Vanessa Vallely is a recognised expert in person-to-person business networking, online branding and a sought-after motivational speaker. She is passionate about sharing her know-how and experiences with others. In 2008, she started the networking site: www.wearethecity.com to help other City women connect and grow professionally and personally. Vanessa has worked tirelessly to further the diversity agenda across the City and beyond. She has appeared on many lists of top business people in the City, including: Financial News Top 100 Rising; Financial News Top 100 Women in Finance; The International Alliance for Women’s Top 100 Women; Brummels Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City and has been awarded the 2011 Women’s Champion Award by Women in Banking and Finance. She is committed to community service and has launched The Pipeline Academy which aims to help the next generations of talent achieve their career goals and become leaders of the future. She is the Pearly Queen of the City of London which represents a fundamental aspect of London’s community service heritage.