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Equality, diversity and your career

Join our panel of alumni experts to discuss how we can close the BAME leadership gap and learn about the motivations that inspire them to succeed.

  • 17 Jun 2020, 2.00pm to 17 Jun 2020, 2.45pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free
The panel members
Our panel: Jordan Harry, Deyo Ade-John, Rakesh Sharma OBE and Bokani Tshidzu

Employers often talk about the importance of diversity and equality in the workforce, but what is it really like to work for an organisation as a member of staff from a black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) background?

The facts don't lie, and they tell us that in the UK today there remains a structural, historical bias that favours certain individuals. Despite clear evidence that organisations with a diverse leadership team attain greater success than their peers, only 6% of top management positions in the UK are held by those from a BAME background - despite BAME individuals making up 12.5% of our population.

Join our panel of alumni experts to discuss how we can close the BAME leadership gap, and the barriers and enablers BAME employees face in the workplace. You'll hear personal insight from our panellists about the challenges they have faced in their own careers, and the motivations that inspire them to succeed.

This event is free to attend. Register and submit your questions to the panel in advance by contacting

Our Panel

Jordan Harry. CEO, StudyFast
BSc Sport & Exercise Science 2018
Jordan's life changed after his 2018 TEDx talk hit 2 million views. With the help of his team at StudyFast he has now taught over 20,000 people from 147 countries speed reading and memory training.

Deyo Ade-John. Program Manager, Workplace from Facebook
BSc Mathematics 2011
Deyo specialises in project management and data analysis. Her role as a Program Manager at Workplace from Facebook focuses on building out programs for scaled account management solutions.

Rakesh Sharma OBE. Chair, Holmes Noble
Executive MBA 1993
Rakesh holds a number of senior industry roles and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016. In 2017 Rakesh was honoured with an OBE for services to defence capability and was named as a BAME 100 Business Leaders finalist in 2019.

Bokani Tshidzu. Artist and Creative Director, Art by Bokani
BSc Politics with Economics 2009
Bokani is a British, Zimbabwean born painter and digital artist. She began her career as an entrepreneur, co-founding the impact reporting service Vertigo Ventures, before making the transition into art. In 2018 she starred in BBC1's The Great Painting Challenge.

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Equality, diversity and your career

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