BYP Network announces a new Leadership Summit in Atlanta for Black professionals, headlined by Cisco

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Calling all advocates and pioneers of Black professionals in the US, BYP Network is bringing a format of its celebrated annual BYP Leadership Conference across the Atlantic with a hybrid event on 26 May 2023 in Atlanta. 

This Summit will take from the theme of the fourth edition of its pivotal BYP Leadership Conference ‘Knowledge is Power’, held in UK Black History Month last October. A conference created in 2018 for Black professionals and enterprises looking to diversify their workplaces. 

The event is set to impart insights regarding corporate America: how to get to the top; changing the Black narrative; recession-proofing: how to survive through the downturn; and uniting across borders in order to advance globally. 

The keynotes and informative sessions are curated to empower leadership journeys by looking at accountability in businesses and governments and breaking societal norms to end the cycle of inequality for a more just and truthful world, and celebrating the successes of those who have changed the narrative and encouraged greater diversity in entertainment and entrepreneurship. 

Attendees can expect to hear from numerous inspiring and engaging speakers and meet hundreds of fellow community members with a range of experience levels.

Kike Oniwinde Agoro, Founder and CEO of BYP Network said: “Following the success of our annual BYP Leadership Conference in the UK, we are delighted to be bringing it over to the US this year, for the first time, and growing our community of over 150K professionals even further. This Summit will cover both proven popular topics as well as dive into new issues around corporate America and recession-proofing your career.

We are excited to welcome hundreds of Black professionals to hear from some of the most trailblazing speakers across various industries, including figures from our headline sponsor Cisco, who have worked successfully with BYP for a number of years. On International Women’s Day 2023 I was delighted to join Cisco’s Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer, Francine Katsoudas, on the panel at the Forbes’ 30/50 Summit in Abu Dhabi to discuss our companies’ missions, achievements and challenges.

With many Black Lives Matter pledges evidencing to be performative, it is vital that we make our mark in the US to show that we are here to continue to stand up for Black professionals and lead on changing the Black narrative. Our expansion in the US is part of our mission to advance the careers of 10 million Black professionals.”

Aleta Howell, Global Director, DEI Business & Recruiting Strategy at Cisco said: “We are proud to serve as the lead sponsor for the BYP Atlanta Leadership Summit 2023.  This partnership is one of the many ways Cisco continues to drive its Purpose To Power an Inclusive Future for All

In 2020, Cisco launched 12 Social Justice Actions, all in support and solidarity with the African-American/Black community.  These Actions include a commitment to increase the representation of African-American/Black talent across all levels of our organization, commit to the strategic recovery, sustainability, and legacy of HBCUs and accelerate diversity within our suppliers and support their success, just to name a few.  Partnerships with BYP, HBCU’s, diversity conferences, talent expos and community organizations enable us to continue advancing this mission. 

With the opening of our new Atlanta Collaboration Center, we are excited to participate in the inaugural BYP Atlanta Leadership Summit to continue building relationships with the incredible network of talent within BYP and the greater Atlanta area. We hope you will join us in May for a day of learning and networking here in Atlanta!”

Howell has been dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace since joining Cisco in 2012. Her leadership and expertise on DEI has made a significant impact both within the company and with far-reaching implications.

BYP Network will also be holding an edition of this Summit in New York on May 19, 2023, headlined by Capco.

For more information on both Summits including the agenda and how to secure your place, visit this link for quick access.

BYP Network is founded by a former international javelin thrower, and Forbes’ 30 under 30 winner, Kike Oniwinde Agoro. It is the go-to platform for Black professional empowerment and corporate allyship, diversity, equity and inclusion, with presence in over 20 countries. 

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About BYP Network

BYP Network (BYP) is a platform that enables leading companies to enhance their brand as an employer of choice to the Black community. BYP has mentorship programmes, regular events hosted by partners, a job board, and a global community of BY-Peers groups. To date, the organization is the leading Black networking group with over 150,000 community members across its communication channels and 15,000 upskilled through BYP. BYP is on a mission to change the Black narrative and advance the careers of millions of Black professionals. Find out more about us.

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