2024 Kickoff: Celebrating Sustainability, Good News and Wellbeing

16th January | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Future Leap (and Online)

Falling on the same week as the “saddest day of the year,” our first business breakfast of 2024 is dedicated to spreading positivity, fostering sustainability, and enhancing wellbeing for the business community.

Wellbeing 2024 text with background of mountains

Falling on the same week as the “saddest day of the year,” our first business breakfast of 2024 is dedicated to spreading positivity, fostering sustainability, and enhancing wellbeing for the business community.

Discover uplifting success stories, wellbeing practices and recent advances in sustainability, reminding us that positive change is not only possible but happening right now.

Gain insights and inspiration from the remarkable Mike Barry, Former Marks & Spencer Sustainability Director, as he explores the transformative power of sustainability.

Let go of seasonal gloom and replace it with a burst of energy, optimism, and fresh perspectives for the year ahead alongside a sustainably-sourced breakfast.

Connect with like-minded professionals, cultivate new collaborations, and lay the foundation for a successful and sustainable year.

This event is free to Future Leap members and coworkers, and open to everyone.



8am – 8:20am – Breakfast and Networking [Including Virtual Attendee Networking]

8:20am – 8:30am – Welcome and Housekeeping

8:30am – 8:45am – Keynote from Mike Barry

8:45am – 8:55am – Issy Cheung and Ed Garrett, The Discourse 

8:55am – 9:05am – Peter Smith, Head of Change and Sustainability, Bristol Sport – Project Whitebeam

9:05am – 9:15am – Aimee and Blaise, Aim2Be

9:15am – 9:45am – Q&A

9:45am – 9:50am – 60 Second Positivity Pitches 

9:50am – 9:55am – Close

9:55am – 10:30am – Optional Further Networking [Including Virtual Attendee Networking until 10:10am]


Meet The Speakers!

Mike Barry

Mike is a leader in sustainable change. One of the pioneers of green business in the corporate world he helped to develop, launch and implement Marks and Spencer’s ground-breaking sustainability programme, Plan A. During his career he has shown exceptional drive, integrity and personal resilience throughout periods of management change, takeover battles and challenging trading. He has developed excellent leadership skills and has demonstrated his ambition and passion to build a more sustainable future. Upon leaving M&S he formed mikebarryeco ltd in order to support organisations across society and the economy to deliver sustainable change.

Ed Garrett – Managing Director & Founder
Having worked in the creative industries for over 15 years, and in business development and recruitment roles for nearly 10, Ed brings a unique blend of creativity and commercial expertise to The Discourse.

Ed founded the agency (formerly Garrett Creative) in 2017 and continues to run the business – leading on strategy, growth and design effectiveness. His creative work prior to the agency in electronic music has given him a unique insight into marketing to younger audiences.

Isabella Cheung – Creative Director & Co-Founder
The driving force behind our creative team, Issy continues to take our agency and the organisations we work with to new heights through her love and passion for branding.

A coveted D&AD New Blood Award winner, Issy has worked with brands across the UK and Asia. She specialises in brand strategy, research, design and activation, and brings a level of expertise and drive to the team that continues to be invaluable.

Aimee and Blaise, Aim2Be

Aim2Be is about providing access points for well-being to be a part of your everyday life. From Yoga in Bristol to Reiki Treatments, Structural Integration and a whole load more. Since 2015 they have been showcasing events and well-being experiences throughout the southwest, yet rooted in Bristol.


Want to Know More?

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We have included a £1 carbon offsetting fee to all paid event tickets in our commitment to being carbon neutral in our operations. You can find out about our chosen charity here.

Please let us know at least one week in advance if you require closed captions or have any other accessibility needs.

If you require a complimentary carers/assistant ticket, please email events@futureleap.co.uk at least one week in advance and we will be happy to support you!

Agenda and speaker changes sometimes happen out of our control. We reserve the right to make these changes at any time.

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