Katie Litchfield is the founder of WeQual. Driven by a determination to tackle the lack of diversity and equality in the leadership of the world’s biggest businesses and beyond, Katie has created a dynamic and well-respected company that is rapidly disrupting the status quo and changing the way multinationals think about organising their leadership.
In a little over a year since its inception, Katie developed WeQual into a multi-faceted vehicle to identify, encourage, engage, educate, mentor, showcase and champion the many talented women yet to reach C-suite level.
Beginning with a depth of knowledge gained from 20 years at the Financial Times (working closely with FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 senior leaders) Katie successfully launched the WeQual Awards, in London in 2019 and New York in 2020. Rising to the challenges created by the global pandemic and using them to her advantage, Katie switched the Americas Awards and London Awards 2020 online – orchestrating a global broadcast. Europe, Middle East, and Africa soon followed together with the Asia-Pacific WeQual Awards 2021. To date, WeQual Awards’ research operation and subsequent unique blind assessment process has unearthed a significant number of exceptionally talented businesswomen for WeQual’s executive judges to assess. Katie has continued to keep up the rapid expansion with the launch of WeQual Consulting, a groundbreaking portal that offers bespoke training, expert executive coaching, online development tools, expert tutorials, and lectures – everything a business leader needs to make the step up to executive level.
As an inspirational speaker herself, Katie followed WeQual Awards with the WeQual Speaker Bureau, an impressive roster of executive speakers chosen for their ability to inspire better, smarter, and more profitable ways of working, with a particular focus on diversity and equality. The Bureau, simultaneously, is a vehicle to promote and encourage WeQual Awards finalists: giving these future captains of industry a rare opportunity to develop vital leadership skills.
With WeQual’s core mission in mind – to bring equality and diversity to businesses worldwide – Katie is continuing the intense pace with the development of WeQual’s campaign to discover and develop the next BAME executives.