EPISODE 11: DEE POKU

Founder & CEO of WIE

Dee Poku-Spalding is a social entrepreneur who was born in the UK and raised between London and Accra. She is the Founder and CEO of WIE, an influential women’s leadership network. WIE connects emerging and established women leaders, and works to equip the next generation with the tools to succeed. The organization has attracted an incredible range of speakers to its global symposiums and salons, including Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates, and Nancy Pelosi. 

She is also the founder of The Other Festival, launched in June 2016, a first of its kind all female festival. The Other Festival showcases the talented makers who are breaking the rules and redefining how business is done.  

A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures). She oversaw the international movie release campaigns for films including Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’; the Coen brothers’ ‘No Country For Old Men’ & ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’; Sofia Coppola’s 'Lost in Translation', Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Babel’ & ’21 Grams’ and Ang Lee’s 'Brokeback Mountain'. 

She is often asked to speak on women’s leadership issues at conferences and events around the world, and has shared her insights at the Women’s Urban Economic Forum; CUP Women’s Leadership Forum; the Acumen Fund’s New Leadership For Tomorrow; Influencer Con, Women Werk, BAFTA and Her Agenda amongst others. 

Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She currently lives in New York with her husband and their son Sebastian. www.theotherfestival.co, www.wienetwork.org @deepoku, @otherfestival, @wienetwork