BYP Network Leadership Conference 2023

The go to conference for Black professionals and allies taking place during Black History Month on Thursday 5th October 2023. Join us in-person or online.

7:00 AM

BYP Staff and volunteers to arrive on-site

7:30 AM

(External company) Kitty arrives back on site - and will train the BYP staff and volunteers assigned to the registration desk throughout the day.

Briefing all staff and volunteers in groups so they are aware of expectations

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Foyer A

Sponsors back on site ready for registration

Babs and Shazia (on rotation)

Javelin desk: Sam

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Team

8:30am - 12pm: Ramona, Shyarma, Priscilla, Aman and 2 volunteers

12:30pm - 3pm: Ayomide, Deeksha and 4 volunteers

3pm - 5pm: OZ and 4 volunteers

09:00 - 10:00 AM


10:00 - 10:20 AM


10:20 - 10:50 AM


High Performance Mindset: Learning From Athletes

Unlock the secrets behind high-performance sports teams and discover how these principles can be applied to drive success in the world of business. In this engaging conference session, we'll explore the winning strategies and dynamics that make sports teams excel and show you how to adapt them to your corporate environment. Whether you're a manager, team leader, or aspiring professional, you'll gain valuable insights into fostering a high-performance culture that drives results. A shared vision is the compass that aligns your team's efforts. Discover the transformative impact of a clear and inspiring vision, and learn how to articulate and rally your team around a common purpose that drives motivation, focus, and performance. Explore how trust among team members fosters a culture of collaboration and unity.

10:50 - 11:30 AM


A Career in Retail: Transferable skills, Inclusion and Improving representation

Sponsored by Sainsbury’s

Join Sainsbury's at the BYP Conference as Charlene Ryan & Sharon Anderson delve into the potential of transferable skills, delve into the world of fostering inclusivity within the retail industry, and embark on a journey to amplify representation. Be a part of the conversation shaping the future of careers in retail. Don't let this chance slip by to acquire valuable insights and become a driving force for positive transformation.

11:20 - 11:35 AM



11:30 - 12:00 PM


Grit and Growth: Harnessing Resilience for Excellence

In today's fast-paced and ever-changing world, resilience is the secret weapon that can set you apart. Resilience isn't just about bouncing back from setbacks; it's about thriving in the face of adversity and using challenges as stepping stones to success. In this session you will learn from real-world examples of successful professionals and entrepreneurs who have weathered storms either in their company or personal lives and emerged stronger on the other side. We will examine strategies for adapting to uncertainty and leveraging it as a catalyst for innovation and growth. Explore how to embrace agility, pivot when necessary, and spot opportunities amidst change.

12:00 - 1:00 PM


1:10 - 1:50 PM


The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness and Building Strong Teams

Sponsored by Gartner

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a critical skill for leaders seeking to create positive and impactful work environments. In this conference session, we will explore the profound influence of EI on leadership effectiveness and team dynamics, and provide attendees with practical strategies to cultivate and leverage emotional intelligence for professional success.


Behind the scenes of psychometrics: Identifying and unlocking diverse talent

Sponsored by SHL

In this session you will hear from SHL, a global pioneer in psychometric assessments and learn more about how they support world-leading organisations with identifying and growing talent. During the interactive session you will gain behind the scenes access to SHL’s newly launched Black Heritage Research programme, whilst also discovering the evolution of psychometrics and practical advice on how to succeed in the assessment process for your next dream job.


Roadblocks, Twists, and Turns: Designing and Navigating Your Professional Pathway

Sponsored by RX Global

In this session, you will meet leaders from RX (producers of New York ComicCon, London Book Fair, World Travel Market and over 400 other B2B and B2C events globally), who will share practical strategies and insights into how they’ve navigated their professional journeys, and critical choices they’ve made at pivotal moments in their careers. They’ll reflect on the importance of embracing change, building resilience, and seeking out opportunities for professional growth.

2:05 - 2:45 PM


How to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Being intentional about your career is crucial to your success. By being clear about your goals, coming up with a plan, and building on your strengths, you can contribute more to your team and your company and ultimately optimise your career path. Join Jordon Clarke, Executive Director and Head of Global Capital Markets and Syndicate Projects in Morgan Stanley’s Operations Division, and fellow members of the firm’s African and Caribbean Business Alliance for a panel discussion about how they have been intentional in their own careers and how it has benefited them. This session aims to empower you with key tips and practical advice on how to take control of your own career, the importance of mentors, the power of networking and how to develop leadership skills.


Personal Branding: Authenticity is Key

Sponsored by Cisco

Standing out and making a lasting impact requires more than just qualifications and experience. Your personal brand, the unique identity you project to the world, plays a pivotal role in shaping your professional success. Explore the fundamentals of personal branding, including identifying your core values, defining your unique value proposition, and understanding your target audience. Learn how to align your personal brand with your career goals and aspirations, and explore techniques for effective storytelling and networking. Understand the role of authenticity, consistency, and reputation management in building a strong personal brand that resonates with employers, clients, and colleagues.


Thrive and lead: navigating growth, wellness and leadership in your career journey

Sponsored by KPMG

Discover essential insights from industry experts at KPMG: In this session Joe Manning – Partner – Deal Advisory will speak about his career journey as well as his top 3 takeaways for success before we head into breakout sessions:

  1. Career Growth – Designing Your Professional Pathway: Strategies for Effective Career Planning
    Joe Manning & Raveena Dhadwal 
  2. Effective Leadership – Being Empowered as Black leader/manager
    Rhoda Ejiga & Marlon Appleton
  3. Wellness – Resisting Burnout
    Essi Siamevi & Marisa Williams 

3:00 - 3:40 PM


Charting Your Path to Career Success: Strategic Planning for Professional Growth

Sponsored by Dojo

Join a panel discussion with Dojo, in which professionals from the Tech, Product, Commercial, Finance and People teams will share valuable insights on a range of career-related topics, including strategic internal moves, the impact of company choices on career development, securing desired roles, vertical career progression strategies, balancing growth and compensation decisions, career goal reflection, effective networking and mentorship for all, transitioning between career paths, and the pivotal inflection points that have defined their professional journeys.


A Shared Journey: The Power of Fellowship in Advancing Black ERGs

In the pursuit of fostering genuine diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in workplaces, the significance of Fellowship within Black Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) cannot be overstated. This session is designed to illuminate the transformative potential of fellowship as a driving force for positive change, growth and development within organisations. Through insightful discussion attendees will learn best practices for cultivating an environment where individuals can thrive collectively, breaking down barriers and forging pathways to success.


Residential Vs Investment: Navigating the Property Crisis

The property market offers a wealth of opportunities for individuals looking to establish a stable residence and those seeking to
grow their wealth through real estate investment. This conference session aims to provide attendees with comprehensive insights and practical guidance on both residential property acquisition and investment strategies in 2023.

3:45 - 4:10 PM


4:15 - 4:45 PM


Live Podcast Session

Join us for a captivating live podcast session, hosted by the empowering 'To My Sisters Podcast,' in collaboration with the visionary Founder of BYP Network where we will dive deep into the key themes of the conference and explore how making those INTENTIONAL STEPS can shape your journey towards personal and professional success.



The Power of an Outsider: Harnessing Your Difference for Success

Join this session as we learn about the importance of leveraging your uniqueness to navigate new rooms and spaces, whether you grew up on the streets or within a broken home, this session will give you the tools you need to stand up in your power. Our panellists will share their personal stories and insights, demonstrating how they harnessed their own unique backgrounds to overcome obstacles and rise to success.

4:45 - 5:15 PM


Reclaiming Balance: Strategies for Resisting Burnout and Cultivating Well-being

In this session, we delve into the profound intricacies of self-affirmation, self-nurturing, and the indispensable journey towards cultivating and sustaining a nurturing environment for oneself. Our distinguished panel of experts will share not only their personal experiences but also unveil the invaluable techniques they employ to master the delicate art of self-compassion. Together, we will embark on a voyage of self-discovery, exploring the profound significance of the words we speak to ourselves, the manner in which we replenish our inner selves, and the deliberate choices we make to foster and thrive within healthy environments. Join us for a captivating discussion that will unlock the secrets to holistic well-being and why prioritising self-care is not just a choice but an imperative. Allow our panellists to guide you towards a path of self-affirmation and empowerment that transcends the conference room and becomes an enduring part of your leadership journey.

5:15 - 5:30 PM

Closing statements

5:30 - 9:00 PM

After Party

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