Leadership Conference 2022

#BYPKnowledgeIsPower #BYPConference

The BYP Network Leadership Conference returns this October during the UK’s Black History Month. The hybrid conference – BYP Network’s flagship annual event that’s become a ‘must-attend’ for thousands of Black professionals and our allies – will be held on Thursday, October 6 at Park Plaza Hotel on London’s South Bank, followed on Friday, October 7 by a virtual careers fair. This year’s theme is Knowledge Is Power. Our impactful keynotes, informative break-outs and interactive workshops will share knowledge and insights that will help power your leadership journey.

Topics we’ll be exploring include:
  • The power of role models – what’s it like to be one? What are the risks, and the rewards?
  • Power in society – is it changing hands? What progress is being made in elite professions?
  • Standing up to power – meet those using their knowledge to campaign for a more just world
  • Changing the narrative – how Black creatives are telling our stories, and what we can learn from them
  • The importance of mentoring – transferring knowledge and helping new talent blossom and grow
  • Encouraging allyship – building bridges and embedding inclusivity in the workplace culture
  • The world of work – how it’s changing, and what you wish you’d known when starting out

By attending you’ll be able to:
  • Hear from more than 60 inspiring and engaging speakers
  • Learn from their stories, their thought leadership and expertise
  • Meet fellow community members during the networking breaks

7.30-9.00

Registration, Networking and Exhibition

08:00-08:45

POWER BREAKFAST

Sponsored by Sky 50 Guests Lower River Room

Sponsored by Meta 30 Guests

Sponsored by Deepmind 20 Guests

09:00-09:15

Auditorium

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Conference host in conversation with Kike Oniwinde, BYP Network Founder & CEO.

09:15-09:45

Auditorium

LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

David Carrigan, Group Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing at Sky

Our opening session features a prominent business leader who has used their knowledge to achieve success as well as bringing about positive and lasting change within their organisation.

09:45-10:45

Auditorium

KEYNOTE & PANEL: THE POWER HOUR

Tom Ilube, CEO and founder of Cybersecurity plc

Host :

Scarlette Douglas

Will Njobvu

We all know the importance of role models. But what’s it like to actually be one? What are the risks, and the rewards? This session will also explore how people can prepare for success despite the fear and how a positive mindset is key to overcoming adversity.

Tom Ilube - 15 mins keynote

45 minute panel:
  • Natasha Shotunde
  • Renee Hunt
  • Tim Campbell
  • Baroness Young
Hosted by Kike Oniwinde, BYP Network Founder & CEO.

10:45-11:15

UPPER RIVER ROOM

MORNING BREAK, NETWORKING, EXHIBITION

11:15-11:55

LOWER RIVER ROOM

Leadership 101: Authenticity, Adaptability & Having A Growth Mindset

In this session you will hear from Gartner associates to understand how to develop a growth mindset professionally and personally. You will learn how we as individuals engage, what the qualities of a growth mindset are, and hear personal stories on how being able to adapt in the workplace can set you up for success.

SESSION SPONSORED BY GARTNER

CRIPPLEGATE

ACHIEVING BLACK EXCELLENCE: HOW TO DEVELOP YOURSELF BY INVESTING IN YOURSELF

Interested in learning about how to have a successful career. Want to learn about how to be a leader in your field? Join our panel of experts who will be sharing their expertise and insight on how to take control and elevate your career as a Black professional in a large corporate environment.

SESSION SPONSORED BY CAPCO

DOWGATE

BEING THE SOLUTION - THE WISE WAY!

Learn about the journey of Wise and how they scaled their business to the first million and beyond. Find out about the problems they overcame, the approach they developed to build a successful product and how it has disrupted the fintech industry as we know it.

SESSION SPONSORED BY WISE

12:00 - 12:40

LOWER RIVER ROOM

SKILL UP TO LEVEL UP: THRIVING IN THE HYBRID WORKPLACE

The 9-to-5 workday is dead. What does this mean for Black professionals navigating today’s ever-changing environment? Join this dynamic panel to discover how Black women in tech are doing their best work — and accelerating their careers — from the office, home, and everywhere in between.

SESSION SPONSORED BY SALESFORCE

CRIPPLEGATE

DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IN FASHION

A conversation between powerful black women with careers in fashion exploring the challenges and opportunities of diversity. Celebrate the achievements and discuss what’s still to be done.

SESSION SPONSORED BY FARFETCH

DOWGATE

ACTUALLY, KNOWLEDGE IS NOT POWER - IT’S JUST THE FIRST STEP

The term "Knowledge is Power" is a phrase and concept originally attributed to the philosopher Francis Bacon, and has been repeated by many throughout history to indicate the importance of knowledge for individual, cultural, and societal progress. This talk is based on my own personal experiences, and dives deeper into this concept with the proposition that knowledge is only the first step towards attaining "power" in your career and life.

SESSION SPONSORED BY ARM

12:40-13:40

UPPER RIVER ROOM

LUNCH BREAK, NETWORKING, EXHIBITION

13:40-14:40

Auditorium

KEYNOTE & PANEL: TRUTH TO POWER

Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

This keynote session celebrates those who use their knowledge and communication skills to stand up to power, to right wrongs, and campaign for a more just and truthful world. Hear from those who have challenged governments, politicians, powerful individuals, societal norms as well as those who have exposed wrongdoing and held power to account.

45 minute panel:
  • Phyll Opuku
  • Simone Pound
  • Sir Trevor Philips
  • Femi Oluwole

15 minute keynote - Lord Hastings

Hosted by Kike Oniwinde, BYP Network Founder & CEO.

14:45-15:25

Auditorium

MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS TO MAXIMISE INFLUENCE

Are you managing your working relationships in a way that rewards you with both influence and respect? Join Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director in Legal and Compliance, and Co-Chair of the firm’s African and Caribbean Business Alliance, Ize Idemudia, as she shares first-hand experiences and actionable advice on managing relationships and maximising influence. Understand why it is important and how you can reach your full potential to progress your career.

Speakers :

Ize Idemudia - Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

SESSION SPONSORED BY MORGAN STANLEY

Breakout Room

Why Mentoring/Coaching is for Everyone

Host :

Dom Scott

This interactive workshop explores how mentees can benefit from guidance and advice in their careers as well as in their lives. We also examine what it takes to be an effective mentor and how mentoring helps leaders with their own development and learning experiences.
  • Flavilla Fongong
  • Dr Dapo Ajayi
  • Ayo Gabriel

Hosted by Dom Scott

15:30-16:10

Auditorium

WE THE CULTURE - THE JOURNEY INTO THE METAVERSE

Join Meta as they explore building an inclusive metaverse, and deepdive into the experience of interviewing and onboarding at Meta

SESSION SPONSORED BY META

LOWER RIVER ROOM

Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship: Ownership is Key

Host :

Emma Joy Obanye

This panel session will bring together Black leaders that have experienced the highs and lows of growing a business and why being a founder isn't the only way to grow wealth.
  • Ezechi Britton
  • Ade Hassan
  • Dean Forbes

Hosted by Emma Obanye

16:15-16:55

Auditorium

CONVERSATION TBA

This is a conversation between Sarah & Silika who will share their individual stories, telling their journey from their early family & career life, to progressing in the corporate world, whilst dealing with isolation, challenges and self-doubt through to influencing big organisations to talk and act.

Speakers :

Sarah Nelson – Zone Managing Director London
Silika Shellie – Director of Grocery Product Innovation & Future Brands

SESSION SPONSORED BY SAINSBURY’S

BREAKOUT ROOM

I WISH I’D KNOWN …

Host :

Bree Johnson

What did you wish you’d known when setting out in the world of work? How have things changed? Hear from those across the BYP community as well as professionals at the pinnacle of their careers. How have business leaders used their power to ‘send the ladder back down’?
  • Farfetch
  • Richie Brave
  • Marvyn Harrison

16:55-17:25

UPPER RIVER ROOM

AFTERNOON BREAK: NETWORKING, EXHIBITION

17:25-18:25

Auditorium

KEYNOTE & PANEL: TELLING OUR STORY

Keynote - Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of human communication. Stories inform society; they transmit knowledge from one generation to the next. Stories shape our culture, our identity. They have the power to challenge stereotypes, to break barriers, to influence change. We meet the TV and movie producers and commissioners who are bringing authentic Black stories to our screens, stories that change the narrative. We hear from those working in the entertainment industry about moves to encourage greater diversity – and the progress that still needs to be made. And we hear from a business leader who has embraced storytelling in their communications.

Panellists:
  • Priscilla Igwe
  • Dr Anne Marie Imafidon
  • Yvonne Thompson CBE
Hosted by Kike Oniwinde, BYP Network Founder & CEO.

18:25-18:35

Auditorium

FINAL WORD

Conference host in conversation with Kike Oniwinde, BYP Network Founder & CEO,and Sponsor Speaker from Sky

18:35-21:00

BYP NETWORK DRINKS RECEPTION

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