Black Inclusion: Past, Present & Future

The shocking death of George Floyd caught on video in the US sparked protests all over the UK, and a national debate over Britain’s history. In response to these horrific events, Black Leaders launched a movement to help drive black inclusion and challenge inequalities within our communities and working environment.

Their latest event, in honour of Black History Month, will see them partner with Auto Trader UK and Inclusive Companies to delve into various aspects of Black History through time. Over one thousand people are expected to attend the virtual event on Thursday 22nd October at 10.00am.

Auto Trader UK are passionate advocates of the diversity agenda and have been working closely with Black Leaders to deliver change. Christos Tsaprounis, Head of People & Culture & Auto Trader UK, said:

Black inclusion is a priority for our business throughout the year, but every October gives us the opportunity to connect and amplify the voices of black leaders as well as allies. The presenters and panelists represent different sectors and industries, but all share a genuine desire to make a difference to black inclusion in the UK.”

Paul Sesay, Founder & CEO of Black Leaders has been working tirelessly to set a course for a better, more inclusive future during a time when our society has never been more divisive.

Paul said: “People across all walks of life are awakening to the inequities that have existed and persisted around them for so long, and are asking many questions. During this virtual event we hope to bring people together, educate and celebrate, and launch groundbreaking initiatives to tackle systematic barriers”.

Paul will be joined by Aggie Mutuma, Inclusion Expert & Co-Founder of Black Leaders, to deliver the ‘future’ aspect of the session, and unveil Black Inclusion Week, Black Inclusion Index, and a pioneering Empowerment Leadership Programme for communities.

Hosted by Simon Hosannah, Client Development Direct at Auto Trader, the webinar will also feature powerful keynote speakers from various backgrounds who will share their journeys and provide insight in Black Inclusion. Renowned community historian, writer and broadcaster Laurence Westgaph will focus on the past and explore the forgotten stories of some of the UK’s most influential black people.

Rob Neil OBE, Head of culture Change & Leadership, Department for Education, said: “I once heard Nelson Mandela explain that “winning his battles made him stronger and sharing OUR stories makes US wiser”, Thursday’s Black Leaders event is an opportunity for us to share multiple stories.”

Rob will be joined by Nathan Coe, CEO, Auto Trader Group, Samantha Budd FRSA, Director of National Union of Students UK (interim), Sonia Watson OBE, CEO, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and Marvin Smith, Business Development Education Leader to discuss some of the issues in the UK which prompted so many to react to recent events.

‘Black Inclusion: Past, Present & Future’ is FREE to attend. To register, please visit: