Jo Wimble-Groves is co-owner of the global award winning communications company ‘Active Digital’ which was started twenty years ago. Working at Active Digital since she was sixteen, she has gone on to achieve a number of accolades; receiving The Young Guns Award for growing businesses, the Female Entrepreneur of the year in 2007, '35 under 35' in Management today as seen in the Times & Top 6 Employer of the Year in 2013 & 2015. Recently, Jo won the Entrepreneur award at the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.
Aside from this, Jo is also a freelance writer with a keen interest in confidence, leadership and women in business. Many of her business articles have featured in high profile publications such as InStyle Magazine, Changeboard, Training Journal, Cosmopolitan, Guardian Careers and Management Today.
As a keynote speaker, Jo has spoken at a number of events including Microsoft, Apple and the global law firm, Reed Smith. More recently, Jo has joined forces with ex England Women’s Rugby Captain Catherine Spencer to form Inspiring Women Workshops, a series of events designed to encourage females to have the confidence to become stronger business leaders.
As a regular speaker in schools, Jo’s aim is to encourage and inspire the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and her talks can cover an array of subjects from technology, confidence in the workplace through to leadership management - each talk tailored to suit the needs and ages of her audience.
"I wanted to thank you for delivering such an inspiring and powerful lecture. Without the atmosphere of a live venue and without the opportunity to build a rapport with a physical audience, there is even greater emphasis on each and every word you are saying. Your talk was so engaging and absorbing, so relevant and resonant, and so personal, self-deprecating and humble and this meant that all our audience – from the youngest to the not-quite-so-young, from teenagers to parents – could really relate to you and your messages. The fact that almost without exception the whole audience stayed with us online right until the very end and asked a succession of genuinely insightful, challenging questions shows just how well received it was in homes throughout the county!"
– Mr JW Pressley, Senior Master, Royal Grammar School Surrey
"I worked with Jo as Director at Active Digital and always found her warm and friendly personality made her very approachable and a very effective communicator. Jo’s natural drive and enthusiasm is extremely inspiring to be around and I would choose to work with her again without hesitation."– Steve Backley OBE
“We invited Jo to come and speak to the year 12 students at Dartford Grammar School. The students really appreciated the talk today.”– Victoria Snell, Head of Year 12, Dartford Grammar School for Girls
"Thank you for your visit this morning. I had some very positive feedback from staff and pupils, so you definitely left with a buzz about the place. I really appreciate you finding the time to come and talk to us all today. It’s very much appreciated."– Helen Hoffmann, Head of Derwent Lodge, The Schools at Somerhill
"Thank you for speaking yesterday at our Women's Enterprise Kent event. We really enjoyed your talk, it was very motivational and inspiring."– Louise Patience, Kent County Council
"Jo is the epitome of a successful young entrepreneur. She is clearly knowledgeable, hardworking, well organised and focused. But for those who think to be successful you have to be bull headed, arrogant, greedy and pushy - Jo is none of these. She is always pleasant, helpful, and mindful of needs of others - including staff and great fun. Jo makes others feel good!"– Don Hales, Founder & Chairman of Awards International
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