Black Men Business Talks

Tuesday 26th October  |  6pm – 9.30pm

The Black Men Business Talks will offer Black men a space to learn effective growth strategies for business development and career success. With interactive talks and group discussions led by stand-out business men and senior leaders, this event will offer you practical advice and insights on how to be your best authentic self as a Black man 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 men, Black Women 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.

Keynote Speaker

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE

Arguably the most recognisable news presenter in British broadcasting history

Chairperson

Marvyn Harrison

Founder of Dope Black Dads & Belovd Agency

Speakers & Moderators

Byron Cole

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of The BLC Group & Author

Kojo Marfo

Creative Director at My Runway Group

Mark Maciver

Barber, Business adviser, Speaker & CEO of SliderCuts

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE

Award-winning barrister

DK Bartley

Chief Diversity Officer at Moody’s

Alan Smith

Senior Advisor – ESG Risk and Inclusion at HSBC

Patrick Hutchinson

Co Founder, UTCAI

Raphael Sofoluke

Founder, UK Black Business Show

Agenda

6:00 – 6:25   |   Registration and Networking

6:25 – 6:30   |   Welcome and Introduction

Chairperson:

Marvyn Harrison, Founder, Dope Black Dads & Belovd Agency

6:30 – 7:00   |   Turning Point:  Black Advancement – Black Business – Black Culture – Black Talent

  • Advocacy and Allyship
  • Why is it important to demonstrate ‘what good looks like’ and how does that relate to business?
  • What can we learn from our experiences?
  • Finding better ways to lead by example
  • What does change look like?

Patrick Hutchinson, Co Founder, UTCAI
DK Bartley, Chief Diversity Officer at Moody’s 

7:00 – 7:30   |   Building the pipeline: Leaders of Tomorrow
{Professionals Power Panel}

There are more Black professionals in senior or leadership roles than ever before, despite this, these positions account for just 1.5% of the entire senior workforce in the UK. What can we do to ensure the development and sustained growth of underrepresented leaders in the corporate world?

During this panel discussion, we will explore key strategies to ensure you’re able to demonstrate strong leadership in whatever capacity you find yourself in and create success on your own terms.

This session will also outline how employers and business leaders can comprehensively review their internal culture, including how they nurture workers from Black communities to succeed in their organisations and become the leaders of tomorrow.

DK Bartley, Chief Diversity Officer at Moody’s 

Alan Smith, Senior Advisor – ESG Risk and Inclusion at HSBC

7:30 – 7:45   |   Networking Break

7:45 – 8:15   |   Helping ourselves – The Power of Collaboration
{Entrepreneurs Power Panel}

There is an absolute abundance of resources and networks available within the black community that entrepreneurs can potentially tap into for business development. This session will bring awareness to these opportunities and give key examples of how we can better work together as a community to empower each other and grow Black economies on a larger scale.

Byron Cole, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of The BLC Group & Author

Mark Maciver, Barber, Business adviser, Speaker & CEO of SliderCuts

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE, Award-winning barrister

Kojo Marfo, Creative Director at My Runway Group

8:15 – 8:25   |   Networking Break

8:25 – 9:25   |  Fireside Chat + Audience Q&A

Join us, as our Founder, Raphael Sofoluke, sits down with one of the most prominent figures ever in British Broadcasting.

Sir Trevor McDonald was the first ever Black news anchor in the UK and since then has scaled the heights of his industry to become the most decorated and renowned broadcaster in British history.

Watch this in-depth conversation to hear more about his life and career as a Black professional in the UK, guaranteed to be a very insightful session.

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE

 

Moderator:
Raphael Sofoluke, Founder, UK Black Business Show

9:25 – 9:30   |   Closing Remarks

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