Future Leaders Panel - Insights from young black professionals
We are delighted to welcome an inspiring future leaders panel made up of Mary Agbesanwa, Lola Olaore & Kemi Akinboyewa, hosted by the equally inspirational Alisa Harewood of We-R-One Diversity Management Consultancy.
October is Black History Month - what better time to shine a light and take this is opportunity to look to our future leaders, and history makers, for their perspectives on the progress of the gender agenda through a young black professional lens.
We must talk about black experiences and bring them to the forefront if we are to truly understand what action we need to continue to drive.
Join us for an interactive discussion to explore black experiences in the workplace and what tangible actions have helped these inspirational change makers to be the role models they are today.
Whether you’re an aspiring future leader or current leader, this is an opportunity to increase your awareness and understanding of our panel’s experiences and be inspired by these upcoming professionals – our leaders of the future.
17:00 Welcome - Intro
17:05 Panel discussion
18:00 Optional virtual networking
Alisa Harewood, Founder and Director of We R One consultancy who believes that Equality + Empowerment = Advancement for all. With over 16 years’ within strategy, sales, delivery, operations and change management, Alisa has extensive global experience & cultural awareness which has been gained by having worked in 8 countries across 4 continents. Alisa has worked her way from entry level to the executive leadership all without a university degree and over the course of her career Alisa has been, for the most part the only person of colour on many leadership teams.
Alisa created We-R-One consultancy in January 2019. Using her own experiences Alisa helps organisations understand how they can create a culture of inclusivity in order for all people to thrive but specifically women and people from a Black & Ethic minority group.
Mary Agbesanwa: Passionate about the future of financial services and supporting millennials to achieve their full potential, Mary Agbesanwa is strategy and operations Management Consultant currently leading her firm’s Fintech Accelerator Programme. She also co-leads her firm’s Multicultural Business Network, a large employee resource group with over 1,000 members. Outside of work, she blogs on her Medium blog A Millennial’s Diary about careers and personal development for millennials, and co-runs a female millennial self-development and entrepreneurial community called Now You’re Talking.
She was selected as a McKinsey Next Generation Women Leader 2020 and is No.1 on EMpower and Yahoo Finance’s Future Leader List 2020.
Lola Olaore, Senior Digital Analyst and Founder. Lola specialises in building customer-centric products, her clients have ranged from Hospitality & Leisure and Charities. Passionate about the empowerment of girls/women and the future of work she founded thinkHER ambition and co-founded Now You’re Talking, a female millennial community. Lola has also been recognised for her efforts and has been involved in international projects.
Successes included her being selected as a G20 UK youth delegate, completing leadership programmes in China and is a One Young World Ambassador. She is the recipient of Yahoo Finance Future leader award and Financial Times top 50 inspirational Ethnic Minority Future Leaders. Prior experiences involve being a Youth Advisor for LifeSkills by Barclays and Mayor of London’s Digital Pioneer.
Kemi Akinboyewa is an associate at Barclays Investment Bank in the Debt Capital Markets team with a focus on Northern European (primarily Nordic) banks. She joined the bank in 2016 after completing a 10-week internship in 2015 in the Ratings Advisory and RSG (Derivative Sales) teams; since then she has helped clients raise in excess of EUR 50bn in debt funding. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Accounting and Finance. Outside of the office, she runs a blog and some social media pages focussed on Lifestyle and Fitness, with over 10k followers across platforms.
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