Dee Poku-Spalding is a social entrepreneur who was born in the UK and raised between London and Accra.
She is the Co-Founder and CEO of WIE (Women Inspiration and Enterprise), a leadership network whose mission is to support women in their career ambitions by providing real world learning via unique access to established business leaders. She is also the founder of The Other Festival, a new platform designed to showcase female makers and creators.
The organization has attracted an incredible caliber of speakers to its global gatherings, including Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, Queen Rania, Graca Machel, Ted Turner, Melinda Gates, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Jill Biden, Alek Wek, Katie Couric, Tyra Banks, Lauren Bush, Precious Motsepe, Elizabeth Banks, Iman, Rosario Dawson, Deepak Chopra, Naomi Campbell, Reshma Saujani and Christy Turlington.
Dee began her career in brand marketing and promotions and founded Right Angle, a marketing consultancy that specialized in strategic partnerships, bringing entities such as movies, brands, non-profits, and high profile individuals together whereby all parties benefitted from a given campaign.
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 such as 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 currently lives in New York with her husband and son.
- BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) - Board of Directors
- Apres Group
- Credit Suisse New Markets - Advisory Board
- MAZA - Board of Directors
- Tiossan - Advisory Board
- Puku llc - Advisory Board
- The Entrepreneurial Instinct: How Everyone Has the Innate Ability to Start a Successful Small Business by Monica Mehta
- Corporate Crossovers by Wendy Kerr