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Why is it important to continue the conversation around Black Inclusion

14 May 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Black Leaders are honoured to conclude the inaugural Black Inclusion Week (BIW) with a critical online event – ‘Why is it important to continue the conversation around Black Inclusion?’

Black Inclusion Week is an unprecedented opportunity for everyone to celebrate Black people in the UK, and to remember the importance of building a fair and just society through the advancement of inclusion for all. It is, therefore, imperative that we continue to drive the conversation forward once we conclude BIW, to truly make a difference.

As BIW comes to a close, Black Leaders will host an engaging and informative virtual event, where we will be joined by an array of inclusive organisations leading at the forefront of this movement including Nielsen, Hastings Direct, The Open University and more, as we explore how to keep the conversation going far beyond Black Inclusion Week.


14.30 – 14.35
Paul Sesay, CEO/Founder | Black Leaders
Event Launch & Introduction

14.35 – 14.50
Kymberly Graham, Director, Diversity & Inclusion | NielsenIQ I
‘Why is it important to continue the conversation around Black Inclusion?’

14.50 – 15.25
Panel Session

  • Simi Alofoje, Head of Talent and Inclusion, Hastings Direct
  • Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski, Regional Manager of Students in Secure Environments I The Open University
  • Helen Gauder, Managing Director I SafeNet (part of The Calico Group)
  • Kymberly Graham, Director, Diversity & Inclusion I NielsenIQ

15.25 – 15.40 
Panel Q&A

15.40 – 15.45
Closing Remarks I Event Close

Guest speakers & Panellists

Kymberly Graham 
Director, Diversity & Inclusion | NielsenIQ

Kymberly Graham is the Director, Diversity & Inclusion at NielsenIQ who is responsible for Inclusive Talent practices. From attraction to retention and development, Kymberly’s focus is on ensuring the internal processes are fair, inclusive and positively impact NielsenIQ’s objectives as well as the diverse talent experience. Additionally, she strategically leads the network of 9 Global Employee Resource Groups for end to end talent touchpoints, driving equitable visibility and impact for all affinities. She is passionate about diversity as driver of business growth and values an inclusive culture. As a Georgia native, Kymberly attended the University of Georgia for undergrad and Mercer University for her MBA. 

Simi Alofoje 
Head of Talent and Inclusion | Hastings Direct

Simi Alofoje is an HR leader passionate about getting the best out of people in organisations. Simi has had a 15 years + career in financial services and is a specialist in inclusive talent management with senior level experience in strategic HR business partnering, executive succession management, leadership development, change management, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility. Simi has a proven track record of using a combination of strong conceptual thinking, excellent consulting skills and insightful questioning to achieve desired outcomes, on time and to a high standard. Successful at challenging and supporting leaders with dismantling barriers to attracting, including and developing people from diverse backgrounds. Values driven, calm, authentic and self-aware with strong problem solving capability and excellent relationship management skills. Coaches and acts as trusted counsel to a diverse range of stakeholders across all levels of seniority.

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski 
Regional Manager of Students in Secure Environments | The Open University

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski (AFHEA) is a regional manager for The Open University’s Students in Secure Environments (SiSE) team with responsibility for 29 prisons and secure hospital units in the country. Stephen is also an associate lecturer in criminology and a final year PhD candidate in criminology with The Open University.

HelenHelen Gauder
Managing Director | SafeNet

Helen is Managing Director of SafeNet, a Domestic Abuse Charity based in the North West and one of the companies in the Calico Group.  Helen has been in post for 25 years and during that time she has led the development of a diverse range of domestic abuse services across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  Helen champions equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life and in the workplace.   Helen is an NLP Master Practitioner, an ILM Executive Coach and is DAPA (Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate) qualified.



14 May 2021
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm


Online Event


Black Leaders
Inclusive Companies