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Catalysts of change

6.30pm - 8pm, 10th November 2021, Online Event

Catalysts of change: Meet the inspiring new generation of black female business leaders who are pushing boundaries and driving change. This informal panel session will be lively, informative and inspirational.

Jamelia Donaldson is the award-winning founder and CEO of @TreasureTress — Europe‚Äôs largest and first monthly product discovery subscription service for women with kinky-curly hair and also the co-creator of The Teen Experience, a monthly workshop series that offers black and mixed-race teen girls personal development skills and more.
She is the creator of the TT AWARDS an online event that showcases the best beauty products as well as the creator of the TreasureTress Trend Report which was birthed out of the need to make the Black British Consumer visible.
Her work and her company are regularly featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, Gal-Dem, Good Housekeeping and Pride Magazine just to name a few. She is the host of ShesObsessedThePodcast highlighting the experiences of successful and game-changing Black British Women.

Opeyemi Sofoluke is the Lead Regional Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager at Meta, serving as the lead interface for the Employee Resource Groups to guide their impact on programs that build a more inclusive workplace. Prior to this, she was the EMEA Lead for Global Technology, Diversity and Inclusion at J.P. Morgan, where she served as a Vice President and was responsible for setting the business strategy and designing the D&I agenda across an organisation of 5.5K technologists.
Opeyemi is also the Co-Author of Twice As Hard, a book she wrote alongside her husband, Raphael Sofoluke. Twice As Hard explores the Black identity in the workplace and business, providing readers with practical advice to develop
personally and professionally. By sharing valuable lessons from over 40 Black trailblazers from across the UK and US, this book addresses the real challenges faced by Black people navigating predominantly white spaces and shares tried and tested recommendations on how to thrive in these environments.

Shannie Mears left Global advertising agency Iris worldwide with the former CEO whilst she was an intern in 2017. She is now the Co-founder & Head of Talent at The Elephant Room, which is a creative ad agency addressing the industry's Elephant in the room when it comes to access and representation. She has worked with Global brands such as; Uber, Converse, Chivas, Disney and more. She has been named Management Today's 35 under 35 young woman in Business as well as Oystercatchers Champion for change. She is a lecturer at Kingston University and previously sat on the Race disparity advisory board at no.10.

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