We were live for the latest episode of YPO presents Ask the Experts – Building Inclusive Brands with MagicLink’s Brian Nickerson and Stella Insurance’s Sam White, discussing what it takes to build a truly inclusive #brand, how #companyculture can match its brand promise, how #leaders can manage backlash and be an agent for change.
Brian Nickerson is the Founder and CEO of MagicLinks, which empowers storytelling on behalf of brands and influencers on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram to drive e-commerce with aligned values.
Under Brian’s leadership, MagicLinks is the only influencer technology company to become a Certified B Corporation®. Their clients include such top retail companies as:
• e.l.f. Cosmetics
• Best Buy
MagicLinks was named #526 in the annual Inc 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and #8 in the LA Business Journal’s list of the fastest-growing companies in LA.
Brian has been a Judge in Harvard Business School’s annual Entrepreneurship Competition and a Moderator at Dartmouth’s LA Entrepreneurship conference. He was a semi-finalist for the 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a frequent speaker and media guest, including:
• Wall Street Journal
• Fox Business News
• UCLA Anderson School of Data Science
A strong believer in giving back, Nickerson and his team at MagicLinks are part of the 1% for the Planet Movement, and are engaged in philanthropic work with a wide variety of charities including:
• Orphaned Starfish Foundation
• S.P.Y. (Safe Place for Youth)
• Black Women’s Blueprint
Sam White is the founder and CEO of Stella Insurance, a female-centric motor insurance business that’s unapologetically led by women and designed for women, and the founder and Chair of Freedom Services.
Having started her first company in 1999 aged just 24 in her sister’s conservatory, 20 years later she employs over 200 staff with offices in Cheadle, Cheshire, and Sydney, Australia with a turnover of over £20 million.
Her company Action 365 was ranked by JP Morgan as one of the top 200 female powered businesses in the UK in 2021 and Sam herself is a multi-award winning business leader having been named as a 2022 finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and British Small Business Awards for her human-led leadership approach.
Sam cares passionately about diversity, equality, innovation and above all, making business human. Motivated by a desire to change the insurance industry for the better, Sam is a vocal advocate for levelling the playing field for women and championing female leaders within the industry.
Sam is a regular business commentator in media and can be found discussing current business affairs on BBC’s Wake Up To Money and Live with Ian King on Sky News. You can also catch her co-hosting Toast, the spin-off series from BBC Radio 4’s Sliced Bread where you’ll find her breaking down the why’s and how’s of big idea products that have failed. In addition, Sam hosts her own podcast “Human Business with Sam White” where she candidly discusses the successes and failures with fellow business disruptors.
In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Sam is a mum of two and married to Jennie, a children’s book author promoting diversity in children’s reading and play.
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