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Black At Work

Created by Out The Box in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, Black at Work is a community safe space for Black people to come together to share their experiences in the workplace providing solutions, advice and resources and industry opportunities. It is also a space for allies to understand and listen directly from those who require the support. 

Creating a safe space for members from diverse communities.

Past Black At Work Events

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Black At Work: Jun 2020

This was the pilot Black at Work event led by Renee and Ivy. 

 

  • Over 130 spaces filled in less than a week. 

  • A safe healing, yet informative space. 

  • Discussions round basic rights as a Black person in a corporate environment, and how to address unfair cases. 

  • The importance of unions. 

  • Negotiating pay.

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Black At Work II: Jul 2020

Our host Ivy Kayima spoke with Mary Agbesanwa, co-leader of PWC’s Multicultural Network and founder of women’s network Now You’re Talking. 

 

They covered: 

 

  • Navigating being in corporate leadership as a Black person.

  • Personal experiences of racism at work.

  • Key factors in growth and success. 

  • Network building.

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Black At Work III: Nov 2020

Our host Ivy spoke with Nicole Young first and only Black female operations manager at tech company Tier Mobility. 

 

Topics covered: 

 

  • Being a Black woman in a white male led tech industry. 

  • On creating access for Black women in senior tech roles. 

  • The importance of more diversity and inclusion in tech. 

  • Being bold when speaking about salary, and negotiating contracts.

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Black At Work IV: Feb 2021

Our first male guest! Ivy chatted with Raphael Sofoluke, founder and CEO of The UK Black Business Show. 

 

Topics: 

 

  • The huge need for, and success of the UK Black Business Show.

  • The barriers Back businesses, and entrepreneurs face in the UK.

  • The varied experiences of Black men and women in predominantly white corporate spaces.

  • Black Ownership and creating tighter communities.

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Black At Work V: Apr 2021

Our special guest Writer, Director and Producer Sheila Nortley spoke with us about navigating the film and TV industry. 

 

Topics: 

 

  • The importance of creatives knowing the business side of the industry.

  • Developing ones craft in film in order to generate income.

  • Being a Black woman in film production

  • Using roles of leadership to advocate for more representation.

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Black At Work VI: May 2021

In partnership with The London Interdisciplinary School, we gathered again with our special guests Liz Pemberton (The Black Nursery Manager) and Lynette Nabbosa (Elimu) to look at how to navigate the world of education as an industry and institution.

 

Topics

  • Black children and early education

  • Representation in higher education

  • The Black attainment gap

  • The business of education

  • Mental Health, work-life balance and authenticity

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Black At Work IV: Nov 2021

For our first ever in-person Black at Work, we gathered at M&C Saatchi, Golden Square to discuss all things being Black in the marketing industry with Charlotte Williams and Omari Edwards. In partnership with Mentor Black Business. 

 

Topics

  • How you can speak up and advocate for change in predominantly white spaces

  • Making an impact and creating opportunities

  • Conscious inclusion

  • How to be an ally

  • Mental health

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Black At Work VIII: Apr 2022

For our first ever in-person Black at Work, we gathered at M&C Saatchi, Golden Square to discuss all things being Black in the marketing industry with Charlotte Williams and Omari Edwards. In partnership with Mentor Black Business. 

 

Topics

  • How you can speak up and advocate for change in predominantly white spaces

  • Making an impact and creating opportunities

  • Conscious inclusion

  • How to be an ally

  • Mental health

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