For each meeting, we aim to walk away with tangible actions to change our collective thinking, processes, approach and understanding of the Black community. To build a better system we must deconstruct the existing framework and understand where it has failed the Black community, only then can we have a reflective response as opposed to a reactive response; and use the learning we extract from each meeting to build a better framework/eco system within our organisations and society.
This will be a safe space, for people within the Black community to speak, for leaders of industry to listen, be educated and contribute; and for this shared experience to help mobilise efforts towards making a tangible difference across the board. We can no longer be afraid to speak the truth, but we must speak this truth alongside constructive steps for the future, otherwise we will be in this same position 5 years from now.
As well as Black members of staff and leadership, these discussions will also bring together I&D leads as well as people and talent leads within our ally organisations. We will candidly discuss what has failed and what we need to change and implement to do better.
This forum wants to bring leaders from some of the biggest organisations within the UK/World together and closer to the Black experience, to collectively bring an end to systemic barriers that have held the Black community back once and for all.
“The horrific killing of George Floyd was an inflexion point for many; a tragedy that shone a light on a very long chain of tragic events and injustices. In Cephas' letter to his son, he talks of shared responsibility as a "custodian of the future". I may not share Cephas' journey but I do share with him the responsibility of changing the narrative. We all do.
Letter to Zion talks about taking "brave & tangible steps forward at this crucial time of awakening" so that this moment becomes more than just words and feelings of guilt, but tangible action and change. I have children and I want them to live in the future that Cephas describes in his letter. I won't be able to look my children in the eye if I stand by when I have the chance to be an ally of change and take those tangible steps."
Alfa Systems, CEO
“It’s clear that Cephas’ passion for and commitment to social justice is unequivocal. His powerful letter to his son Zion, expresses the opportunity that is before us - and the leadership role we must play in tackling systemic racism and forging a fairer and more equitable future for the next generation.
At O2 we are on a journey to drive equality and equity across our business, which is why we joined the Black British Network. We are committed to listening, learning and growing, understanding we have a long way to go. To effectively represent the communities we serve, we are dedicated to supporting the progression of not only the Black community, but employees in our business from a variety of backgrounds"
O2 Telefónica UK, CEO
This is the full list of people who will attend our Roundtable Conversations this year. We look to grow this list over the years and bring as many people as possible closer to this centralised, collective and continuous conversation. To bring about long lasting and systemic change we not only need to measure the change in data, but we need to measure the change in dialog, this in turn will lead to collective behavioural change, which in time will lead to transformative change.
CEO / Co-founder
CEO, UK & Europe
Senior Managing Director
Co-founder & Chair
Clear Channel UK
Jude Kelly CBE
The WOW Foundation
Founder & Director
Chairman & Senior Partner
Strategic Partnership Solutions Ltd
UK Chair & Managing Partner UK&I
The Co-op Group
President, Marketing Division & Chairman, Cannes Lions
O2 (Telefonica UK)
Global Vice Chair, Sustainability
Columbia Thread Needle
Group Chief Diversity Officer
Clear Channel Outdoor
Artistic Director & Chief Executive
Saatchi & Saatchi
Omnicom Media Group