Dee Poku-Spalding

Founder and CEO, WIE

Dee Poku-Spalding is an entrepreneur and women’s advocate born in the UK and raised between London and Accra.

She is the Founder and CEO of The WIE Suite, a membership network and platform for women leaders and creators. In addition to providing its members with the community and tools to succeed in the workplace, The WIE Suite supports brands and corporations with their culture building and diversity initiatives. Over the years, Dee has attracted numerous business and cultural leaders to her global gatherings, including Queen Rania, Melinda Gates, Mellody Hobson, Shan-Lyn Ma, Naomi Campbell, Arianna Huffington, Thasunda Duckett, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Katia Beauchamp, Jill Biden, Jennifer Hyman, Alek Wek, Aileen Lee, Lauren Bush, Iman, Rosario Dawson and Christy Turlington.

Back in 2010 Dee co-founded The WIE Symposium – one of the early modern women’s conferences, created partly in response to the lack of diversity at traditional business forums. A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures. She has worked on numerous award-winning 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’.

Dee began her career in brand marketing and communications and over the years has worked with renowned brands such as Coca Cola, Absolut Vodka, Crème de la Mer, Stella Artois and London Fashion Week.

Dee has been named one of Marie Claire Magazine’s 50 women changing the world, a CUP Catalyst Changemaker, a Harlem Fashion Week Cultural Icon and one of TRUE Africa’s 100 Top Innovators.

Dee serves on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA) and was previously on the Credit Suisse New Markets Women’s Advisory Board. She is also an advisor to Girl Gaze, Paint Box, The Female Founders Collective, The Wonder and Apres. She is also serves as a contributor to Forbes. Dee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math. Dee currently lives in New York with her husband and son.