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Being a Black Female Leader in the Public Sector

In celebration of  Black History Month 2021, Jennifer Izekor, Above Difference Founder hosted four exceptional black female public sector leaders in an open discussion of the unique landscape for Black Women in the UK’s Public Sector.

Cindy Butts, Senior Portfolio Holder, Chair of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket
Tracie Jolliff, NHS People Directorate, Head of Inclusive System Development
Dr Joan Myers OBE, QN, Director and Trustee, Florence Nightingale Foundation, Queens Nurse
Wendy Olayiwola BEM, RN, RM National Maternity Lead for Equality NHS England and NHS Improvement

Each speaker shared their personal journeys and their ‘hills climbed’ in achieving professional success.  They gave their advice to aspiring BAME female leaders planning their own ascent to leadership.

The panel responded to recently published research by Henley Business School that found older black women face a “triple assault” of racism, sexism and ageism.

This webinar is an insight into what it takes to succeed, the interesting ways in which discrimination, prejudice, racism and sexism have and still raise their heads, the ways in which our speakers have learnt to ‘thrive not just survive’ and the price(s) they have been made to pay along the way.