Black Allyship Program

Thursday 28th October  |  10am – 2pm

We speak with allies on how they can be more effective in partnering with the Black community to create greater opportunities for the advancement of Black talent. In collaboration with our Diversity and Inclusion coach, we will deliver training to employees and senior management on how to best support Black employees/colleagues, recognise and challenge stereotypes, systematic inequalities and microaggressions in the workplace and create an inclusive work environment where Black employees believe they truly belong.

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


Robin MacDonald

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Rubik Talent


Christine Smith

Finance Director at Nobia UK & former Finance Director Barclays

Marc Abraham

Head of Product – Engagement at ASOS

Aggie Mutuma

Chief Executive Officer of Mahogany Inclusion Partners

Ama Ocansey

UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion at BNP Paribas

Denise Nurse

Founder OF Black Founders Hub 


10:00 – 10:45   |   Registration and Networking

10:50 – 11:20   |   Bridging the Gap
{Professionals Power Panel}

There is a no shortage of talented people available in the market but unfortunately this is not always matched with opportunity.
Too often, potential is prematurely capped by a myriad of arbitrary factors including race or nationality.
Businesses that are lacking Black representation are missing out on a huge pool of talent, resulting in less diversity and innovation in products or services.
This panel will take a deep dive into the reasons for these corporate talent gaps and provide practical insights on how to improve this going forward.

Marc Abraham, Head of Product – Engagement at ASOS
Ama Ocansey, UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BNP Paribas
Robin MacDonald, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Rubik Talent

11:25 – 11:45   |  Black Allyship: My Journey So Far…

This session will provide a rare opportunity to hear about the struggle against inequality from a non-Black perspective. During this solo talk we will hear from Christine Smith, former Finance Director at Barclays discussing her upbringing, growing up with a dad that had strong racist views and how that shaped her thoughts on race.

Furthermore, we’ll hear about her experience in the corporate world, where she was the driving force behind equality initiatives, helping to level the playing field in the corporate recruitment and professional development process. An inspirational story not to be missed!

Christine Smith, Finance Director at Nobia UK & former Finance Director Barclays

11:50 – 12:20   |   Allyship: Going Beyond the Hashtag
{Entrepreneurship Power Panel}

There are many businesses and corporate entities who support the development and progression of Black professionals in industry.

The challenge comes in knowing the right way to demonstrate this, especially after recent events where we are continually reminded that to be silent is to be complicit.

This session will give practical examples of public allyship that can have a real and positive impact on racial equality in business and help underrepresented voices to be heard. As opposed to performative allyship that begins and ends with hashtags.

Aggie Mutuma, Chief Executive Officer of Mahogany Inclusion Partners
Denise Nurse, Founder, Black Founders Hub 

12:20 – 13:10   |  Lunch and Networking Break

13:15 – 13:50   |   Shoe Swapping: Understanding a different perspective
{Keynote Address} *Including 10 minute Q&A

Compared to previous generations, there has been a lot of progress made in industry and the workplace in general when it comes to combating racial inequalities. However, it’s because of this general perception of progression that the more subtle systematic inequalities and micro-aggressions can easily fall under the radar.

This session will highlight the understated but still very common, racially motivated transgressions that Black people experience in the workplace, helping to educate the audience on how to identify and correctly tackle them when they occur.

13:50 – 14:00   |   Closing Remarks

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