Naomi Sesay is diversity and inclusion expert who is highly-regarded as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker.
Using her 20 years’ experience in television and media, Naomi Sesay has devoted her career to serving as a powerful advocate for diversity and inclusion, becoming a trail-blazer 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.
As an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker, Naomi Sesay challenges audiences to examine their emotional and cultural intelligence with the aim to create a truly diverse workforce. She has shared her insights on how to connect, resonate and powerfully lead a diverse cohort with audiences from Warner Bros, Heathrow, Viacom, McCann, and UN Woman.
Her keynotes include –
Hidden In Plain Sight – Diversity in Motion
Creating a truly diverse workforce is paramount. But, in our current environment change is slow, difficult work. Perhaps, now is the time to think of a smarter way. This thought provoking and inspirational keynote examines how the information we currently possess lock us into unconscious holding patterns. By interrogating our emotional and cultural intelligence, Naomi demystifies the sticking point of change, interactively shows examples of palpable connection and moves us into a new place of diverse thought and action.
The Future of Inclusive Leadership – Nuances, Quirks and Science
Is it possible to consciously push the dial of change toward diverse and inclusive leadership? Only if we understand the dial we push. This interactive talk reveals the powerful tools that leaders in the D&I space will need in order to make their teams and organisations effective, agile and precise. . We will examine the nuances of diversity, the importance of thought leadership , and how to utilise cutting-edge scientific theories around ways we can empathetically and powerfully lead a diverse cohort.
The Golden Thread
As a species, we are narrative beings, hardwired to connect with, learn from and understand the art of storytelling. We instinctively tune into stories that resonate or match our emotional state. Stories entice, enthral, inspire, warn, dictate and command, but the most powerful and universal stories are those which weave a thread of truth. This keynote draws the art of storytelling, the building blocks of human connection, to explore powerful stories through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion.
"Naomi was fantastic. Articulate, visionary and extremely inspiring. People left the room changed in a positive way- thank you”
— Heathrow Diversity and Inclusion Event
“On both occasions that I have invited her in as a keynote speaker this year, Naomi Sesay was magic. She is hands-on and real; somone you learn from by simply watching her present so confidently.”