Sage Summit London: get inspired by our celebrity speakers

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For Sage, doing business the right way is the only way. And that extends miles beyond being a responsible corporate citizen – it’s about giving back in a meaningful way to the communities in which we operate, and empowering our colleagues to volunteer for the causes that they care about. It’s all about passion.

The same is true for our brilliant line-up of speakers at Sage Summit London – whatever their particular cause, each of these inspiring entrepreneurs have used their platform to do more good. To get you hyped up for Sage Foundation’s activity at Summit, check out the causes that these heroes champion.

Jamal Edwards

Music mogul Jamal is passionate about using his platform to shout about men’s mental health, and help to remove the stigma that stops a lot of men from seeking help. Earlier this month, the SBTV founder teamed up with mental health charity CALM to create a documentary to raise awareness of men’s mental health. “Everyone goes through their ups and downs”, says Jamal. “I learned, as the years have gone past, to talk to people. I have a close network of people that I feel I can talk to whenever anything is going wrong. I know it’s difficult and it took me a lot of time to get into that mind set, but I feel much better for it.”

Sahar Hashemi

Coffee Republic founder Sahar is currently using her coffee culture know-how for good by advising on a project that trains homeless people to become baristas and run their own coffee carts in London. She also donated a portion of the profits from her best-selling business book Anyone Can Do it to the Prince’s Trust, and sits on the NSPCC’s Corporate Development Board.

Kelly Hoppen MBE

Like Sahar, Hoppen is an Ambassador of the Prince’s Trust, and is also a passionate supporter of anti-bullying campaigns like Anti Bullying Pro, a cause close to her heart. As a child, the interior design mogul was badly bullied and because of her dyslexia, which was undiagnosed at the time, Kelly struggled at school eventually leaving at 16. Hoppen has also supported charities including Breast Cancer Care, the Elton John Aids Foundation and Lady Garden.

Deborah Meaden

As for Deborah Meaden, you only need to check out the My Projects page on her website to see a glimpse of the myriad charities of which she is a patron, trustee or supporter. One of these is Tusk Trust, who initiate and fund conservation and community development programmes throughout Africa, investing over £16m in over 100 projects so far. Meaden also supports MicroLoan, a foundation which helps some of the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa to set up their own businesses through small loans and business support. Deborah is also an ambassador for the Roundhouse London the home of an exciting programme of music, theatre and creative projects for young people.


What’s your personal passion?

Whilst we don’t all have the platform and resources of our celebrity speakers, we all have the power to do good in the world around us and enact change. At Sage Summit London, you’ll be invited to take action with Sage Foundation and help us do our bit of good for our communities. You can use your Big Give coin to cast your vote for which of our three charity partners we donate to, and watch charities pitch for funding at the Big Give Live powered by Philanthropitch – find out more here. The countdown is on, and we can’t wait to work together with you to do more good.

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