Black History Month 2023
Black History Month runs from Sunday 1st October 2023 to Tuesday 31st October 2023 in the UK. The month celebrates the contribution and achievements of black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world with its aim to educate everyone on black history.
According to the Black History Month website, the theme for this year’s event is about celebrating in particular the vital role black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities.
If you are looking to plan an event this year to mark Black History Month these are just a few of the inspirational speakers we work with that you might like to consider –
Donna Fraser OBE has become a leader in equality diversity and inclusion with over 10 years of corporate experience within business, sport, leadership, well-being, and PMA for both start-ups and established companies.
In 2021 she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and has served as a Trustee, advisor, and Board member for multiple organisations such as the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Women’s Sports Trust, British Athletes Commission, International Women’s Group and Her Spirit to name a few.
Donna Fraser is a 4x Olympian and former 400m sprinter for Great Britain, with a successful athletics career that spanned over 20 years and has a host of European, Commonwealth, and World medals.
Anne Wafula Strike, MBE, is an inspirational and motivational speaker who draws on her own life experiences and achievements to inspire her audiences.
Born in Mihu, Kenya, to Nekesa Ruth and Athumani Wafula, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. She was given the middle name of Olympia at birth, a title of prophetic significance for the future and prescient of hurdles she would face in forthcoming years. 2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from Sub-Sahara Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens. In 2006 Anne became a British citizen and joined Team GB and in 2007 she was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her work as a disabled athlete and involvement in charity work for people with disabilities.
Jaz Ampaw-Farr is a Human First Leadership Strategist, Keynote Speaker, and Author.
Jaz has a unique ability to help people and corporations reframe their stories and situations, bringing transformation in their work, life, and communities. This is Jaz’s alchemy.
Jaz is highly recognised for the impact she’s had on the education and health sectors, galvanising and inspiring those around her. She has led national and international projects unlocking potential in leaders and teams and is now highly sought after by business leaders, corporations, and governments wanting the same results.
It is fair to say that working with Jaz leaves a mark. She gives you the feeling you can do the impossible so that the next time you face adversity and challenge, you’ll be ready. In her TEDx Talk, she re-storied her life as a broken child, highlighting the transformative power we have to make a difference. Jaz’s determination drove her from appalling abuse at the hands of her own parents to running away from foster care and life as a teen on the streets, to the resilience influencer she is today.
Naomi Sesay is a diversity and inclusion expert who is highly regarded as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker.
Using her 20 years of experience in television and media, Naomi Sesay has devoted her career to serving as a powerful advocate for diversity and inclusion, becoming a trailblazer for social enterprise. She is currently Head of Creative Diversity at Channel 4 and was previously Head of Innovation and Diversity for Media Trust.
As a Diversity & Inclusion expert, Naomi Sesay has delivered training for an array of organisations including Google, YouTube, NBC Universal, IPA, and MTV. Naomi has also won the IDOX award for journalism, recognising the impact of her inspiring work in building up the confidence of communities and creating vibrant places for them to thrive, work and play.
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon is a keynote speaker on the Future of Work & STEM and presenter and co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise, Stemettes.
A recognised and respected thought leader in the tech space and trustee at the Institute for the Future of Work, Anne-Marie has spoken across the globe for some of the world’s biggest digital companies and conferences, including Facebook, ASOS, Google, SXSW, and Founders Forum.
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon regularly appears in international media and is a sought-after presenter and conference facilitator. In addition to hosting the highly popular Women Tech Charge podcast for the Evening Standard, Anne-Marie was featured on the 2019 Royal Institute Christmas Lectures and has conducted live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond, including Jack Dorsey, Rachel Riley, and Lewis Hamilton.
Kanya King MBE is a world-renowned entrepreneur and inspirational speaker on Diversity and leadership and founder of the MOBO Awards
While working as a TV researcher, Kanya noticed the massive gap in the market for a mainstream British awards ceremony celebrating music influenced and inspired by black music. With Britpop at its peak and with urban music still under the radar, Kanya found it hard to get support and traction behind her idea. Instead, she decided to re-mortgage her house to fund the TV production herself and using all of her persuasion skills got Carlton TV (ITV London) to broadcast it – all inside six weeks.
Kanya helped to take black music from the edge of British culture to the heart of mainstream culture in the UK and around the world.
If you would like more information on any of the speakers or have an event in mind please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8854 7247