The InfluencHER Project was created by Christine Heenan, Founder
and President of Clarendon Group, a global social impact and communications firm. Supported by the Clarendon Team, The InfluencHER Project launched in May 2020 with an innovation grant from the Lightspark Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating improved social relations through media and storytelling.
Pat Mitchell is the editorial director of TEDWomen. Throughout her career as a journalist, Emmy-winning producer and pioneering executive, she has focused on sharing women’s stories. She is chair of the Sundance and the Women’s Media Center boards and a trustee of the VDAY movement, the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is an advisor to Participant Media and served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.
Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey is an award-winning Ghanaian Poet, Writer/Author, Literary Critic, Media Practitioner, Activist and Versatile Creative of Ga-Daŋme and Ewe ancestry. As the author of The Matriarch’s Verse, her work is noted for its rare prosaic nature and sharp, vivid imagery. She has appeared on two Tedx platforms and has spoken at Re:publica, Berlin. Apiorkor’s Poetry concert, "The Matriarch's Verse," remains Ghana's largest Poetry event to be hosted by an individual artist. Apiorkor is the Lead Producer at Accra-based Citi FM/Citi TV. She is also a copywriter/content creator, voice over artist and an Events Moderator.
Alison Smale is a veteran British journalist for The New York Times and AP, covering trans-Atlantic relations and international affairs for 40 years. From 2003-2013, she led the newsroom of the International Herald Tribune/International NYT, where she created the pioneering series Female Factor on women’s advances, achievements and setbacks around the world. She recently finished a two-year stint at the United Nations as Undersecretary General for global communications, helping Secretary General Antonio Guterres achieve his goal of gender parity in senior leadership two years ahead of schedule.