2023 Agenda

Book tickets

Monday 2nd

Tuesday 3rd

Wednesday 4th

Thursday 5th

Friday 6th

Saturday 7th

Thursday 5th

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, London N1 0QH

Thursday captures 3 themes, Black Allyship, Media Culture and Sport and the inaugural Black in Legal. Select the event you want to learn more about or attend all of them and make a day if it!

Black Allyship Program

13:00 – 13:30

Registration and Networking

13:30 - 13:40

Welcome Introduction

Host

Aggie Mutuma
CEO, Mahogany Inclusion Partners

13:40 – 14:40

Allyship as an individual – Using our individual power as allies to make a real difference

Join us for an insightful conversation on the transformative potential of individual allyship in fostering positive outcomes for Black professionals and businesses. 

Explore the profound impact we can make, both within the workplace and in the broader community, as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable society.

This engaging discussion will provide a wealth of experiential knowledge and invaluable strategies for personal growth and development as you actively support and champion the Black community.

Panellists:

Lavinya Stennet
Founder, The Black Curriculum
Mamta Saha
Business Psychologist, Mamta Saha Ltd
Rebecca Berry
Inclusion Consultant and Coach, The Inclusion Coach
Phillip Mix
Independent Practitioner

Moderator:

Sope Agbelusi
Executive Coach, Founder of Mindset Shift, Keynote Speaker and Podcast Host

Including Summary and Q&A moderated by Aggie Mutuma

14:40 – 14:55

Networking Break

14:55 – 15:55

Allyship as an organisation – Organisations as Agents of Change: Building a Better Future

There is a significant window of opportunity for organisations to make a positive impact and truly embody their values by actively supporting and standing alongside the Black community. 

In this panel discussion, we will delve into the consequences of inaction towards inequality, which contradicts the stated values of most organisations. 

Importantly, the discussion will offer practical steps that any organisation can implement while developing and implementing strategies to improve the present and future experiences of the Black community.

Panellists:

Dianne Greyson
Founder, #EthnicityPayGap Campaign
Tiana Holgate
Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Tap In
Mark Roberts
Director of Commercial Services, Metropolitan Police
Lee Chambers
Director, Essentialise and Male Allies UK

Moderator:

Habee Hamilton
Diversity and Inclusion Director, Mahogany Partners

Including summary, Q&A and reflection moderated by Aggie Mutuma

15:55 - 16:25

Closing remarks and reflection

Black Media, Culture and Sports Talks

18:00 – 18:45

Registration and Networking

18:45 – 18:50

Welcome and Introduction

Host:

Christina Taylor
Founder, Aim Sky High and The Purpose Agency

18:55 – 19:40

The Art of Influence and Storytelling

In today’s world, understanding the art of influence and storytelling is essential for making a lasting impact and gaining access to opportunities. Discover how successful storytellers engage audiences through compelling narratives in the digital age. 

Whether you’re a content creator, marketer, professional, or simply interested in storytelling for brand-building purposes, this panel promises to provide you with insightful tips and strategies for you to incorporate into your own careers.

Panellists:

Adrian Grant
Producer, Writer & Director
Charlotte Stavrou
Founder and CEO, SevenSix Agency
Ola Christian
Producer, Casting Director and Founder, LEVILE
Juls
Producer, DJ and songwriter

Moderator:

Stephanie Yamson
Story Consultant, Writer, Actress, and Founder, The Ascend Collective CIC

19:40 – 19:55

Networking Break

20:00 – 20:45

Rising Beyond the Game: Resilience and Reinvention in Sports

Join us for a captivating panel discussion featuring Black professionals who have reinvented themselves in their sports careers. “Rising Beyond the Game: Resilience and Reinvention in Sports” offers a unique opportunity to hear the inspiring stories of these exceptional individuals.

Former professional athletes will share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs on the path to reinvention. From navigating career-ending injuries to transitioning into the business world, they have embraced adversity and channelled their passion into new ventures.

Discover the mindset, strategies, and skills required to pivot and thrive beyond the boundaries of athletic careers. Gain valuable insights from these Black professionals’ journeys, empowering you to conquer new horizons in both sports and business.

“Rising Beyond the Game” celebrates the indomitable spirit of these individuals, providing inspiration for aspiring athletes, sports enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs alike. Don’t miss this opportunity to be motivated and learn from their remarkable stories.

Panellists:
Lianne Sanderson
Footballer and Football Analyst
Kweku Afari
Broadcaster & Producer
Anton Ferdinand
Former Professional Footballer, Media Personality and Mentor
Moderator:
Ade Oladipo
Sports Broadcaster.
presented by TalkSport

20:45 - 21:30

Punching through Adversity: Frank Bruno's Journey from Boxing Ring to Mental Health Advocate

Frank Bruno
Former WBC Heavyweight Boxing World Champion
Moderator:
Marvyn Harrison
Founder, Dope Black CIC & CEO, BELOVD Agency

21:30

Close and networking

Black in Legal - Empowering Change without Boundaries

Takes place concurrently with Black Media, Culture and Sports Talks

18:00 – 18:35

Registration + Networking

18:40 – 18:45

Chair’s Welcome

Segun Osuntokun
Managing Partner, UK, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

18:50 – 19:35

The Careers We Don't Know About: Exploring Opportunities for Black Graduates in the Legal Sector

Designed specifically for Black graduates, the panel brings together distinguished industry leaders, seasoned practitioners, and trailblazing advocates who have carved unconventional but highly rewarding career trajectories. Attendees will gain valuable perspectives on diverse roles such as General Counsels, legal technology experts, compliance specialists, legal consultants, legal writers, and more.

In an inclusive and supportive environment, the panellists will share personal anecdotes, challenges faced, and triumphs achieved while exploring these unconventional avenues. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of their own career aspirations and a strengthened resolve to break barriers in the legal sector. Together, let’s unlock the hidden potential of Black talent in the legal profession.

Moderator:

Egbe Manton
Lawyer, bp

Panellists:

Ade Ahmadu
Founder, Cerculate
Rhianne Murray
Legal Counsel, Chelsea FC
Nadine Owusu-Ansah
Founder, Legally Diverse
Sayo Ogundele
AME Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold Corporation

19:40 – 19:55

Break

20:00 – 20:45

Unlocking Success: The Practical Lessons of Thriving in Law

Join our panel featuring 4 trailblazing Black executives navigating the legal profession. These respected leaders have demonstrated excellence and achievement within their field. In this engaging session, they will share useful tips and strategies they’ve learned on their career journeys. Gain insight on overcoming challenges, honing leadership skills, and unleashing your voice. Aspiring legal professionals will benefit from their advice and will be inspired to pursue their goals within the competitive legal world.

This session is hosted by Julian Richard, Managing Director, Extense and author of ‘The 1% Study’, a primary research investigation that discovered the key contributing factors that have assisted Black solicitors to reach the partnership level at major law firms in the UK.



Panellists:

Alexandra Wilson
Barrister, author and campaigner
Kizzy Augustin
Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto
Partner – Allen & Overy
Yetunde Dania
Partner and Head of Office, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Moderator:

Julian Richard
Managing Director, extense

20:50 – 21:10

Closing Keynote - Dr Tunde Okewale MBE, Award-winning barrister

The speech will emphasise the values of perseverance, forward-thinking, optimism, and dedication in the face of challenges, and the importance of these attributes in the legal profession to make a significant difference.

Chair’s closing remarks

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE
Award-winning barrister

21:15 – 21:30

Further networking