've been the magazine everyone from prime ministers to fashion luminaries has wanted to speak to, and we hope you'll agree that we've delivered the finest and fastest edit of news, fashion and beauty, week in and week out.

So to celebrate our ten years at the top do you think we'd just make do with a glass of Prosecco and a bit of cake? Hell no! We're marking our 10th birthday by launching #Grazia10, a three-week celebration which encompasses an exhibition and series of talks called Ten Talks at London's esteemed Getty Images Gallery.

Combining Grazia's unique design with Getty Image's iconic imagery, #Grazia10 takes visitors on an interactive journey through the pages of the magazine and the fastest-paced decade the world has seen. Futureproof your wardrobe, go down fashion memory lane with our wall of It bags and choose your favourite outfit and London designer of the decade. Meanwhile, our Ten Talks will feature panel events and inspirational speakers debating everything from feminism to fashion, relationships to careers. And the best bit? We want you to join us!

Predict Your Career Future

Thursday 5th of March - 8am for 8.30am

Ever wondered what you will be doing in ten years time, or whether your chosen career will even exist by then? Join our brilliant panel including Melanie Howard from the Future Foundation, business wunderkind Ajaz Ahmed, Linked In's head of Global programs Danielle Restivo and digital branding expert Eve Lee to learn how to futureproof your career.

Chair: Alex Jones

Alex Jones
Alex Jones

Alex is the co-host of BBC One’s flagship programme The One Show that airs to over 4 million viewers nightly, Monday through Friday. Hailing from Carmarthenshire Wales, Alex began her career working for Welsh channel S4C presenting a variety of shows. In the summer of 2010 Alex landed her dream job on The One Show and hasn’t looked back since, saying “they’ll have to surgically remove me from that green sofa before I leave!”

2011 was also a busy year, with Alex landing the presenting role in Let’s Dance (for Comic and Sports Relief), the BBC’s coverage of The Jubilee Celebration and The Royal Wedding and dancing her way to the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing which she cites as “one of the best experiences of her life”. Summer 2014 saw Alex single-handedly host BBC One’s brand new prime time live entertainment show, Tumble.

Alongside her current TV commitments, Alex regularly presents programmes for BBC Radio 2 including their Glastonbury coverage with Chris Evans. She is also a regular panellist on Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats. Although she supports numerous charities, Alex’s three main ambassador roles are for BBC’s Children, Comic Relief and Sports Relief. In 2014 Alex committed to her most physical and emotional charity challenge to date - a 3-day free-climb 1200 ft up Moonlight Buttress mountain in Utah. This involved sleeping on the side of the sheer rock face and mastering the fine art of a ‘She-pee’. Her challenge raised an incredible £1,231,476. She has just returned from Uganda for this year’s ComIc Relief project Operation Health, an ambitious mission that will see a run down dilapidated clinic in Eastern Uganda renovated by a local team into a fully functioning healthcare facility during the Red Nose Day campaign.

Alex has most recently announced her engagement to long-term partner Charlie Thomson.

Now meet the panel...

Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz is CEO of AKQA, the innovation company he founded aged 21 to help clients create the future. AKQA is the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. The firm employs 1,600 people in 13 offices and won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation in 2014. Clients include Nike and Red Bull. A recognised pioneer, Ajaz co-authored Velocity, the No. 1 best-selling book with an introduction by SIr Richard Branson, alongside Nike's head of digital sport Stefan Olander. All Ajaz’s proceeds from Velocity are donated to youth homeless, education, global healthcare and environment causes. His next book Limitless: The Six Characteristics Of Organisations That Endure will be published in 2015 (Vermilion) £12.99.

Eve Lee


Eve Lee named one of the digital names to watch, she is the founder and the ‘main digiDIVA’ at The Digital Fairy, a company that lends its hand to creating websites for super-cool companies like Shrimps and Ashley Williams’ fancy new online store. Eve also counts Topshop and Bleach London as clients.

Melanie Howard


Melanie Howard, co-founder and Chair of the Future Foundation Melanie has been a trends forecaster for twenty five years, in which time she has undertaken several studies on the future for women. Most recently she has been looking at the development of workplace networking for women and the importance of futures thinking in organisations and its role in improving leadership and individual career planning. She is also Acting Chair of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, and a Visiting Innovation Fellow at the Royal College of Art.

Danielle Restivo


Danielle Restivo is LinkedIn’s Head of Global Programs (Corporate Communications). In her current role Danielle drives global communications programs and acts as a liaison between the US and international communications teams at LinkedIn. Danielle brings over 12 years of public relations and marketing communications experience having worked with brands such as Samsung, GlaxoSmithKline, Cadbury and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Tickets cost £10, with £2 going to Cash For The Kids. Please note tickets are extremely limited and seats are filling up - so hurry!


Please drop in to the free exhibition or book a place at a TenTalk. The exhibition runs from 23rd February - 14th March and is open to the public Monday ­ Friday (10am-5.30pm), Saturday (12-5.30pm). Please note the gallery is closed when the #Grazia10 talks are on.

See current list of other available Ten talks and ticket links below. Check back here as more talks will be announced soon...

What Is Love Anyway?

Feminism: Now, Then & Tomorrow

How To Eat Right For Now

Meet The Newsmakers

A Lot Can Happen In Ten Years In Conversation With Sam McKnight

The Changing Faces Of Celebrity

Technology - Friend Or Foe?

What Should Be In Your Make Up Bag Now? With Make Up Artist Wendy Rowe

Please note that tickets are limited. More tickets may be available to purchase at a later date. Please check Grazia’s Twitter and Facebook updates for more info.

**Can't make these? Don't fret! **If you do miss out on tickets to any of the events, you can enjoy #Grazia10 highlights every day right here at Graziadaily.co.uk.

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