HIRE a speaker for your Black Inclusion Week Event

We have pulled together an incredible list of speakers from the UK and beyond, who will enhance your event with thought-provoking presentations and key notes. The speakers on our list will bring your event to life and will offer insights and practical action advice on a wide-range of topics related to Black Inclusion. Topics range from Ethnicity pay gap to allyship to setting a diversity strategy.

Booking a speaker is as easy as 1, 2, 3

  • 1 Browse through our list of speakers, to get a feel for their areas of expertise
  • 2 When you find speakers that align with your needs, get in touch through their listed contact details
  • 3 Discuss your topic, dates and the speaker fees directly with your chosen speaker(s)

Please note:

We are happy to connect wonderful speakers with organisations who are committed to inclusion. All conversations and fee negotiations are to be conducted directly between the organisations and the speakers. We do not vet the speakers or indeed the organisations.

Meet the Speakers

Abigail Agyei

Abigail Agyei is an award winning dynamic and experienced policy and strategy advisor. With over seven years’ experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and community groups, leading community projects with vast experience supporting voluntary and under-served groups.
Abigail is the winner of last year’s Civil Service Rising Star Award for her dedication to public service making significant impact to communities and being instrumental in leading on race in the Civil Service and enabling uncomfortable conversations with senior leaders and amplify the voices of people of colour in the department in order to create inclusive, safe and accountable culture. She is incredibly passionate about intersectional identities and how their lived experiences are shaped in the world. Abigail was named as one of this year's 'Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women' and has been awarded MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in this year’s 2022 New Year British Honours for Public and Community Services.

Abigail is open to speaking on the following topics: Leading and having impact at any level, early careers, diversity & inclusion, why intersectionality matters, black women and neurodiversity, discovering your authentic self, connecting to your mission and fostering and developing staff networks.

Adeife Onwuzulike

Adeife is a business strategist experienced in embedding diversity and inclusion into all parts of an organisation and business strategy. She provides both inhouse and external advisory expertise working with not-for-profit and FSTE 350 organisations. She has led culture change programmes, worked with talent teams to attract, retain, and increase diversity representation at all levels of an organisation (particularly on gender and ethnicity). She takes both a data led and human centric approach to driving change and her strategies have led to increased data disclosure on multiple diversity strands.
During her time leading D&I at the CBI, Adeife’s work led to a transformational change in their culture, improved ethnic representation in management and senior leadership roles, greater strategic employee networks presence and increased leadership confidence in areas such as race, gender, mental health etc.
Adeife is a DEI expert and qualified and chartered HR specialist. She works with boards and senior leaders to help them in their approach to DEI through workshops and speaking events to ultimately help them on their journey from awareness to advocacy.
Adeife can speak on... The Inclusion journey - From awareness to advocacy, the role of allyship and privilege, Ethnicity Pay Gap reporting, implementing Internal sponsorship programmes to support Ethnic Minorities, Culture Change, Inclusive Recruitment

Aggie Mutuma

CEO, Diversity and Inclusion expert, executive coach, speaker

Aggie Mutuma is the CEO and lead consulting director of Mahogany Inclusion Partners. She is a passionate, award winning Inclusion and Anti-Racism expert, People Leader and Executive Coach with a track record of supporting organisations as they build cultures where everyone can thrive.

She works with Exco leaders and their teams to deliver DEI and Anti-Racism strategies. Cross industry organisations she has supported include global FTSE100 organisations, consultancy firms, retailers, third sector and public sector organisations.

She is a trusted advisor for the CIPD and an engaging speaker, for many leading organisations, most recently for the CBI, and the CIPD Annual Conference 2020.

Aggie’s experience of HR leadership in large and small organisations, her experience as an executive coach, her expertise in diversity and inclusion and her warm, empathetic and engaging style all combine to make Aggie an excellent speaker and panellist.

Audry Bron

Audry Bron DEI & Global Communication Expert at Bontekoning & Bron

At the age of 5, Audry Bron and her family migrated from their birth country Suriname to the Netherlands as political asylum seekers. Audry was raised bi-cultural and multilingual which has been the foundation of her lived experience in Diversity and Inclusion. She is engaged in supporting organizations in using diversity to move towards inclusion and belonging. Audry Bron approaches her goal through an intercultural lens and 'communicating inclusively'. After all, everything within a culture is intertwined with communication. From there, a key question is how you can communicate with each other in such a way that everyone – with respect for eachothers’ cultural background (religion, ethnicity, gender, etc.) and personality – is involved. Audry’s mission is to reduce the crippling long-term effects of (un)conscious (in)sensitivity to differences and similarities of cultural identity and to promote positive transformation that contributes to improving the well-being and performance of individuals and organizations.

Audry Bron lives in the Netherlands and is available on international level for virtual events. She delivers presentations in English on the following Diversity and Inclusion topics:
-Inclusive Communication
-Allyship
-Psychological Safety
-Social Mobility

Audrey Pantelis

AUDREY PANTELIS Director of Elevation Coaching and Consulting

Audrey’s career in education as teacher, middle leader, senior leader and head of school in both mainstream and special educational needs spans over thirty years. She gained her National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) in 2007. She was the founding Head of a free Special school in north-west London where she led the school through its first Ofsted inspection, where it gained a ‘Good with outstanding features’ judgement.

Audrey is a leadership coach and she also works with schools and organisations in developing and implementing positive, systemic changes with regards to racial diversity and inclusive practices. She speaks on the importance of the intersectional challenges with regards to race and gender.

Bernadette Thompson

Bernadette is the Associate Director of Inclusion for NHS Barts Health. Prior to this role, she spent 23 years in the Civil Service where she held a range of operational and HR roles, across many Government departments and agencies, including, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, HM Treasury, Legal Aid Agency, Cabinet Office and Department for Levelling Up.

She is a strategic and progressive HR professional with indepth knowledge, insight and expertise in the Diversity and Inclusion, employee engagement and cultural intelligence.

For 5 years, Bernadette co-chaired a multi-award-winning cross government race network; she is a pivotal influencer and trusted partner to senior leaders across a range of sectors. She has a proven track record of engaging with employees at every level, reaching hearts and minds, supporting people to be the best that they can be.

In the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours list, Bernadette was awarded an OBE for services to Diversity and Inclusion.

Speaking topics – Any aspect of advancing Race Equality and Inclusion or Diversity and Inclusion more broadly

Carol Shepherd

Experienced Headteacher | Leadership & Education Consultant | CEO & Founder of CS Coaching & Development Ltd.

A former Headteacher with over 20 years’ experience of leadership, improving inner city schools in challenging circumstances, Carol has a wealth of experience in understanding people and how people take information on board. A background in Human Resources means Carol is well placed to work effectively with professionals in complex settings. Carol believes there is a lack of diversity at senior levels which means we are missing out on the strategic advantage diversity brings. Carol is able to speak about the challenges and barriers to leadership faced by Black leaders and provide solutions to overcome those barriers.
Carol’s mission is to develop diversity at all levels of leadership to ensure every black child can see a senior black role model at the leadership table. Carol believes that if young people see themselves reflected at all levels in society, this will inspire them to value education, develop resilience and have high aspirations for self.

Dupe Akinsiun

  • Dupe is a seasoned HR professional with 15 years of progressive experience across multiple industries in Africa, North America and Europe. She is an alumnus of PricewaterhouseCoopers and other top multinational organizations like AstraZeneca and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
  • She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and an executive diploma certificate on Inclusive Leadership from the Egade Business School
  • Dupe currently serves as the Global Diversity Talent Manager for a leading global chemical company with presence across 64 countries in Europe, APAC, North America and Latin America where she defines and delivers the talent diversity agenda in order to build an inclusive work environment
  • She is an Official Member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is a certified professional by leading HR institutes in North America as well as a member of the John Maxwell Leadership team. She’s a certified DISC Behavioural Consultant and a Design Thinking Practitioner. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors, UK and a Mentor at the European Mentors and Coaches Council
  • Dupe is a 2018 Mentor to the Queen’s Young Leaders across the Commonwealth nations, a 2020 Leading Ladies Africa Top 50 Corporate Ladies in Nigeria. She was named one of the top HR Influencers in Nigeria, top 10 LinkedIn Personalities, a Premium Content Creator - Leadership category by the Revenue Leaders Awards. She was recently recognized as a Leader of the Year by the Iconic Brands Awards and also given a Global Women’s Award in the Leadership category
  • She is the host of the Career Mentoring Bootcamp where she has helped working professionals build professional credibility and confidence that have helped to attract and win opportunities for increased impact and income

Topics of Interest include:

1.Leadership Has No Racial Component

2.Creating a Better Tomorrow: Competence Over Colour

3.Creating A Better Tomorrow: Everyone Has A Role To Play

Hakeem S. Allen

Hakeem S. Allen is an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA) architect, as well as the Founder & Executive Director of The Anti-Racist Social Club (‘The Club’), a registered charity startup that works to create spaces and resources for education and open dialogue with White people and non-Black POC about becoming anti-racist allies and creating psychological safety.

As Executive Director of The Club, Hakeem leads interactive workshops geared towards reshaping organisational cultures and equipping senior leadership with IDEA best practice. Anti-racism is inherently intersectional, so The Club helps organisations improve their cultures, and the work they create, to be more diverse in all aspects of identity and ability (e.g. gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, etc.).

Hakeem keeps his audiences engaged by avoiding presentations, using games and discussion-based activities, and keeping content relevant by incorporating mental health, design thinking for innovation, and neurodiversity into workshops. Outside of work, Hakeem is an avid tennis player, creative writer, and stand-up comedian.

Hannah Awonuga

Hannah Awonuga is the Founder of Rarity London career development services; Rarity was founded in 2017 to actively support professional women excel in their careers, as the company has evolved Rarity also actively uses its voice as a thought leader to speak on panels, events and workshop around Diversity & Inclusion topics. Hannah is a certified corporate coach that dedicates her time to helping and developing female professionals across all industries. Over the past three years, she has delivered female empowerment workshops, keynote addresses and joined many panel discussions with industry leaders. Hannah confidently talks on topics including Diversity and Inclusion, Social mobility, Race and Ethnicity and Gender Equality.

Hannah is the Global Head of Colleague Engagement D&I within the financial service industry. Over the past two years, has facilitated engaging and impactful Diversity and inclusion workshops centered around intersectionality, equity and inclusion. And to show for her work in D&I Hannah has recently won the WeAreTheCity rising star award and named amongst the most inspirational D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) professionals by D&I leaders and Is in the Top 25 most influential HR practitioners by HR Magazine, as a women to watch by Leading Ladies Africa.

Hannah has been working in Banking since she was 17yrs old, and for the past 16yrs has spent time in the Retail bank, business and corporate bank before transitioning into Diversity and Inclusion in 2019.

Jermaine Edwards

Business owner, founder, advisor, growth strategist

Jermaine Edwards is a multi-business owner and founder of Customer Transformation and the Irreplaceable Advisory Group.

10 years in sales, leadership, managing teams and departments as large as 400. Jermaine specialises in business and customer growth scalability. Working across 33 industries including OEM, technology and finance.

He is an Inc magazine featured customer growth author who has personally trained and delivered talks to over 4000 customer leaders, executives and teams. He has a degree in German and Economics, and a masters in behavioural psychology.

Jermaine is invited by companies around the world like Gartner, Dell Technologies and London Business School to create unique customer growth and loyalty strategies which make them irreplaceable in their market.
Jermaine has helped his clients uncover more than $250 million in new and undiscovered revenue from customers and untapped markets.

Jermaine currently sits as chairman of one of the fastest growing leadership development companies in Africa. He is also a Growth advisor and SME Course Director for a London wide business programme with Bayes Business School and London Business Hub.

Virtual and in person talk topics

●Challenging Possibilities: How to empower your employees to win big together in difficult times.
● Connected Collaboration: How to turn one act into powerful results for everyone.
● Building trust in an age of skepticism: How to connect others and make trust a foundation for connecting people of all backgrounds.

Karyn Williams-Sykes

Karyn is a national of Trinidad and Tobago. A multi-disciplinary, international, learning & development professional who earned her BSc in Hotel Management from The University of the West Indies, she commenced her career as a Food and Beverage Manager for Grafton Beach Resort in Tobago and followed that with Industrial Catering Management and an Event Catering business. Karyn later did her MBA with University of Leicester and became an AHLEI CHDT® (Certified Hotel Department Training). She then moved into Lecturing in Hospitality Studies at the Community College of the Turks and Caicos Islands, while delivering professional training for many hotels on the islands.

Moving to Dubai, UAE in 2007, Karyn joined The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Studies as a Lecturer, then shifted over to Professional Training eventually to become the Director of the department where she remained until 2015. During this time, she qualified as a WSET Educator, did her CHT® (Certified Hospitality Trainer) and achieved a MA in International Relations from University of Middlesex. In 2016, Karyn joined Gameplan Solutions as and Executive Training Manager, where she worked in designing and developing bespoke executive training for many Middle Eastern organisations.

Karyn has designed, developed and delivered training in all areas of hospitality, along with a range of soft skills - Leadership, Team Building, Business English, Customer Service, Wine & Spirit Workshops, Upselling etc. - throughout The UAE, Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Papua New Guinea as well as the Caribbean Region.

Key Strengths and Core Capabilities:

  • Strategic designing and planning of organisational learning and continuous development at all levels.
  • Design, development and facilitation of customised professional training programmes, built around identified organisational needs and objectives.
  • Training of Department and Organisational Trainers
  • Hospitality Service and Systems; as well as blending “hospitality standards” with other commercial business’ customer service delivery.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse and multi-national cultures.
  • A dynamic, highly interactive facilitator, who is self-motivated with a positive, ‘it can be done’ attitude.
  • Project Management, Event Management, Online Coaching and Facilitation.

Karyn is currently the Director for Learning & Development with Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St Lucia.

Kubi Springer

Kubi Springer is an award winning Brand Specialist and Media Personality with over 20 years brand marketing experience.

Starting her career in 1996 she has worked with brands such as Nike, L'Oreal, Blackberry, MTV, MOBO Awards, P.Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Aston Martin. In 2018 she won the BWB 'Best Entrepreneur of the Year' Award and in 2019 secured a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishers (same publishers
as J.K.
Rowling - Harry Potter). Kubi's book 'I AM MY BRAND' has been shortlisted for the Sales and Marketing category for the Business Book Awards 2020.

Speaker Topics:

Brand Activism - this topic addresses the ways organisations can use brand activism to strengthen their brand equity, showcasing how diversity is not a buzz word, but a business strategy.

Don't Sell Me Pink - reviews the ways companies can sell products to the worlds fasted emerging market - women and tape into the $27trillion female economy.

GoCal not Global - provides the tools on how to take your brand strategy international whilst appreciating the cultural, racial, economically and ethnical nuances of the local market.

Mamta Saha

MamtaSaha has earned her stellar track record as inhouse L&D lead and independent consultant with over 15 years of immersion in multiple global matrix commercially-focused businesses and bespoke consultancies, where she gained her wealth of experience leading cutting-edge learning and development strategy and company-wide implementation. Passionate, committed, professional, with excellent facilitation skills, coaching ability and dynamic bespoke training design in all behavioural areas for all levels of business from board to frontline. Her illustrious list of clients include Tesco, Accenture, KPMG, L’Oreal, Aviva, Sports England, Blackstone, Coca-Cola, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, China Investment Corporation, Logicor, Lloyd’s of London, State Street Bank, VHS Global.

Her Diversity and Inclusion projects have centred on creating a fair and inclusive workplace, including gender, ethnicity and race, nationality, cross culture, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, transgender, religion and belief, and micro inequities. One example of her diversity consultancy work is supporting L’Oreal HQ in Paris to co-design its core company diversity programme and overseeing its rollout across L’Oreal’s Middle East presence. This included train-the-trainer programmes and bespoke interventions from C-suite to frontline employees. This resulted in measurably increased staff morale in terms of perceived fairness of workplace, working relationships strengthened, teams becoming even more multicultural and cohesive, able to work together more effectively, and truly leverage from a place of diversity.

Mamta is a media psychologist and a regular contributor on BBC and Sky News for her psychological opinion and views on gender roles equality, the invisible barriers that stop people from getting ahead, professional development and politics.

Speaker Topics: What Inclusion looks and feels like; psychological impact of a connected team; working consciously across cultures

Linda Muyobo

Topics I can speak on:

  • Letting go of the past
  • Investing in Yourself
  • Mindset shift

SPEAKER

Linda is a dynamic passionate speaker whose main purpose in life is to see people’s lives transformed from within regardless of past hurts. She uses herself as an example that “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” Napoleon Hill

 

TALK SHOW

“The Linda Muyobo Show” is aired on Faith World TV, Sky Channel 589 and Freeview Channel 264 or download the Faith World TV app both on Android and iOS.

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHING

Linda inspires and motivates you to become your best self through having honest conversation which transforms your life from within. Intentions are not enough, Action is Required.

 

TRAINER/FACILATATOR

Leadership Trainer and Croydon Branch leader of the Christian Millionaire BookClub©.

She has facilitated at various events including the Uganda/Ireland 25th Trade Conference in 2019. The event was attended by High Commissioners of UK, Uganda and Ireland, over 300 business owners from Ireland, UK and Uganda.

Margaret Ochieng

Margaret is an organisational psychologist and a practitioner-academic supporting various organisations across various sectors to embed inclusive and anti-racist practices into day-to-day organisational life. As a speaker, her enviable style is popularly described as impactful, authentic and thought-provoking based on her lived experience, behavioural sciences expertise and rootedness in academia.

Her thought-leadership models and evidence-based frameworks are often described as accessible, intellectual and practical in maximising intended progress while minimising bias and resistance to change. Margaret is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow at the Royal Society for Arts (FRSA). She is a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck University, London and a PhD candidate exploring in real-time the current developments around anti-racism practice in UK organisations. Margaret is also an advisor for Lloyds Banking Group on engaging with UK Black entrepreneurs.

For this year’s Black Inclusion Week, Margaret is available to speak on topics such as; re-imagining an organisation as an “anti-racist village”; what can we learn from the history of anti-racism in UK organisations to create better progress now?  Or staying the course of the anti-racism journey together.

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore is an award-winning leadership coach, author, speaker and educator voted as one of the UK’s 50 Most 'Influential Women in Sport’. Her pioneering work and coaching and leadership programmes have transformed the lives of professionals, young people, athletes and the culture of many organisations. Michelle is a globally recognised executive on leadership, race equity and sport for development. Winner of the UK Precious Award for ‘Outstanding Woman in Sport’ and a Football Black List award. A sought-after keynote speaker/host for the University of Cambridge, NBA, United Nations and the House of Lords. Michelle makes regular appearances for top tier media and been featured in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.  Michelle combines her campaigning roles with board positions for SportsAid, a Sport England Talent Inclusion Advisory Board and is a commissioner for The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket. She is a senior honorary associate lecturer at the University of Worcester.  Michelle is the author of her first leadership book Real Wins. Michelle’s speaking topics include Leadership, Success & Resilience, Race Equity, Mindset,  Women’s Empowerment & Leadership, Professional & Personal Growth and Sport, Health and Well-being.

Nicole Samuels Williams

L&D Consultant & Executive Coach

Nicole is a professionally certified executive coach and master trainer who specializes in communication, leadership and improving performance. She has over fifteen years of experience in design, development and delivery of training. She prides herself on practical learning application focused on effective learner outcomes. Clients value her depth of experience, and positively engaging facilitation style that enables her to comfortably transcend industries and cultures, as she leverages her corporate experience having excelled in leadership roles in fortune 500 companies. Nicole is an emerging Business Psychologist and facilitates numerous courses including New York Times best sellers Crucial ConversationsTM and The Power of HabitTM. She has delivered leadership development, values and diversity and inclusion programs for both large and SME companies including Audi Volkswagen, Cleveland Clinic, Chanel, Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA), and Emirates NBD.

Keynote Topic: Crucial Conversations: crucial skills for crucial times                                                 We will explore how utilizing Crucial ConversationsTM skills create safe foundations for difficult conversations and necessary behavioral changes as we work toward making the world a kinder, more just place for all of us.

Purity Emekwue

Purity Emekwue, is an inspirational speaker and author. Having persevered through adverse conditions in many areas of her life, and integrated her own traumatic experiences, today she inspires people to transcend their personal stories in order to discover their mighty hearts. Purity focuses on enabling people to change their narrative about suffering and fall in love with challenges. Following her groundbreaking story on the TED Stage in 2019, she continues to share her transformative messages with people from different cultures. Purity, though a biomedical scientist by education considers herself a jolly-good fellow by providence, because of her innate tendency to bring joy to the people around her. She is widely recognized for her authenticity and the unique way of delivering messages that often resonate very deeply with the audience. Purity lives in Germany and works in one of the leading Telecommunications companies in Europe in the area of people development.

My focus topics:

• Living with courage
• Falling in love with challenges
• Redefining the narrative about suffering
• Knowing who you are beyond personal stories, beliefs and race

Rejoice Ojiaku

Rejoice is the Co-Founder and Content Lead for B-DigitalUK, as well as an Award-Winning Diversity & Inclusion Advocate. She has also worked in SEO for almost 5 years with a focus around content. She also is a Global Speaker and has spoken at several conferences such as Women In Tech SEO, BrightonSEO, WhiteSpark Local Summit etc. She continues to grow her career by entering new opportunities such as being a judge for Digital Women Awards and The European Search Awards. Additionally, she is also a Twitter Spaces Co-Host for #BlackInTheWorkspace which is a platform to allow the Black demographics to discuss all things employment related in a safe environment.

 

Speaker Topics: - Diversity, Content (SEO related), Importance of Building a community, navigating agency life with anxiety disorder

Richard Etienne

Former official videographer to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Richard holds senior communications positions within the private and third sectors and has aided the online promotion of global brands in academia, art, and politics for over 17 years.

Currently Director of Internal Communications at Elsevier, a medical data and analytics publisher, Richard also holds trustee positions at Hackney Empire, SarcoidosisUK and is an independent steering group member for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

As a personal branding consultant, Richard teaches a Guardian Masterclass series, Self-promotion for introverts and How to succeed as an introvert professional and is also the founder of Black Introvert Week UK. Follow Richard’s brand awareness blog, where you can download free eBooks on introversion empowerment.

 Speaks about:

  • Self-promotion for introverts
  • How to succeed as an introvert professional
  • Promoting personality diversity in the workplace
  • Effective communication skills for tomorrow’s leaders

Sanchia Alasia

Sanchia Alasia a multi-award-winning specialist in equality diversity and human resources and has over 15 years’ experience of working in this field across the public sector.   She has worked across the public sector to help move organisations towards being truly being inclusive, valuing their staff and creating a culture where staff feel supported, appreciated, and respected.

She currently works as the Acting Director of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at London Southbank University.  She is a member of the CIPD and a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Sanchia has won numerous awards including, being highly commended as a political figure in the Baton awards in 2020 and winner as outstanding public sector figure at the Precious awards in 2020.  She was also named as one of fifty most inspirational Black women in the UK during Black history month in 2019.

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