Black Women Business Talks

Tuesday 18th October  |  6pm – 9.30pm

The Black Women Business Talks will offer Black women a space to learn effective growth strategies for business development and career success. With interactive talks and group discussions led by stand-out business women and senior leaders, this event will offer you practical advice and insights on how to be your best authentic self as a Black woman in industry, lead in whatever capacity you find yourself in and create success on your own terms.

This is one you do not want to miss. There will be a chance to network with speakers, business leaders and industry professionals, following the event.

Who is this for?
We invite all Black Women, Black Men and allies of the Black community who would like to develop, be inspired, and have real, honest and open discussion in an environment that supports learning and growth. Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.

Speakers TBC

Natalie Ojevah MBE

Natalie Ojevah MBE

Eagle Labs Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Barclays Bank

Elizabeth Uviebinené

Multi-award-winning author and columnist at The Financial Times.

Elizabeth Uviebinené is a multi-award-winning author and columnist at The Financial Times. She has published five books, including her critically acclaimed bestseller Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible (co-authored in 2018) and her vision of a better working future in The Reset: Ideas to change how we work and live. She is building Storia, a journaling and mindfulness app, on a mission to make the world a happier place. Elizabeth was awarded Ad Age’s 2021 Leading Women in Europe, one of the most influential people in London, by the Evening Standard and the Groucho Maverick Award for being a ‘culturally progressive innovator, making the change’

Kanya King CBE

Founder & CEO MOBO Group.

An internationally renowned entrepreneur, Kanya King has – through her role as CEO, founder and visionary of the iconic MOBO platform – displayed the drive and ambition needed to help take black music from the margins of British popular culture to the heart of mainstream culture, in the UK and around the world.

Since its inception in 1996, Kanya has built MOBO into a globally respected brand and with her guidance, MOBO has established itself as a champion of diversity, inclusion and recognition for talent within music, culture, arts, fashion, media and larger society as a whole.

In 2018 Kanya was presented with both a CBE for services to music and culture and the Legacy Award at the inaugural Investing in Diversity Awards. In 2021 she was awarded the Music Week Strat Award, one of the biggest music industry accolades.

Constantly innovating, MOBO recently launched MOBOLISE, a career and networking platform backed by Accenture, born to support creative talent and establish a level playing field for young black talent in the workplace.

Tobi Oredein

Tobi Oredein

Founder and CEO, Black Ballad

After years of working in mainstream media and witnessing the dearth of black women in the offices and on the pages of magazines, Tobi Oredein decided to take matters into her own hands and launch Black Ballad in 2014. Alongside her co-founder Bola Awoniyi, the pair originally launched the site as a free access blog to tell the human experiences of Black women, but in 2016, shifted gears and launched a crowdfund to transition into the membership platform that many know today. Since re-launching in 2017, the media and data company has commissioned over 350 Black female creatives and worked with brands that include the BBC, Dove, PUMA and Tangle Teezer. Black Ballad recently raised over £335,000 of investment through private investors and from an equity crowdfund that saw Black Ballad women become the company’s highest demographic of investors. By putting black women first in everything they do, Black Ballad’s vision is to empower every black woman to change her world with every click she makes and every conversation she has.

Jamelia Donaldson

Founder and CEO of TreasureTress

Jamelia Donaldson is the founder and CEO of TreasureTress — a monthly product subscription service for girls and women with kinky-curly hair and also the co-creator of The Teen Experience, a monthly workshop series which offers young black women to attend a series of personal development workshops, for teens.

With a huge online community, and an active and thriving offline presence, TreasureTress takes a bespoke and forward-thinking approach to serving the natural hair communityAs a solution to the beauty industry’s difficulty connecting to their Black, consumer in the UK, Jamelia added a consultancy arm to TreasureTress as a way to guide brands in the US on the unique experience of the Black and multicultural UK natural hair consumer. Providing them with strategy, social, digital and influencer marketing.

Jamelia has been featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, Good Housekeeping and Pride Magazine just to name a few. In 2021 Jamelia received AdWeek Europe’s Future Is Female Award. Jamelia has also just recently released the brand’s very first white paper: The Untapped Opportunity: in the UK Afro Hair Market.

Sonia Cargan

Sonia Cargan

Senior Vice President, Chief Colleague Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Talent Officer at American Express

Sonia serves as the Senior Vice President, Chief Colleague Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Talent Officer of American Express. In this role, Sonia leads the global DE&I strategy to build awareness, promote an inclusive culture throughout the colleague experience and ensure that American Express remains an employer of choice among top diverse talent. Sonia also leads our enterprise talent management, learning, development, and performance management strategies and works closely with the Executive Committee to drive meaningful change across the talent life cycle and foster a culture of belonging.

During her 25+ year career with American Express, Sonia has held a range of increasingly senior Colleague Experience Group (CEG) roles building a strong track record of successfully partnering with business leaders to drive strategic organizational goals. Prior to her current role, Sonia was the Colleague Strategic Partner for Global Finance and Worldwide Staff Groups. Working with several members of the Executive Committee she and her team drove a full complement of CEG services to maximize the human capital strategies across a portfolio of business units. Sonia has held roles in Brighton, Singapore, New York and London with regional and global remits.

Sonia holds a BA Honours degree in Social Administration from the University of Brighton and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK). She was named one of Business Insiders DEI Trailblazers (2021);one of Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity (2019); features on the Cranfield 50 women to watch (2019) and sits on the board of The National Archives and British American Business. Sonia has commented in a range of media including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and

Sonia lives in Brighton, is married and has two grown-up children. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, exploring the local restaurant scene and the theatre. She is a keen hiker and runner who has completed five marathons including NYC, London and Paris.

Claudia Rossler

Claudia Rossler

Customer Experience Officer International Consumer Bank at JPMorgan Chase

In her role as CXO, Claudia champions Chase UK’s customer-centric approach to product development and service delivery. She leads a team of strategists, researchers, designers, writers and operations experts who use insights and data to create simple, delightful and inclusive customer journeys. 

Claudia joined J.P. Morgan in 2012 as CMO for the Private Bank in EMEA, before moving into her current role.  Prior to this, Claudia spent six years at UBS Wealth Management as head of Marketing for Europe ex Switzerland. She has also held marketing, strategy and communications roles at Coutts & Co, Russell Investments and The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Claudia sits on J.P. Morgan UK’s Philanthropy Committee and is a member of the EMEA Black Leadership Forum.

Claudia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Oliemata ODonoghue Regional Director London HSBC UK

Oliemata O’Donoghue

Director – Branch Network HSBC UK

I have spent the last 20 years in the Financial Services Industry, of which 17 years have been with Barclays. I have done numerous roles from frontline branch leadership to national roles, including Optimisation Director in regulated business functions. My current role is Regional Director for Inner and Outer London for the branch network. I thoroughly enjoy my role as I have always been passionate about growing our colleagues, customer engagement and the wider societal impact we can drive in our local communities and broader.

I am an external coach and mentor and I am focused on supporting the future generation who are aspiring to be leaders and change makers. I am very passionate about driving inclusion and pro-actively work with Employee resource groups /Business leaders to drive meaningful change focusing on the Ethnicity Agenda and intersectionality.

– Named in the FT and Yahoo finance top 100 BAME Leader in 2018 and 2019
– Nominated for Women in Banking and Finance Awards Champion for Women Award shortlist finalist for 2020
– Nominated for Champion for Rising Stars in 2021

I have a clear focus on community and volunteering, and chaired the Regional Communities Committee in the South of England for 2 years, collaborating with colleagues across all business lines and functions to support local charities and funding.

Carina White

Cultural commentator

Voted the Voice Newspaper’s “One to Watch” and winner of the coveted We Are TheCity “Rising Star” Award in the same year, Carina White is an award winning event host, broadcaster, cultural commentator and keynote speaker. 

Carina is a familiar face and voice on Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio, Sky News, Times Radio and a regular panellist on the Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5.

Michelle Raymond

Founder and Director, The People’s Partner

Michelle is an Emerging Leadership Coach and Trainer, Certified Master NLP Practitioner and award-winning International TEDx Speaker on a mission to make the inVisible Visible!

Michelle is the CEO of an Executive Coaching and Training Consultancy, The People’s Partner, specialising in building future fit and diverse leadership pipeline with organisations who are keen to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of their emerging leaders.

Her team help organizations reduce organizational risks by ensuring that the leadership pipeline is fit for purpose with executives and potential leaders that are culturally and emotionally intelligent, inclusive  and critical thinkers that are ready to advance to the next steps in becoming part of the company’s senior leadership team.

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