Black Lives & the Board

In Conversation with…Ken Olisa, Rob Whiteman, Kura Dione-Warren, & Chinwe Odimba-Chapman

Black Lives & the Board — Questions Every Board Needs to Ask (And Answer)

Social movements are now moving faster than business, none more so than Black Lives Matter. Progress, where it exists, has been too slow, and few workplaces are leading the way. Do radical movements demand radical responses? In this session we aim to explore the following issues:

  • How can the board lead the way in building a more inclusive workplace and society, and how can they move beyond the familiar repertoire of words and deeds?
  • How can boards give the next generation of leaders, who haven’t enjoyed the head-start afforded by colour, race, class, or wealth, the springboard they deserve?
  • What questions can the board ask to go beyond a superficial look at the issue within their organisation, and what questions should it ask itself?

Sir Ken Olisa

Ken was the first British-born black director of a FTSE 100 company (Reuters). He chairs Nigeria’s Interswitch, and sits on the boards of Huawei UK. Ken is Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

Rob Whiteman

Rob is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He has served as Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and two London Boroughs (Barking & Dagenham and Lewisham).

Kura Dione-Warren

Strategic Development
Kura leads Strategic Development at Rare, a specialist diversity recruitment company. She has designed retention programmes and advised widely on inclusivity and diversity. Kura is the youngest person on Rare’s Board.

Chinwe Odimba-Chapman

Clifford Chance
Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, a partner At Clifford Chance, specialises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law. She has been named as one of EMpower's 100 Ethnic Minority Executives for 2019 and was shortlisted as a BAME Future Leader for the Investing in Ethnicity Awards.

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